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With the entirely alarming revelations today that Premier League teams might be *gasp* padding their attendance statistics, Pies thought we’d hark back to a time when football stadiums were legitimately filled to bursting point.

Not that we yearn for the halcyon days of routine discomfort and restricted views, but still – you can’t fault this lot for enthusiasm…

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Thousands of fans at the Saturday football, 1900

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Flat caps galore as Brighton & Hove Albions congregate behind a picket fence at the Goldstone Ground to watch their side play Coventry City, 1911

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Tottenham fans brave the January chill at White Hart Lane, 1912

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Hats are raised as fans enjoy a spiffingly good game between Swindon Town and Everton, 1912

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Hull City fans stand in front of the newspaper booth as they take in an 8-2 victory over Huddersfield, 1913

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An ambulanceman give out drinks of water to fans watching Tottenham and Man City play amid sweltering temperatures, 1913

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Expectant Southampton fans await the start of their side’s game against Millwall at The Dell, 1914

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Brighton fans again, this time watching a game against Chelsea, 1920

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Cardiff City fans go to extreme lengths (or heights) to improve their view of a game against Chelsea, 1921

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Tottenham fans find a perch to watch the FA Cup semi-final replay against Cardiff at White Hart Lane, 1922

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A vastly overcrowded stadium forces droves of fans onto the Wembley pitch during the 1923 FA Cup Final (see more photos of the infamous ‘White Horse’ final)

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Droves of Manchester United supporters watch their team play Fulham in London, 1926

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Local bobbies keep young Arsenal fans in check during an FA Cup match against Aston Villa at Highbury, 1928

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A bustling crowd scene from the 1928 FA Cup final between Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield

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A Hull City fan jangles his umbrella before an FA Cup tie against Arsenal, 1930

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An absolutely huge turn out is recorded at Highbury for a match between Arsenal and Aston Villa, 1930

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West Ham fans have a jolly old time during an FA Cup semi-final match against Everton at The Hawthorns, 1933

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St John’s Ambulancemen attend to fan who fainted during the derby between Arsenal and Tottenham, 1934

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Chelsea fans cram (some incredibly precariously) into Stamford Bridge to watch the local derby against Fulham, 1935

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Determined Chelsea fans peer over the perimeter fencing to watch a match against Arsenal at the Bridge, 1935

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Thousands of Tottenham fans watch their team in action at White Hart Lane, 1937

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Another truly vast crowd at Highbury, this time for a game against Charlton, 1938

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Wembley fills up once again, this time for an international match between England and Scotland, 1942

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Young Chelsea fans are passed to the front of the crowd to avoid the crush during a game against Arsenal, 1947

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Just a section of the 99,000 fans who travelled to Wembley to watch the 1948 FA Cup final between Manchester United and Blackpool

At this point, we’d forgive you a nostalgic sigh.