English football is more than just the Premier League.
While the country’s top league may be unique in charging billions in television royalties and transferring bids over £ 50 million, make no mistake that the Football League is just as important to fans.
Look, I’d be lying if I said the English division that I’ve seen the most isn’t the Premier League, but I’m going to die on a hill arguing that the soul of the country’s favorite sport is further down in the pyramid lies.
The beauty of English football
Plus, this is the nation where over 10,000 people flock to the terraces to watch fourth division games, while games of the same origin in other countries may only draw 100 fans.
Each league by itself, don’t get me wrong, but I cannot be alone when I am undauntedly proud of how saturated the levels of English football are with unwavering support and loyalty.
This means that debates among Premier League and Football League fans are always passionate, as each club seems to have its own train of die-hard supporters.
Premier League and Football League
While I love Mansfield Town as much as Manchester United and Lincoln City as much as Liverpool, I cannot say that all 92 clubs had the same prestige.
Let’s face it, it would be the mother of all companies to actually sit down and take the time to sift through each and every club to sort them by origin.
But that’s exactly what Twitter user @ShowmeyourTetes wanted to achieve last week with a monumental template on Tiermaker – the less is said about his username, the better.
Ranking of the 92 clubs
The football fan specified the evaluation criteria as “based on size and history” and classified all 92 clubs in grades ranging from “elite” to “tinpot”, with “massive”, “large”, “average” and “small” in between lay.
And yes, we’re not entirely sure why Macclesfield Town and Notts County are still hanging around, but I think whoever created the template was a little behind …
Well, unless you’re a non-league hipster – power to you, by the way – then you might itch to see where your favorite English football ended up, and you can do so by looking here:
Controversy. Controversy everywhere.
A massive topic of debate
Yes, let’s face it, you could ask this conundrum to every supercomputer in the world and feed it all the data in the history of every club, and the answer still wouldn’t satisfy everyone.
And that’s not a criticism of the fans, by the way, because every club is special to them for various reasons. Hence, seeing how they have been ranked will always be a sensitive issue.
For me it is a little difficult to justify Arsenal rubbing their shoulders with Liverpool and United in the major leagues, while my beloved Lincoln City should justify an “average” with its impressive attendance figures.
But at the end of the day it’s subjective and no one’s opinion is objectively correct, especially when we’re talking about nearly a hundred clubs and as many years of history.
So just enjoy the debate about what it is and enjoy the wonderful world of English football which, hopefully, will soon be backed with open arms with fans again.
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