Even though Newcastle United are in the second division this season – although we are still pulling in 52,000 sold-out home gates and record crowds away from home – talkSPORT has ranked Newcastle United as the eighth biggest club in Britain.
Since they are talking about that hypothetical “big” and what really is a “big” club – talkSPORT has defined what they mean by the adjective – and what factors they took into account in their rankings.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle United manager
This is part of the talkSPORT definition of what constitutes a big club.
“A variety of factors, including size of support, wealth, standard of stadium, current standing and historic success.”
“We’ve taken all these aspects into account – giving more weight to current situation than the past.”
“With less and less importance attached to events as you delve further into the history books– and come up with a ranking of the top 30 biggest football clubs in Britain.”
“Inevitably there are areas of dispute and clubs who narrowly missed out on making the cut.”
Newcastle are above several current Premier League clubs including West Ham, Leicester City, Sunderland, Southampton, Stoke City, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Watford, Burnley, Bournemouth, Swansea and Hull – and the final three don’t make it in the rankings.
Newcastle are also one place above Celtic in the rankings with Sunderland ranked 13th – unlucky for some.
The only surprise to us is that Everton are just above us in 7th place but the other clubs above us we would have expected.
Here’s the top 10 clubs in Britain:
- Manchester United
- Manchester City
- Tottenham Hotspur
- Newcastle United
- West Ham United
Sheffield Wednesday, who we play on Monday night, are ranked 25th.
Here’s the full article on talkSPORT which lists the top 30 football clubs in Britain.