A comprehensive study has found that of 2,708 football fans, more than a third claim to support their team based on ‘past successes’, compared to less than a quarter of fans who support their most local Premiership side. Liverpool are the best supported team in the country, and also the best watched on TV.
Glory supporters give Chelsea a miss
Going into the Christmas Barclays Premiership period, research by a sports site has found that 36% of football fans support their chosen team purely based on ‘past successes’. Other answers include ‘they are the most local Premiership team to me’ – 23%, ‘I was introduced to them at a young age’ – 19%, ‘all my friends support them’ – 11% and ‘I am attracted to one or more of the players’ - 6%.
Success has a direct correlation to support bases, with 14.3% of fans alleging their support to 18 time title winners Liverpool FC, making them the most supported team in the country according to the research commissioned by leading TV fixtures site www.WherestheMatch.com.
Manchester United, who have won 10 Premiership titles since Premier League inception in 1992 came second in the poll, with 11.8% of the vote. Tottenham Hotspur finished third with 9.7%, thanks in probability to their season turnaround under Harry Redknapp, who has lifted them from the foot of the table to 15th.
Despite Chelsea’s second place 2007 Barclays Premiership finish their fan base remains small in relation to other less successful clubs, with them polling 9th in the list of best supported clubs.
The ‘big four’, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal account for nearly 40% of all supportive votes.
Here is the top 10:
1. Liverpool – 14.3%
2. Manchester United – 11.8%
3. Tottenham Hotspur – 9.7%
4. Arsenal – 9.6%
5. Newcastle United – 5.8%
6. Manchester City – 5.3%
7. West Ham United – 4.9%
8. Aston Villa – 4.4%
9. Chelsea FC – 3.6%
10. Everton FC – 3.1%
Liverpool is the most supported club on the box
When asked ‘would you pay to watch your club play on TV if you were unable to attend the match?’ the top 10 played out similarly to the ‘most supported club’ table, with 76% of Liverpool fans claiming that they would pay to follow their team, making Liverpool the best supported club on TV.
Chelsea FC was the only exception, as their supporters, despite being less in number were more likely to pay to watch their team on TV than other better supported clubs.
1. Liverpool – 76.2% of total fans
2. Manchester United – 72.9%
3. Arsenal – 70.1%
4. Tottenham Hotspur – 69.3%
5. Chelsea – 68.9%
6. Newcastle United – 66.7%
7. West Ham United – 64.2%
8. Manchester City – 63.8%
9. Aston Villa – 63.6%
10. Fulham FC – 62.2%
Chelsea is the most hated Premiership team
When asked ‘which team do you most dislike in the Barclays Premiership’, 36% said Chelsea, which was followed by Manchester United with 29%. Everton were the 3rd most disliked team in the league, with 22% of votes, not helped in likeliness by Marouane Fellaini’s 51 fouls so far this season, leading the Opta foul stats.
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