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FESTIVE CHEER AT THE TURNSTILES
Welshpool fans These Welshpool fans had to brave the elements on New Year's Day, but festive crowds were up on last season [welsh-premier.com photo]
ATTENDANCES over the Christmas and New Year festivities vindicated Welsh Premier League secretary John Deakin's back-to-back fixture planning, which saw local derbies on 27 December followed by reverse games over the New Year weekend.
Crowds at the 15 games averaged 607 and Caernarfon with 998 spectators, Newtown (915), Port Talbot (840), Caersws (812) and Welshpool Town (480) all broke their record for a home league game.
In total, 5,384 fans watched the eight-game programme at Christmas, a league record for a single day's fixtures, headed by the 1,012 who watched Haverfordwest host Carmarthen, only one short of the Bluebirds' highest-ever attendance.
A total of 1727 saw the Newtown - Caersws derbies with both clubs breaking their league attendance record.
As a result, attendances at all league games - which had been running 10% behind last season's - are now averaging 294 - only 2% down on the last campaign.
However, Deakin said today that the clubs who managed to get their January 1 fixtures postponed this season will need a better excuse next year than wanting their players to be able to enjoy a New Year's Eve drink!
3 January 2021