Curiously enough the football rivalry in Sheffield appears to be heavily focused on the issue of average attendances. Not only do both sets of fans disparagingly refer to the others as Piggies - which is deeply confusing - but they make almost the same jibes at one another. Wednesday fans love to cite the (intermittent) very low attendance figures of their rivals, while United fans love to, er, cite the (intermittent) very low attendance figures of their rivals. Wednesday also derive a feeling of innate superiority from the fact that United were created to fill an empty ground rather than springing up organically. Other clubs to which that applies are Liverpool and Chelsea, so they may have a point. The Piggies thing, incidentally, is that apparently the Blades' red and white stripes look like bacon while the Owls' blue and white stripes look like a butcher's apron. Neither side seems troubled by the complete inapplicability of the simile.
Anyway the debate on attendances here in Italy, while perhaps not quite so crucial as that in Sheffield, still forms a major part of what we used to be able to call fan banter before the term became misspelled and appropriated in a cringemaking fashion elsewhere in the meeja. An upset Lazio fan has popped up on here before in high dudgeon to correct my apparent misapprehensions about the relative average attendances of the capital's teams. Meanwhile, how can you not laugh at Juve who within the last five years have seen a crowd of less than 500 turn up for a cup game? And funnily enough, English fans asking me questions about Serie A sides nearly always ask about attendance figures.
With all that in mind I am more than delighted to share with you this very beautiful and informative map, kindly sent to me by the talented Bill of Billsportsmaps.com which gives an at-a-glance guide to Italian attendances in the 2006-7 season. The size of the crest reflects the average attendance, in a fairly self-explanatory fashion. If you click on the image you will be able to see a larger version.
Rather brilliantly this does not limit itself to Serie A but includes B and the top C1 clubs also. Enjoy.