Last night's turn-out for the Capital One Cup fixture continued a trend of growing attendances at Adams Park.The crowd of 4,012 was club's biggest attendance for a home cup tie since the semi-final clash with Chelsea in 2007, and it came after Wanderers attained an 18% increase in their first home league game compared to the previous season.
Having achieved a crowd of 3,284 on day one in 2013 and 3,507 in 2012, it means it’s our highest opening day crowd in four years.
Looking at the bigger picture, Wycombe achieved the seventh largest increase in attendances in the Football League last season, attracting 15% more fans to Adams Park than during the 2013/14 campaign.
A combination of the team’s phenomenal exploits on the pitch and an enhanced matchday offering off the field contributed to an average attendance of 4,242 – a significant rise from the 3,686 average achieved the previous year.
It means it’s the club’s highest average under Trust ownership, with a figure of 3,712 being posted in 2012/13, and it falls just 10 short of the average attendance in 2010/11 when Wanderers won promotion from League 2.
In total, 97,576 supporters passed through the turnstiles at Adams Park last year; the 12th highest aggregate attendance in the division.
But it wasn’t just at Adams Park where the Wanderers fans did their club proud in supporting the team. The best away record in the country on the pitch was reflected by the third best increase in away followings in the Football League compared to the previous year; only Bristol City (77%) and Southend United (74%) came above the Chairboys’ figure of 64%.
On average, the Blues registered an away attendance of 514, which is 201 higher than in 2013/14, while the average away crowd at Adams Park was 569 – 3% lower than the previous year.
Wycombe supporters counted for 14% of the total attendance at away games last year, which is the seventh best average across the three divisions, and again shows a rise of 39% from 12 months previous.
Across the division, the Chairboys played in front of the eighth biggest attendance in League 2 last season (excluding the play-off final at Wembley) when 16,168 fans turned out at Fratton Park to watch the 1-1 draw with Portsmouth in September. Unsurprisingly, Pompey accounted for each of the top 10 largest crowds, peaking at 17, 558 on Boxing Day against AFC Wimbledon.
The growth in attendances is also reflected online with an increase of 91% in the club’s followers on Twitter. Having attained around 14,000 followers between 2010 and 2014, that figure has almost doubled over the past 12 months, aided by a boost of around 1,500 during the play-off campaign.