Ranked! Every Premier League club by how ‘big’ they are
Assessing the size of a football club isn’t simple. You can’t get the tape measure out and determine whether your club is reasonably Jordan Pickford-sized or a whopping Real Courtois.
To determine the relative size of each current Premier League club, we’ve taken into account five varied factors. Namely: history, recent success, UK fanbase, global fame and, of course, financial clout. Let us begin...
Well, at least they’re the biggest Welsh club in the Premier League. In truth, Cardiff are impressively punching above their weight just by appearing in the top flight. They had only the 14th highest attendance in the Championship last season, with empty seats notable despite the Bluebirds' promotion surge.
The history books don’t help much. Cardiff won the FA Cup in 1927, but 2013/14 was their first top-flight season in 51 years. That stay was brief and their visit in 2018/19 could be similarly so, despite the reported $1.3 billion wealth of owner Vincent Tan.
As Terriers’ fans loudly remind opponents, this is a club that’s “won the league three times in a row”. That prestigious hat-trick came in the 1920s, however, and the reason manager David Wagner is considered a miracle-worker is because he’s taken a club that was clinging to Championship status and led them to an unlikely Premier League promotion.
On the plus side, the John Smith's Stadium is a lovely ground and the club are investing in improved training facilities. Yet Huddersfield are some way off being the biggest club in Yorkshire, let alone one of the largest in the land.
The Cherries are a strange fruit. On the one hand, their piddly 11,000-seater stadium and the fact that they’d never had a sniff of top-flight football until 2015 marks them down as the league’s minniest minnow.
Yet we can’t live in the past: since achieving promotion, Bournemouth have finished an average of 12th and invested in the squad (Jefferson Lerma set them back £25m this summer). Meanwhile, plans are ongoing for a new stadium. Bournemouth may have no historical standing, but they’re writing their own history right now.
A tricky club to place. Brighton have no glorious past, and as recently as 20 years ago the club was staring into the barrel of liquidation and a place in the Conference. Promotion to the Premier League has been no fluke, however, but a result of long-term planning and investment, particularly in a new 30,000-seat stadium.
Brighton are in just their second season of Premier League football and retain plucky underdog status. Yet owner Tony Bloom has spent over £100m in player transfers since last summer and, with a decent catchment area for fans, the Seagulls are heading to new heights.
Like Huddersfield, Burnley have ‘previous’, boasting an FA Cup and two league titles in the past. Yet that was several generations ago and Burnley spent the majority of the 1980s and ‘90s in the third and fourth tiers.
Then Sean Dyche gravelled up in 2012 and has gradually established them as a Premier League club. Last season’s seventh place may have been a dramatic overachievement, but it’s been done via prudent planning (Burnley had the Premier League’s lowest wage bill in 2016/17). Not a glamorous name, but their solid foundations put some of the go-for-broke big boys in the Championship to shame.