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British Football Record Attendances

Record attendances in British football

Football fans are obsessed with stats, facts, figures and attendances, and so are we. That's why we've dived into the history of football to find each team and each stadium's record attendance for all major clubs in Great Britain.

Modern day super stadiums and health and safety laws means that today's ground capacities are capped way below the numbers that many teams used to get in the olden days. Some of these record attendance may never be broken.

Below, you'll find all of the important records for each major team in Britain. Teams which have had multiple stadiums are on there multiple times (eg, we have Sunderland at both the Stadium of Light and Roker Park). We've also included teams who have played "home" games at different stadiums (eg, both Arsenal and Spurs have used Wembley Stadium as their temporary home whilst their new grounds were being built). We have also included any records set by the national team (eg, the record attendance at Pride Park was actually set in an England v Mexico friendly - Derby's record at Pride Park is also on our list).

Quick facts

If you're an attendance boffin, you might want to check out our article about the largest football attendances ever recorded.


List of Record Attendances in British Football

# Home Team & Stadium Attandance Result Competition Year
1Scotland Scotland
Hampden Park
149,415Scotland 3-1 EnglandHome International Championship 1937
2Bolton Wanderers West Ham United Bolton Wanderers/West Ham United
Old Wembley Stadium
126,047Bolton Wanderers 2-0 West Ham UnitedFA Cup1923
First ever game at Wembley stadium - the "White Horse final". Estimates put the actual attendance close to 300,000
3Rangers Rangers
Ibrox
118,567Rangers 2-1 CelticScottish 1st Division1939
4Queen's Park Queen's Park
Hampden Park
95,722Queen's Park 0-1 RangersScottish Cup1930
5Cardiff City Portsmouth Cardiff City/Portsmouth
Wembley Stadium
89,874Cardiff City 0-1 PortsmouthFA Cup2008
6Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur
Wembley Stadium
85,512Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Bayer LeverkusenChampions League2016
7Manchester City Manchester City
Maine Road
84,569Manchester City 1-0 Stoke CityFA Cup1934
8Celtic Celtic
Celtic Park
83,500Celtic 3-0 RangersScottish 1st Division1938
9Chelsea Chelsea
Stamford Bridge
82,905Chelsea 1-1 Arsenal1st Division1935
10Manchester United Manchester United
Maine Road
81,962Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal1st Division1948
Man Utd played their home games at Maine Road from 1941-1949 after Old Trafford was bombed during World War II
11Everton Everton
Goodison Park
78,299Everton 1-1 Liverpool1st Division1948
12Wolverhampton Wanderers Grimsby Town Wolverhampton Wanderers/Grimsby Town
Old Trafford
76,962Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 Grimsby TownFA Cup1939
The record attendance at Old Trafford wasn't for a Man Utd match
13Aston Villa Aston Villa
Villa Park
76,588Aston Villa 3-4 Derby CountyFA Cup1946
14Manchester United Manchester United
Old Trafford
76,098Manchester United 4-1 Blackburn RoversPremier League2007
15Sunderland Sunderland
Roker Park
75,118Sunderland 0-1 Derby CountyFA Cup1933
16Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur
White Hart Lane
75,038Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 SunderlandFA Cup1938
17Charlton Athletic Charlton Athletic
The Valley
75,031Charlton Athletic 1-4 Aston VillaFA Cup1938
18Liverpool Manchester United Liverpool/Manchester United
The Millennium Stadium (Principality Stadium)
74,500Liverpool 2-0 Manchester UnitedLeague Cup2003
19Arsenal Arsenal
Old Wembley Stadium
73,707Arsenal 1-1 RC LensChampions League1998
20Arsenal Arsenal
Highbury
73,295Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland1st Division1935
21Sheffield Wednesday Sheffield Wednesday
Hillsborough
72,841Sheffield Wednesday 2-2 Manchester CityFA Cup1934
22Bolton Wanderers Bolton Wanderers
Burnden Park
69,912Bolton Wanderers 2-4 Manchester CityFA Cup1933
23Newcastle United Newcastle United
St James' Park
68,386Newcastle United 1-0 Chelsea1st Division1930
24Sheffield United Sheffield United
Bramall Lane
