More than a third of English football's 20 largest average attendances are in the SkyBet Championship, according to latest Trinity Mirror Data Unit

Over the last decade or so, many of what were traditionally considered some of the country’s biggest clubs fell on hard times and tumbled down the divisions.

To their fans’ frustration, most of them are still down there while so-called smaller clubs have risen up to the top flight.

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Fans of the fallen clubs are still turning out in large numbers though, to the extent that if you were to make up the Premier League simply based on no criteria other than average attendances, seven of its 20 clubs would be current Championship sides.

With an average crowd of 32,142 this season, Leeds United have the highest average attendance in the Championship and the 10th highest in the country, according to figures taken from worldfootball.net.

Aston Villa have the 14th highest average attendance in the country (29,472) while Sunderland have the 16th highest (28,438), Sheffield Wednesday the 17th highest (27,204), Wolverhampton Wanderers the 18th highest (26,477), Derby County the 19th highest (26,157) and Sheffield United the 20th highest (26,108).

Have a look below at the full breakdown of attendances, collated in a league table running from a Premier League all the way down to a League Two.

Premier League

Rank | Team | Average
1 | Manchester United | 75,027
2 | Tottenham Hotspur | 68,938
3 | Arsenal | 59,290
4 | West Ham United | 56,962
5 | Liverpool | 53,192
6 | Manchester City | 52,269
7 | Newcastle United | 52,067
8 | Chelsea | 41,502
9 | Everton | 38,615
10 | Leeds United | 32,142
11 | Leicester City | 31,610
12 | Southampton | 31,559
13 | Brighton & Hove Albion | 30,421
14 | Aston Villa | 29,472
15 | Stoke City | 29,431
16 | Sunderland | 28,438
17 | Sheffield Wednesday | 27,204
18 | Wolverhampton Wanderers | 26,477
19 | Derby County | 26,157
20 | Sheffield United | 26,108

That leaves seven Premier League clubs who would be down in the lower leagues - Crystal Palace (24,375), West Bromwich Albion (24,316), Huddersfield Town (23,994), Swansea City (20,702), Watford (20,298) and Burnley (19,747) would all be in the Championship.

AFC Bournemouth, however, with an average attendance of 10,433 this season would be down in League One.

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Championship

Rank | Team | Average
1 | Norwich City | 25,863
2 | Nottingham Forest | 25,446
3 | Middlesbrough | 25,019
4 | Crystal Palace | 24,375
5 | West Bromwich Albion | 24,316
6 | Huddersfield Town | 23,994
7 | Cardiff City | 20,840
8 | Swansea City | 20,702
9 | Birmingham City | 20,602
10 | Watford | 20,298
11 | Bradford City | 20,267
12 | Burnley | 19,747
13 | Fulham | 19,559
14 | Bristol City | 19,038
15 | Portsmouth | 17,514
16 | Reading | 17,233
17 | Bolton Wanderers | 16,132
18 | Hull City | 15,980
19 | Ipswich Town | 15,777
20 | Preston North End | 13,839
21 | Queens Park Rangers | 13,774
22 | Barnsley | 13,428
23 | Millwall | 12,637
24 | Charlton Athletic | 11,311

League One

Rank | Team | Average
1 | Blackburn Rovers | 10,848
2 | Bournemouth | 10,433
3 | Brentford | 9,750
4 | Milton Keynes Dons | 9,364
5 | Plymouth Argyle | 9,054
6 | Bristol Rovers | 8,814
7 | Wigan Athletic | 8,555
8 | Lincoln City | 8,524
9 | Coventry City | 8,034
10 | Doncaster Rovers | 8,034
11 | Rotherham United | 7,914
12 | Luton Town | 7,787
13 | Oxford United | 7,383
14 | Southend United | 7,071
15 | Notts County | 7,038
16 | Peterborough United | 6,624
17 | Swindon Town | 6,419
18 | Shrewsbury Town | 6,126
19 | Northampton Town | 5,972
20 | Chesterfield | 5,316
21 | Gillingham | 5,181
22 | Burton Albion | 5,000
23 | Grimsby Town | 4,984
24 | Port Vale | 4,627

Huddersfield Town vs Tottenham Hotspur, 30.09.17: Town fans at the John Smith's clash.
Huddersfield Town vs Tottenham Hotspur, 30.09.17: Town fans at the John Smith's clash.

League Two

Rank | Team | Average
1 | Carlisle United | 4,610
2 | Walsall | 4,579
3 | Mansfield Town | 4,490
4 | Scunthorpe United | 4,382
5 | Cambridge United | 4,375
6 | Wycombe Wanderers | 4,324
7 | Oldham Athletic | 4,207
8 | Exeter City | 4,181
9 | Wimbledon | 4,061
10 | Blackpool | 4,037
11 | Rochdale | 3,901
12 | Crewe Alexandra | 3,688
13 | Newport County | 3,589
14 | Bury | 3,576
15 | Colchester United | 3,083
16 | Fleetwood Town | 3,063
17 | Cheltenham Town | 2,779
18 | Forest Green Rovers | 2,747
19 | Yeovil Town | 2,721
20 | Stevenage | 2,578
21 | Barnet | 2,135
22 | Crawley Town | 2,030
23 | Accrington Stanley | 1,600
24 | Morecambe | 1,541

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