CROWD figures at non-Premier League matches are set to reach new heights of around 11.5 million for the season, the Football League announced. The latest figures show the continuing upward trend in attendances that began with the launch of end-of-season play-offs in the 1986-87 season. The play-off system was introduced in the season after attendances hit an all-time low of 16.5 million across the then four divisions of the Football League. And despite the attractions of the Premier league in which interest has boomed since it was introduced five years ago, attendances in the three lower divisions have continued to rise. This year's projected figure of 11.4 million means 100,000 more fans passed through the turnstiles this year than in the 1995-96 season, and 800,000 more than in 1994-95. Last year 10.5 million fans attended Premier League matches. With this weekend's Premier League programme cancelled because of internationals, Football League chiefs are expecting an attendance boost of more than 500,000 fans over the Easter weekend.