68,287Sheffield United 3-1 Leeds UnitedFA Cup1936
25Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town
Leeds Road
67,037Huddersfield Town 0-1 ArsenalFA Cup1932
26Birmingham City Birmingham City
St Andrew's
66,844Birmingham City 2-2 EvertonFA Cup1939
27Hibernian Hibernian
Easter Road
65,860Hibernian 1-2 Heart of MidlothianScottish 1st Division1950
28West Bromwich Albion West Bromwich Albion
The Hawthorns
64,815West Bromwich Albion 3-1 ArsenalFA Cup1937
29Wales Wales
Ninian Park
62,634Wales 1-1 EnglandBritish Home Championship1959
30Blackburn Rovers Blackburn Rovers
Ewood Park
62,522Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Bolton WanderersFA Cup1929
31West Ham United West Ham United
London Stadium (Olympic Stadium)
62,449West Ham United 0-2 Brighton & Hove AlbionPremier League2022
32Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
62,027Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 ArsenalPremier League2022
33Liverpool Liverpool
Anfield
61,905Liverpool 2-1 Wolverhampton WanderersFA Cup1952
34Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolverhampton Wanderers
Molineux
61,315Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1 LiverpoolFA Cup1939
35Arsenal Arsenal
The Emirates Stadium
60,161Arsenal 2-2 Manchester UnitedPremier League2007
36Cardiff City Cardiff City
Ninian Park
57,893Cardiff City 0-0 Arsenal1st Division1953
37Leeds United Leeds United
Elland Road
57,892Leeds United 1-1 SunderlandFA Cup1967
38Hull City Hull City
Boothferry Park
55,019Hull City 0-1 Manchester UnitedFA Cup1949
39Burnley Burnley
Turf Moor
54,775Burnley 1-0 Huddersfield TownFA Cup1924
40Manchester City Manchester City
Etihad Stadium
54,693Manchester City 1-3 Leicester CityPremier League2016
41Middlesbrough Middlesbrough
Ayresome Park
53,802Middlesbrough 1-0 Newcastle United1st Division1949
42Heart of Midlothian Heart of Midlothian
Tynecastle
53,396Heart of Midlothian 0-1 RangersScottish Cup1932
43Clyde Clyde
Shawfield
52,000Clyde 0-1 RangersScottish 1st Division1908
44Crystal Palace Crystal Palace
Selhurst Park
51,482Crystal Palace 2-0 Burnley2nd Division1979
45Coventry City Coventry City
Highfield Road
51,455Coventry City 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers2nd Division1967
46Portsmouth Portsmouth
Fratton Park
51,385Portsmouth 2-1 Derby CountyFA Cup1949
47Stoke City Stoke City
The Victoria Ground
51,380Stoke City 0-0 Arsenal1st Division1937
48Nottingham Forest Nottingham Forest
The City Ground
49,946Nottingham Forest 3-1 Manchester United1st Division1967
49Partick Thistle Partick Thistle
Firhill
49,838Partick Thistle 0-1 RangersScottish 1st Division1922
50Port Vale Port Vale
Vale Park
49,768Port Vale 1-2 Aston VillaFA Cup1960
51Fulham Fulham
Craven Cottage
49,335Fulham 2-1 Millwall2nd Division1938
52Millwall Millwall
The Old Den
48,672Millwall 2-1 Derby CountyFA Cup1937
53Sunderland Sunderland
The Stadium of Light
48,353Sunderland 0-1 LiverpoolPremier League2002
54Oldham Athletic Oldham Athletic
Boundary Park
47,671Oldham Athletic 3-4 Sheffield WednesdayFA Cup1930
55St Mirren St Mirren
Love Street
47,438St Mirren 2-1 CelticScottish League Cup1949
56Notts County Notts County
Meadow Lane
47,310Notts County 0-1 York CityFA Cup1955
57Leicester City Leicester City
Filbert Street
47,298Leicester City 0-3 Tottenham HotspurFA Cup1928
58Third Lanark Third Lanark
Cathkin Park
45,455Third Lanark 0-0 RangersScottish Cup1954
59Aberdeen Aberdeen
Pittodrie
45,061Aberdeen 3-0 Heart of MidlothianScottish Cup1954
60Norwich City Norwich City
Carrow Road
43,984Norwich City 0-2 Leicester CityFA Cup1963
61Plymouth Argyle Plymouth Argyle
Home Park
43,596Plymouth Argyle 2-2 Aston Villa2nd Division1936
62Bristol City Bristol City
Ashton Gate
43,335Bristol City 0-0 Preston North EndFA Cup1935
63Dundee Dundee
Dens Park
43,024Dundee 0-2 RangersScottish Cup1953
64Preston North End Preston North End
Deepdale
42,684Preston North End 1-3 Arsenal1st Division1938
65West Ham United West Ham United
Upton Park (Boleyn Ground)
42,322West Ham United 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur1st Division1970
66Derby County Derby County
The Baseball Ground
41,826Derby County 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur1st Division1969
67Queens Park Rangers Queens Park Rangers
White City Stadium
