The Premier League is arguably the most popular sporting competition in the world – meaning a legion of celebrity fans have attached themselves to English clubs.
With games broadcast from Baltimore to Beijing and Cape Town to Chennai on a weekly basis, the appeal of the Premier League is enormous and gives world-famous celebrities the chance of some all-important street cred.
So we’ve ranked every Premier League club for the upcoming 2023-24 season by the size of their celebrity fanbase.
Bournemouth can hire all the fashionable Basques they like, they’re still one of the smallest clubs ever seen at Premier League level.
Still, at least they’ve got Seth Rogan in their corner; the comedy icon follows the Cherries after picking their name out of a hat on Soccer AM because that’s entirely normal.
Matt Tong, Alex James and Mel Bush also follow the fortunes of the Dorset club. Slim pickings.
19. Luton Town
Following their fairytale promotion in May, Luton Town will play Premier League football for the first time since the competition’s inception in 1992.
And the likes of Alistair Cook, Nick Owen, Faye Carruthers, Jordan Reynolds and Linus Udofia will be eagerly awaiting their side giving bloody noses to some of the world’s richest clubs at Kenilworth Road.
After two impressive seasons, Brentford feel like they’re here to stay for the majority of the decade.
News of Brentford’s rise will certainly impress Cameron Diaz – who is apparently a fan thanks to restauranteur Dan Tana. Alas, we’re still awaiting her appearance at a Carabao Cup tie in mid-November.
Natalie Sawyer, Dean Gaffney, Greg Dyke & Rick Wakeman also follow the club.
Not as many celebrity fans as you’d expect for a proud, provincial club – but Wolves do have Luke Skywalker in their corner.
3 days ago a tweet asked me if I was a wolves fan-I"liked"it thinking they meant the animal-Now they're my favorite team I'd never heard of. https://t.co/RhraZt8faD
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) September 10, 2017
While Alistair Campbell and Jimmy Anderson are probably Burnley’s most well-known supporters, we’re tickled to learn that Chesney from Coronation Street is also a die-hard Claret.
Brighton’s most famous fan is unquestionably Fatboy Slim; the record producer and DJ has been a diehard Seagull since their days at the Goldstone Ground.
Other notable fans of everybody’s second favourite club (except Palace naturally) are Jon Snow, Rag’n’Bone Man, Robert Bathurst, Des Lynam and Jamie Theakston
14. Sheffield United
Everybody knows of Sean Bean’s love for the Blades. Everybody knows that Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill is a devotee of Paul Heckingbottom’s side. You may be aware that Joe Root is powered by a hatred of Sheffield Wednesday.
But we’ll be shocked if you knew that Juan Sebastian Veron is a dyed-in-the-wool United fan too.
“As far as I’m aware, no one has ever known about this,” Veron told The Guardian in 2003. “But my uncle Pedro played for Sheffield United.
“He used to play with my dad at Estudiantes and through my dad got to know my mum, and her sister. And eventually he and mum’s sister got married.
“My uncle and aunt then spent two years living in Sheffield. So there I was hoping to play for Sheffield United and here I am at Manchester United!’
13. Crystal Palace
Eddie Izzard, Susanna Reid, James Buckley… Palace are supported by some very notable names. Even Nigel Farage is rumoured to be an Eagle.
But the two most famous are surely actors Liam Neeson (although many claim he also supports Liverpool) and Bill Nighly, who is a die-hard Palace supporter when he’s not shooting his latest heart-warming flick.
Fulham have a surprisingly famous fanbase. Rather like Chelsea, they’re situated in west London, making them a hotspot for tourists, but boasting the likes of Hugh Grant, Barry from Eastenders, Richard Osman, Keith Chegwin and Lily Allen is the definition of fair enough.
The biggest of all, for the non-cave-dwelling population, is surely Margot Robbie. The Barbie actress has said she’s a Fulham fan and been spotted at Craven Cottage on more than one occasion.
— Fulham FanZone (@FulhamFanZone) March 21, 2023
11. Nottingham Forest
Forest’s success in the 1970s and 1980s means a number of big names follow their fortunes today including Stuart Broad, Carl Froch, Lee Westwood, Su Pollard and Ken Clarke.
Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud, Amanda Holden, Shane McGowan and John McEnroe have all strapped themselves into the rollercoaster that is Everton Football Club, each and every one of them seemingly gluttons for punishment.
