Attendances for league matches at Adams Park in the 2015/16 season topped the 90,000 mark for the second year running, with Wanderers attaining an average crowd of 3,941 across their 23 games.A total of 77,314 Chairboys fans purchased tickets to visit the stadium throughout the season, which equates to 85% of all supporters, with the highest home league attendance coming in November for the visit of Portsmouth, attracting 5,816 fans in total.
The aggregate attendance represents a small 2.6% decrease from the previous season, in which the Blues enjoyed their best ever Football League season amassing 84 points and reaching the play-off final.
The number of away fans visiting the stadium is down by 2.2%, with four clubs – Portsmouth, Oxford, Luton and Bristol Rovers, bringing more than 1,000 supporters. Rovers had the highest percentage of visiting supporters in the stadium with their 1,629 making up 34% of the total attendance which saw Wycombe record a 1-0 victory in February.
Wanderers’ highest attendance of the season came in the FA Cup, when 9,298 supporters watched the famous 1-1 draw with Premier League side Aston Villa at Adams Park, while the club also recorded their highest home League Cup attendance since the 2007 semi-final tie with Chelsea when the visit of Fulham in August attracted 4,012 fans to the stadium.
Chairman Andrew Howard said: “It’s been a good year for the club and we’re pleased to have kept a healthy average attendance throughout the season. Obviously compared to the 2014/15 season, when we were near the top of the table throughout, we anticipated a small drop-off but the loyalty of our supporters has shone through and we’ve been delighted with the backing we’ve received at home and away in every match.
“Three years ago – in the 2013/14 season - the club’s aggregate attendance was under 85,000 and that included two large crowds at the end of the year when there were relegation issues to be decided in matches against Northampton and Bristol Rovers.
“This year’s figures show that we are reaching a solid level of stability and now the challenge is on to move forward together and grow attendances to give us the best possible chance of success in years to come.
“For us, that means we want to make progress on and off the pitch. We have a team which we know will give everything and are capable of competing near the top, and we are making improvements to the overall matchday experience by ensuring everyone who comes along to Adams Park has a good day out whether they’re a Wycombe fan or not.
“Season ticket sales are crucial for us at this time of year when we have no matches and I’d urge any Wycombe fan to buy one and join us for the new season. As a supporter-owned club, the impact of our fans is more powerful than at any other club and the future success of Wycombe Wanderers depends heavily on the contribution of fans today.
“The team behind the scenes have come up with an excellent season ticket package which offers good value for money, with payment plans available and a number of additional benefits. I believe next season will be bigger and better than the one just finished and those fans with a season ticket will hopefully enjoy being there with us every step of the way.”