In the season of 1888–9 the number of spectators at the English Association Football Cup Ties aggregated 200,000, last season saw at least 1,200,000 enthusiasts present. In 1888–9 the First League matches were witnessed by 602,000 spectators, in 1899–1900 by 3,000,000, while in the course of last season the throng must have numbered close upon 5,000,000.