Cork City FC fans top the table for attendance at Turner's Cross

Cork City FC fans top the table for attendance at Turner's Cross
Cork City FC supporters at the Premier Division game against Dundalk at Turner's Cross. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Cork City are not only flying high at the top of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division, they are also topping attendance tables for 2017.

An average of over 4,600 people per match have watched John Caulfield's side reign supreme in home games at Turner's Cross this season, a figure way ahead of current champions Dundalk who attract over 3,260 to each game.

Unbeaten Cork City, who lead the Premier Division table by 14 points over nearest rivals Bray Wanderers, hold the top three highest attendances at any ground in the country so far this year.

The season's biggest clash between the league leaders and Dundalk attracted 6,746 people to Turner's Cross in March, while City's 2-1 defeat of title challengers Bray Wanderers saw 5,362 spectators click through the turnstiles on April 28. The game against Derry on April 7 attracted 5,275 fans.

A total of 23,468 people have watched Cork at home in the league this season, while 19,589 have watched Stephen Kenny's Dundalk.

Following last Friday's 5-0 demolition of Finn Harps, City are just three games away from equalling Bohemian's 93-year-old winning streak record. The Dublin side won their first 15 games of the 1923/24 title winning season.

There has been a 17% increase overall in attendances across the Premier Division and First Division this season with over 150,000 spectators attending 105 games.

Clubs with notable growth in attendances include Waterford, who are attracting over 1,500 to each game, and Limerick who are the fourth most watched team in the country with almost 2,000 at the Markets Field every second week - ahead of all Dublin clubs except Shamrock Rovers.

Meanwhile, Cork City have announced a new partnership with Cork Airport which will see jersey designs by over 2,000 children across the city put on display at the airport's arrivals hall.

Head of communications at Cork Airport, Kevin Cullinane said: “We are absolutely delighted to partner with Cork City FC. It is an honour for Cork Airport to play a part and share in the pride and success of the club."

Business development manager at Cork City Football Club, Lisa Fallon said: “Seeing the Cork City Football Club branding proudly displayed throughout the airport is great for the club, our supporters and for the whole area in general.”

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