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IN NUMBERS | Wrexham AFC’s return to the EFL

Sold-out fixtures at the STōK Cae Ras and big attendances

24 September 2023

Wrexham AFC’s return to the EFL after 15 years in non-league football has seen sell-out crowds continue at the STōK Cae Ras and new attendance records be set.

Our next home game, against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday September 30, will be our ninth home game out of the first 13 matches of the season.

Of those nine matches, it will be our sixth home game in Sky Bet League 2, and the previous five have all attracted five-figure crowds.

The attendance of 10,205 for the opening game against MK Dons was our highest at the STōK Cae Ras since 2007, when the ground still had all four stands open, and we have bettered that twice since against Swindon Town and Doncaster Rovers. The last time each of our first five home league fixtures of a season attracted more than 10,000 fans was in 1959.

Alongside sell-outs in the home section, our matches are also attracting large away followings too – each of the five league games have seen more than 1,000 away supporters visit the STōK Cae Ras, selling out both tiers of the away section, with Crewe expected to do the same this Saturday.

As a result, we have the third-highest average attendance in Sky Bet League Two – only Bradford and Notts County have posted higher. However, our average attendance is more than 97% of the stadium capacity – significantly higher than any other club in the league. AFC Wimbledon (84.1%) and Mansfield Town (82.4%) are the next highest.

Attendances have not just gone up at our home fixtures either. Each of our four away fixtures have seen the home team record their highest attendance of the season too. Stockport County recorded their first sell-out of the season for Saturday’s game at Edgeley Park to continue that trend.

Our match at Barrow on Saturday August 26 saw them record their highest ever Sky Bet League Two crowd of 4,789 – with Wrexham taking 855 supporters to that game. The crowd for the game was 59.47% larger than Barrow’s only other home game.

Away from league action, we also posted our highest ever EFL Trophy attendance on our return to the competition. The match against Newcastle United Under-21s saw 7,988 supporters attend the STōK Cae Ras, with the fixture allowing supporters a chance to get to the normally sold-out stadium, in some cases for the first time.

Many other fans, at home and abroad are also watching live on iFollow, adding their virtual support to those in the stadium.

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