Every year the same debate always rages on – “What’s the biggest London football club?’ now if you note, we didn’t say “best” – that would be a very clear three horse race between Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs – but what is the biggest?
Each team currently in the Premier League has worked hard and won the right to be plying their trade in one of the best leagues in global football.
The criteria that I used to come up with this list was: Approximate fan base size; stadium size; fan passion; financial backing; history.
So lets take a look at each London club that’s in the Premier League right now –
Arsenal – They have a great history in the English Leagues and with the 3rd biggest stadium in England. They are currently fighting for fourth place this season and have one of the biggest fan bases in Europe for any team.
Chelsea – Stamford Bridge is not the biggest stadium for a London club, but with constant top 4 finishes and arguably the biggest fan bases in all of South London, they are definitely considered to be one of the biggest clubs in London.
Tottenham Hotspur – Tottenham have surged to great new heights since they moved into the ‘New White Hart Lane’. Currently 3rd in the table, they have a great fan base and with a few more Champions League appearances and can you imagine they actually win the trophy? something that only one other London club has ever done (Chelsea).
West Ham United – Upton Park had character and West Ham have always produced decent young talent. Sadly since they left the stadium (which has now been reduced to a block of flats), they have struggled to maintain form this season and currently sit 11th in the premier league. They have never won the Champions League.
Crystal Palace – Right behind West Ham, Palace are sitting 12th in the table at the moment, another hit and miss season for them but they have secured safety from the relegation zone. Not a contender for the ‘biggest club in London, but one of the 6 teams in the prem from the city.
Fulham – Sadly Fulham will not be in the Premiership much longer, they currently sit at the 19th position in the table and will be relegated at the end of the season to the Championship.
Our verdict: It’s a close call between Chelsea and Arsenal for the title of ‘biggest club in London’. However, as Chelsea are the only club to have actually won the champions league and had the amount of success they had under mainly Jose Mourinho in the 2000’s, we have to give them the nod on this occasion.