- Newcastle supporters unhappiest fans in Premier League
- Geordies travel average more than 2,000 miles for defeats each season
- Toon fans spent more than £2,500 to watch club at home
- Team has one of worst scoring & win ratio in league
Newcastle supporters are the unhappiest fans in the Premier League, according to a study.
The club’s fans have been at the centre of a social media with the likes of Richard keys and Rio Ferdinand aggravating fans, although they’ve recently broke their transfer record on Miguel Almiron stats suggest that Geordies are the worst-off supporters in the league.
Using data from this season and the previous four seasons, the research focusses on results, fan expenditure, distance supporters travelled for defeats, transfer value for money, seasons in the top flight and managerial outgoings to determine how fans are faring with their clubs.
Newcastle supporters scored a total of 189 points for fan satisfaction, out of a possible 400, with their fans suffering heavily for their team’s poor away results, overall win percentage and number of goals scored throughout Ashley’s ownership.
The Geordie faithful have travelled a remarkable 10,152 miles for every away defeat in the last five seasons – enough miles for a trip from Newcastle Upon Tyne to Australia – averaging 2,030 miles per season, while Bournemouth fans have travelled the second-most, nearly 2,000 miles less than Newcastle’s faithful, with 8,382 miles travelled for away defeats.
Results have continually been an issue for the club under Ashley with a win ration of 33 percent and 1.186 goals per game achieved in the last five seasons, leaving the club with the fifth-worst record for wins and goals scored since 2014.
Fans will be further irked by the expenditure that they have had to endure. Toon supporters have spent a minimum of £2,575 to follow the club at St James’ Park – 9th in the fan spending charts – with only Brighton, Southampton and Bournemouth, and five of the big six big clubs spending more.
Elsewhere, the overall Fan Satisfaction score sees North East club followed by newly promoted Cardiff and Fulham in the unhappiest fan stakes with the Welsh club scoring 193 points, just below the West Londoners on 189. The bottom five is completed by Southampton (201), Huddersfield (206) and Brighton (208).
Despite their recent good form, Manchester United are showing how far they are off the top four with the club’s fan satisfaction dipping below relegation-battling Burnley.
The Red Devils may have moved on from the sacking of Jose Mourinho, however the study reveals that supporters are unhappier than top four and Clarets fans, with the Manchester club sitting in seventh place.
With United’s recent managerial troubles, the score sees the fan rating, like the league table, well behind rivals Manchester City, a full 68 points behind the leaders’ score of 297 – with City’s score the highest combined score across the five campaigns.
The main source of United fans’ torment has been down to club spend vs. points in the league. Since 2014 the club have spent more than £11million for each point achieved in the Premier League.
At the top of the table, supporters from the blue half of Manchester score 297 out of 400 – proving that no fanbase is ever happy. Followed by Chelsea in second (274), Tottenham third with (267), Arsenal fourth (251) and Liverpool fifth (242).
The study also shows why there should be limited pressure on Sean Dyche from Burnley supporters with Clarets fans the sixth-happiest in the league with 232 points. This remarkable position is mainly due to the value for money the club is providing with fan expenditure over the last five seasons one of the best in the league at £1,926, while the spend per point ratio shows how well the manager has done one, with £4.6million spent for every point.
Struggles on the road
Like the Geordies, it’s the teams on the coast who are feeling it the most on the road with Bournemouth the second-most travelled supporters with 8,382 miles, followed by Cardiff (7,594), Southampton (7,135) and Brighton (6,665).
At the top of the table, Man City fans have only had to endure a total of 1,946 miles for a loss with Spurs coming second (2,386), followed by Chelsea (2,811), Liverpool (3,438), Arsenal (3,495) and Wolves surprisingly the sixth-best travelling side with 3,736 miles travelled.
Fan Satisfaction table:
Manchester City – 297
Chelsea – 274
Tottenham – 267
Arsenal – 251
Liverpool – 242
Burnley – 232
Manchester United – 229
West Ham – 225
Leicester City – 225
Wolves – 220
Watford – 215
Everton – 215
Bournemouth – 214
Crystal Palace – 213
Brighton – 208
Huddersfield Town – 206
Southampton – 201
Fulham – 195
Cardiff – 193
Newcastle – 189