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Posted by: Sportslink on 09/21/2017

Swans fly at top of AFL fan ladder, again

Swans fly at top of AFL fan ladder, again The Sydney Swans have again topped the annual Roy Morgan AFL supporter ladder , for the 13th year in succession and with around 500,000 more fans than their closest rivals, Essendon, West Coast and Collingwood.

The Swans record 1.204 million supporters, an increase of 104,000, on the back of a 2016 Grand Final appearance.

A rejuvenated Essendon were the most widely supported Victorian club with 671,000 supporters, an increase of 127,000 on 2016 when Essendon had 18 of their players banned from taking part and “won” their first wooden spoon since 1933.

Traditional Victorian powerhouse Collingwood slipped to fourth on the supporter ladder with 663,000 supporters, losing 117,000 this year .

Bottom of the fan ladder are the Melbourne Demons at 229,000, GWS at 175,000 and the Gold Coast Suns at just over 100,000.

Roy Morgan reports that Victoria remains the beating heart of the AFL with nearly three million supporters buying just under 570,000 AFL club memberships in 2017 .

Overall AFL attendance so far in 2017 of 7,039,784 – only fifth year in history more than seven million supporters have attended AFL matches, means a combined crowd this weekend of 107,000 will be enough to set a new mark, and that is not counting the passionate crowd for the grand final.

 • Pictured: Victorious Swans win premiership in 2012