Celebrity Fans for Each of the 20 Premier League Clubs
The Premier League is one of the biggest and most popular football leagues in the world and people from all across the globe travel to watch some of the biggest teams compete for the league title. Celebrities are no exception to this.
Each celebrity fan will be hoping their own team lifts the Premier League trophy in May, but at the moment Manchester City are the clear favourites having built up an 11-point lead at the top. Considering their Premiership odds from Betfair, which are a testament to their incredible start of the season, it looks certain that Pep Guardiola’s side will win the 2017-18 title.
Celebrities range from musicians and comedians to Lords and Royalty! Here is a look at a list of the celebrity fans from all 20 current Premier League clubs:
The North London club and 13-time English champions have endured some frustrating times in more recent seasons, but that has not prevented some of Arsenal’s more well-known fans from continuing to support the club. Outspoken journalist and TV presenter Piers Morgan is a fan of Arsenal and he often airs his opinions on the club and in particular on manager Arsene Wenger.
Other celebrity fans include Olympic Gold medallist Sir Mo Farah and current leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, who are lot more reserved when commenting on the current situation at the club.
Bournemouth are currently in their third consecutive season in the Premier League but have struggled in the early stages, lying in 14th position. While the Cherries may not have the stature of clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool, they do have a very famous person in their fan base.
There aren’t many known famous fans to choose from, but the biggest name has to be Hollywood funny man Seth Rogen. Unfortunately for Bournemouth, the comedy actor is not a diehard fan who has supported the club through thick and thin, but merely chose them in a lucky dip on British TV show Soccer AM back in 2007.
Brighton & Hove Albion
The Seagulls are another team that only have a few famous fans to choose from, however unlike Bournemouth, their famous fans are genuine fans who have supported the club through the good times and the bad, from their relegation to League One in 2006, to their promotion to the Premier League in 2017.
DJ and record producer Norman Cook, better known as Fatboy Slim is known to be a Brighton fan, as well as former Grandstand and Match of the Day presenter Des Lynam. While in the past Lynam has rejected the opportunity to sit on the Seagulls’ board of directors, Cook is a 12% shareholder of the club.
Burnley have enjoyed a great start to the 2017/18 Premier League season having beaten defending champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Lancashire club have also secured impressive draws away to both Tottenham and Liverpool and their most famous fan is a member of the Royal family who would have certainly been celebrating these results.
The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles is a fan of the Clarets and is known to visit the town regularly. He has also admitted that a consortium of his charities have worked to regenerate the area. Former Director of Communications and Strategy for the Labour Party, Alastair Campbell is also known to be a Claret.
Chelsea’s most famous fan is the late actor Lord Richard Attenborough, who is known for his roles in Miracle on 34th Street and Jurassic Park and he was made life president of the club in 2008. He has held several positions at the club, having been vice president in 1966, director from 1969-82 and life vice president from 1993 until 2008.
Other famous fans of the Blues include former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson and Olympic Gold medallist Lord Sebastian Coe. Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer is also a Chelsea fan, although she has admitted that she prefers rugby.
With the number of famous fans who are actors, Crystal Palace must have wished that the club’s fans had received acting lessons in order to hide their anger at their start to the 2017/18 Premier League season. Their form has improved since Roy Hodgson has taken over, which must be a relief for famous fans Timothy Spall and Bill Nighy.
Piers Morgan’s co-host on Good Morning Britain, Susanna Reid, is also known to be a Palace fan, with Morgan giving her a signed Crystal Palace shirt for her 45th birthday.
Rocky and Rambo star Sylvester Stallone is the most famous name on the list of Everton fans, with his friendship with club director Rob Earl being the cause of his liking for the Toffees. He attended a match back in January 2007 and regrets not making a bid on the club in the same year.
Snooker player John Parrot is also an Everton fan and is the brother-in-law of former Everton player Duncan Ferguson. Judi Dench was delighted to have been made an honorary patron of Everton in the community, the club’s official charity, due to her love of the club. Heavyweight boxer Tony Bellew was born and grew up in Liverpool and is often seen walking out in his club’s colours.
Having been promoted to the Premier League for the first time in the 2017 play-off final, Sir Patrick Stewart was in the Wembley crowd to celebrate his team’s victory. The Terriers won in a penalty shoot-out against Reading and Stewart, having lost count of the penalties, hadn’t realised his beloved club had won.
When not in person to watch Huddersfield play, the former Star Trek actor can often be seen on Twitter commenting on his club’s results, including posting a celebratory picture when Huddersfield were briefly at the top of the Premier League table.
Despite winning the Premier League in the 2015/16 season, famous fans of Leicester City are few and far between. The most famous is former Leicester City player Gary Lineker, who had a successful playing career including becoming the only England player to ever finish as top scorer of the World Cup when he did so in 1986.
When the club went into administration back in 2002, Lineker and a group of investors rescued the club from liquidation, such was Lineker’s love for his home town club. Known as “Leicester’s favourite son” Lineker is the honorary vice president of the Foxes.
Hollywood star Mike Myers tops the list of famous Liverpool fans and even surprised Liverpool fans who were watching the game against Manchester City at a bar in New York back in March. His love of the Reds comes from his parents, who are both from Liverpool before moving to Canada, where Myers was born.
When not touring the country making people laugh, comedian John Bishop can be seen in the crowd at Anfield watching his hometown team. Other actors who have been spotted supporting the Reds is current James Bond actor Daniel Craig and star of Mike Bassett: England Manager, Ricky Tomlinson.
