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PUNCHING ABOVE THEIR WEIGHT

I recently went to watch Curzon Ashton, I was there along with 159 others to watch them play Alfreton Town. It was cold, the opposition were not the most attractive in terms of league position and glamour and I appreciate it was their worst crowd of the season. But here is a club that is massively punching above their weight. So far this season they have average 405 per game, 15% below the next lowest. It is also lower than 13 of the teams in the league that Curzon would drop into should they be relegated, and a further 3 at the level below that.

However, this is Curzon’s 5th season at this level. Over the years they have competed with ex-Football League Clubs like Stockport County and York City, phoenix clubs like Hereford and Chester and FC United of Manchester. Yet they have managed to survive. How? It is beyond me.

I feel exactly the same way about AFC Bournemouth. It is also their 5th season at their current level. They are competing at the same level as some of the biggest and richest clubs in the world. Yet they have survived. How? it is beyond me.

Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Sunderland have all been relegated in the time Eddie Howe’s men have stayed up. Yet this weekend as Bournemouth lost at home to Watford there are apparently fans who want him to go. What do they expect? I did a bit of research. Listing clubs with their average attendance the Cherries are 48th in the country. This is League One level. Notts County are also in this bracket.

If you then look at the clubs who have won trophies since the war and place them in order, add the two scores together AFC Bournemouth ranked 52nd in the country. It begs the question to me, what do their fans expect? I honestly think that fans need to look at where their club realistically stands in the country and then look at where they stand.

Here are the highest 92 ranked clubs:

  1.  Manchester United
  2.  Liverpool
  3.  Arsenal
  4.  Tottenham Hotspur
  5.  Chelsea
  6.  Manchester City
  7.  West Ham United
  8.  Aston Villa
  9.  Everton
  10.  Nottingham Forest
  11.  Leeds United
  12.  Wolverhampton Wanderers
  13.  Newcastle United
  14.  Leicester City
  15.  Derby County
  16.  Sunderland
  17.  Southampton
  18.  Ipswich Town
  19.  West Bromwich Albion
  20.  Burnley
  21.  Portsmouth
  22.  Norwich City
  23.  Sheffield United
  24.  Sheffield Wednesday
  25.  Blackburn Rovers
  26.  Brighton & Hove Albion
  27.  Charlton Athletic
  28.  Stoke City
  29.  Birmingham City
  30.  Crystal Palace
  31.  Cardiff City
  32.  Middlesbrough
  33.  Huddersfield Town
  34.  Bolton Wanderers
  35.  Bristol City
  36.  Wigan Athletic
  37.  Watford
  38.  Swansea City
  39.  MK Dons
  40.  Fulham
  41.  Blackpool
  42.  Queens Park Rangers
  43.  Reading
  44.  Bradford City
  45.  Preston North End
  46.  Millwall
  47.  Barnsley
  48.  Luton Town
  49.  Coventry City
  50.  Hull City
  51.  Brentford
  52.  AFC Bournemouth
  53.  Oxford United
  54.  Plymouth Argyle
  55.  Swindon Town
  56.  Lincoln City
  57.  Rotherham United
  58.  Doncaster Rovers
  59.  Peterborough United
  60.  Bristol Rovers
  61.  Tranmere Rovers
  62.  Shrewsbury Town
  63.  Southend United
  64.  Wycombe Wanderers
  65.  Leyton Orient
  66.  Notts County
  67.  Gillingham
  68.  Northampton Town
  69.  Exeter City
  70.  Port Vale
  71.  Crewe Alexandra
  72.  Walsall
  73.  Grimsby Town
  74.  Mansfield Town
  75.  AFC Wimbledon
  76.  Carlisle United
  77.  Stockport County
  78.  Wrexham
  79.  Cambridge United
  80.  Newport County
  81.  Colchester United
  82.  Chesterfield
  83.  Rochdale
  84.  Cheltenham Town
  85.  Oldham Athletic
  86.  Scunthorpe United
  87.  Hartlepool United
  88.  Burton Albion
  89.  Fleetwood Town
  90.  Accrington Stanley
  91.  Salford City
  92.  Yeovil Town