41,097Queens Park Rangers 3-1 Leeds UnitedFA Cup1932
68Barnsley Barnsley
Oakwell
40,255Barnsley 2-1 Stoke CityFA Cup1936
69Bury Bury
Gigg Lane
40,000Bury 0-2 Manchester City1st Division1924
70Bradford City Bradford City
Valley Parade
39,146Bradford City 1-0 BurnleyFA Cup1911
71Brentford Brentford
Griffin Park
38,678Brentford 0-2 Leicester CityFA Cup1949
72Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Eastville
38,472Bristol Rovers 3-3 Preston North EndFA Cup1960
73Blackpool Blackpool
Bloomfield Road
38,098Blackpool 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers1st Division1955
74Ipswich Town Ipswich Town
Portman Road
38,010Ipswich Town 0-0 Leeds UnitedFA Cup1975
75Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Rovers
Belle Vue
37,149Doncaster Rovers 0-0 Hull City2nd Division North1948
76FC Halifax Town FC Halifax Town
The Shay
36,885FC Halifax Town 0-3 Tottenham HotspurFA Cup1953
77Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion
The Goldstone Ground
36,747Brighton & Hove Albion 3-0 Fulham2nd Division1958
78Kilmarnock Kilmarnock
Rugby Park
35,995Kilmarnock 2-4 RangersScottish Cup1962
79Motherwell Motherwell
Fir Park
35,632Motherwell 2-1 RangersScottish Cup1952
80Queens Park Rangers Queens Park Rangers
Loftus Road
35,353Queens Park Rangers 0-1 Leeds United1st Division1974
81England England
The Riverside Stadium
35,000England 2-1 SlovakiaEuro 2004 Qualifier2003
82Middlesbrough Middlesbrough
The Riverside Stadium
34,836Middlesbrough 2-0 Norwich CityPremier League2004
83Wrexham Wrexham
The Racecourse Ground
34,445Wrexham 0-5 Manchester UnitedFA Cup1957
84Leyton Orient Leyton Orient
Brisbane Road (Breyer Group Stadium)
34,345Leyton Orient 0-3 West Ham UnitedFA Cup1964
85Port Vale Port Vale
Vicarage Road
34,099Port Vale 0-2 Manchester UnitedFA Cup1969
86England England
Pride Park
33,597England 4-0 MexicoFriendly2001
87Derby County Derby County
Pride Park
33,475Derby County v RangersFriendly2006
88Wales Wales
Cardiff City Stadium
33,280Wales 1-0 BelgiumEuro 2016 Qualifier2015
89Cardiff City Cardiff City
Cardiff City Stadium
33,082Cardiff City 0-2 LiverpoolPremier League2019
90Reading Reading
Elm Park
33,042Reading 1-0 BrentfordFA Cup1927
91Swansea City Swansea City
Vetch Field
32,796Swansea City 0-1 ArsenalFA Cup1968
92Southampton Southampton
St Mary's Stadium
32,363Southampton 4-0 Coventry CityChampionship2012
93Leicester City Leicester City
The King Power Stadium
32,242Leicester City 4-2 SunderlandPremier League2015
94Swindon Town Swindon Town
The County Ground
32,000Swindon Town 0-2 ArsenalFA Cup1972
95Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion
Amex Stadium
31,746Brighton & Hove Albion 4-1 ChelseaPremier League2022
96Grimsby Town Grimsby Town
Blundell Park
31,651Grimsby Town 1-1 Wolverhampton WanderersFA Cup1937
97Coventry City Coventry City
The Coventry Building Society Arena
31,407Coventry City 0-2 ChelseaFA Cup2009
98Raith Rovers Raith Rovers
Stark's Park
31,306Raith Rovers 0-1 Heart of MidlothianScottish Cup1953
99Southampton Southampton
The Dell
31,044Southampton 0-3 Manchester United1st Division1969
Southampton are one of few teams to have set a record attendance at their new stadium (St Mary's is bigger than The Dell ever was)
100Southend United Southend United
Roots Hall
31,033Southend United 0-0 LiverpoolFA Cup1979
101Chesterfield Chesterfield
Saltergate
30,561Chesterfield 2-2 Tottenham HotspurFA Cup1938
102Peterborough United Peterborough United
London Road
30,096Peterborough United 0-0 Swansea CityFA Cup1965
103Luton Town Luton Town
Kenilworth Road
30,069Luton Town 1-0 BlackpoolFA Cup1959
104Stoke City Stoke City
bet365 Stadium (The Britannia Stadium)
30,022Stoke City 1-2 EvertonPremier League2018
105St Johnstone St Johnstone
Muirton Park
29,942St Johnstone 1-3 DundeeScottish Cup1951
106AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth
Dean Court (The Vitality Stadium)
28,799AFC Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester UnitedFA Cup1957
107Hamilton Academical Hamilton Academical
Douglas Park
28,690Hamilton Academical 2-1 Heart of MidlothianScottish Cup1937
108Bolton Wanderers Bolton Wanderers
The University of Bolton Stadium
28,353Bolton Wanderers 2-2 Leicester CityPremier League2003
109Milton Keynes Dons Milton Keynes Dons
