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    boilerman wrote:
    WobblyCat wrote:
    slugger wrote:
    BracknellSaint wrote:
    boilerman wrote:
    Salalal wrote:
    A second tier should be put on one of the stands as soon as possible or we are going to face the problem that we did when we were last in the Premier League, with every home game sold out, leaving many fans unable to get tickets. To be really competitive in the Premier League you need a capacity of, at the very least, 36,000.

    With a second tier on another stand for the following season, that could be expanded to over 40,000, if the demand is clearly there.
    My Hearts bleeds , there have been plenty of tickets available for the last three years, I wonder why ?.
    If you want a ticket by a season ticket or are you just a cherry picker?.
    Maybe not everyone can afford either the money, or the time, or even both, to be able to go every week. Some people live a long way away, and want to make catch up with a game when lucky enough to get home.
    I really despise this grading of fans we get on here sometimes. We're all massive Saints fans, we all love the team, we all make our own sacrifices etc to follow the team, so because you can't go every week , or only once a season even, doesn't make you less of a fan.
    agree totally , i couldn't get a ticket for the coventry game but i didn't bleat about it ........ if some people had their way we'd only need a 25k seater stadium !
    Don't get me started on this. I went to 8 home games and 6 away games this season so I'm a bit of a low life peasant I know. I go when I can and I fecking love it. If I did however have the time to go to every game we played I'm fairly sure I wouldn't disappear up my own jacksy and look down my nose at those less fortunate.
    Why are you so upset ? if you have been to as many games as you say then fair play.
    It will also mean you are on the data base and if tickets were in limited supply you would have no problem getting one, due to the number of games you attend.
    My point is since we were relegated from the premiership thousands of fans suddenly found it hard to get to games.
    Now we are back they will find the time and money to go and if they can't get a ticket they will be the first people to moan about availability.
    I can't afford to pay for my ticket in one go so I save all year, just £10 a week this is a decision I have made to enable me to do something I like.
    I can name them if you want! Yes I have a membership number and I queued for 2 1/2 hours for my coventry ticket quite happily! I have a number of mates with season tickets and when we beat Walsall last season I was most pleased for them as they watched some wretched stuff in those intervening years showing great loyalty when we were struggling. Season ticket holders are obviously the back bone of any club but, and this applies to all clubs, premier league football is more appealing than championship etc etc. I think some 'hard core' fans show a lack of humility at times and I will be making a greater effort to be at more games next year. If st marys is 30,000 plus every week next season and you're going to stand there thinking 'where were you lot 3 seasons ago' thats your choice. Me, I want the place bulging at the seams."
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Southampton's attendances among the best

Daily Echo: Saints fans Saints fans

SAINTS should comfortably be a mid-table Premier League team next season – at least in terms of their support.

The bumper crowds at the back end of the latest promotion winning campaign saw Saints finish in second place behind West Ham in the highest average attendances chart of the Championship season.

And their average of 26,419 per game would see them 12th in the current Premier League averages.

Crowds have shot up 17 per cent at St Mary’s this season, following on from last term’s 22,160 average in League 1.

The last four attendances at the ground this season were all above the 30,000 mark.

Even established teams such as Fulham, West Brom, Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan trail in the wake of Saints’ loyal fan base.

Promoted sides QPR and Swansea are also well down on the St Mary’s averages.

Saints are sure to see their attendances boosted even further on their return to the top flight after a seven-year absence.

Whilst it is unlikely they can regularly repeat the St Mary’s record 32,363 crowd they had for the final game of the campaign against Coventry, due to the added segregation of having an often full ten per cent allocation going to the away team, they should sell out for the majority of games.

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Previously in their Premier League campaigns it was generally only the midweek matches, when people struggle to get there from work, that attendances dropped from capacity.

Assuming Saints were averaging anywhere between 28,000-32,000 next season, that would be enough to see them in 11th place in the Premier League stats based on this campaign.

It again underlines how well Saints have been supported during this season and the kind of crowds they can expect next term.

Championship

West Ham 30,923
Saints 26,419
Derby 26,020
Leeds 23,379
Leicester 23,036
Cardiff 22,100
Nottm Forest 21,969
Brighton 20,029
Reading 19,219
Birmingham 19,126
Hull 18,790
Ipswich 18,266
Middlesbrough 17,557
Crystal Palace 15,219
Coventry 15,118
Portsmouth 15,044
Burnley 14,048
Bristol City 13,907
Blackpool 12,764
Watford 12,710
Millwall 11,484
Barnsley 10,331
Doncaster 9,341
Peterborough 9,110

Premier League

Man United 75,381
Arsenal 59,995
Newcastle United 50,039
Man City 46,991
Liverpool 44,449
Chelsea 41,519
Sunderland 38,686
Tottenham 36,013
Aston Villa 33,851
Everton 33,068
Stoke City 27,194
Norwich City 26,539
Wolves 25,564
Fulham 25,271
West Brom 24,823
Bolton 23,559
Blackburn 22,351
Swansea 19,909
Wigan 18,449
QPR 17,294

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