Bragging rights between football fans will always be a big part of the beautiful game. There’s never really any telling how big your club or a mate’s is in comparison to the other. Even with valid arguments, one will always come back with a fact or figure that puts them back in their place.
Nevertheless, Betway have released the results of their eagerly awaited Big Club Survey. The survey provides us with insightful answers as to who are the top 20 biggest clubs in England.
The results have been compiled from surveying over 3,500 fans, who were asked what they think makes a big club. Betway provided 10 criteria, such as stadium size and attendance, to determine a club’s size, before asking the supporters to score them out of 10 based on their importance.
Only club’s that have been in the Premier League were used as part of the survey, and each club earned points based on how highly they ranked in each category, with 20 points awarded to the highest-ranked team and one point for the 20th-ranked team. Teams below 20th scored nothing. Then, using a formula, a total score for each club was calculated – bringing the all important results.
The full criteria for the survey is shown below.
With these results, the ultimate Premier League table was formed, featuring the 20 biggest clubs in the country. Here is that table.
As you can see, Manchester United finished top of the table to officially become the biggest club in England. Despite not winning the league since 2013, United finished 57 points above bitter rivals Liverpool. With 13 Premier League winners medals, the Red Devils are undoubtedly England’s top club. They came top or joint-top in six of our 10 criteria, including the two most important: total silverware and match-going support.
Manchester City, despite their dominance in recent years, finished down in fifth, behind Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea. The back-to-back champions topped three categories – recent silverware, recent years in the Premier League and transfer spend – but those were voted among the four least important criteria in our survey. It shows that fans don’t regard recent success as valuable as past glory – with newly promoted Aston Villa finishing ninth, ahead of Leicester, Newcastle and Southampton. Similarly, Sunderland, who are entering their second successive season in League One, ranked 13th.
Blackburn, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest all had a place in the top 20 too, despite being absent from the top division since 2012, 2004 and 1999 respectively.
The big teams to miss out on a place were West Brom, Fulham and Sheffield Wednesday, all of whom finished within 30 points of a spot in the top 20. Middlesbrough, despite spending 15 seasons in the Premier League, also failed to make the cut.
So with the Big Club table complete, do you think the debate is settled? Are these the top 20 clubs in England?
Let us know in the comments who you think should be in or out, or what order should be changed.