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Fulham away fans are the best

last updated Monday 14th May 2001, 5:51 PM
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Fulham's travelling fan numbers best in Nationwide
Premiership-bound Fulham were cheered to promotion by the biggest travelling crowd in the Nationwide League.

The Cottagers, who had the best away record in the three divisions, accounted for six highest club attendances during the season as they stormed to the Division One championship.

Their trips to Crystal Palace, Grimsby, Tranmere, Watford, West Brom and Wimbledon gave the home team their biggest crowd of the 2000/01 campaign. It is a statistic that shows the potential of the club, whose home at Craven Cottage holds just 19,250 and whose average attendance was under 15,000.

Crystal Palace's travelling fans came second in the poll, accounting for three clubs' highest attendances.

Five clubs had their biggest attendances on the last day of the season, of which two - Huddersfield and Grimsby - were still battling for their survival.

In Division Two, Stoke, who had the highest average gate in the division, came out on top giving four teams their biggest crowds, but champions Millwall gave only one team - Bournemouth - their biggest crowd.

Promoted Chesterfield and Hull, currently in the play-offs, were level on top in Division Three.

Derby matches are clearly still the games that fans most look forward to, with 10 of the 24 Division One teams having their biggest crowd of the season against their main local rivals. It was also 10 in Division Two, while 15 clubs in the Third Division had their highest gate in a derby.

The figures below show which visiting teams attracted the biggest crowds in the Nationwide League.

Division One
Division Two
Division Three
Fulham 6 ful Stoke 4 ful Chesterfield 4
C Palace 3   Reading 3   Hull 4
Blackburn 2   Bristol C 3   Brighton 3
Grimsby 2   Bristol R 2   Cardiff 2
Huddersfield 2   Oldham 2   Carlisle 2
Sheff Wed 1   Peterborough 2   Torquay 2
Birmingham 1   Bournemouth 1   York 2
Burnley 1   Brentford 1   Exeter 1
Gillingham 1   Colchester 1   Halifax 1
N Forest 1   Millwall 1   Hartlepool 1
Preston 1   Port Vale 1   L Orient 1
Sheff Utd 1   Rotherham 1   Scunthorpe 1
Watford 1   Swindon 1
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