FourFourTwo’s Premier League table of annoying: every club’s fans ranked according to social media
Please note: This does not necessarily represent the views of FourFourTwo. Blame John instead.
These days, many supporters consume football through their Twitter feed and only occasionally glance up to check on the action. A win doesn’t feel like a win unless it’s backed up with online hyperbole, and a loss simply cannot be justified with anything other than a foul-mouthed Facebook rant. Some even make a living from being a football fan on the internet (got to hand it to them, really).
But which club has the most irritating set of social media supporters? Based on nothing other than objectivity and a life spent sat in front of a laptop during Premier League weekends, here’s the (official, honest) top-flight rankings – from the most bearable fanbase, to the slightly deplorable, to the ones who make you want to poke your eyes out with a stick.
There are a few accounts dedicated to how evil Dejan Lovren is, but we’re happy to let that slide
You can’t really begrudge Southampton fans for gloating online. Every year they have their best players and managers poached, but Saints always find a way to come back stronger the following campaign.
Their team plays nice football, too, and the only notable Southampton TV pundit, Matt Le Tissier, is an all-round good bloke. There are a few accounts dedicated to how evil Dejan Lovren is, but we’re happy to let that slide.
I think of everyone on the planet I hate Dejan Lovren the most
— Laurie Symons (@LaurieSymons13) March 20, 2016
Swansea fans are the Switzerland of the Premier League: nobody hates them, primarily because they don’t do all that much. Their biggest Twitter accounts usually have 5,000-odd followers and are seemingly run by reasonable people, while most of them get behind their managers – it was pundits and Soccer AM who seemed to have the biggest problem with Bob Bradley’s Americanisms. Under Paul Clement, they’re rolling along nicely and everyone's rather content.
Swansea I love you! Paul Clement I love you!
— (@BigChrisDinero) January 21, 2017
For their own happiness the Black Cats should get relegated, so they can remind their supporters what it’s like to win consecutive matches
Sunderland fans aren’t annoying online – they’re just very, very upset. For their own happiness the Black Cats should get relegated, so they can remind their supporters what it’s like to win consecutive matches.
Their primary beef with other fans – when they’re not fighting each other about a lack of transfers or David Moyes – revolves around Jermain Defoe's absence from the England squad.
— Anthony (@AnthHayes86) February 5, 2017
Burnley fans are like their manager Sean Dyche: old school. They do their supporting at Turf Moor rather than on bedroom laptops, and there aren’t many @SimplyVokes or @DeadlyBarton accounts knocking about, manically trolling rivals Blackburn Rovers or organising cringeworthy airplane banner stunts.
— messagefortim (@messagefortim) November 26, 2016
16. Manchester City
BlueMoonRising is one of the better fan YouTube channels, with supporters usually analytical rather than vitriolic
Of all the top-six clubs, Manchester City’s online community is comfortably the least torturous. BlueMoonRising is one of the better fan YouTube channels, with supporters usually analytical rather than vitriolic.
Watch this clip of a City fan after his team's 4-0 loss at Everton, for example, and then imagine how ArsenalFanTV would have reacted.
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