Stadium:MK
28,127Milton Keynes Dons 1-5 ChelseaFA Cup2016
110York City York City
Bootham Crescent
28,123York City 0-0 Huddersfield TownFA Cup1938
111Dundee United Dundee United
Tannadice
28,000Dundee United 2-0 BarcelonaInter City Fairs Cup1966
112Stockport County Stockport County
Edgeley Park
27,833Stockport County 1-2 LiverpoolFA Cup1950
113Dunfermline Athletic Dunfermline Athletic
East End Park
27,816Dunfermline Athletic 1-2 CelticScottish 1st Division1968
114Wigan Athletic Wigan Athletic
Springfield Park
27,526Wigan Athletic 4-1 Hereford UnitedFA Cup1953
115Carlisle United Carlisle United
Brunton Park
27,500Carlisle United 3-3 Birmingham CityFA Cup1957
116Albion Rovers Albion Rovers
The Cliftonhill Stadium
27,381Albion Rovers 1-3 RangersScottish Cup1936
117Queen Of The South Queen Of The South
Palmerston Park
26,552Queen Of The South 1-3 Heart of MidlothianScottish Cup1952
118Stirling Albion Stirling Albion
Annfield
26,400Stirling Albion 1-3 CelticScottish Cup1959
119Walsall Walsall
Fellows Park
25,453Walsall 1-0 Newcastle United2nd Division1961
120Ayr United Ayr United
Somerset Park
25,255Ayr United 2-1 RangersScottish 1st Division1969
121Rotherham United Rotherham United
Millmoor
25,170Rotherham United 3-1 Sheffield United2nd Division1952
Rotherham's record attendances at Milmoor and the New York Stadium have both been against Sheffield United. Both have resulted in 3-1 victories for Rotherham
122Wigan Athletic Wigan Athletic
DW Stadium
25,133Wigan Athletic 0-2 Manchester UnitedPremier League2008
123Hull City Hull City
The KCOM Stadium
25,030Hull City 0-0 LiverpoolPremier League2010
124Northampton Town Northampton Town
The County Ground
24,523Northampton Town 2-4 Fulham1st Division1966
125Mansfield Town Mansfield Town
Field Mill
24,467Mansfield Town 0-1 Nottingham ForestFA Cup1953
126Tranmere Rovers Tranmere Rovers
Prenton Park
24,424Tranmere Rovers 2-2 Stoke CityFA Cup1972
127Rochdale Rochdale
Spotland
24,371Rochdale 1-2 Notts CountyFA Cup1949
128Newport County Newport County
Somerton Park
24,268Newport County 1-1 Cardiff City3rd Division South1937
129Reading Reading
The Madejski Stadium
24,184Reading 2-1 EvertonPremier League2012
130Huddersfield Town Huddersfield Town
The John Smith's Stadium
24,169Huddersfield Town 1-1 Leicester CityPremier League2017
131Airdrieonians Airdrieonians
Broomfield Park
24,000Airdrieonians 2-2 Heart of MidlothianScottish Cup1952
132Scunthorpe United Scunthorpe United
The Old Showground
23,935Scunthorpe United 1-1 PortsmouthFA Cup1954
133Greenock Morton Greenock Morton
Cappielow Park
23,500Greenock Morton 1-1 CelticScottish 1st Division1922
134Lincoln City Lincoln City
Sincil Bank
23,196Lincoln City 0-3 Derby CountyLeague Cup1967
135Falkirk Falkirk
Brockville Park
23,100Falkirk 2-3 CelticScottish Cup1953
136Gillingham Gillingham
Priestfield
23,002Gillingham 1-1 Queens Park RangersFA Cup1948
137Oxford United Oxford United
The Manor Ground
22,750Oxford United 1-2 Preston North EndFA Cup1964
138East Fife East Fife
Bayview Park
22,515East Fife 3-0 Raith RoversScottish 1st Division1950
139Torquay United Torquay United
Plainmoor
21,908Torquay United 0-1 Huddersfield TownFA Cup1955
140Exeter City Exeter City
St James Park
21,014Exeter City 2-4 SunderlandFA Cup1931
141Swansea City Swansea City
The Liberty Stadium
20,972Swansea City 3-1 LiverpoolPremier League2016
142Chester City Chester City
Sealand Road
20,500Chester City 2-3 ChelseaFA Cup1952
143Millwall Millwall
The Den
20,093Millwall 0-1 ArsenalFA Cup1994
144Crewe Alexandra Crewe Alexandra
Gresty Road (The Alexandra Stadium)
20,000Crewe Alexandra 2-2 Tottenham HotspurFA Cup1960
Replay result: Spurs 13-2 Crewe
145Colchester United Colchester United
Layer Road
19,072Colchester United 2-4 ReadingFA Cup1948
146Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury Town
Gay Meadow
18,917Shrewsbury Town 1-2 Walsall3rd Division1961
147Bath City Bath City
Twerton Park
18,120Bath City 0-1 Brighton & Hove AlbionFA Cup1960
148Hereford United Hereford United
Edgar Street
18,114Hereford United 0-3 Sheffield WednesdayFA Cup1958
149Dumbarton Dumbarton
Boghead Park
18,000Dumbarton 0-4 Raith RoversScottish Cup1957
150Hartlepool United Hartlepool United
Victoria Park
17,426Hartlepool United 3-4 Manchester UnitedFA Cup1957
