Aston Villa face fierce competition to top Premier League table for most boring fans

Every football team has annoying fans. Whether it’s those who remember the golden days that never were, those who leave 15 minutes before the end or the fans who sing the songs but don’t really know the lyrics.

However, fans of some clubs are taking it to the next level – Premier League level if you like. Paul Okey, who has had many days ruined by a misplaced apostrophe, compiles his list of the most annoying fans, starting with only the slightly annoying ones.

(Updated 25 May to allow inclusion of Nottingham Forest and subsequent relegation of Burnley)

20. Nottingham Forest

Ah, Nottingham Forest, I think I remember you from ancient times. Didn’t you win a few European Cups and go bankrupt when Brian Clough left?

Oh, you didn’t go bankrupt at all, but you were just playing in the league? So how come your fans are so quiet?

Regardless, they are now catching up with over 100,000 fans (or is it a million?) trying to get a ticket to see them at Wembley.

Congratulations, you are now boring at Premier League level.

19. Sheffield Wednesday

Still convinced that they are a great club despite their presence in Ligue 1, their fans believe that to enter the Premier League, you need to have the most fans and not the most points (hello Forest again). They can at least console themselves by sneaking into this Premier League.

17. Crystal Palace and Brighton

What do you do when no one really cares about you? You manufacture a rivalry with another club that nobody cares about.

16. Sunderland

Sunderland fans v Crewe on March 22

You have to give them credit for still being numerous with their club seemingly stuck in Ligue 1 for eternity. But what started as club loyalty is now more akin to Stockholm syndrome. See also Newcastle. Must be a northeast thing.

Note: Still annoying since their promotion. Having seemingly forgotten how long it took them to exit Ligue 1, they now believe they can go straight to the Championship. It would be even higher if it weren’t so painful to rearrange this piece in the content management system.

15.Manchester City

You have money, you have trophies, you have Pep but you always go back to the days of Maine Road when it was your club. Give your heads a wobble.


Almost as if they didn’t want to succeed. Revel in being Spursy. I had them higher but they lost to Norwich. Their fans expected it, of course.

13. City of Norwich

Norwich City Fans Apr22

We go down, we hate it, we don’t want to go back up next season. Ha, Championship, we’re top, we’re going up, it will be different next season. We go down, we hate it, we don’t want to go back up next season. Ha, Championship, we’re top, we’re going up, it will be different next season. We go down, we hate it, we don’t want to go back up next season. Repeat endlessly.

12. City of Hull

I’ve been told by fans of other teams that the “Mauled by the Tigers” chant, and specifically the hand movements, is super annoying.

I’ve always considered them ironic, but I can see their point.

He hasn’t been out much this season.

11. MK Dons

They stole a club. And I include their fans in that. I even know someone who supports MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon. They probably have their names on a half and half scarf. Absolutely no shame.

10. West Ham

West Ham Martin Peters Bobby Moore Geoff Hurst 1966 World Cup

If you’ve met a West Ham fan, or maybe even just been next to one on the Tube, chances are you know they won the World Cup in 1966. Well done, you couldn’t win at Brentford, but could you?

9. Scunthorpe United

This is deeply personal and illustrates how tough times were as a Hull fan. The Irons were better than us and beat us regularly. I only knew one Scunthorpe fan. It was one too many.

I take no pleasure in their relegation from Ligue 2. Oh no.

8. Everton

Should have been delighted to attract a coach of Rafa Benitez’s caliber. Instead, they complained and complained about the Liverpool connection until he left. Called for Frank Lampard’s dismissal early on before hailing him after finishing in the exact same position they were in when he joined.

There wouldn’t have been too many fans of other clubs mourning their demise if they had given up on the real Premier League.

7.Manchester United

Cristiano Ronaldo Jadon Sancho Manchester United Nov21

Many fans would probably have them higher given their non-Manchester based glory supporters, but I can’t help but have a little sympathy for the Red Devils fans. They signed the second-best player in the world this summer, snapped up Raphael Varane, splashed over £73m on Jadon Sancho and still managed to get worse. You are United’s seventh fan, get used to it.

6. Leeds United

The chanting of the Champions of Europe, the hooligan element, the cult of Marcelo Bielsa, there are plenty of reasons for Leeds fans to be annoyed. But at the risk of being kicked out of Hull by other Tigers fans, there are more annoying fans.


Keep it light, keep it light. We’ll just follow Abramovich’s chants then. Yes, it was a minority, but it’s still a minority at Chelsea whenever the media spotlight turns to the misdeeds of their fans. The fact that the minority felt encouraged to join in the chants is a poor reflection of the rest of his fanbase. Oh, and the embarrassing John Terry cult that allowed him to repeatedly show up for games in which he didn’t play dressed in full gear. I think he’s their mascot now.


Newcastle Saudi fans on October 21

Massive support, a sleeping giant, deserves better… but I remember when Hull played them in 1991 and there were less than 18,000 at St James’ Park.

Oh, and there’s their fans’ utter disregard for the human rights issues surrounding their new owners.

But mostly, it’s the myth that they present themselves as as loyal as they come.

3. Arsenal

Spoiled by the Wenger years, they didn’t realize how much they had.

Piers Morgan is a fan.


Jurgen Klopp Liverpool February 22

It says a lot about how annoying Liverpool fans are that supporters of other clubs rejoice so much at their repeated failure to win the league. We could even take solace in the fact that when they won it there was no one to see it, almost as if we could pretend it never happened. Then there’s Klopp’s chest punch. Their fans love it, we just want to do the punch. Boring at Champions League level.

1.Villa Aston

To mistakenly think that they are a big club and still living off of winning the European Cup which, contrary to what their fans seem to think, was not last week but 40 years ago.

And there are the peaks and troughs at Arsenal.

Planning trips to Europe after ‘winning the summer transfer window’. Then they go down. Then Stevie Gerrard comes along and they’re going to dominate the league for years to come. Then they lose four games instantly and they have to get rid of most of their team. And now they win the summer transfer window and will finish in the top six. Exhausting. Rightly take the crown.

Aston Villa Kenny Swain fans at the 1982 European Cup

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