SPFL attendances show Scottish football is more than just Celtic and Rangers

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August 26 – The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) has announced a record attendance figure for the league after the first two rounds of fixtures with 230,204 fans attending matches across the league’s four divisions.

This is a jump of more than 55,000 supporters on the same period last year and an increase of 7% on the previous SPFL high for the opening two league weekends of 215,492 for the season 2015/16.

This follows an opening round attendance record last week for the 12 team Ladbrokes Premiership clubs which saw 110,583 fans attend first six top-flight matches of the 2017/18 season. The league is now in its fifth season in its present incarnation.

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster said: “The increased attendances and general growing interest in Scottish football is more good news for the game. Credit must go to our clubs for the level of engagement they commit to with supporters, the volume of charitable work they undertake to connect in their communities and the many different and innovative pricing options they provide to make the game as affordable and accessible as possible.”

The aggregate Ladbrokes Premiership, Ladbrokes Championship, Ladbrokes League 1 and Ladbrokes League 2 attendances on the opening two weekends since the SPFL’s first season in 2013/14 are as follows:

–          2013/14: 201,828

–          2014/15: 163,743

–          2015/16: 215,492

–          2016/17: 174,749

–          2017/18: 230,204 

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