With the superstars of the Premier League back in action, we’ve unveiled our own alternative league table ranking the UK’s most fanatical football fans – and it’s a surprising name at the top…
It’s back after a near three-month break that’s been dominated by multi-million pound transfer moves and more “Will he? Won’t he?” sagas than any televised soap opera.
The Premier League is the most-watched competition in the game and the 2017-18 season promises to be another memorable one, with six or seven genuine contenders at the top of the table. The remaining clubs, even the newly-promoted teams, have all taken advantage of the English game’s financial muscle to assemble strong squads containing some of Europe’s finest talent.
And with the new Premier League season set to kick-off this weekend, we’ve definitely detected a case of ‘football fever’ spreading across the country, with customers going FORZA goal crazy ahead of the new campaign.
Whether it’s our ever-popular garden football goals or our premium range of full-size match goals – which have earned a place on the FA’s approved list – children, schools and clubs are definitely kitting themselves out for the big kick-off.
So we’ve dug deep into our statistics and analysed the UK towns, cities and even postcode districts that have bought the most FORZA football goals from our Net World Sports website this year. And it’s fair to say it’s a surprising team that sits atop of our alternative league table…
Supporters of the Norwich City “Canaries” would have plenty to chirp about if eligibility for the Premier League was linked to how many goals were bought in the postcode district where a team’s home stadium is based. The Championship team’s Carrow Road ground is top of Net World Sports’ alternative league table, ahead of Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge and their near neighbours Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Apart from Antonio Conte’s defending champions, only five other current Premier League teams would make the top flight based on FORZA goals bought in the district of their home venue – Watford, Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City, Southampton, and new boys Huddersfield Town.
It would even be relegation for the “Special One” Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, with the postal district where their famous Old Trafford stadium is based coming in joint bottom of more than 100 professional teams analysed.
In terms of the towns and cities where customers purchase the most FORZA goals, London comes out on top of the rankings. Goal-hungry customers in the capital actually order ten times as many goalposts as the next location on the list.
Even though its two professional teams City and Rovers only compete in the Championship and League One respectively, Bristol claimed a shock second place in our rundown of football hotspots.
In the battle of the two north west of England footballing hotbeds, Liverpool (5th place) pipped Manchester (6th), while Cambridge (16th) impressively out-performed the League Two status of its professional team by ranking in the top 20.
Glasgow (7th) edged out Edinburgh (8th) for top slot in Scotland, with Aberdeen (17th) also featuring prominently on the list. In Wales, Cardiff football fans earned the bragging rights claiming the final place in the overall top 10, with Swansea languishing in 170th place, the Premier League team ranking behind even non-league Wrexham (83rd).
As well as analysing the most popular towns and cities, we finally ranked our UK soccer goal sales by specific postcode districts.
London dominates the standings again with seven of the top 10 biggest-selling areas. The single district that has ordered the most FORZA goals is N1 in North London, which includes part of renowned Arsenal supporter Jeremy Corbyn MP’s Islington constituency. Football fans with an address in that postcode purchased 2.5 times more goals than the next area on the list, SE1 in South East London.
At 11th on the list, the HG3 district of spa town Harrogate in Yorkshire claimed the crown for “Best in the North”, ranking higher than any postcode in traditional football hotbeds like Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, or Sheffield.
Net World Sports sells more than 100,000 FORZA goals a year to football fans and teams not just in the UK, but in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and continental Europe too. Our uPVC garden goals have proved popular with parents, youngsters, schools, and youth teams across the world, while we are also on the Football Association’s (The FA) list of approved suppliers for our premium range of aluminium training and match goals.
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