English Premier League is the most-watched football league in the world. People across the world support different teams from this league with full passion and love. Having passionate fans inside the stadium creates an incredible atmosphere that acts as the 12th man for the team. In this article, we have all the 20 clubs ranked according to the most passionate EPL fan bases.
Here are the most passionate EPL fan bases in the Premier League –
Burnley’s population is around 80k and the average attendance for the last Premier League season was a massive 20.5K. It was a ‘wow’ achievement considering the size of Burnley.
This club has got a tremendous local support. A fair number of fans come from Colne Nelson Brierfield which roll into Burnley. Then come Clitheroe and a catchment area right into Yorkshire.
Sean Dyche once said, “Burnley have a fanbase to be proud of. After my first season we sold Charlie Austin and there was the usual response from crowds, not always positive, and I said then it’s important we focus on what the team are doing, and they’ve been amazing since then.”
19. Brighton And Hove Albion
If you ever visit the Amex Stadium, you will fall in love instantly with this amazingly decorated piece of art. It got the facility of 30,750 which is more than a match for most of the top-flight. With its sweeping curves, the Amex is not less than a Hollywood beauty to a football fanatic.
The potential fan base for the club is humongous. Brighton has a population of just under 300,000 and there are no such big rivals in near locality.
Some may feel they missed out a generation of potential supporters when they used to play at Gillingham and the Withdean. But when The Amex opened, the fans rushed back to cheer their home team. With an average attendance of 20,000, this is something many teams would dream of.
Fulham have been an established club for long now but they do not have as big of a fan base that the other well established clubs have. Founded in 1879, they are London’s oldest football club playing professionally.
The Cottagers are stuck in a hard place with a rather small stadium in Craven Cottage and being in London where other clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal take the top billing. Fulham’s main rivalries are with fellow West London clubs Chelsea, Queens Park Rangers and Brentford.
When you’re at home and you’ve got a great backing, it’s brilliant. And when you go on the road and you can hear your fans signing it’s what you want as a player. It’s credit to the Southampton fans who stuck to the team when they were in League One and on the brink of liquidation. It’s good that the fans stuck with them, and now they’re seeing Southampton playing week in, week out, in the Premier League.
Southampton was relegated in 2005 after their 27 years in top flight of English football. After playing six years in the second and third tier, Southampton gained promotion back to the Premier League. St. Mary’s Garden is their home ground having a capacity of 32,505. It maintains an average attendance of 30,734 which means a 94% filling rate. They are among one of the most passionate EPL fan bases.
Everton’s ground Goodison Park is one of the most iconic grounds in the Premier League. It has hosted more top-flight English football games than any other club. It first became the home of “The Toffees” in 1892 and is one of the world’s first purpose-built stadiums.
Everton fans are not far behind their Merseyside rivals in terms of passion and dedication. Even though Everton haven’t been their best this season, fans continue to support the club with all their heart.
Goodison Park has a capacity of 39,571 and regularly pulls 39,032 passionate supporters meaning the stadium averages 98.64% attendance completion rate in the Premier League – and other domestic competitions.
15. West Brom
West Brom have been a club that have bounced between the Premier League and Championship in recent seasons.
The Baggies have failed to fully establish themselves as a regular in the Premier League and until that happens, they may not go up in this list.
There is potential for the support of the club to grow. It will be interesting to see how they perform in their first season back in the big league.
14. Manchester United
Manchester United is the most supported football club in the world. Though the club has suffered a lot after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, there is no decline in the number of supporters turning out at the Old Trafford.
‘The Special One’ might not be that same charismatic anymore but he is still good enough to galvanise one of Europe’s biggest fan bases to pour in the week in and week out. Old Trafford is England’s largest club stadium and can host 75,643 fans at any given instant.
Manchester United have a global fan base with supporters from around the world showing their support for the club. Even when the Red Devils have suffered in a match, the fans stay loyal and cheer them on even louder, come rain or shine.
13. Leicester City
One of the best atmosphere in English football, partly due to the cardboard clappers issued to all home fans, the noise is amazing. Winning the Premier League in 2016 and then going on to qualify for the UEFA Champions League had worked like a turbo booster in Leicester City’s incredible rise in power – both on the field and in terms of regular attendance figures.
Though they aren’t having the best of their times in the domestic league this time around, they still capable enough to attract their fans on a weekly basis. And at a really high rate, too. It’s almost impossible to get a ticket for most matches unless you are a season ticket holder or a member.
The King Power stadium can host 32,273 fans and regularly manages to bring in 31,948. That’s 98.99% of the stadium covered every match day. The Foxes never let their troop behind alone.