League One is the land of fallen giants where teams like Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday still compete with the Premier League for participation


The Stadium of Light hosts a huge game on Friday night as Sheffield Wednesday travel to Sunderland in the semi-finals.

The Owls are looking to win promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt, as this is Sunderland’s fourth season in the English third tier.

League One has some of the biggest crowds in English football

And it’s sure to be a rock vibe.

From the Premier League to non-League football, since fans were allowed back onto the pitch, millions have descended on their local club to watch a game every weekend.

Unlike other nations, Britain has a rich footballing tradition throughout its pyramid.

Look at Ligue 1.

With the capacity to accommodate over 400,000 fans each week across the 20 clubs, attendance in English football’s third tier rivals most leagues in the world.

This is the land of the fallen giants, where clubs once considered Premier League regulars now reside.

League One is the land of fallen giants where teams like Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday still compete with the Premier League for participation
The Light Stadium has a capacity of 49,000


Here’s the thing though, football fandom has no switch – and those glory days supporters haven’t gone anywhere.

Anyone who’s seen Sunderland ‘Til I Die will know exactly what we’re talking about, but it’s not just the Black Cats and their 49,000 capacity Stadium of Light.

A little over ten years ago, Bolton, Charlton and Portsmouth were vying for European places.

The Trotters reached the UEFA Cup Round of 16 as recently as 2006, and Pompey reached the group stages in 2008.

Venture further into history and you’ll learn that Sheffield Wednesday were once one of the biggest clubs in the country, winning the FA Cup three times and the former Premier League four times.

Even AFC Wimbledon and Wigan have won the FA Cup in their history.

As Leeds have shown, there is always hope no matter how long the exile.

And just as they have done at Elland Road for almost 20 years, League One fans will continue to turn out to bring their clubs back to the glory of yesteryear.

Average attendance of Ligue 1 clubs (2018/19)

League One is the land of fallen giants where teams like Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday still compete with the Premier League for participation

Morecambe: 2,033

Accrington: 2,764

Cheltenham: 3,134

Fleetwood: 3,165

Burtons: 3,351

Crew: 3,762

Wimbledon: 4,254

Cambridge: 4,366

Gillingham: 5,128

Wycombe: 5,389

Shrewsbury: 6,407

Oxford: 7,315

Doncaster: 8,098

MK donations: 8,224

Lincoln: 8,224

Rotherham: 9,880

Wigan: 11,663

Chalrton: 11,827

Bolton: 14,636

Ipswich: 17,765

Portsmouth: 18,223

Sheffield Wednesday: 24,429

Sunderland: 32,157


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