List of record home attendances of English football clubs

This is a list of record home attendances of English football clubs. It lists the highest attendance of all 92 current English Football League and Premier League clubs for a home match. It is noticeable that a large proportion of records were set at matches in the FA Cup.

St Mary's, the home of Southampton, is one of the few club grounds to have set an attendance record in the 21st century.

Attendances have noticeably declined since all-seater stadia were introduced in the late 1980s, with many records set at the terraced stadia, with their high standing capacities, that were replaced. In several cases records were achieved at a former ground rather than the club's current location. For example, Wigan Athletic's record was set at Springfield Park, not their current home, the DW Stadium.

The record home attendance for five clubs occurred away from their usual home grounds. Manchester United's record home attendance was set at Maine Road, the home of neighbours Manchester City, during a period when United's Old Trafford was being rebuilt following bomb damage sustained during the Second World War.[1] During the 1998–99 season Arsenal played their UEFA Champions League home matches at Wembley,[2] with the 73,707 attendance against Lens exceeding the record for Highbury and Tottenham Hotspur also played their UEFA Champions League games at Wembley Stadium in the 2016–17 season.[3] Similarly, Accrington Stanley's record home attendance was set when the club played an FA Cup home tie at Blackburn's Ewood Park instead of their usual home (the Crown Ground) and Stevenage's record was set when the club played a "home" FA Cup tie against Birmingham City at Birmingham's St Andrews ground.[4]

List

Records correct as of 23 March 2018. Italics denote attendance record set at ground not designated as usual home ground; Bold denote attendance record set at current ground.

