It’s Official – Newcastle One Of The Biggest Clubs In Britain


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:

  1. Manchester United
  2. Arsenal
  3. Liverpool
  4. Chelsea
  5. Manchester City
  6. Tottenham Hotspur
  7. Everton
  8. Newcastle United
  9. Celtic
  10. 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.



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52 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 24, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #1

    I think we want to be at lest climbing over the toffees ASAP in that list 🙂

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  • magicmac54

    Dec 24, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Happy christmas everyone, and a happy and healthy new year. To be honest Newcastle are a much bigger club than, Everton, tottenham, man city and chelsea in my view, specially Man City and Chelsea, who i regard as plastic clubs, wealthy owners yes, but for all thier success and them money they have spent in the last few years, they still cant fill thier ground, and thats with even playing in the premier league, and playing in Europe, so in my humble view plastic clubs, with plastic support. HWTL.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #3

    I think we’re still seventh in the all time standings of the PL despite the death by a thousand cuts of Ashleys regime.

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #4

    A fully being behind the bluenoses isn’t that shocking considering we are the only non-premier league side in that list 😉

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #5

    A fully = actually

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail – considering the third rate parade of yes – men ‘coaches’ we’ve been subjected to for the last half dozen years…

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 24, 2016 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Start your list here… ha ha

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  • Bambams

    Dec 24, 2016 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #8

    To be fair the last time we were challenging the ‘top 4’ we had the likes of Everton and Spurs well behind us.

    You know lads if Ash wanted to and we do go up we could be a HUGE football club again.

    Can anyone suggest another club that is similar to us. The stadium, fan base, set up znd now top manager.

    Just takes an organised or ambitious owner.

    Once that Juggernaut starts it takes some stopping……

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  • Clematis

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m knackering up the family xmas plans but I cannot wait for the game on Boxing Day. A great performance and a 3 nil victory to wipe away the memories of this week will be most welcome!

    Merry xmas, y’all 🙂

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Just on Colback, I was reading an article by an ophthalmologist who suggested he may have what they call “white line blindness”. Generally his sight appears to be normal, but when he crosses the line onto the match-day field he suddenly has absolutely no vision at all. That would certainly explain the way he plays.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Munster,
    As you have made yourself clear that you are happy Rafa is here can I also make my self clear that I fully understand your clarity but just don’t understand why you have felt the need to constantly slate him since he got here. I undertand also that nobody is above criticisim but you have dished it out relentlessly and I don’t think he deserves it. You’ve pretty much said that given the resources that CH is doing a better job, I just don’t see why a fan of our club would feel the need to say that, had it been from someone else you could argue the point that their squad has been together longer and has more experience of a promotion campaign but given your constant criticism it just comes across as you having another unnecessary dig at him.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Spurs will join the top 6 once they get their stadium finished. West Ham have the chance to do the same. We have been the best placed club over the past 15 years to step up but failed to achieve it. We still can, but this might be our last roll of the dice for a while. We need to be on this wave, and make the most of it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #13

    Jimmy,
    A poster called TDSarf argued quite strongly that fans weren’t really that important anymore as TV money dwarfed gate receipts, if that was the case why are ambitious clubs after bigger gates.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #14

    I think gates will always be a big part of a clubs success, despite vast money now coming in from TV. A big and passionate crowd, in a top facility is part of a package that can attract top players. Location is also a big part of that, as is a winning culture, wages, quality of the manager etc, but the crowd and ground will always be critical.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Big, full stadiums get preferred TV coverage around the world, is the bleedin’ obvious reason..

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  • Belfast

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #16

    Rafa bingo

    ——————Darlow——–
    Yedlin—Lascelles–Clark–Dummett
    ————Anita–Hayden——
    Gouffran——Diame——-Ritchie
    —————–Gayle————

    Merry Christmas to everyone

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  • hibbit

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #17

    MR ANGRY
    The overrated Frenchman

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #18

    The same guy was supportive of our policy of dismissing the cups from a business point of view. Never has a poster boiled my pi$$ so much.

