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The Loudest Fans in the Premier League

LOUDEST FANS IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE Chelsea were the Premier League champions of the 2014/15 season suggesting their fans had the most to celebrate; but were their fans the most vocal in their celebrations? And despite relegation, how loud were the likes of QPR, Burnley and Hull? Find out below, along with predictions for the three latest promoted clubs. JOINT 19TH 152 DB ASTON VILLA 152 DB WEST HAM 42,788 SEATS AT VILLA PARK 18,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 35,016 SEATS AT BOLEYN GROUND / UPTON PARK 20,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS The quantity of season ticket holders - and noise levels as a result - has dropped massively in recent years. In fact, the loudest noise inside Villa Park since Martin O'Neill left in 2010 has been the sound of discontent from the Villa Wherever Big Sam goes, drab, long ball football always seems to follow. Never popular with fans even when winning, the board had been losing patience with the seasoned'hoof it and hope' manager, until he eventually lost his job at the end of the 2014/15 season. faithful, as they drop further and further away from the top 4 places in which they used to challenge. Whilst the club has managed to just keep their neck above water in the last few years, they would have been relegated if it came down to noise levels alone. 18TH 153 DB LIVERPOOL 45,522 SEATS AT ANFIELD 30,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS On Champions League nights, "You'll Never Walk Alone" rings out at full blast and sends shivers down the spine of anyone watching. Unfortunately for the Liverpool players, this doesn't seem to transfer into the Premier League; with high profile departures and several years of disappointment taking its toll on noise levels. JOINT 13TH 156 DB 156 DB SOUTHAMPTON SUNDERLAND 28,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 49,000 32,505 SEATS AT ST. MARY'S 24,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS SEATS AT STADIUM OF LIGHT Things Southampton at the start of the 2009/10 season, with -10 points on the board and sitting rock bottom of the third tier of English football. However, their ascent back to the top has been phenomenal, and their fans are hardened and more This result will hurt for fans - not appearing 13th, but losing out to their more passionate (don't shoot the messenger!) fierce North-East rivals, didn't look good for Newcastle. passionate as a result. 156 DB LEICESTER CITY 156 DB QPR 32,262 SEATS AT KING POWER STADIUM 16,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 9,500 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 18,439 SEATS AT LOFTUS ROAD Their rapid fall and rise back up again, mirroring that of Southampton, appears to have had the same effect on their supporters. Despite being marred by several Pearson-related off-the-field Although having the smallest ground in the Premier League, it seems the fans know how to make quite a racket; cheering their team on to 24 defeats and a bottom-of-the-league finish. events, fans remained loyal to the club and showed their support vocally. 156 DB EVERTON 40,221 SEATS AT GOODISON PARK 27,500 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS Winning the Merseyside battle in the noise stakes, Everton fans may need to get behind their team even more if they are to reach the heights reached previously when managed by David Moyes. JOINT gтH 157 DB MANCHESTER CITY 157 DB SWANSEA CITY 16,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 47,000 36,500 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 20,520 SEATS AT LIBERTY STADIUM SEATS AT ETIHAD STADIUM Swansea City have one of the greatest rises through the league system that British football has ever seen. In 2003, Swansea narrowly avoided relegation to the 5th tier of English football - outside of the football league. Just eight years later, they were plying their trade in the Premier League. 20% of the club is owned by the Swansea City Supports Society, also reflecting how passionate the fans are about the club. Unlike United, the majority Manchester City fans (except for those that have converted in the recent glory years) actually live in Manchester, meaning their local passion comes through when cheering their team on to title challenges. However, their support is widely acknowledged for being great even before they were wildly rich and of successful. 157 DB 157 DB BURNLEY HULL CITY 25,586 SEATS AT KC STADIUM 20,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 22,546 SEATS AT TURF MOOR 15,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS Roaring their team on like their 'Tigers' nickname suggests, the fans of Hull City stuck by them even with results turning sour on the pitch; perhaps in part due to European qualification for the first time Despite winning the joint-lowest amount of games in the Premier League prior to their relegation, it appears that the fans don't seem to mind too much. Most famous for their song on the first Inbetweeners movie, leading to the popular line "I like football, but I don't like Burnley..." that simply has to be ever in 2013/14. repeated every time Burnley are mentioned in conversation. ВтH 7TH 159 DB 158 DB NEWCASTLE UTD ARSENAL 52,405 SEATS AT ST. JAMES PARK 40,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS Whilst they might not be the loudest on this list, Newcastle fans have to get respect for their passion. The Toon Army' 60,432 SEATS AT EMIRATES STADIUM 45,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS are renowned for watching the whole topless; despite Playing undoubtedly the most attractive football in the Premier League, Arsenal fans get a real treat when they turn out (and pay a small fortune) to watch their beloved club. Their slick-passing football delights supporters who aren't shy to support their team to the fourth-placed trophy that they've lifted for over 18 successive years. average temperatures up North being around O degrees during football season. match JOINT STH 160 DB 160 DB CHELSEA CRYSTAL PALACE 41,798 SEATS AT STAMFORD BRIDGE 24,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 26,309 SEATS AT SELHURST PARK 17,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS It's hard competing with so many huge clubs in London, but it seems that Palace manage to do it quite well in the passion of their supporters, if not in numbers. With a combined home and away noise of 160 decibels, they create an atmosphere that far belies their league position. Although they're situated in one of the richest areas in London, it seems that this doesn't keep away your typical boisterous football fan; keeping Stamford Bridge rocking from the first minute until the last enjoying every single moment of their typical 1-0 victories. JOINT 2ND 161 DB TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 161 DB WEST BROMWICH ALBION 26,850 SEATS AT THE HAWTHORNS 16,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 36,284 SEATS AT WHITE HART LANE 23,500 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS Perhaps the most surprising inclusion on this list is West Brom, with The Baggies sitting firmly in joint second position. They don't have a lot to sing about in terms of success, but whatever they do have to sing about, they sing it mightily loud. Having the bragging rights in London (off-the-pitch, at least) is Spurs fans, who are joint second in the Premier League and top of the 'London league' when it comes to the noise of their fans vocals. Well, every team has to be best at something... 161 DB STOKE CITY 22,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS 27,743 SEATS AT BRITANNIA STADIUM Known (perhaps harshly these days) for their aggressive style of play, their fans certainly play the part too. The atmosphere at rugby matches is often electric, and Stoke fans mimic this when regularly singing "Swing Low" - popular in English rugby – due to Arsène Wenger once comparing them to a rugby team. #1 167 DB MANCHESTER UNITED 75,731 SEATS AT OLD TRAFFORD 55,000 SEASON TICKET HOLDERS Most fans will tell you that Man Utd have no atmosphere. However, the stats don't lie and the Red Devils sits firmly at the top of the loudest Premier League fans table. It must be due to the creativity in popular songs such as "United! United!" and "Attack! Attack! Attack, Attack, Attack!" NEWLY PROMOTED TEAMS AFC BOURNEMOUTH Bournemouth's stadium, Dean Court, is set to be the smallest in Premier League history with just 11,700 seats. Will it be a quiet affair or a cauldron of noise? WATFORD Atmosphere at Vicarage Road has been typically quiet in the past, although with a new stand built at the end of 2014 this has been somewhat rectified. How will the fans fare in the Premier League? NORWICH CITY If Delia gets on the wine again, she could be more vocal than every other fan inside Carrow Road...put together. Sources: espnfc.co.uk pressassociation.com Brought to you by: IHP INDEPENDENT HEARING PROFESSIONALS www.myihp.co.uk *Some season ticket holder numbers have been estimated where data is either unavailable, or the only available data is deemed to be outdated.

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