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Charted: The Championship Average Attendances

Eddie Howe led Bournemouth to the Premier League by finishing first in the Championship.

The Championship season has finished, with Bournemouth and Watford the two sides confirmed to have earned promotion to the Premier League.

Middlesbrough and Norwich City are going to face off at the national stadium, Wembley, on Monday, in the play-off final, with the winner being promoted to the top flight. Middlesbrough had their names misspelled on the tickets for the final.

However, how do the top sides rank when compared to other teams in the division in terms of attendance? The chart below shows which the best attended grounds in the second tier are.

The Chart

Average attendances in the Championship

A chart of The Championship’s average attendances

Surprisingly, Bournemouth, one of the two teams to have gained automatic promotion, actually had the second lowest average attendance this season, at 10,265. They were above only Rotherham United in the overall table.

Brentford, another of the division’s high fliers, who have been rejigging the structure of their club, were third from bottom, with an average attendance of 10,265.

The best attended team in the Championship, on average, were Derby County, who dropped out of the play-offs on the last day of the season in dramatic circumstances.

Leeds United, who finished 15th and recently replaced head coach Neil Redfearn with Uwe Rosler, were fourth in the average attendances table.

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Leyton Orient star Elliot Omozusi nominated for PFA award

Leyton Orient’s Elliot Omozusi has been nominated for the PFA Player in the Community award for the second year running – Spoughts’ Joe Gleave caught up with defender this week.

Born and bred in Hackney, Elliot Omozusi hails from from London Fields where his family still live, and the 26-year-old feels that it was a good place to grow up.

Elliot Omozusi Credit: Leyton Orient FC

“It was a good environment to be fair, there was a close community in London Fields. My mum and dad and all my family are from Hackney so it was good being around them.”

His football education began on Hackney Marshes too, where he played Sunday league before joining Fulham at the age of 12. He played 8 games in the Premier League, including one against Manchester United.

“Obviously that was my dream to play at the top level and it was a good experience especially with me being so young at the time. It made all the hard work worth it and I really enjoyed it.”

In 2011 Omozusi’s career took downturn, when he was jailed for intimidating a witness in a murder case. He was released by the O’s but when he came out of prison a year later the club gave him a second chance, a reprieve he is thankful for, especially as he is close to home.

“It was more than I ever could have asked for and I’m very grateful to be here” he said. “One of the reasons I chose Orient was because my mum was ill and passed away, so I wanted to be around my dad and sister.”

Elliot Omozusi narrowly lost out in last year’s PFA Community Player Awards, which acknowledges the contributions of footballers to the community, but he is delighted to be in the running again.

“I would be over the moon if I won, but we don’t do it for the recognition, even though that’s nice too. There’s a lot of footballers up and down the leagues that are doing good work in the community so it’s great to be around the top of that list.”

Recently, he has been helping, Dominic, a young man from Leyton who like Omozusi, has served time. “We meet up twice a month to go out and chat and I’m on call 24/7 if he needs me. He’s really coming through the other side and he’s worked so hard which is really rewarding.”

Elliot Omozusi License: Creative Commons

On the pitch, Omozusi is quietly confident that the O’s can avoid relegation. “We’ve got a lot of hard work to do but I’m quietly confident that we can get little run together and get ourselves out of trouble. We’ve definitely got enough ability and strength to do so.”

No Fears Over Spurs And Arsenal Interest In Wonderkid

Fulham manager Kit Symons has revealed that he has no fears over George Williams’ future with the Championship club going forward.

The talented young winger broke into the first team earlier in the campaign.

He earned a place in the starting eleven after his excellent performances for the Cottagers during their FA Youth Cup run last season, which ended in a loss in the final to London rivals Chelsea.

However, Fulham might struggle to hold on to him.

The likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have both been credited with an interest in the 19 year old, and could carry out a raid on their London rivals.

Premier League sides Everton and West Ham both have an interest in signing him too, which means that there is clearly a queue of clubs who would like to capture him if the opportunity arises.

This could come as a blow to Fulham fans, but Symons believes there is no reason to be concerned about Williams’ future.

He said: “I’m not surprised about there being rumours regarding our players because we’ve got some really good players.

“It’s quite flattering to hear but rumours are exactly what they are, so we’re certainly not getting too concerned about them.

“George is a great player, a bright young talent who will just get better and better in my opinion.

“I’ve know him for a long time from his academy days and my time working with him with Wales.

“Like all our young players we’re looking at them to mature and improve as we go on.”

Our verdict

Prodigious talents like Williams are always a target for Premier League sides, but top clubs like Arsenal and Spurs would probably want him to prove himself further before making a big bid. Fulham are under no obligation to sell, and are in a relatively good financial position after receiving parachute payments this season.