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Up and down the country football league clubs are seeing their attendances drop. Derby County is no exception.

When BBC Sport released their ‘Price of football’ survey last month it concluded that attendances are slipping due to high prices, not only of the match ticket (or season ticket) itself but the day out as a whole.

It seems in these hard economic times many people are avoiding the football because of the cost. So should clubs now lower ticket prices?

Pride Park

To show the decline in crowd sizes at Pride Park, here are average league attendances in recent years:

  • 2007/08: 32,432
  • 2008/09: 29,440
  • 2009/10: 29,230
  • 2010/11: 25,892
  • 2011/12: 26,020
  • So far in 2012/13: 22,392 (7 matches, up to and including Blackpool on 3rd November)

Interestingly the Rams brought in a new format of ticket pricing this summer. Prices change depending on a number of factors including recent team performances, rivalries, day of the week and the weather. It is known as demand pricing.

Not just prices?

The Rams haven’t had any success since the promotion campaign on 2006/07 so many have stopped coming because of a lack of success and mid table to bottom half misery in recent years. Many no longer come because of what they feel is a lack of investment from the board.

Your thoughts

I asked my network for their thoughts on pricing and had a fantastic response on my Facebook and Twitter pages. Here is a selection of comments:

Pride Park Attendances Facebook Feedback

Attendances this season

Scunthorpe United celebrate at an almost empty Pride ParkThe Scunthorpe United Capital One Cup game attracted a crowd of just 4,724.

The attendances are always lower for midweek games but for Derby County to be playing in front of such a small crowd at home is unheard of.

For the Championship league season opener Sheffield Wednesday brought a huge travelling support, helping to boost the attendance to 27,437, the Rams’ best so far this campaign.

The Charlton Athletic and Watford home matches attracted attendances of just over 20,000 whilst the game versus Blackburn Rovers was the second biggest crowd the Rams have played in front of at Pride Park this season.

Post written by Nathan Morley
Blog: derbycountyfan.com, Twitter: @NMtherams

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