151Brentford Brentford
Brentford Community Stadium
17,122Brentford 0-3 ArsenalPremier League2022
152Barrow Barrow
Holker Street
16,874Barrow 2-2 Swansea CityFA Cup1954
153Yeovil Town Yeovil Town
The Huish
16,318Yeovil Town 2-1 SunderlandFA Cup1949
154Dulwich Hamlet Dulwich Hamlet
Champion Hill Stadium
16,258Dulwich Hamlet v NunheadFA Cup1931
155Wycombe Wanderers Wycombe Wanderers
Loakes Park
15,850Wycombe Wanderers 4-1 St Albans CityFA Amateur Cup1950
156Alloa Athletic Alloa Athletic
Recreation Park
15,467Alloa Athletic 2-4 CelticScottish Cup1955
157Doncaster Rovers Doncaster Rovers
The Keepmoat Stadium
15,001Doncaster Rovers 0-1 Leeds UnitedLeague One2008
158Clydebank Clydebank
New Kilbowie
14,900Clydebank 0-2 HibernianScottish Cup1965
159Sutton United Sutton United
VBS Stadium
14,000Sutton United 0-6 Leeds UnitedFA Cup1970
160Cambridge United Cambridge United
The Abbey Stadium
14,000Cambridge United 4-3 ChelseaFriendly1970
161Arbroath Arbroath
Gayfield Park
13,510Arbroath 0-2 RangersScottish Cup1952
162Berwick Rangers Berwick Rangers
Shielfield Park
13,365Berwick Rangers 1-0 RangersScottish Cup1967
163Elgin City Elgin City
Borough Briggs
12,608Elgin City 2-0 ArbroathScottish Cup1968
164Weymouth Weymouth
The Bob Lucas Stadium
12,512Weymouth 0-4 Yeovil TownFA Cup1948
165Stenhousemuir Stenhousemuir
Ochilview Park
12,500Stenhousemuir 0-3 East FifeScottish Cup1950
166Oxford United Oxford United
The Kassam Stadium
12,243Oxford United 2-3 Leyton OrientLeague Two2006
167Bristol Rovers Bristol Rovers
Memorial Stadium
12,011Bristol Rovers 1-5 West Bromwich AlbionFA Cup2008
168East Stirlingshire East Stirlingshire
Firs Park
12,000East Stirlingshire 1-2 Partick ThistleScottish Cup1921
169Rotherham United Rotherham United
New York Stadium
11,758Rotherham United 3-1 Sheffield UnitedLeague One2013
170Darlington Darlington
The Darlington Arena
11,600Darlington 0-2 Kidderminster HarriersLeague Two2003
171Scarborough Scarborough
The McCain Stadium
11,162Scarborough 1-1 Luton TownFA Cup1938
172Walsall Walsall
The Bescot
11,049Walsall 3-2 Rotherham UnitedLeague One2004
173Barnet Barnet
Underhill
11,026Barnet 2-0 Wycombe WanderersFA Amateur Youth Cup1952
174Boston United Boston United
York Street (The Jakemans Stadium)
11,000Boston United 1-6 Derby CountyFA Cup1974
175Accrington Stanley Accrington Stanley
Ewood Park
10,801Accrington Stanley 1-6 Crewe AlexandraFA Cup1992
Accrington chose to play this match at Blackburn's Ewood Park - this is technically Accrington's record home attendance
176St Johnstone St Johnstone
McDiarmid Park
10,721St Johnstone 1-1 RangersScottish Premiership1991
177Forfar Athletic Forfar Athletic
Station Park (Forfar)
10,708Forfar Athletic 0-7 RangersScottish Cup1970
178Shrewsbury Town Shrewsbury Town
The New Meadow
10,210Shrewsbury Town 1-2 ChelseaLeague Cup2014
179Livingston Livingston
Tony Macaroni Arena
10,112Livingston 0-2 RangersScottish Premiership2001
180Chesterfield Chesterfield
Technique Stadium
10,089Chesterfield 5-0 Rotherham UnitedLeague Two2011
181Colchester United Colchester United
JobServe Community Stadium
10,064Colchester United 0-5 Norwich CityLeague One2010
182Wycombe Wanderers Wycombe Wanderers
Adams Park
10,000Wycombe Wanderers 1-5 ChelseaFriendly2005
183Newport County Newport County
Rodney Parade
9,836Newport County 1-1 Tottenham HotspurFA Cup2018
184Inverness Caledonian Thistle Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Pittodrie
9,530Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1-3 AberdeenScottish Premiership2004
Inverness were groundsharing with Aberdeen at the time
185Yeovil Town Yeovil Town
Huish Park
9,527Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds UnitedLeague One2008
186Morecambe Morecambe
Christie Park
9,383Morecambe 0-1 WeymouthFA Cup1962
187Kidderminster Harriers Kidderminster Harriers
Aggborough
9,155Kidderminster Harriers 0-3 Hereford UnitedFA Cup1948
188Scunthorpe United Scunthorpe United
Glanford Park
9,077Scunthorpe United 2-5 Manchester UnitedLeague Cup2010
189Airdrieonians Airdrieonians
New Broomfield (Excelsior Stadium)
9,044Airdrieonians 0-6 RangersScottish League Cup2013
190Macclesfield Town Macclesfield Town
Moss Rose
9,003Macclesfield Town v Winsford UnitedCheshire Senior Cup1948
191Montrose Montrose
Links Park
8,983Montrose 1-4 DundeeScottish Cup1973
