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Last Updated:  Thursday, 6 March, 2003, 12:12 GMT
Boom for top flight crowds
Attendances are up in the Premiership
Fans at Man City's Maine Road
Attendances in the English top flight are set to reach a 50-year high according to the Premier League.

The average crowd this season is 35,151, better than any other season since the inception of the Premier League in 1992-93.

It is also the first time that the 35,000 mark has been topped in England since the 1950-51 season.

The Premier League attracts bigger crowds than any other league in Europe, according to data gathered by the European Football Statistics.

The German Bundesliga attracts an average of 33,000, Spain's La Liga average is 29,000 while Italy's Serie A average crowd is 26,000.

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said the news was a reflection of the standard of English football's top flight.

"The fact that Premier League attendances are set to reach a 50-year high is excellent news and testament to the quality and excitement of the competition, year-in year-out," he said.

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