Amongst the extensive list of things that make the county of Yorkshire so special, the most important is definitely football. Not only is Yorkshire home to Sheffield F.C, the FIFA certified oldest continually operating football club in the world, but several of England’s most historically successful football clubs too.
Some of the Yorkshire clubs have very passionate fan bases. But, who are the biggest club in Yorkshire? It’s a question that many football fans have been asking for many years. In this article, we will look into some facts and figures to try and rank the biggest football clubs in Yorkshire.
Here are the 10 biggest football clubs in Yorkshire.
2. Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday is a famous Yorkshire club with a great heritage, being the fifth oldest club in England. The club has spent much of their time in football’s top flight. Wednesday’s proud history boasts four League titles and three FA Cups. Since WWII their silverware has been limited to a League Cup victory in 1991, although in 1993 they reached the final of both domestic occasions.
Sheffield Wednesday is a sleeping giant. The definition of the phrase ‘sleeping giant’ is something or someone who holds great power but is still waiting for their big moment. Fans of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club or “Wednesdayites” as they are commonly known around Sheffield are some of the most passionate, loyal supporters in the country.
Blue and white Wednesday’s massive rivalry with red and white Sheffield United has made the ‘Steel City’ derby a sporting fixture for the diary for a century or more, when the atmosphere in Wednesday’s famous 40,000-seater home ground, Hillsborough, in the north-west of the city, can be guaranteed to be electric. Wednesday’s other great rivals include Barnsley, Leeds United, Rotherham and Doncaster.
1. Leeds United
Leeds United is one of the great names in English football and, while their recent hard times have been much talked about and well documented. They are much likely to play their next season in the Premier League.
“The Whites” have competed at the top level for most of their existence, and they even once shared a Champions League semi-final field with Barcelona. Don Revie’s legendary side of the 1960s and 70s won domestic and European trophies, and no doubt the Elland Road club is aiming one day to return to the big stage.
Leeds is the only club in Yorkshire’s biggest city, and attracts a huge following of loyal supporters, creating an intimidating atmosphere for opposition teams. They share rivalries with Manchester United, Chelsea and Millwall, as well as with local teams such as Huddersfield Town, Bradford City, and Sheffield Wednesday.