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Top five: Best fans in the Premier League

Tottenham fans have flocked to White Hart Lane in recent years (©GettyImages)
Tottenham fans have flocked to White Hart Lane in recent years (©GettyImages).

Average Premier League attendances are up by four per cent on the previous campaign, according to talkSPORT.

However, it seemed unfair to look at each club's average crowd without taking into account their stadium size.

Here are the top five average turnstile figures as a percentage of the capacity of the respective club. The results are somewhat surprising.

5. Manchester United

The Old Trafford average attendance of 75,529 is the biggest in the league, and equally impressive given the ground's 76,212 capacity. Overall, United occupied 99.1 per cent of their stadium - but four clubs had a higher proportion than the champions.

4. West Ham United

The Hammers' average crowd is a rousing 99.15 per cent of their stadium capacity, and the usual attendance of 34,719 - relative to the 35,016 limit at Upton Park - is markedly high for a club which recently spent a turbulent season in the Championship.

West Ham are the first of several London clubs to have made the top five. 

3. Chelsea

The Blues' case for a new stadium is certainly justified by the revelation that supporters are occupying 41,462 of the 41,798 seats available at Stamford Bridge, while Chelsea fans' mediocre reputation has not translated into empty seats in west London.

Could the average proportional Premier League attendance of 99.19 per cent rise to even greater heights when legendary manager Jose Mourinho returns to the club?

2. Arsenal

The Gunners crowd made up on average 99.41 per cent of their stadium capacity - the second highest percentage in the Premier League - despite Arsenal's standard attendance slipping below 60,000 for the first time since the club moved from Highbury.

It seems their failure to win trophies so far at the Emirates Stadium has had a negative effect on supporters in recent years, though a weekly footfall of 59,872 out of the 60,112-seat maximum for Wenger's boys remains one of the most impressive turnouts.

1. Tottenham

Not only have Spurs made the top four in this particular contest; they have secured a resounding victory for the 2012/13 season. Although Tottenham's White Hart Lane has a smaller capacity than their main London rivals, their average attendance of 36,066 - a club record for the Premier League era - is enough to put them ahead of Chelsea and Arsenal.

With the average fan presence just 174 seats below their 36,240-seater stadium capacity, Spurs have filled 99.51 per cent of White Hart Lane throughout the season and it is no wonder that hotshot Gareth Bale appears keen to stay at the north London side.

So there we have it. Feel free to leave your thoughts on ticket prices and the quality of Premier League fans, using the comments box provided. 

 

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