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FEATURE: Who is the biggest club in the Football League?



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What Makes A Club Big?

Crowd size is a factor in my research.

Crowd size is a factor in this study.

This is the crux of the debate. What is it that makes one club feel that it is bigger or smaller than any other in the Football League?

It’s tough to quantify exactly but I would argue that the three factors are: fan-base, league position and success achieved.

To ask a question, would you rather see your club promoted and then relegated or spend three seasons in the same division? For me, the answer is unquestionably the former. You want to your club to be associated with success rather than mediocrity, even if that entails an equal amount of abject failure.

Essentially my data-set is based on this very idea of what size means in football. The bigger clubs are the ones who are generally more successful, are generally in the upper echelons of the Football League and therefore generally attract more fans.

I chose to base all of my data based on the past five seasons of English football. Five years is close enough to the present to be relevant enough to affect peoples’ thinking of club stature. It is also long enough to counter the effects of short-term success or failure via a club having one particularly good or bad season.

The three areas of data that I looked at were specifically: average attendance over the past five seasons, average league finish over the last five seasons and the amount of promotions, play-offs or trophies won over the past five seasons.

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