United Kingdom has some of the biggest and most followed football clubs in the world. Millions of supporters have pledged their loyalty to these clubs. Let us have a look at some of the most passionate football fan bases in UK.
Here are the top 10 most passionate football fan bases in UK –
10. Manchester City
Etihad Stadium may not have the best atmosphere in England but Manchester City do in fact have some great supporters, a majority of whom have been supporting the club for years. There’s little denying that success brings new fans , but the majority of City’s local fan-base , have witnessed a pre-Sheikh Mansour era. Their fans have historically shown tremendous support to their team.
In their first campaign at the Etihad Stadium in 2003/04, City fought relegation and finished 16th in front of an average crowd of 46,834 and when City won the Premier League under Manuel Pellegrini in 2014, they had an average crowd of 47,075 fans. You don’t need to be a mathematician to realise that’s an increase of just 241 supporters.
Also, when City were in League One in 1998/1999, the Blues had an average attendance of 32,547 – a record that remains untouched. Manchester City fans are quite the loyal group of supporters.
9. Norwich City
Carrow Road has long been a difficult testing ground for the top clubs and is often buoyant when an important match takes place. The likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have struggled here and failed to cope with an intimidating atmosphere.
Norwich City are a relatively big-sized football team who attract the crowds in their thousands—despite having spent a good portion of the recent past below Premier League level.
Norwich have never been a club to be amongst the trophies but they have a catchment area for fans which has precious little competition around, and the supporters regularly fill the ground to near capacity.
8. Stoke City
Certainly the old cliche of asking whether big stars “can do it on a wet Tuesday night in Stoke” has become something of a punchline. The stadium filled with passionate fans still remains quite a challenge for the visiting teams . Out of the 30,089 fans who can fit into the Bet365 stadium, the club draws an average of 29,514 fans every match – meaning they fill up nearly 98% of their stadium every weekend.
Sir Alex Ferguson once said, of visiting their stadium: “I love the atmosphere because it makes players play. If you don’t pay attention to the atmosphere at Stoke, then it engulfs you. You must perform to get a result.”
7. Swansea City
Swansea City fans have followed their team through thick and thin. Rescued by the fans on the brink of dropping away from the football league, it’s outrageous to witness the club’s progress over the past decade. If it wasn’t for the fans, this club wouldn’t exist at all.
Swansea City have made their fans proud. Although they have experienced a mixture of encouraging highs and disappointing lows, their fans have always remained loyal to them.
While United may be the most popular club in the world, Arsenal boasts some of the most passionate fans in the world. Arsenal should be proud of their rock-solid attendance at home fixtures.
The boisterous nature of the Gooners has shown this season especially with fans having their opinion on every little thing the club does. The passion and genuine care about the club’s well-being from Arsenal fans is one that is hard to match and it is why they are one of the best fans in the Premier League.