Charlton visit rated better than Millwall and Palace by away fans

The Valley. Picture by Edmund Boyden.

The Valley. Picture by Edmund Boyden.

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Charlton, Millwall and Crystal Palace have produced mixed results in a survey to discover which is the best away day experience for supporters.

Last season a total of 5,308 travelling fans from different teams were asked to rate all of the 92 Premier League and Football League clubs by the Football Supporters’ Federation.

A day at The Valley was the most enjoyable of our three sides, with opposing fans giving it a rating out of 10 of 6.55 ahead of Millwall (5.29) and Crystal Palace (4.79).

The Eagles’ figures were actually the lowest in the Premier League, with Charlton ranking 14th in the Championship above the Lions in 19th.

Unsurprisingly the top three sides in the Championship for the ultimate away day out are clubs with a recent Premier League pedigree - Wigan (7.92), Reading (7.54) and Blackburn (7.37).

Overall Plymouth Argyle (8.33) were considered the best of all 92 clubs with Gillingham (3.69) the worst.

The most important factors when deciding to attend an away match in percentage terms were distance of travel (44%), time/day of kick-off (42.6%) and price of a match ticket (40.4%).

Likelihood of victory (3.9%) was the least important consideration ahead of other activities around the match (5.2%) and level of opposition (6.5%).

You can find out more about the survey by visiting http://bit.ly/1n5FSGq

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2:27pm Wed 11 Jun 14

frankN says...

Trouble is charlton people have not been toilet trained, so leave a mess all over the floor !
Trouble is charlton people have not been toilet trained, so leave a mess all over the floor ! frankN
  • Score: -7

6:10pm Wed 11 Jun 14

moody1885 says...

Sorry, but the survey is void straight away if a Rugby League ground in a Rugby League town came out as best away day in the Championship, followed by a soulless bowl next to a motorway, filled with some of the most stereotypical post Euro 96 football fans going, in second place!

Who was asked? Only those people driving Ford Mondeos and listening to Cold Play on the way to the game? As those are the only type of people who could get more joy out visiting Wigan or Reading over visiting the City Ground, Hillsborough or Elland Road.

Strangely, it seems like the Championship has more soccer-ball types than the Premier League - as they at least recognised Selhurst Park for what it is - one of the few old grounds that hasn't, and never had, any real character, stuck in a suburban sprawl of blandness with awful parking and transport links, filled with charmless, manufactured 'atmosphere'. 

Perhaps I'm biased, but how can The Den & The Valley be so low in the Championship?

The Valley has been rebuilt with a fair bit of character, and has always been a friendly place to visit, and is situated in the historic borough of Greenwich. What's not to like?

And The Den is  pretty much central London, only a 4 minute train ride from London Bridge, and therefore should be considered a great away day, with so many great things to do, places to eat and drink not that far away...before hopping on a train for the short ride to South Bermondsey & your very own direct walkway to an away end that lets you sit where you want in a particular block, so none of this arguing over seats or not being able to sit with friends, and with totally unrestricted and pretty decent views.

But, I'm guessing the Cold Play fans who did the survey prefer their away grounds to be next to a motorway, sterile and filled with foam hand waving Tim Lovejoy clones. 

So, I'd take it as a massive compliment to be honest Millwall & Charlton fans. 
Sorry, but the survey is void straight away if a Rugby League ground in a Rugby League town came out as best away day in the Championship, followed by a soulless bowl next to a motorway, filled with some of the most stereotypical post Euro 96 football fans going, in second place! Who was asked? Only those people driving Ford Mondeos and listening to Cold Play on the way to the game? As those are the only type of people who could get more joy out visiting Wigan or Reading over visiting the City Ground, Hillsborough or Elland Road. Strangely, it seems like the Championship has more soccer-ball types than the Premier League - as they at least recognised Selhurst Park for what it is - one of the few old grounds that hasn't, and never had, any real character, stuck in a suburban sprawl of blandness with awful parking and transport links, filled with charmless, manufactured 'atmosphere'.  Perhaps I'm biased, but how can The Den & The Valley be so low in the Championship? The Valley has been rebuilt with a fair bit of character, and has always been a friendly place to visit, and is situated in the historic borough of Greenwich. What's not to like? And The Den is  pretty much central London, only a 4 minute train ride from London Bridge, and therefore should be considered a great away day, with so many great things to do, places to eat and drink not that far away...before hopping on a train for the short ride to South Bermondsey & your very own direct walkway to an away end that lets you sit where you want in a particular block, so none of this arguing over seats or not being able to sit with friends, and with totally unrestricted and pretty decent views. But, I'm guessing the Cold Play fans who did the survey prefer their away grounds to be next to a motorway, sterile and filled with foam hand waving Tim Lovejoy clones.  So, I'd take it as a massive compliment to be honest Millwall & Charlton fans.  moody1885
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Marty1979 says...

The most important factors when deciding to attend an away match in percentage terms were distance of travel (44%), time/day of kick-off (42.6%) and price of a match ticket (40.4%)."

Palace are in the Premier league, so prices would be higher

Also more games are televised, so kick-off times get moved
The most important factors when deciding to attend an away match in percentage terms were distance of travel (44%), time/day of kick-off (42.6%) and price of a match ticket (40.4%)." Palace are in the Premier league, so prices would be higher Also more games are televised, so kick-off times get moved Marty1979
  • Score: -3

8:55am Thu 12 Jun 14

moody1885 says...

Marty1979 wrote:
The most important factors when deciding to attend an away match in percentage terms were distance of travel (44%), time/day of kick-off (42.6%) and price of a match ticket (40.4%)."

Palace are in the Premier league, so prices would be higher

Also more games are televised, so kick-off times get moved
Palace finished bottom of the Premier League section - so, are they charging more than Arsenal & Chelsea these days, and are they on TV more than United & Liverpool?

Or, is it because unless you like banners made by teenagers (so, just Art teachers or facist Italians) you find the epic journey through bland, Croydon suburbia hardly worth the effort to sit in a shallow, crumbling shack to watch a team of giants try and nick a goal, while a group of sexually frustrated young men dressed in black bounce up and down, giving you a headache, but with no fan interaction with away fans or with what is actually going on on the pitch...like some Monthy Python sketch?
[quote][p][bold]Marty1979[/bold] wrote: The most important factors when deciding to attend an away match in percentage terms were distance of travel (44%), time/day of kick-off (42.6%) and price of a match ticket (40.4%)." Palace are in the Premier league, so prices would be higher Also more games are televised, so kick-off times get moved[/p][/quote]Palace finished bottom of the Premier League section - so, are they charging more than Arsenal & Chelsea these days, and are they on TV more than United & Liverpool? Or, is it because unless you like banners made by teenagers (so, just Art teachers or facist Italians) you find the epic journey through bland, Croydon suburbia hardly worth the effort to sit in a shallow, crumbling shack to watch a team of giants try and nick a goal, while a group of sexually frustrated young men dressed in black bounce up and down, giving you a headache, but with no fan interaction with away fans or with what is actually going on on the pitch...like some Monthy Python sketch? moody1885
  • Score: 4

12:03pm Thu 12 Jun 14

PaulErith says...

Selhurst Park is an absolute dive of a stadium. The Den, per se, is ok, but sits in a dive of an area.
Selhurst Park is an absolute dive of a stadium. The Den, per se, is ok, but sits in a dive of an area. PaulErith
  • Score: 4

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