Away Support:Is Derby Co, Leicester Or Nottingham Forest The Best?

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The Championship. The East Midlands away support

The Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Derby County away support 2013/14 shows that East Midlands football is not only on the rise but more than capable of sustaining a Premier League club or three.  But just who is the best supported away side so far this season?

Given what they have gone through all three clubs supporters should get medals after the goings on at massive local institutions that possess a pride and heritage that deserves better.  The likelihood is that the three will contest at least a play-off place, although form suggests there could well be two East Midland clubs in the Premiership next season. Just as positions change in the League for real, perhaps Forest may well lose their place at the top of the crowd league with Leicester close to them and the rampant Rams certainly on the rise.

Without further ado, a roll on the drums, medals all round and those away crowd stats plus the home support and then those top trips.

Away Support

League Rank Total Average High Low
2 Nottm Forest 20288 2536 4166 1538
4 Leicester 16765 2096 3312 1460
6 Derby 13283 1476 2346 667

Home comparison

Rank Total Ave High Low 2012/13
3 Derby County 190,407 23,800 27,141 21,037 23,228
4 Nottingham Forest 163,800 23,400 28,276 19,509 23,082
5 Leicester City 182,578 22,822 30,416 19,153 22,367

 Nottingham Forest logo.svg

Nottingham Forest, even excluding the 4,263 that travelled to Hillsborough on Saturday, broke the twenty-thousand barrier coming into December.  The awesome 4,166 at Doncaster, 3,979 at Wigan and 3320 at Leicester have all been sell-outs with even 1538 travelling down to Watford for a far from poor showing and seasonal low.

Leicester City logo

Leicester can also call on fantastic support averaging just under 2,100 for an away-day that has seen some partying as they hit top spot before last weeks double wobble. The low of 1460 at Yeovil is still not to shy of the average with 1600 making the arduous trips to Ipswich and Middlesbrough and 1561 travelling to Watford at the cusp of the smoke.  The highs have been impressive too, with 3,312 at Doncaster and a sell-out 2,794 at Derby, as well as two more 2,000 plus takes.

Badge of Derby County F.C.

The Rams rapid rise will see their already formidable following find even greater faith. The sacking of Clough came after 1951 travelled to Forest, but the highest take of 2,346 saw the Rams at Wigan.  The low, 667 at Millwall was not too much of a surprise nor the 724 to Bolton, but, the trend is upward with the 1858 sell-out at QPR and at least 1400, almost the current average, now more the norm.

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