Belfast Telegraph

NI Football League reaches one million fan milestone as attendances rise again

Coleraine supporters in full voice at the Irish Cup final in May.
Coleraine supporters in full voice at the Irish Cup final in May.

The NI Football League's attendances have been on the rise in recent seasons and during the past season a significant milestone was reached; the one millionth fan through the turnstiles.

Since the formation of the NI Football League in 2013, collective attendances totalling 1,122,546 have been recorded in the five seasons to date.

That's a stunning 21% rise on the five-year period leading up to the formation of the new league.

During that initial five year period, attendances have risen every single season, with an additional 5,000 supporters attending Danske Bank Premiership games this season; a 2% rise on the 2016/2017 campaign.

Managing Director Andrew Johnston said: “We are obviously delighted that local football continues to grow each year – so it’s amazing that we have had one million fans experience our league in such a short period of time.

“There has been collective effort from ourselves, clubs, partners and the local media to promote the NI Football League and supporters who have joined us in huge numbers and have been rewarded with arguably the most exciting Danske Bank Premiership season in decades”.

Last month, Crusaders clinched the prestigious Gibson Cup trophy on the final day of a pulsating Premiership title race, to narrowly overcome challengers Coleraine. The Bannsiders went on to lift the Irish Cup a week later.

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