How does Derby County’s average attendance this season compare to Nottingham Forest?
The 2022/23 season has been one that Derby County can look back on with some delight so far.
The Rams have been going through a hot period on and off the field lately, starting the championship season in administration last season, effectively putting them under a transfer embargo.
While they also had to climb a mountain to stay in the division after suffering a hefty points deduction. It came as no surprise that Derby were relegated to League One, but after manager Wayne Rooney left and the club had a mixed start to the season, the season hasn’t got off to the best start.
However, Derby appointed Paul Warne as their new manager in September and the club are slowly but surely on an upward trend.
While Nottingham Forest, Derby’s bitter rivals, are two divisions above the Rams after they were promoted to the Premier League last season.
Forest are making a good attempt to be back in the Premier League and the club are also making it to the final rounds of the EFL Cup.
Despite playing in different leagues, both clubs have strong followings and a large fanbase, which shows in their presence at their stadiums.
Here at FLW we’ve compared the attendances of both teams this season using football websites…
Pride Park has a capacity of 33,597, a figure that makes it one of League One’s largest stadiums.
Recent struggles from last season have spurred Derby fans to show even more support for their team. In the first 13 derby games of the league season, the club average 27,156 spectators, which is the highest figure in League One.
In their opening game of the 2022/23 season, against Oxford United, Pride Park drew 31,053 spectators, which is the club’s highest attendance so far this season.
In early December, Derby welcomed play-off rivals Sheffield Wednesday to Pride Park and the attendance for that game was 28,192.
The club’s second-highest home attendance this season came a few weeks ago when they welcomed another play-off rival to Pride Park. Derby defeated a Bolton Wanderers team in front of 30,004 spectators.
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Nottingham Forest has a slightly smaller stadium capacity than Derby, with the city ground holding just 30,332.
In the Premier League, Forest average 29,085 visitors, that’s the 16thth the best in the league so far this season.
Forest had a crowd of 29,281 for their first Premier League game at the City Ground, that was their game against West Ham United which they won 1-0.
The club’s highest attendance so far this season came against Tottenham Hotspur at the end of August, a game Forest lost 2-0 but drew 29,296 spectators.
The City Ground was almost at its busiest when the club hosted big teams at their home stadium; Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham have all seen attendance near capacity of 30,000.
Their last home game was against Leicester City on April 14th January, and the viewership for that game was 29,301.
Derby hope they can entertain their bitter rivals back at Pride Park next season, while Forest hope to stay in the Premier League beyond this season.