Manchester City have been putting in some fantastic performances at the beginning of the season and are favourites in many fans’ predictions on the Premier League winner. You would be excused for believing that their most famous fans would be from elsewhere in the world, but in actual fact the majority are Mancunians themselves.
Oasis brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher both support their local club, having been taken to the club’s old ground, Maine Road by their dad when they were youngsters. Liam Gallagher can often be seen taking digs at rivals Manchester United.
Boxer Ricky Hatton and comedian Jason Manford are also famous local lads who support the blue side of the city.
Unlike their city rivals, the biggest names in United’s fan base are international, rather than Manchester-based. Usain Bolt is arguably the most high profile celebrity to support the Red Devils, with the Olympic legend admitting that he would love to play for the club.
Northern Ireland is a popular location for fans of United to spring from, with golfer Rory McIlroy and television presenter Eamonn Holmes known for supporting the club. Holmes has previously made controversial comments including comparing West Ham fans attacking the United bus prior to a match at Upton Park with the Hillsborough disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 people.
Back in October 2017, the owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley, put the club up for sale after 10 years in charge. The news delighted fans of the club as the ownership had been deeply unpopular for a while and no doubt their most famous fans, television presenters Ant and Dec will be amongst those celebrating the news.
When St James’ Park changed name to the Sports Direct Arena, the Geordie duo were outspoken over the decision, blasting the club’s management for changing the name. Other fans include sports presenter Gabby Logan, who refused to call the stadium the Sports Direct Arena while working for Sky Sports, and former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Southampton’s most famous fans are locals, having both been born in Hampshire. Singer and record producer Craig David, born in Southampton, is an avid fan of the Saints and such is his love of his hometown team that he was given better odds of becoming the next manager in the summer of 2017 than Leicester City were of winning the Premier League in the season they defied the odds.
Retired model Lucy Pinder is another fan of Southampton and she even wore a Southampton shirt on British football show Soccer AM.
The Potters are currently playing in their 10th Premier League season, having won promotion at the end of the 2007/08 season. Despite staying in the league for this long, they have yet to witness queues of celebrities trying to get their faces seen at the Britannia Stadium.
Famous do have a few famous fans, with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard being spotted in the crowd back in 2008 wearing a Stoke shirt. Nick Hancock is arguably the most devoted of the famous fans, having paid £20k for Sir Stanley Matthews’ FA Cup winners’ medal from 1953, back in September 2001. He later sold it for £220k in November 2014.
Swansea City have been struggling in the Premier League and only recently jumped off the bottom of the table and out of the relegation zone this past weekend. Swansea-born actress Catherine Zeta-Jones is their most famous fan and she often posts about the club when they are playing.
She celebrated a 2-1 league win over Manchester United in August 2015 by buying inflatable swans for the swimming pool at her property in New York. She also got up early to watch Swansea play in the Football League Cup final on 24th February 2013, before later attending the Oscars with her husband, Michael Douglas.
Tottenham Hotspur join Chelsea in having a Lord as a fan of the club in the form of Lord Alan Sugar. The businessman and star of the Apprentice was majority shareholder of Spurs from 1991 to 2001 and served as chairman before ENIC International Ltd bought a majority of his shareholding, with Daniel Levy taking over as chairman.
Lord Sugar is often arguing with Arsenal fan Piers Morgan on Twitter and the two have an annual £100k charity bet on who will finish higher in the league, Arsenal or Spurs.
Adele is from Tottenham and is a fan of her local club, having been pictured with Spurs merchandise while on stage and she posted a picture of herself with a Tottenham scarf while in Chicago.
Watford are another club to have been owned by a lifelong fan as Sir Elton John owned the club between 1976 and 1987 and again between 1997 and 2002. In his first stint he oversaw the club’s rise from the bottom of Division 4 to the top of Division 1 in a time span of just seven years.
In honour of his contributions to the club, which include two concerts with the proceeds being donated to the Hornets, Sir Elton was honoured by having one of the stand renamed after him.
British heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua is another famous Hornet, having grown up in the area and being good friends with club captain Troy Deeney. He has stated that he’d love to participate in a boxing match at the club’s ground, Vicarage Road.
West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich comedian Frank Skinner is one of the Baggies’ most passionate fans, with his favourite memory being the Great Escape from the 2004/05 season. Such is the devotion to the Baggies that he suggested that he and his girlfriend travel 120 miles for his baby to be born in the same hospital as he was, meaning that if his son were to support his local club, it too would be West Bromwich Albion.
Television presenter Adrian Chiles is also a West Brom fan and can often be spotted in the crowd near Frank Skinner. Comedians Lenny Henry and Joe Lycett are fans of the Albion, while Baggies fans from the music industry include One Direction’s Liam Payne and rock legend Eric Clapton. Take your pick as to which one is the most famous.
West Ham United
A whole host of famous names happen to be members of the Claret and Blue army, including stars such as Keira Knightley and Russell Brand. British comedian Brand, has previously written a column for the Guardian newspaper about West Ham United while one of his most famous exploits came after a 1-0 win over rivals Tottenham, where he interrupted the post-match interview with then manager Slaven Bilic and kissed the Croatian on the cheek, before interviewing the manager himself.
Meanwhile actress Knightley is a lifelong Hammer and tries to watch as many games as possible while away filming. Comic actor and chat show host James Corden has this season been a critic of the way the club has been run, forcing Hammers defender Angelo Ogbonna to tell Corden to keep the faith following a good display against runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.