RankClubAttendanceStadiumOppositionCompetitionDateRef
1Tottenham Hotspur85,512Wembley Stadium[lower-alpha 1]Bayer LeverkusenUEFA Champions League group stage 2 November 2016[5]
2Manchester City84,569Maine RoadStoke CityFA Cup sixth round3 March 1934[6]
3Chelsea82,905Stamford BridgeArsenalFirst Division12 October 1935[7][8]
4Manchester United81,962Maine Road[lower-alpha 2]ArsenalFirst Division17 January 1948[9][10]
5Everton78,299Goodison ParkLiverpoolFirst Division18 September 1948[11]
6Aston Villa76,588Villa ParkDerby CountyFA Cup sixth round, first leg2 March 1946[12]
7Sunderland75,118Roker ParkDerby CountyFA Cup sixth round replay8 March 1933[13]
8Charlton Athletic75,031The ValleyAston VillaFA Cup fifth round12 February 1938[14]
9Arsenal73,707Wembley Stadium (1923)[lower-alpha 3]RC LensUEFA Champions League group stage25 November 1998[3][16]
10Sheffield Wednesday72,841Hillsborough StadiumManchester CityFA Cup fifth round17 February 1934[17]
11Bolton Wanderers69,912Burnden ParkManchester CityFA Cup fifth round18 February 1933[18]
12Newcastle United68,386St James' ParkChelseaFirst Division3 September 1930[19]
13Sheffield United68,287Bramall LaneLeeds UnitedFA Cup fifth round15 February 1936[20]
14Huddersfield Town67,037Leeds RoadArsenalFA Cup sixth round27 February 1932[21]
15Birmingham City66,844St AndrewsEvertonFA Cup fifth round11 March 1939[22]
16West Bromwich Albion64,815The HawthornsArsenalFA Cup sixth round6 March 1937[23]
17Blackburn Rovers62,522Ewood ParkBolton WanderersFA Cup sixth round2 March 1929[24]
18Liverpool61,905AnfieldWolverhampton WanderersFA Cup fourth round2 February 1952[25]
19Wolverhampton Wanderers61,315Molineux StadiumLiverpoolFA Cup fifth round11 February 1939[26]
20West Ham United59,988London StadiumEvertonPremier League30 March 2019[27]
21Cardiff City57,893Ninian ParkArsenalFirst Division22 April 1953[28]
22Leeds United57,892Elland RoadSunderlandFA Cup fifth round replay15 March 1967[29]
23Hull City55,019Boothferry ParkManchester UnitedFA Cup sixth round26 February 1949[30]
24Burnley54,775Turf MoorHuddersfield TownFA Cup third round23 February 1924[31]
25Middlesbrough53,802Ayresome ParkNewcastle UnitedFirst Division29 December 1949[32]
26Crystal Palace51,482Selhurst ParkBurnleySecond Division11 May 1979[33]
27Coventry City51,455Highfield RoadWolverhampton WanderersSecond Division29 April 1967[34]
28Portsmouth51,385Fratton ParkDerby CountyFA Cup sixth round26 February 1949[35]
29Stoke City51,380Victoria GroundArsenalFirst Division29 March 1937[36]
30Nottingham Forest49,946City GroundManchester UnitedFirst Division28 October 1967[37]
31Port Vale49,768Vale ParkAston VillaFA Cup fifth round20 February 1960[38]
32Fulham49,335Craven CottageMillwallSecond Division8 October 1938[39]
33Millwall48,672The Den (old)Derby CountyFA Cup fifth round20 February 1937[40]
34Oldham Athletic47,671Boundary ParkSheffield WednesdayFA Cup fifth round25 January 1930[41]
35Notts County47,310Meadow LaneYork CityFA Cup sixth round12 March 1955[42]
36Leicester City47,298Filbert StreetTottenham HotspurFA Cup fifth round18 February 1928[43]
37Norwich City43,984Carrow RoadLeicester CityFA Cup sixth round30 March 1963[44]
38Plymouth Argyle43,596Home ParkAston VillaSecond Division10 October 1936[45]
39Bristol City43,335Ashton GatePreston North EndFA Cup fifth round16 February 1935[46]
40Preston North End42,684DeepdaleArsenalFirst Division23 April 1938[47]
41Derby County41,826Baseball GroundTottenham HotspurFirst Division20 September 1969[48]
42Queen's Park Rangers41,097White City StadiumLeeds UnitedFA Cup third round9 January 1932[49]
43Barnsley40,255Oakwell StadiumStoke CityFA Cup fifth round15 February 1936[50]
44Bury40,000Gigg LaneManchester CityFirst Division30 August 1924[51]
45Bradford City39,146Valley ParadeBurnleyFA Cup fourth round11 March 1911[52]
46Brentford38,678Griffin ParkPreston North EndFA Cup sixth round26 February 1949[53]
47Bristol Rovers38,472Eastville StadiumPreston North EndFA Cup fourth round30 January 1960[54]
48Blackpool38,098Bloomfield RoadWolverhampton WanderersFirst Division19 September 1955[55]
49Ipswich Town38,010Portman RoadLeeds UnitedFA Cup sixth round8 March 1975[56]
50Doncaster Rovers37,149Belle VueHull CityThird Division North2 October 1948[57]