Sylvester Stallone has visited Goodison on a couple of occasions, parading around the pitch while draped in a blue scarf in 2007, but he still can’t quite match the Bluenose credentials of Judi Dench.
9. Newcastle United
As a one-club city, Newcastle are blessed with a huge fanbase that are already quivering with excitement about Champions League football next year.
We’re expecting to see Sam Fender and Cheryl sipping cervezas in Madrid, Chris Eubank marvelling at the Eiffel Tower, Sting and James Bay zooming down the autobahn to Munich and Ant & Dec navigating the concrete jungle of Belgrade.
8. Aston Villa
Villa consider themselves as Midlands royalty, so it’s fitting the Prince of Wales is a keen supporter of the club.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron (claimed) to be a Villa fan too, alongside the Hollywood A-Lister Tom Hanks. Other Unai Emery enthusiasts include three-quarters of Black Sabbath, actor David Bradley, Ian Bell and Ozzy Osbourne.
7. West Ham United
West Ham’s recent Europa Conference League victory bought all sorts of celebrity Hammers to the fore, from James Corden attending the final in Prague to Danny Dyer being awkwardly asked about those chants about his daughter.
Elsewhere, they can count Russell Brand, Kriss Akabusi, Ray Winstone, Kiera Knightly and John Cleese among their number. Barack Obama, and the late Queen Elizabeth II, have also been linked with West Ham in the past.
Despite being perennial disappointments, Spurs boast an impressive cohort of famous supporters, including J.K Rowling, Adele, AJ Tracey, Alan Sugar, Jude Law, Michael McIntyre and Mark Wahlberg.
And, should Harry Kane leave in the near future, they’ll need someone with Spiderman qualities to replace him – so it’s a good job that Tom Holland is Tottenham through and through…
Tom Holland confirms that this was Kylian Mbappé’s reaction to him asking him to join Tottenham Hotspur. pic.twitter.com/N1Tz8wvGZf
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 13, 2021
5. Manchester City
Look beyond the Gallagher brothers, as much as they’re shoved down our throats when it comes to City, and the treble-winners boast an eye-catching spread of celebrity followers.
Ian Curtis, Marco Pierre White, Johnny Marr, Michelle Keegan, Rick Wakeman, Ricky Hatton, Alan Carr, Andrew Flintoff, Timothy Dalton and Alan Rickman are or were all reported followers. In the Maine Road era, too.
And City are also backed by David Hasselhoff which is pretty cool.
Chelsea’s location in one of England’s most-desirable postcodes, and conveyer belt of success in the past two decades, means the club have a wide variety of the rich and famous cheering them on.
Some of them certainly divide opinion, from Jeremy Clarkson and Gordon Ramsey to Tim Lovejoy, but others like David Attenborough, Michael Caine and Nigella Lawson are genuine national treasures.
Other famous Chelsea fans include Ellie Goulding, Damon Alburn, Geri Halliwell, Mark Ronson, Cara Delevigne and Will Ferrell. That’s quite the roll call.
It’ll shock nobody to learn that Liverpool have quite the transatlantic fanbase that includes Angelina Jolie, Samuel L. Jackson, Brad Pitt and Dr. Dre. Winning six European Cups tends to get you noticed.
Nelson Mandela allegedly admitted to Liverpool FC players he was a lifelong fan of the club during a tour of South Africa, while Daniel Craig can fight off baddies using a toothpick and an orange, if James Bond is anything to go by, but went all gooey in the presence of Mohamed Salah.
Bond meets the boys. 😎 pic.twitter.com/PL7qh6LOpy
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 26, 2018
For some, the association of Piers Morgan and Osama Bin Laden with Arsenal will always bring the club into disrepute.
But the likes of Dara O’Brien, Jeremy Corbyn, Matt Lucas, Alan Davies, Keir Starmer, Idris Elba, KSI, Jack Whitehall, Daisy Ridley, Lewis Hamilton and Colin Firth have also attached themselves to the fortunes of Mikel Arteta’s side.
1. Manchester United
Given their status as the most well-supported club in the country, it’s no surprise that United are backed by a rich selection of celebrities.
Floyd Mayweather, Megan Fox, Justin Timberlake, Steve Coogan and Thom Yorke are all big Reds. As are Karl Pilkington, Dave, Danny Boyle, Rory McIlroy, Usain Bolt, Stormzy, John Simm and Eamon Holmes.
And, when Julia Roberts visited Manchester in 2016, she opted for a guided tour of Old Trafford over the Etihad and broke Pep Guardiola’s heart. Enough said.