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I've recently found interesting debate on skyscrapercity forums about English Top 20 Most Popular Football Clubs ("popular" means "with most supporters"). Have a look at one guy's list:

1. Manchester United

2. Liverpool

3. Arsenal

4. Newcastle

5. Tottenham

6. Chelsea

7. Man city

8. Leeds

9. West Ham

10. Everton

11. Sunderland

12. Aston Villa

13. Sheffield Wednesday

14. Wolverhampton

15. Nottingham Forest

16. West Brom

17. Sheffield United

18. Norwich City

19. Ipswich Town

20. Coventry

I'm curious, what do you think about that list? Would you change something?

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After 7th place, he's lost the plot

And if the vermin-felchers are in 20th place I'll eat my cock, dare I say it, even small heath have more fans

Not really, Leeds are the 3rd biggest City in England behind Birmingham, one club city too. It's still probably wrong mind.
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I recently added the official Villa facebook page thingy to my pages, and saw how many followers it had and got curious about how it matched up to other teams. Apart from the traditional top 4 (Liverpool, man U Chelsea and Arsenal), only Many City and Tottenham had more. I know it's not an exact science but it's surely a good indicator, the only team that came close I could find was West Ham, and they had aboutr 60,000 less.

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The list starts ok and then he goes a bit mental.

There is no way that Coventry are 20th by the way. I have a guilty soft spot for cov (best mate is a fan) but they don't have many supporters.

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Define 'with most supporters'. If they mean home attendances, then, here are last season's average gates for positions 8 to 12:

8. Leeds 23,283

9. West Ham 30,923

10. Everton 33,228

11. Sunderland 39,095

12. Aston Villa 33,873

Makes no sense.

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I think that the gaps between the teams in the table indicate various "tiers" of team support. Do you consider Villa to be in the same "league" as Man City, Everton, West Ham, Sunderland in terms of support?

Which clubs should be removed from this list in your opinion and which should be introduced? Which club should replace Coventry? Boro?

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I think that the gaps between the teams in the table indicate various "tiers" of team support. Do you consider Villa to be in the same "league" as Man City, Everton, West Ham, Sunderland in terms of support?

Which clubs should be removed from this list in your opinion and which should be introduced? Which club should replace Coventry? Boro?

I think more like that too. You have to define what a fan is too, is it somebody with a season ticket or somebody who just looks for the score of their favourite team in the Sunday morning newspaper? As finding accurate numbers of fans is unquantifiable you have to group teams into tiers. Manchester United are clearly #1 in this country. They are arguably #1 in the world (I'm sure Barcelona and Real Madrid would beg to differ, but the Premier League seems much more popular globally than La Liga at the moment) but beyond that I'd say the "tiers" listed in the OP are reasonably accurate. I dont think you need to number individual clubs within those tiers though.

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Define 'with most supporters'. If they mean home attendances, then, here are last season's average gates for positions 8 to 12:

8. Leeds 23,283

9. West Ham 30,923

10. Everton 33,228

11. Sunderland 39,095

12. Aston Villa 33,873

Makes no sense.

Definitely not home attendances. Leeds play in Championship so their attendances will be lower.

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Define 'with most supporters'. If they mean home attendances, then, here are last season's average gates for positions 8 to 12:

8. Leeds 23,283

9. West Ham 30,923

10. Everton 33,228

11. Sunderland 39,095

12. Aston Villa 33,873

Makes no sense.

Definitely not home attendances. Leeds play in Championship so their attendances will be lower.

Villa averaged 32000 in the third division when football wasn't as popular as it is now.

West Ham are way way too far up that list. Sunderland would probably be 7th and Everton, dirty Leeds and us have similar sized support. Man City would be just below but will proabably overtake all three with continued success.

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Define 'with most supporters'. If they mean home attendances, then, here are last season's average gates for positions 8 to 12:

8. Leeds 23,283

9. West Ham 30,923

10. Everton 33,228

11. Sunderland 39,095

12. Aston Villa 33,873

Makes no sense.

Definitely not home attendances. Leeds play in Championship so their attendances will be lower.

Villa averaged 32000 in the third division when football wasn't as popular as it is now.

BUt it was much more affordable, and going to the games was the only way you'd get to see your team.

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On FIFA 12 when you first load up the game you are asked which team you support and this is then linked to your online profile.

Total number of fans on FIFA 12 Support Your Club on PS3

Premier League

1. Manchester United – 771,449

2. Arsenal – 686,322

3. Chelsea – 369,201

4. Liverpool – 368,107

5. Manchester City – 198,023

6. Tottenham Hotspur – 108,928

7. Newcastle United – 80,532

8. Aston Villa – 46,915

9. Leeds United – 38,606

10. West Ham United – 35,597

11. Everton – 35,455

12. Sunderland – 19,708

13. Wolverhampton Wanderers – 18,438

14. Birmingham City – 16,235

15. Stoke City – 13,421

16. Nottingham Forest – 13,259

17. Swansea City – 13,055

18. Southampton – 12,328

19. Middlesbrough – 11,743

20. West Bromwich Albion – 11,664

Championship

1. Blackburn Rovers – 11,369

2. Norwich City – 11,050

3. Leicester City – 10,998

4. Cardiff City – 10,173

5. Fulham – 10,159

6. Portsmouth – 10,069

7. Bolton Wanderers – 9,904

8. Sheffield Wednesday – 9,595

9. Queens Park Rangers – 9,557

10. Derby County – 8,695

11. Sheffield United – 7,039

12. Crystal Palace – 6,836

13. Ipswich Town – 6,332

14. Coventry City – 5,723

15. Millwall – 5,578

16. Reading – 5,463

17. Hull City – 5,377

18. Brighton & Hove Albion – 5,338

19. Wigan Athletic – 4,969

20. Charlton Athletic – 4,538

21. Bristol City – 4,525

22. Barnsley – 4,342

23. Blackpool – 4,221

24. Burnley – 4,138

League One

1. Huddersfield Town – 3,461

2. Watford – 3,070

3. Plymouth Argyle – 2,950

4. Preston North End – 2,949

5. Swindon Town – 2,659

6. Bradford City – 2,614

7. Peterborough United – 2,519

8. Bournemouth – 2,263

9. Bristol Rovers – 2,259

10. Doncaster Rovers – 2,195

11. Oxford United – 2,114

12. AFC Wimbledon – 1,959

13. Crawley Town – 1,936

14. Gillingham – 1,926

15. Southend United – 1,799

16. Shrewsbury Town – 1,637

17. Notts County – 1,620

18. Rotherham United – 1,593

19. Accrington Stanley – 1,568

20. Port Vale – 1,548

21. Chesterfield – 1,541

22. Northampton Town – 1,523

23. Stevenage – 1,522

24. Milton Keynes Dons – 1,520

League Two

1. Carlisle United – 1,472

2. Oldham Athletic – 1,457

3. Walsall – 1,348

4. Exeter City – 1,296

5. Brentford – 1,284

6. Crewe Alexandra - 1,221

7. Torquay United – 1,219

8. Hartlepool - 1,147

9. Tranmere Rovers – 1,136

10. Yeovil Town - 1,130

11. Scunthorpe United - 1,082

12. Cheltenham Town – 1,050

13. Aldershot Town – 1,032

14. Bury – 999

15. Burton Albion – 977

16. Rochdale – 967

17. Macclesfield Town - 948

18. Leyton Orient - 931

19. Colchester United - 925

20. Hereford United – 898

21. Wycombe Wanderers - 867

22. Barnet - 799

23. Dagenham and Redbridge - 780

24. Morecambe – 617

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