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  • Belfast

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #19

    Especially to Jail for Ashley and Rob Vollans.

    It actually wouldn’t surprise me if we went 4-4-2 with Diame playing in the deeper role.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #20

    Obviously no club has done less, with so much, but Rafa might just change that.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #21

    I hope Belfast doesn’t bother posting a Bingo line up as my newly installed Belfast Bingo Blocker sofware will blank it out.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #22

    If sides are getting relatively similar amounts of money from tv deals, clubs need the margins from sponsorships and gates to gain an advantage over other sides.

    Ashley had that advantage and squandered it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #23

    AncientC,
    I still honestly think that the way we have been ran over the last eight years has been done out of spite and all this talk of Ashley putting the wrong people in charge is nonsense,certainly the wrong people for footballing success but not for what he had in mind.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Delph on his way from Man City ?

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  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #25

    The overrated Frenchman
    What will David Moyes do with no money available this January ?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Lochinvar,
    It would be nice to see a little bit of quality added that our rivals can’t attract.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Jail, it certainly doesn’t stack up, even considering the advertising revenue lost, Newcastle was still the 17th richest club in the world last year – in regards to revenue.

    Take a club like Napoli, they were not even in the top 20 rich list, yet they have been able to go out and recruit world class players when they decide… £35 million on Higuain not so long ago.

    Atletico Madrid’s revenue isn’t much higher than Newcastle’s, and they were able to pay Aguero around 200k a week whilst he was there, and still do pay their players top wages.

    If Ashley had wanted a competitive club, he could have had one, and the club would be reaping the benefits right now, due to growth etc.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Just checking in to say Merry Christmas ya’ filthy animals!

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #29

    Sky Rumour mill but would be the final irony for Moussa and his ambitions for Arsenal.

    The latest transfer news,( from Sky ) with Everton reportedly weighing up a possible swap deal involving Ross Barkley and Tottenham’s Moussa Sissoko.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #30

    AncientC,
    It is baffling to think where the money has gone considering what Shepherd and Halls took out and still managed to build the stadium and break World transfer records and still didn’t have as much debt as what we do now. They did lose control of it but not to the extent where it justified Ashley having second rate chancers like Mcardew in for the long term.

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s Christmas Day in Japan!!!!

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to bloggers and readers alike, and especially to the very excellent Ed, for continuing to provide us with this splendid place. I dips ma’ lid to one and all.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #32

    You just have to love Moyes.

    “A lot of players come into Manchester United and have not necessarily made the difference. But I think that, given time and having got to this period, I would have hoped I would be working with a successful team now.”

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #33

    15Belfast // Dec 24, 2016 at 7:35 PM

    Jail my Rafa bingo lineup

    —————Darlow——–
    Yedlin—Lascelles–Clark–Dummett
    ————Anita–Hayden——
    Gouffran——Diame——-Ritchie
    —————–Gayle————

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Sorry Belfast as my lineup is the same as yours i thought that I cut and paste it because I can’t be arsed to do it from scratch.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Anita and Hayden are certainly capable of passing the leather off the ball. They’ll give and go with quality, and press without the ball all day long.

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  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #36

    Welshie
    I think Jail (the mong) has barred you along with Belfast from his spreadsheet (if you believe it actually exists)
    😎

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #37

    Ha ha,
    The twelve year old brain in a 35 year old body has managed to hack in to the Belfast Bingo Blocker sofware, I want my money back.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib

    I know he has, still going to do it though, probably a fix anyway, he’s behind it all and I think he’s in lead, definitely a fix.

    Ha ha ha

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 24, 2016 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #39

    It exists Jib and is well up to date with all the winners and points and games they won them on.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 24, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Jail, you are the one with a 12 year old brain in 35 year old body, worse than a child.

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