51Brighton & Hove Albion36,747Goldstone GroundFulhamSecond Division27 December 1958[58]
52Leyton Orient34,345Brisbane RoadWest Ham UnitedFA Cup fourth round25 January 1964[59]
53Watford34,099Vicarage RoadManchester UnitedFA Cup fourth round replay3 February 1969[60]
54Reading33,042Elm ParkBrentfordFA Cup fifth round19 February 1927[61]
55Swansea City32,796Vetch FieldArsenalFA Cup fourth round17 February 1968[62]
56Southampton32,363St Mary's StadiumCoventry CityChampionship28 April 2012[63]
57Swindon Town32,000County GroundArsenalFA Cup third round15 January 1972[64]
58Grimsby Town31,651Blundell ParkWolverhampton WanderersFA Cup fifth round20 February 1937[65]
59Southend United31,033Roots HallLiverpoolFA Cup third round10 January 1979[66]
60Chesterfield30,561Recreation GroundTottenham HotspurFA Cup fifth round12 February 1938[67]
61Peterborough United30,096London RoadSwansea TownFA Cup fifth round20 February 1965[68]
62Luton Town30,069Kenilworth RoadBlackpoolFA Cup sixth round replay4 March 1959[69]
63Bournemouth28,799Dean CourtManchester UnitedFA Cup sixth round2 March 1957[70]
64Milton Keynes Dons28,127Stadium MKChelseaFA Cup fourth round31 January 2016[71]
65Wigan Athletic27,526Springfield ParkHereford UnitedFA Cup second round12 December 1953[72]
66Carlisle United27,500Brunton ParkBirmingham CityFA Cup third round5 January 1957[73]
67Walsall25,453Fellows ParkNewcastle UnitedSecond Division29 August 1961[74]
68Rotherham United25,170MillmoorSheffield UnitedSecond Division13 December 1952[75]
69Northampton Town24,523County GroundFulhamFirst Division23 April 1966[76]
70Rochdale24,371SpotlandNotts CountyFA Cup second round10 December 1949[77]
71Scunthorpe United23,935Old ShowgroundPortsmouthFA Cup fourth round30 January 1954[78]
72Gillingham23,002Priestfield StadiumQueens Park RangersFA Cup third round10 January 1948[79]
73Oxford United22,750Manor GroundPreston North EndFA Cup sixth round29 February 1964[80]
74Torquay United21,908PlainmoorHuddersfield TownFA Cup fourth round29 January 1955[81]
75Exeter City21,014St James ParkSunderlandFA Cup sixth round4 March 1931[82]
76Crewe Alexandra20,000Gresty RoadTottenham HotspurFA Cup fourth round30 January 1960[83]
77Colchester United19,072Layer RoadReadingFA Cup first round27 November 1948[84]
78Shrewsbury Town18,917Gay MeadowWalsallThird Division26 April 1961[85]
79Hartlepool United17,426Victoria ParkManchester UnitedFA Cup third round5 January 1957[86]
80Yeovil Town16,318Huish Athletic GroundSunderlandFA Cup fourth round29 January 1949[87]
81Wycombe Wanderers15,850Loakes ParkSt Albans CityFA Amateur Cup fourth round25 February 1950[88]
82Stevenage15,536St AndrewsBirmingham CityFA Cup third round4 January 1997[89]
83Cambridge United14,000Abbey StadiumChelseaFriendly1 May 1970[90]
84Barnet11,026Underhill StadiumWycombe WanderersFA Amateur Cup fourth round23 February 1952[91]
85Accrington Stanley10,801Ewood ParkCrewe AlexandraFA Cup second round5 December 1995[4]
86Cheltenham Town10,389The Athletic GroundBlackpoolFA Cup third round13 January 1934[92]
87Morecambe9,383Christie ParkWeymouthFA Cup third round6 January 1962[93]
88Aldershot Town7,500Recreation GroundBrighton & Hove AlbionFA Cup first round18 November 2000[94]
89Burton Albion6,746Pirelli StadiumDerby CountyEFL Championship26 August 2016[95]
90Fleetwood Town6,150Highbury StadiumRochdaleFA Cup first round13 November 1965[96]
91Crawley Town5,880Broadfield StadiumReadingFA Cup third round5 January 2013[97]
92AFC Wimbledon4,870KingsmeadowAccrington StanleyLeague Two play-off semi-final, first leg14 May 2016[98]
Footnotes
  1. 2016-17 European matches played at Wembley due to redevelopment work at Tottenham Hotspur's home ground, White Hart Lane; record at usual stadium 75,038 vs Sunderland (FA Cup 6th round, 5 March 1938).
  2. Match played at Manchester City's home ground, Maine Road, due to World War II bomb damage at Manchester United's ground, Old Trafford.
  3. In order to boost attendance figures, Arsenal was granted permission by UEFA and the Football Association to host their home Champions League matches at Wembley Stadium rather than at their home ground of Highbury.[15]

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