Personally I’m not sure that will give an accurate reflection.
Our attendances have been fairly constant until this season, but that doesn’t take into account the commercial beast football has become, especially in the last 10 years, allowing forward thinking clubs to go on and ride the footballing business wave, in some case tripling their attendances. A lot of these clubs historically had smaller gates than ours, too.
This is the exact period we have stagnated, completely ignoring key markets to grow the fanbase and now we find ourselves in the frankly ridiculous position of charging similar or more than our rivals in higher leagues in most areas of our ground.
There has definitely been a significant downturn in fans in the home areas this season. Our current average is propped up by quite a few very large away attendances so far. Who cares about the number of fans in the away end (which is a ridiculous approach as alluded to in the official response from the club), surely the target has to be to get more in the home areas and create a quality atmosphere; not rely on large away followings to prop us up, essentially making it a home game for away teams!