Coventry City’s attendances hit a new low last Sunday for the visit of Colchester United to the Sixfields Stadium.
The attendance of 1,789 was the lowest crowd for a home league game since the club joined the Football League in 1919, beating a record set in 1928 when 2,059 watched a Monday afternoon game against Crystal Palace. The visit of Gillingham on Sunday is in danger of lowereing that record low.
The Gills have started the season poorly despite winning League 2 last season, and traditionally their fans have not been the most numerical travellers.
Although the Colchester attendance was the lowest of the three gates at the Sixfields, the home contingent was the highest. For the Bristol game there were only 1,088 home supporters, 1,506 for the Preston game and 1,517 for Colchester.
Colchester traditionally have one of the smallest away followings (only 173 of them turned up at the Ricoh last season), so City’s gates at their temporary home may now have bottomed out.
In contrast Coventry fans continue to support their team on its travels and over 1,000 tickets have been sold for next weekend's visit to Vale Park according to a club spokesman.