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TOP-FLIGHT CROWDS ARE ON THE RISE.

Byline: CARL ASKEW

PREMIERSHIP crowds enjoyed a boost as seven out of the top 12 posted an increase in average attendances in 2018/19.

In total, top-flight numbers jumped almost 10,000 from 3,632,642 to 3,642,272 in the past year.

While Celtic and Rangers both saw small jumps in average crowds, the greatest spikes were at Livingston and Kilmarnock.

Steve Clarke said as much when he claimed his greatest achievement at Killie was bringing the feelgood factor back to Rugby Park.

His work in dragging the Ayrshiremen from the bottom of the table when he took over in October 2018 to third place and a European spot last weekend saw the Killie faithful walking tall again after years in the doldrums.

That fact is reflected in the annual attendance table which shows Killie's average home crowd jumped a whopping 28 per cent year on year.

Only Livingston - buoyed by their return to the top flight - enjoyed a bigger spike.

In total seven top-flight sides including Celtic and Rangers enjoyed a boost to their home attendances including St Mirren who were promoted along with Livi last summer.

But there was some bad news for three of the country's biggest clubs - Hibs, Hearts and Aberdeen - as they saw crowds take a tumble.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 22, 2019
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