We all have those mates who only get up for the derbies.

Hell, you probably are that person.

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But fear not because we’ve done the research to bring the culpable fan bases to account.

Using attendance data to subtract the league’s largest rivalries from the club’s home crowd count, these statistics show the average attendance with and without derbies.

*Matches included are the Melbourne Derby, Sydney Derby, Big Blue (SYD & MVC), Original Rivalry (only ADL) and F3 Derby (only 2017-18)*

The Sydney sides are emphatically put in their place without their revered Derby, leaving the blowtorch to shine favourably on non-rivalry sides like Perth and Brisbane.

For those lucky clubs that celebrate fierce rivalries, here is the year-by-year deviation of attendance numbers when derbies are removed.

Not a great look for any of the five clubs, Victory fans in particular though. They pulled crowds around 30k for every match in 2007-08 but have not been able to maintain that 10 years on.

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You will notice that we pulled statistics from the the 2007-08 season. This was the A-League’s most successful season in terms of average attendance, here’s a gauge of it.

**Included are the Big Blue (SYD & MVC), Original Rivalry (ADL & MVC) State of Origin (only BRI) and F3 Derby (CCM & NEW)**

As you can see, there is a much smaller contrast between the two colours. This is something clubs dream of and a hallmark of a healthy league.

But to finish, which club has the largest deviation in crowd numbers without rivalries over the past four years?

Look away now Sydney.

***Calculated by dividing the total average home attendance exc. derbies by the total average home attendance with derbies in the same timespan. Only includes the five aforementioned clubs with significant turnouts for their rivalry matches.***

So there you have it. Clubs from the Harbour City can be assured their fans will show up for the Sydney Derby, but have their work cut out pushing them to attend anything else.

It is a similar story down in the rainy state, just to a lesser magnitude.

The Victory have bragging rights though. They pull twice the crowd numbers and are more reliable to their club than their City counterparts.

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Having big derby crowds is never bad news, but adequate attendance figures in other games is also crucial.

So get your game together Sydney-siders!

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