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20 Most Hated Football Clubs In The United Kingdom

10) Tottenham

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Whether Tottenham Hotspur are one of the biggest clubs in London or not, they have always been the club that has attracted the most envy and hatred from their rivals. It has been obvious to most Spurs fans that Arsenal, West Ham, and Chelsea all consider Spurs to be their main rivals.

In a survey, Arsenal, Chelsea and West Ham all picked Tottenham as the club they hated the most while Leicester City and Southampton supporters also didn’t show much love for the Lilywhites. This makes Tottenham one of the most hated football clubs in the United Kingdom.

9) West Ham

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One of the reasons why they are hated so much is that the rival fans believe that they have an air of arrogance about them with nothing to show for it. West Ham have strong rivalries with several other clubs. Most of these are with other London clubs, especially with Tottenham Hotspur in an East versus North London derby and with Chelsea in an East versus West London rivalry. The oldest and fiercest rivalry is with Millwall. The two sides are local rivals, having both formed originally around local companies, with players living in the same localities.

8) Liverpool

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Nobody wanted Liverpool to win the league title last year and nobody was happy when they did. They won the title after 30 years and in those 30 years, they were hardly the favorites. But in the ’70s and the ’80s, they were a force to reckon with. Their problem is that their fans are always fixated with the past and they also always keep saying that “Next year will be ours”. When Steven Gerrard’s slip resulted in losing the title in 2014, as opposed to feeling frustrated about the Reds, the response from most rival fans was to ignore their heads off.

7) MK Dons

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The main reason for the hate against MK Dons is how they moved 70 miles away from their most loyal fans. A football club is not the players. It isn’t a limited company. It isn’t the board or the league position. All of these are temporary. The one constant in football is the fans and if a club decides to take a club away from their fans it will get hate. Even though after being relegated and giving trophies back to the original Wimbledon the club won some neutrals but they are still very despised.

6) Celtic

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Another club who are a victim of their own success. Celtic is probably the most successful team in Scotland in recent times and are despised all around Scotland due to that. The hate for Celtic comes mostly from the Rangers fan. Their rivalry with Rangers is one of the most fierce rivalries in the world. Sectarianism in Glasgow is also the reason for hate for both of the old firm clubs.

They are also seemed to be hated for their refusal to wear the poppy. In a match against Aberdeen the Green Brigade ultras group held up banners which read ‘Your deeds would shame all the devils in hell. Ireland Iraq Afghanistan. No bloodstained poppy on our hoops. This was met with complete outrage at the time all over Britain. Celtic are, thus, one of the most hated football clubs in the United Kingdom.

5) Millwall

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I think the most important reason for the abhorrence of British football fans towards Millwall is their long-held association with football hooliganism in England, having one of the most famous hooligan firms in the country. The hate for Millwall goes a long way back to the 19th century. Their fans have been in major riots a lot of occasions over the years with offenses including ambushing officials outside the ground, breaking a visiting goalkeeper’s jaw, and tossing a dummy hand grenade onto the field. Their fans are also renowned for using the chants “No one likes us, no one likes us, No one likes us, we don’t care! We are Millwall, super Millwall, we are Millwall, from The Den!”.

4) Rangers

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Most probably the most hated club in Scotland and simultaneously one the most hated one all around the United Kingdom. Rangers fans thrive on being hated by British fans and they say that they hate us because they are scared of us. The hate for the Gers has increased even more after they won the first league title in 10 years. And who does not know about the Old Firm rivalry, the hate their arch-rivals Celtic fans have for the Ibrox park club is unmatched. They even use chants that go like “No one likes us, we don’t care”.

3) Leeds United

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“We all hate Leeds and Leeds and Leeds…” was a song in the ’70s and the ’80s. The song was mainly because of the success they had under Don Revie. The chants are still seldom used by Chelsea and Man United fans. Leeds team in the 1973-74 season was one of the most despised teams in British football’s history.

Leeds as a club is still hated all around England and that’s mainly started when they were winning the first division back in the ’70s and were called “Dirty Leeds” because of their rough playing style. But the Leeds team & supporters at the time had a bit of an attitude along the lines of “Everybody hates us and we don’t care”.

2) Manchester United

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There might be many reasons for rival British fans to abhor the Red Devils but their success tops all those reasons. Their success under Sir Alex Ferguson might be the reason why all this hate due to jealousy started. The 1998-99 season was the season that encapsulated the concept of ‘Fergie Time. People call the Man United fans ‘glory hunters’ meaning that they only support the club for the success they have achieved.

Some might remember a time when the English football fans used to get behind their last team remaining in European competitions but that trend ended on May 26, 1999, when the Red Devils defeated Bayern Munich with two late goals to win the Champions League.

1) Chelsea

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Nowadays rival fans also hate their rival clubs on basis of how much money they spend. Like Manchester City, Chelsea is also hated due to the money the club spends on players. Chelsea in 2019 in an online survey was voted the most hated club in the Premiership. Chelsea fans claim that the hate they get is mainly because the rival fans are envious of their money.

Some people argue that the club bought their success from the investment of previous owner Roman Abramovich, which led them to become one of the most dominant teams in Europe. Chelsea’s title-winning team under Mourinho in 2004-05 and Champion League semifinalist team in 2008-09 are some of the most hated teams in British football’s history.

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One thought on “20 Most Hated Football Clubs In The United Kingdom

  • Chris Arnott

    Poor start to your piece there with a picture of Portsmouth fans under the section on Birmingham.

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