192Peterhead Peterhead
Recreation Park
8,643Peterhead 3-3 Raith RoversScottish Cup1987
193AFC Wimbledon AFC Wimbledon
Plough Lane
8,568AFC Wimbledon 0-1 Sutton UnitedLeague Two2022
194Cheltenham Town Cheltenham Town
Whaddon Road
8,326Cheltenham Town 1-2 ReadingFA Cup1956
195Brechin City Brechin City
Glebe Park
8,122Brechin City 2-4 AberdeenScottish Cup1973
196Stevenage Stevenage
Broadhall Way (Lamex Stadium)
8,040Stevenage 1-1 Newcastle UnitedFA Cup1998
Technically Stevenage's record attendance was set at St Andrews when the club elected to play their FA Cup tie away in 1997. 15,536 saw the 2-0 Birmingham victory
197Clyde Clyde
New Douglas Park
8,000Clyde 2-1 CelticScottish Cup2006
198Ross County Ross County
Victoria Park
8,000Ross County 0-2 RangersScottish Cup1966
199Falkirk Falkirk
The Falkirk Stadium
7,926Falkirk 1-2 Dundee UnitedScottish Premiership Play-Offs2017
200Northampton Town Northampton Town
Sixfields
7,798Northampton Town 1-3 Manchester UnitedLeague Cup2016
201St Mirren St Mirren
St Mirren Park (The Simple Digital Arena)
7,732St Mirren 1-1 Dundee UnitedScottish Premiership Play-Off Semi-Final2019
202Inverness Caledonian Thistle Inverness Caledonian Thistle
The Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
7,711Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0-3 RangersScottish Premiership2007
203Aldershot Town Aldershot Town
EBB Stadium
7,500Aldershot Town 2-6 Brighton & Hove AlbionFA Cup2000
204York City York City
LNER Community Stadium
7,448York City 2-0 Boston UnitedNational League North Play-Off Final2022
205Burton Albion Burton Albion
The Pirelli Stadium
6,746Burton Albion 1-0 Derby CountyChampionship2016
206Stranraer Stranraer
Stair Park
6,500Stranraer 0-1 RangersScottish Cup1948
207Fleetwood Town Fleetwood Town
Highbury Stadium
6,150Fleetwood Town 2-2 RochdaleFA Cup1965
208Hamilton Academical Hamilton Academical
New Douglas Park
6,001Hamilton Academical 0-2 CelticScottish Premiership2015
209Chester City Chester City
The Deva Stadium
5,987Chester City 1-0 ScarboroughFootball Conference2004
210Dagenham & Redbridge Dagenham & Redbridge
Victoria Road (Chigwell Construction Stadium)
5,949Dagenham & Redbridge 1-4 Ipswich TownFA Cup2002
211Crawley Town Crawley Town
The Broadfield Stadium
5,880Crawley Town 1-3 ReadingFA Cup2013
212Morecambe Morecambe
Globe Arena
5,831Morecambe 0-1 SunderlandLeague One2022
213Accrington Stanley Accrington Stanley
Edgar Street
5,397Accrington Stanley 0-1 Derby CountyFA Cup2019
214Barnet Barnet
The Hive
5,233Barnet 2-0 GatesheadNational League2015
215Peterhead Peterhead
Balmoor Stadium
4,855Peterhead 2-2 Rangers3rd Division2013
216Forest Green Rovers Forest Green Rovers
The New Lawn
4,836Forest Green Rovers 3-4 Derby CountyFA Cup2009
217East Fife East Fife
Bayview Stadium
4,700East Fife 0-4 RangersScottish League One2013
218Gedling Town Gedling Town
Moor Lane
4,518Gedling Town 0-3 Leeds UnitedLeague Cup2019
219Harrogate Town Harrogate Town
Wetherby Road (CNG Stadium)
4,280Harrogate Town 0-3 Harrogate Railway AthleticWhitworth Cup Final1905
220Stirling Albion Stirling Albion
The Forthbank Stadium
3,808Stirling Albion 0-2 AberdeenScottish Cup1996
221Gretna 2008 Gretna 2008
Raydale Park
3,000Gretna 2008 3-4 Dundee UnitedScottish Cup2005
222Scarborough Athletic Scarborough Athletic
Flamingo Land Stadium
2,805Scarborough Athletic 2-1 Warrington TownNorthern Premier League Play-Off Final2022
223FC Edinburgh FC Edinburgh
Meadowbank Stadium
2,522FC Edinburgh 1-6 HibernianFriendly2016
224Annan Athletic Annan Athletic
Galabank
2,517Annan Athletic 0-0 RangersScottish 3rd Division2012
225Bonnyrigg Rose Bonnyrigg Rose
New Dundas Park
2,400Bonnyrigg Rose 1-4 HibernianScottish League Cup2022
226Kelty Hearts Kelty Hearts
New Central Park (Kelty)
2,300Kelty Hearts 1-1 RangersFriendly2012
227Boston United Boston United
Jakemans Community Stadium
2,138Boston United 1-3 Brackley TownNational League North2021
228Cove Rangers Cove Rangers
Allan Park
2,100Cove Rangers 3-1 DeveronvaleHighland League Play-Off Final2009
229Dumbarton Dumbarton
The Rock (Cheaper Insurance Direct Ground)
1,978Dumbarton 1-2 RangersScottish Championship2015
230Cove Rangers Cove Rangers
Balmoral Stadium
1,955Cove Rangers 4-0 Berwick RangersHighland League Play-Off Final2019

