Date: 18th December 2016 at 11:47pm
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As we near the turn of 2016 into 2017 and we bring the curtain down on the first half of the 2016/17 Championship campaign, here are the sides that boast the best to worst ‘fill percentages’ for the opening half of the campaign.

Obviously everyone will take a slightly different view of this, Stadium’s have wildly differing capacities from Newcastle United’s 52,405 down to Burton Albion’s 6,350 so the mean average capacity of 26,360 is pretty irrelevant to be honest.

And of course each club has their own fanbase split between season ticket holders and match day goers – so direct comparisons can’t be drawn between sides – but for fans of the club in isolation it can be a guide to how supporters are reacting to the season the team is having so far this year.

The Express have done the legwork on the numbers so errors are theirs, but with the second half of the season still to play out and the Championship already proving to be its usual competitive self and even table highflyers at the moment, Newcastle United and Brighton, have had their own blips with results, so come the end of the season when final positions are nailed down hopefully I can run this again and we can see how the more floating fan changed depending on whether results picked up or dropped off.

Rank
Club
Stadium % Fill
Capacity
1
Newcastle United
97.16%
52,405
2
Norwich City
96.25%
26,034
3
Birmingham City
94.18%
30,009
4
Bristol City
90.53%
21,497
5
Brighton
87.96%
30,750
6
Derby County
86.97%
33,597
7
Brentford
82.40%
12,763
8
Huddersfield Town
80.59%
24,500
9
Queens Park Rangers
80.42%
18,200
10
Rotherham United
80.27%
12,021
11
Aston Villa
73.84%
42,640
12
Fulham
71.30%
25,678
13
Burton Albion
70.85%
6,350
14
Reading
70.07%
24,161
15
Wolverhampton Wanderers
68.18%
28,525
16
Leeds United
67.18%
39,401
17
Sheffield Wednesday
66.68%
39,814
18
Nottingham Forest
64.11%
30,602
19
Barnsley
59.25%
23,009
20
Cardiff City
57.55%
26,828
21
Ipswich Town
55.39%
30,311
22
Preston North End
53.72%
23,408
23
Wigan Athletic
43.76%
25,135
24
Blackburn Rovers
35.20%
31,367



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