Who are the EPL's best travelling supporters?

14th Nov 2017

Go to any English Premier League ground for a game and you're likely to be bowled over by the atmosphere. The advent of the EPL has made attending football games more popular than ever before – for example in the final non-EPL season in 1991/92 Arsenal's average home crowd was 32,000. So far this season their average is closer to 60,000!

The majority of the fans at the games are there for home support, naturally, but what about the 3,000 or so who have made their way into foreign territory to support the away side? Are they not the true essence of football supporters? The fans who are willing to splash their hard-earned cash on tickets, travelling costs, 'meat' pies and lashings of lager?

We've crunched some numbers and can reveal to you – in reverse order as tradition dictates – the top ten EPL sides whom are blessed with the best travelling support.

[10] Brighton & Hove Albion

In at ten are EPL new boys Brighton & Hove Albion. Obviously Brighton fans are embracing seeing their players rubbing shoulders with the big boys, and are keen to see the bright lights of Old Trafford and Anfield … but for how many seasons?

[9] West Ham United

West Ham are known for their fanatical and loyal support, and even the dreaded move away from Upton Park hasn't deterred them much. Unfortunately, the lacklustre football dished up by the boys in claret and blue this term is scant reward for their support!

[8] Huddersfield Town

Another EPL virgin, no doubt fans of the Terriers are currently in seventh heaven watching as many games as they can in their side's first EPL season. Many predicted this would be Huddersfield's only top flight season, but the Yorkshire boys seems to be doing all right so far …

[7] Leicester City

The memories of that fairy-tale season have perhaps not faded just yet, and Leicester's fans are still deluded enough to feel their faltering team still ranks among the best teams in the land – what other reason could there be to travel the length and breadth of Britain to see Jamie Vardy miss another sitter?

[6] Arsenal

No surprise that Arsenal are sixth on this list, as that's probably where Arsene Wenger's men are likely to end up in the EPL table's final reckoning this season. No doubt fans of the Gunners are enjoying their last moments of seeing Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the red and white.

[5] Newcastle United

It's been a difficult few years for fans of the Magpies, with a couple of seasons in the Championship to contend with. Rafa Benitez has built a fine squad, so finally Newcastle fans may get to enjoy the kind of season their loyalty deserves.

[4] Tottenham Hotspur

The last couple of seasons have been excellent for Spurs fans, and in truth every game for Tottenham is an away game while the side plays at Wembley while their new stadium is being built. Spurs fans are still happy to travel further afield, though.

[3] Southampton

Hold the front page! Southampton have the third best travelling supporters in the EPL? In truth, the Saints' figures are slightly skewed as they've only played away four times this season, and two of those games (Brighton and Palace) have been fairly 'local'.

[2] Liverpool

Liverpool fans never walk alone of course but they will be delighted to find that they walk alone with regards to the city of Liverpool in this list as there's no place for Everton in the top ten … but then even Everton fans don't want to watch Everton these days.

[1] Manchester United

Hmmm … so do Manchester United have the best travelling support, or do they have the greatest saturation of football supporters around the UK as a whole? As the saying goes, no matter where you are in the UK, you're never more than ten meters away from a Man United fan!

So there you go, a completely unscientific crunching of numbers to reveal the UK's best travelling supporters, and eagle-eyed readers will notice the absence of Chelsea and Manchester City in the top ten. As for the award for the EPL's most 'stay at home' fans, that goes to Swansea City – obviously fans of the Swans simply do not enjoy the idea of going 'over the border'!

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