Record Attendances - Win Percentage

Teams are much more likely to lose their record attendance match. The main reason for this is that most record attendances have been set for either cup matches or league matches against one of the "bigger" teams. Historically, that has resulted in more defeats for the team setting their attendance record.


Record Attendances - Overall Goals Record

Add together all the goals scored by the home teams vs all the goals scored by the away teams and away teams are the winners. Over the 222 matches we've analysed, that makes an average score of 1.26-1.82.

279
home
404
away

Record Attendances - Biggest Wins, Biggest Defeats and Most Goals

Derby County and Chesterfield both ran riot when setting their record attendances, running out 5-0 winners vs Spurs and Rotherham respoectively. Cove Rangers and Southampton both recorded 4-0 win in their recaord-breaking days too.

Some teams have had a nightmare though. Worst being Forfar Athletic who were turned over 0-7 by Rangers 1970. Rangers were a it again in 2013, handing Airdrieonians a 0-6 beating. Sutton, Boston, Accrington and FC Edinburgh have all shipped in 6 goals in home defeats in front of bumper crowds.

A dozen records have ended in 0-0 draws, but we've had some absolutely goalfests as well - none more so than Aldershot's 2-6 deafat at home to Brighton in 2000. A further 11 games have produced 7 goals including 4-3 thrillers for Cambridge, Forest Green, Oldham, Hartlepool, Gretna and Aston Villa.


Record Attendances - By Decade

Football's popularity (and the size of stadiums) grew in the 1930s and 1950s, with most club's record attandances set in these two decades. The 17 records set in the 1940s are particularly impressive, taking into account the league suspension for World War II. A lack of investment in stadiums shows in the 1970s and 1980s before the Hillsbrough Disaster brought around the change in requirement to all-seater stadiums.

Some of clubs which built new stadiums are bigger than the ones they replaced, leading to a healthy number of records set since the year 2000.

1900s
2/230 - 1%
1910s
1/230 - 0%
1920s
9/230 - 4%
1930s
38/230 - 17%
1940s
17/230 - 7%
1950s
40/230 - 17%
1960s
29/230 - 13%
1970s
13/230 - 6%
1980s
1/230 - 0%
1990s
6/230 - 3%
2000s
29/230 - 13%
2010s
35/230 - 15%
2020s
10/230 - 4%

Record Attendances - Away Teams

Football fans will always argue who is the bigger team, who has the most fans etc. Well, here's the stats we have - who has been the away team when the home side has set their record attendance?

Along with the ones you'd expect (Rangers, Arsenal, Man Utd and Celtic), we also find a few clubs would suprise people - Derby County, Sunderland and Wolves all feature prominently on the list.


