Taking into account various things like attendance, social media presence and engagement, shirt sales, and a number of other factors in order to have an accurate gauge, we have compiled our list of most passionate fan bases among the London Clubs.
Here you can find that the trophies or fame don’t always matter to the fans. It’s the love and passion for the club that matters the most.
Here are the top 10 London Clubs According To Passionate Fan Bases –
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10. Queens Park Rangers
Queens Park Rangers are the London-based club who play in the Championship. They have a rich history behind their back. They have the main rivalries against the West London clubs like Chelsea, Fulham and Brentford. The West London Derbies are renowned for the cheering of fans throughout the whole match.
9. Charlton Athletic
Charlton Athletic are the South East London side who play in England’s third-tier competition EFL League One. They have the most rivalries against Crystal Palace and Millwall.
The club’s fans are really attached to their club as till 2008 any season ticket holder could apply to be the elected supporters’ director. Now, this process has been abolished but a Fan’s forum has been formed who take the important decisions for the club. The Club supporters are commonly known as ‘The Addicks’ and the club is also associated with popular culture.
8. AFC Wimbledon
The South West London club plays in the third tier competition of English Football League One. The Club have a good fan base locally. They have their main rivalries against MK Dons, Sutton United and Crawley Town. After promotion to the League One, they have to play South London Derbies against Millwall and Charlton Athletic which are well cheered by the fans.
7. Fulham FC
The London-based club is recognized as the oldest in terms of foundation year to play in the Premier League. They are currently in the Championship.
They are among top 20 in terms of attendance in England. Their fans were always beside the club. Their supporters’ committee ‘Back to the Cottage’ ensured their club to play in their home stadium Craven Cottage which was temporarily shifted to Loftus Road. The fans of Fulham FC are always vocal and they also possess a huge celebrity fan base which consists of names like Hugh Grant, Keith Allen, Example, Tony Curtis, Daniel Radcliffe, Margot Robbie Richard Osman and John O’Farrell.
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6. Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham Hotspur possesses a large loyal fan base from North London and county sides. They have the most rivalry against the North London side Arsenal, also against some other London Clubs like Chelsea and West Ham United. They have also a large number of Supporters’ clubs all over the World. Moreover, the club management is attached to various social activities actively which is always encouraged by the fans.
This London-based club have a huge fan base all over the World. They are at sixth position in terms of attendance all the time and 40000 seats at Stamford Bridge are almost filled up in every Chelsea home game. They were listed as fourth in terms of official kit sales in the time period between 2007-12 all over the World.
The chants like “Carefree”, “Ten Men Went to Mow”, “We All Follow the Chelsea” and “Zigga Zagga” are really famous at Stamford Bridge by the Chelsea fans. They have a huge number of followers in the club’s official Twitter account. The main rivalries of the Club is against the London clubs like Tottenham, Arsenal, Fulham, Leeds United and West Ham United.
4. Crystal Palace
It’s really tough to acquire a solid fan base being a London club as so many other clubs are there within London. But Crystal Palace are able to maintain a huge local fan base. Two supporters’ club named The Palace Independent Supporters’ Association and Crystal Palace Supporters’ Trust which are constantly active in supporting the club all the time.
The new owners of the club are really trying hard to increase the fan base of the club and they are implementing the supporters’ decisions also in any situation of the Club. The fanzines named ‘Eagle Eye’, ‘Palace Echo’ ‘The Eastern Eagles’, ‘So Glad You’re Mine and One More Point’ published by the Palace fans were really famous in London. The club have their old rivalries against Millwall and Charlton Athletic. Two internet forums named ‘The BBS’ and ‘Holmesdale.net’ are also formed by the club management to communicate with the fans.
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Millwall F.C. is commonly known as ‘The Lions’ who have the motto “We Fear No Foe Where E’er We Go.” They were previously known as ‘The Dockers’. The South East London side who currently play in the Championship usually possesses a huge fan base locally.
They are considered to be in the eighth position in terms of having the highest number of rivals all over the World. Their most significant rivalry is against West Ham United and South London Derbies against Charlton Athletic and Crystal Palace are also in the list of the exciting occasions for the fans to turn up to their level best.
Having 13 League Titles and 13 FA Cups in the club’s trophy cabinet always denotes sign of good history of a club and Arsenal are one of the clubs who have a rich history in their back.
The Arsenal fans are generally known as ‘The Gooners’. They had won their last Premier League title 2003-04 but their fans are still loyal to their club and their manager Arsene Wenger. The all home Match tickets for Arsenal are sold out most of times and in 2007–08 Arsenal had the second-highest average League attendance for an English club. They have seventh highest attendance record in terms of the whole European fan base. The supporters publish fanzines like ‘The Gooner’, ‘Gunflash’ and the satirical ‘Up The Arse!’. They have several domestic fan clubs and supporters’ clubs all over the World who are always behind the club.
1. West Ham United
The East London club fans are really loyal to their club. Despite not winning any glorious trophies in last 2 decades the support towards clubs remained the same from the fans. The Hammers are famous for their chants, hooliganism and rivalries with other London clubs.
The team’s anthem, “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” is always chanted by the supporters during the match. They are also known as the Academy Of Football as their football academy have given rise to many star players like Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick, Glen Johnson and in recent times Mark Noble who is now the captain of the West Ham.