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The Truth About Fans That Live Near Football Grounds
By Harry Hotspur -
  • New fan research shows how Premier League supporters found their clubs
  • “Glory, Glory Man United” – 32% of Manchester Utd fans admit that historic success is the main reason they support The Red Devils
  • A North London family affair – Spurs and Arsenal top the table of supporters who inherited their fandom (32%) from family members

Football’s a global game so not every Premier League fan has the opportunity to ‘support their local’, but the roots of supporter’s fandom have now been revealed by new UK-wide research.

From Arsenal’s inherited fandom through to Wolves’ ‘hometown’ supporters, fans from every club shared how and why they support their chosen team.

Leeds United top the ‘locals’ league table, with 42% of their fans choosing to support The Whites due to them being local to where they grew up. Southampton, Leicester City, West Ham United, Wolves, Newcastle, and Crystal Palace supporters also have locality leading their list of reasons for fandom.

Elsewhere, Arsenal and Spurs lead the list of fans (32%) who claim that inherited fandom is the main reason for their support as the North London rivalry is passed down from generation to generation. 

When it comes to the stereotypical ‘glory supporter’, Manchester United supporters top the table with 32% admitting to being a fan due to the club’s historic success compared to just 4% of Everton fans citing past triumphs as their catalyst for following the Toffees.

When it comes to distance, while the running joke with football fans across the nation centres on whether Manchester United fans are actually from Manchester, it turns out that Everton fans are the ones who currently live furthest from their club.

Research from a betting company has revealed that Toffees fans live an average of 98.2 miles away from Goodison Park, the furthest of all Premier League club fanbases.

On the other hand, Newcastle United can boast of being the most locally supported club, with fans living an average of 44.9 miles away from St James Park, the shortest distance in the division.

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Buffalo Soldier
Buffalo Soldier
1 hour ago

My nearest big club was Chelsea and how I used to laugh at their racist chants when I went with my best mate to watch them play. The NF got a strong foothold there in the 70s and it still lingers today even with my mate I am sad to say.
He will be down on the Kent beaches shooting holes in the dinghies coming in.

Artie Fufkin
Artie Fufkin
10 hours ago

Tottenham sandwiched between the two Manchester clubs, United and United.

Elevenstonedidiots
Elevenstonedidiots
13 hours ago

99% of Spurs fans under the age of 30 said they followed the club because of its impressive training facilities and the stadium acoustics.

Urbane Sturgeon
Urbane Sturgeon
12 hours ago

And the 1% left said they follow the club because it hadn’t done a Leeds.

East Stand
East Stand
12 hours ago

Then there’s always the twisty bridge and tye Sky Walk, massive draws…

Baleficent
Baleficent
11 hours ago

The irony being we are in far greater debt yet Levy is lauded as a genius. His genius is not putting a penny in himself and being the best paid CEO in the PL. shameful.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
43 minutes ago
Reply to  Baleficent

Exactly! But let us not forget, too, just one (diminished in stature) league cup in 20 years. Clearly the man is a genius of sorts…..an evil genius!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
46 minutes ago

Yes, also rather amusing.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
38 minutes ago

And NOT YET (doing a Leeds), at any rate!

The Kind Nihilist
The Kind Nihilist
8 hours ago

That is a blatant exaggeration. At least 10% of those did it for the exquisite cheese mix.

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
40 minutes ago

And don’t forget the fastest beer pumps in the West!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
28 minutes ago

That’s why I support them because they have the fastest beer pumps in the west serving beer as flat as a pancake! (I am only joking because I haven’t actually paid a visit yet to The White Elephant)

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
42 minutes ago
Reply to  Harry Hotspur

Hilarious, Harry!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
47 minutes ago

Yes, very droll, sir!

East Stand
East Stand
16 hours ago

Norwich, random! Does everyone that lives there move away (apart from Mr Partridge)? 🤔 😂

Baleficent
Baleficent
11 hours ago
Reply to  East Stand

You must have irritated a few people from Norwich given the red!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
33 minutes ago
Reply to  East Stand

Norwich should be grateful as Alan Partridge would seem to be about as obnoxious in real life as his television character!

Richard David Bernard Taylor
Richard David Bernard Taylor
24 minutes ago

Sorry, I’ve got that the wrong way round, it would seem. Poor Norwich, I wouldn’t wish Mr Partridge on anyone!

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