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Brentford would be the nation’s fifth best supported club if fans always supported their nearest team.

An analysis of census data by statistician Philip Usher shows that the Championship side have a potential fanbase of 898,914 more than double that of Manchester United.

Brighton and Hove Albion would have the most fans and Brentford would be third amongst English clubs with Cardiff City and Swansea City pushing them down to fifth in the domestic leagues.

Mr Usher, who does demographic profiling for the Cheshire Fire Service, looked at the numbers from the 2011 Census for the top five divisions in the country from the Premiership to the Conference to analyse the potential fanbase for 116 clubs.

When Brentford FC asked their fans to return postcards in support of their new stadium project and associated development only one in ten came from the TW8 post code area with more than half from outside London.

Team League Fanbase
Brighton and Hove Albion Champ 1039634
Birmingham City Champ 958598
Cardiff City Champ 930341
Swansea City Premier 906954
Brentford Champ 898914
Dagenham and Redbridge L2 888176
Gillingham L1 876663
Leicester City Premier 872724
Plymouth Argyle L2 870803
Leeds United Champ 868734

March 1, 2016


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