Rangers
26 attendance records set as the away team

Arsenal
12 attendance records set as the away team

Manchester United
12 attendance records set as the away team

Celtic
9 attendance records set as the away team

Derby County
9 attendance records set as the away team


Chelsea
8 attendance records set as the away team

Leeds United
8 attendance records set as the away team

Liverpool
8 attendance records set as the away team

Sunderland
7 attendance records set as the away team

Tottenham Hotspur
7 attendance records set as the away team


Heart of Midlothian
6 attendance records set as the away team

Leicester City
5 attendance records set as the away team

Wolverhampton Wanderers
4 attendance records set as the away team

Aberdeen
3 attendance records set as the away team

Aston Villa
3 attendance records set as the away team


Brighton & Hove Albion
3 attendance records set as the away team

Dundee United
3 attendance records set as the away team

Everton
3 attendance records set as the away team

Hibernian
3 attendance records set as the away team

Huddersfield Town
3 attendance records set as the away team


Manchester City
3 attendance records set as the away team

Newcastle United
3 attendance records set as the away team

Preston North End
3 attendance records set as the away team

Raith Rovers
3 attendance records set as the away team

Reading
3 attendance records set as the away team


Stoke City
3 attendance records set as the away team

Burnley
2 attendance records set as the away team

Dundee
2 attendance records set as the away team

England
2 attendance records set as the away team

Fulham
2 attendance records set as the away team


Hereford United
2 attendance records set as the away team

Norwich City
2 attendance records set as the away team

Portsmouth
2 attendance records set as the away team

Rotherham United
2 attendance records set as the away team

Sheffield United
2 attendance records set as the away team


Sheffield Wednesday
2 attendance records set as the away team

Swansea City
2 attendance records set as the away team

West Ham United
2 attendance records set as the away team

Arbroath
1 attendance records set as the away team

Barcelona
1 attendance records set as the away team


Bayer Leverkusen
1 attendance records set as the away team

Belgium
1 attendance records set as the away team

Berwick Rangers
1 attendance records set as the away team

Birmingham City
1 attendance records set as the away team

Blackburn Rovers
1 attendance records set as the away team


Blackpool
1 attendance records set as the away team

Bolton Wanderers
1 attendance records set as the away team

Boston United
1 attendance records set as the away team

Brackley Town
1 attendance records set as the away team

Brentford
1 attendance records set as the away team


Cardiff City
1 attendance records set as the away team

Coventry City
1 attendance records set as the away team

Crewe Alexandra
1 attendance records set as the away team

Deveronvale
1 attendance records set as the away team

East Fife
1 attendance records set as the away team


Gateshead
1 attendance records set as the away team

Grimsby Town
1 attendance records set as the away team

Harrogate Railway Athletic
1 attendance records set as the away team

Hull City
1 attendance records set as the away team

Ipswich Town
1 attendance records set as the away team


Kidderminster Harriers
1 attendance records set as the away team

Leyton Orient
1 attendance records set as the away team

Luton Town
1 attendance records set as the away team

Mexico
1 attendance records set as the away team

Millwall
1 attendance records set as the away team


Nottingham Forest
1 attendance records set as the away team

Notts County
1 attendance records set as the away team

Partick Thistle
1 attendance records set as the away team

Queens Park Rangers
1 attendance records set as the away team

RC Lens
1 attendance records set as the away team


Rochdale
1 attendance records set as the away team

Scarborough
1 attendance records set as the away team

Slovakia
1 attendance records set as the away team

St Albans City
1 attendance records set as the away team

Sutton United
1 attendance records set as the away team


Walsall
1 attendance records set as the away team

Warrington Town
1 attendance records set as the away team

West Bromwich Albion
1 attendance records set as the away team

Weymouth
1 attendance records set as the away team

Winsford United
1 attendance records set as the away team


Wycombe Wanderers
1 attendance records set as the away team

Yeovil Town
1 attendance records set as the away team

York City
1 attendance records set as the away team

Record Attendances - Competitions

Cup competitions used to be a big thing back in the day, pulling in the crowds as teams advanced to later rounds, or played one of the really big boys at home. Across the English and Scottish leagues, over half of all record attendances we set at cup ties.

FA Cup
85/230 - 37%
Scottish Cup
32/230 - 14%
Premier League
18/230 - 8%
1st Division
17/230 - 7%
Scottish 1st Division
9/230 - 4%
2nd Division
7/230 - 3%
Friendly
6/230 - 3%
League One
6/230 - 3%
League Cup
5/230 - 2%
Scottish Premiership
5/230 - 2%
League Two
4/230 - 2%
Scottish League Cup
3/230 - 1%
3rd Division
2/230 - 1%
Championship
2/230 - 1%
Highland League Play-Off Final
2/230 - 1%
Champions League
2/230 - 1%
FA Amateur Cup
1/230 - 0%
National League North
1/230 - 0%
Scottish Premiership Play-Offs
1/230 - 0%
3rd Division South
1/230 - 0%
Cheshire Senior Cup
1/230 - 0%
FA Amateur Youth Cup
1/230 - 0%
National League North Play-Off Final
1/230 - 0%
Scottish 3rd Division
1/230 - 0%
Scottish League One
1/230 - 0%
Whitworth Cup Final
1/230 - 0%
British Home Championship
1/230 - 0%
Euro 2004 Qualifier
1/230 - 0%
Home International Championship
1/230 - 0%
Northern Premier League Play-Off Final
1/230 - 0%
Scottish Championship
1/230 - 0%
2nd Division North
1/230 - 0%
Euro 2016 Qualifier
1/230 - 0%
Football Conference
1/230 - 0%
Inter City Fairs Cup
1/230 - 0%
National League
1/230 - 0%
Scottish Premiership Play-Off Semi-Final
1/230 - 0%

Looking for more record attendance info? Check out our article on the biggest football attendances ever recorded.

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