Rightmove surveyed over 13,000 soccer followers from around the country, together with 9,351 fans of Premiership golf equipment, and recorded the crew they support and their full postcode to determine the common distance every fan lives from their club, and what proportion of every club’s fans are local to their dwelling stadium.
As you may expect, the proportion of followers dwelling within the identical postcode as their group’s stadium is significantly higher inside one-group towns. Wigan’s lead on the high may be explained by the fact that there is a excessive focus of traditionally successful Premiership golf equipment based mostly close by within the North West, which means any football followers living outdoors of a Wigan postcode are likely to have had their heads turned by another club.
Usually, the extra historically profitable a club is the more likely it is going to be to have a decrease proportion of ‘local’ followers, as success over time breeds a more nationwide moderately than
native fan base. Wigan, Norwich and Southampton occupy the top three positions in Rightmove’s native fans league table, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea within the relegation locations, however these positions may simply be turned on their head within the ultimate Premiership league desk on the finish of the season. It’s attention-grabbing to additionally think about that whereas most golf equipment were initially set up to serve their local community, can success be achieved and sustained within the modern era with out a large proportion of non-local assist?
Rightmove director Miles Shipside feedback: “Our examine shows that when a Premiership club plays at dwelling, that isn’t all the time the case for its fans. As major golf equipment like Manchester United have grown their nationwide – and even international – fan base, the general proportion of their fans residing within the identical postcode as the crew’s home stadium has decreased. With the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool at one finish of the table and Wigan on the different, there actually appears to be a correlation between historic success and placing in the Native Fans League Table. Though a minimum of which means the vast majority of Wigan followers can get rapidly again to the comfort of their own houses on a Saturday afternoon when results at the DW haven’t gone their way.”
Rightmove additionally broke down the information by metropolis to disclose the extent of assist for Premiership golf equipment in the UK’s hotbeds of football. In Manchester, although simply 9% of Manchester United’s fans stay in the identical postcode district as Old Trafford, the sheer scale of their help signifies that greater than half of soccer fans within the city assist United overall. In Liverpool, round two thirds of followers have been discovered to assist Liverpool with one in four supporting Everton. Despite the footballing rivalry between the two cities, and particularly between Manchester United and Liverpool, there were ranges of help for opposing golf equipment in each areas, with 5% of football fans in Manchester supporting Liverpool and four% of followers in Liverpool supporting both Man Utd or Man City.
In London, Arsenal are essentially the most well-supported membership ahead of rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Surprisingly, Manchester United and Liverpool each appear within the prime 5 most-supported London golf equipment ahead of Premiership teams who are based mostly in London comparable to Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United