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Stoke prove the best fans are local!

Much has been written about how the majority of Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea fans are just glory hunters and a new report appears to back that up.

The Daily Star have published a list of where Premier League supporters come from relative to the club they support and (surprise, surprise) those three all come at the bottom with the Potters in second place having 85% of their support coming from the local area.

We're all aware that English football is a 'tribal thing' and many fans support one club for life, following them through thick and thin and many Potters fans are just beginning to reap the rewards of following their club through so many barren years of lower league football.

Hull City 88%
Stoke City 85%
Wigan Athletic 80%
Newcastle Utd 77%
Middlesbrough 76%
Aston Villa 73%
Fulham 73%
Sunderland 67%
West Brom 67%
West Ham 66%
Blackburn 65%
Man City 64%
Portsmouth 63%
Bolton 57%
Everton 55%
Arsenal 53%
Chelsea 49%
Liverpool 22%
Man Utd 20%




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The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 28 2008

Time: 2:19PM

Your Comments

While it's true the top four clubs attract a lot ofglory hunters, the article is a poor genralisation. I am an Arsenal fan from South London, but I haven't missed a game, home,away or in Europe for nearly seven years now. Whereas I'm willing to bet there are a good number of supporters turning up at the Brittania this season who were conspicuous by their absence last season and when you were in the third tier of English football.
Little Dutch
Any one know how close to the club you have to live to be classed as local in the survey? Also, how is someone like me counted? I grew up in North Staffs and I started watching Stoke when I was about 6 years old, but I have not lived in North Staffs since leaving school (45 years ago) and I now live 130 miles away in the Lake District. Am I a local or a "glory hunter"?
fornside
These surveys don't work. As soemone mentioned, what does local mean? If you support a team in South London but live in North London, are you classed as local? If you live in West Yorkshire but support a team in East Yorkshire, are you classed as local?
Aamir
There's still quite a jump from Manchester United and Liverpool to Chelsea though. That's quite surprising!
daspecial1
It is. I would hazard a guess that the HUGE majority of Liverpool, Man Utd and Chelsea fans live outside the UK, and that is to be expected. And what I just said is another reason why surveys like these are always going to be carried out unfairly and completely wrong.
Aamir
Fornside. I think what's being said is that if you're from the local area and moved away then you're still regarded as a local, born and bred fan. The point being made is that the glory hunters support a club that they've got no connection with. Don't worry - you're a real Stokie!
staffordstokie
strange to see the big-four stranded at the bottom!
merlin
 

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