The United Kingdom is home to some of the biggest and most supported football clubs in the World. These football clubs have followers all around the World. In this article, we will rank the 25 biggest football clubs in the UK. These clubs will be ranked on various parameters, such as legacy, fan following, brand value, social media followers, ticket sales, merchandise sales, and recent domination.
Here are the 25 biggest football clubs in the UK.
25. Blackburn Rovers
They won the Premier League. They might’ve dropped down (briefly) to League One a couple of years ago, but they won the Premier League. A handful of European trips followed in the early 2000s too, with players like Damien Duff, Tugay, good David Bentley AND a full season of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke being reunited. That was nice.
24. Sheffield United
Sheffield United are playing some great football in their first season back in the Premier League. They were the first club in English football to achieve promotion from the newly formed Second Division to the First Division in 1892-93. The club was also a founder member of the Premier League in the 1992–93 season. They have won the league titles once and the FA Cup four times. They are one of the biggest football clubs in the UK.
23. Norwich City
If it wasn’t for a run of four defeats in six games at the business end of the season, Norwich City could have been the very first Premier League champions. As it was, the relegation-tipped side – with the likes of Ruel Fox, Efan Ekoku and Chris Sutton in their squad – fell to third behind Aston Villa and winners Manchester United. They’ve been a yo-yo club ever since, never finishing in the top half of the Premier League in the several years hence.
22. Derby County
Derby are a club for two distinct generations of English football fans – those who remember their successes in the 70s; the First Division titles, the European Cup semi-final and such, and those who remember Mart Poom, Deon Burton, Dean Sturridge and the rest of the squad from the turn of the century. Unfortunately, the only season they’ve spent in the Premier League since 2002 was the worst season any club has ever had in the decision. Still, they are one of the biggest football clubs in the UK.
21. Stoke City
Once famed as the club of Sir Stanley Matthews, Stoke are currently battling in the English Championship. Their first, and only major trophy to date, the League Cup was won in 1972, when the team beat Chelsea 2–1. The club’s nickname is ‘The Potters’, named after the pottery industry in Stoke-on-Trent and their traditional home kit is a red and white vertically striped shirt, white shorts and stockings.
20. Crystal Palace
One of the best stadium atmospheres in British football. They have a very good squad. They are an established Premier League side now. With proper care and investment, they could push for Europen football in upcoming years.
19. West Bromwich Albion
One of the biggest clubs from the midlands. Albion were one of the 12 founding members of the Football League in 1888, the first professional football league in the world, and have spent the majority of their existence in the top tier of English football. They have been champions of England once, in 1919–20, and have been runners-up twice. Albion have reached ten FA Cup finals, winning the Cup on five occasions. The first win came in 1888, the year the league was founded, and the most recent in 1968, their last major trophy.
The Saints might not have a bulging trophy cabinet, but they’ve got a good stadium, the fanbase to fill it and a history of giving those fans a decent standard of football to watch. They’re established. They are one of the biggest football clubs in the UK.
The Stadium of Light is huge, and has a hardcore fanbase filling it. Sunderland have a history of being a really good football team – and have one of the country’s best rivalries to boot. The future is uncertain, but the sheer weight of the club’s name could carry them through.
16. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolves have been performing extremely well in the past couple of seasons under the management of Nuno. Wolves were English League champions three times (1953–54, 1957–58 and 1958–59), under the management of Stan Cullis. They have also finished League runners-up on five occasions, most recently in 1959–60. Wolves have won the FA Cup four times and the Football League Cup twice.
15. Nottingham Forest
Founded in 1865, Forest are now considered the oldest football league club in England after the relegation of Notts County to the National League in 2019. Brian Clough’s Forest side won the English league title, three League Cups and Two European Cups…within three years of getting promoted from the Second Division in 1977. Those European Cup wins are getting further and further away, but still, lend a lustre to the club despite their struggles this millennium.
14. Leicester City
The Foxes’ profile and prestige was hugely boosted by their miraculous Premier League title win in 2016, and Champions League run the following season. They’ve also been in the top two divisions for all but one season of their history, and they’ve got to four FA Cup finals and won the League Cup a handful of times. They are one of the biggest football clubs in the UK.
In the early 1990s Rangers were arguably the biggest club in Britain, but self-inflicted financial troubles have taken their toll. A 50,000-seater stadium in Glasgow. The most league titles in Scottish history. A European trophy. Nine Scottish titles in a row. Liquidation. Starting again in the fourth tier. Back in the top division again.