United Kingdom has some of the biggest and most followed football clubs in the world. Millions of supporters have pledged their loyalty to these clubs. Let us have a look at some of the most passionate football fan bases in UK.
Here are the top 10 most passionate football fan bases in UK –
10. Manchester City
Etihad Stadium may not have the best atmosphere in England but Manchester City do in fact have some great supporters, a majority of whom have been supporting the club for years. There’s little denying that success brings new fans , but the majority of City’s local fan-base , have witnessed a pre-Sheikh Mansour era. Their fans have historically shown tremendous support to their team.
In their first campaign at the Etihad Stadium in 2003/04, City fought relegation and finished 16th in front of an average crowd of 46,834 and when City won the Premier League under Manuel Pellegrini in 2014, they had an average crowd of 47,075 fans. You don’t need to be a mathematician to realise that’s an increase of just 241 supporters.
Also, when City were in League One in 1998/1999, the Blues had an average attendance of 32,547 – a record that remains untouched. Manchester City fans are quite the loyal group of supporters.
9. Stoke City
Certainly the old cliche of asking whether big stars “can do it on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke” has become something of a punchline. The stadium filled with passionate fans still remains quite a challenge for the visiting teams . Out of the 30,089 fans who can fit into the Bet365 stadium, the club draws an average of 29,514 fans every match – meaning they fill up nearly 98% of their stadium every weekend.
Sir Alex Ferguson once said, of visiting their stadium: “I love the atmosphere because it makes players play. If you don’t pay attention to the atmosphere at Stoke, then it engulfs you. You must perform to get a result.”
While United may be the most popular club in the world, Arsenal boasts some of the most passionate fans in the world. Arsenal should be proud of their rock-solid attendance at home fixtures.
The boisterous nature of the Gooners has shown this season especially with fans having their opinion on every little thing the club does. The passion and genuine care about the club’s well-being from Arsenal fans is one that is hard to match and it is why they are one of the best fans in the Premier League.
7. Leeds United
The lilywhites of West Yorkshire are simply one of the most famous clubs in the country. They’ve experienced great success in the past and have a great fanbase.
Leeds is the largest English city with only one professional club and even during tough times their fans still come close to filling the 37,000 seat capacity at Elland Road while screaming, “We are Leeds!” Perhaps it’s the fiery northern mentality that is so deeply engrained into the psyche of every Leeds fan that makes them collectively feel they’re capable of creating an atmosphere that changes score lines. An Elland Road in full voice not only spurs Leeds United on, but it also terrifies the opposition.