Former Melbourne captain Garry Lyon has identified the recent drop in crowd numbers for Collingwood v Carlton matches, which makes tomorrow night’s clash on the Friday night stage a vital one.
“The average crowd at the MCG between Carlton and Collingwood over the last three years is 59,391,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“The smallest crowd was 40,900 back in Round 15.
“Then before that, and this is why it’s a worry, and this is why it’s such a huge night for both clubs.
“Between 2010-2013, the average crowd was 81,000 and the smallest crowd was 75,000.
“The average has dropped by 22,000, and the smallest crowd has dropped by 35,000.
“Maybe these two clubs are no longer the big two.”
Neither the Magpies or Blues have made the finals since 2013, which could be a reason behind the drop in attendences.
Three-time premiership player Tim Watson said he thinks 65,000 would be the bare minimum crowd expected for the contest.
Carlton and Collingwood have also only had three games decided by single digits since 1990.