Judging by how empty there stadium is on any match day I think Middlesbrough just hate fans turning up, it was embarrassing seeing a half-empty stadium on Match of the Day when Borough where in the Premier League
When it comes Loyalty I think Middlesbrough are probably the worst supported team in the country
In fairness to them a lot of the hardcore fans have to put up with a lot of crap, the club/stewards constantly writing letters to supporters telling them to stop banging the metal walls to create noise, constant cringey PR
displays by the club to cater to families and the fact that the ground is far too big for their support, so home games are souless and dear..therefore un-desirable. Doesn't help that the McClaren era ushered in part time fans expecting greatness who swiftly departed when they sank further and further down the table. To their credit their away support isn't bad, they've taken some very good numbers to places in the Championship though the distance they have to travel really does impact on how many they take to certain games.
Home games in general are usually dire these days, unless you've got a small/compact ground to generate an atmosphere. There's so many types of fans who attend them, from hardcore fanatics, to kids, to mums, to teenagers only there because they have fuck all else to do, to idiots there expecting glory who only turn up when it suits them...and as a result so many home supports are incredibly piss poor. At least with away games you know more of the hardcore contigent will travel, and considering you get a far smaller allocation for away games the hardcore fans will outnumber the casuals and create a better atmosphere. United, City, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle, Spurs, Villa etc are all generally awful at home but very good at minimum away from home..well City aren't as good and Liverpool are really inconsistent the past few seasons but you get the picture.
Plymouth are the best support however when it comes to regular long distance travelling. The numbers they take considering their league position is incredible.
Originally Posted by Hollywood Hesk
That was a great move by Lerner, now the away fans aren't breathing down the Villa keeper's neck for 45 mins each game. The away fans are now tucked up in the upper corner of the stadium, which is incidentally where you'll find away fans at Old Trafford isn't it? Not that you hear me complaining.
:mon described the new seating plan as 'an end to end thriller for the Villa players' with each end stand full of home fans. That's a quote btw and nothing to do with Redead's thriller post.
Eh, good for you, shit for everyone else. Old away end had brilliant acoustics and generated a top atmosphere. Side stands are always far more suspect for acoustics and the two tier divide makes it harder for away fans to generate a consistent atmosphere. So yeah, definitely more of an advantage for you but sucks for away fans. Plus the fact Villa are charging more and more for away fans makes it evern worse, £45 last season. Feck that!
United's away end is generally one of the better parts of the ground for atmosphere. Noise is trapped in by the design of the stand and near the TV cameras so always clear on TV. Stretford End Tier 2 by contrast traps all the noise inside the stand which gives the effect they aren't singing when generally there's always a good atmosphere in that stand regardless of the opposition (I say this from all the times I've been in that stand, not been since September 2010 out of principle so for all I know its gotten really shit over the past 2 seasons).