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24 November 2012

250 millionth fan expected through the turnstiles on Tuesday, November 27

Just over 20 years after the world’s most popular league launched on Saturday 15 August 1992, Barclays are looking to reward fans from Wigan Athletic with an ‘ultimate matchday experience’.

The quarter-billion fan mark is expected to be reached on Tuesday evening, November 27 when Sunderland host Queens Park Rangers at The Stadium of Light and Aston Villa take on Reading at Villa Park.

Since its formation, the Barclays Premier League has been growing in popularity with average attendance figures increasing from 21,125 in 1992-93 compared to 34,646 during the 2011/12 season.

Over the last 20 years stadium capacities have grown across the country allowing an extra four million fans a season to watch their favourite teams.

The average amount of fans attending games at the DW Stadium is 18,600, with a total of 2,585,381 turning the turnstiles since promotion in 2005.

To mark the occasion Barclays is launching a ‘Find the Fan’ competition to reward a supporter and three friends from each of the 20 clubs with a VIP trip to see their team in a Barclays Premier League match, including hospitality, first class travel and accommodation.

Barclays’ photographers will be at all 20 Barclays Premier League fixtures on November 24 & 25, and 27 & 28, and will be taking exclusive pictures of both home and away fans to find a fan from each club to represent the 250 million fans.

The images will be uploaded onto the Barclays Football Facebook site where fans will be asked to identify themselves to be eligible for the VIP prize draw.

Barclays are also taking a look back at the past 21 seasons by sharing some of the best images of those action packed years across their social media channels and inviting fans to post their memories of these historic moments. Fans should go to for more details.

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