The steady rise in attendances around the Ryman League since the 2016-17 season kicked off is showing no sign of slowing.

The latest attendance figures released by the Ryman League’s official statistician Mike Wilson show gates up by an average of 4.3 per cent on the opening three months of 2016-16 campaign.

The figures covering the period up to and including 31 October show Dulwich Hamlet continuing to lead the way after posting the best attendances in the Ryman Premier on four occasions, the biggest a season high for the league of 2,217 at their clash with Bognor Regis Town at Champion Hill on 8 October 2016.

In total, 115,558 paying fans have passed through the turnstiles of all three divisions since August, pushing the average gate at the 540 fixtures played up from 205 last term to 214 for the same period this season.

The Ryman Premier accounted for the biggest share of the gates at 53.9 percent with the Ryman South contributing 28.1 per cent and Ryman North the remaining 18 per cent.

In Ryman North, AFC Hornchurch posted the highest gates in the division on four occasions while Bury Town recorded the highest overall gate so far for their home game with the Urchins in September, 320 fans turning out at Ram Meadow.

Despite Tooting & Mitcham United posting the highest gate on five occasions in Ryman South, Guernsey attracted the biggest crowd in the first three months of the season when 769 supporters turned out at Footes Lane for their clash with Chatham Town on the first Saturday in September, Non-League Day 2016.


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