West Ham United have the most loyal fans in the Premier League according to new figures.
Proof, if it were needed, that the Hammers have the best fans around have come in the form of actual attendance figures for the Premier League this season.
When West Ham left their beloved 36,000 capacity Upton Park for the London Stadium rival fans suggested they would struggle to fill it.
Then they sold out over 52,000 season tickets in the first year at their new home.
The claim from rivals then was that it was because the tickets were cheap. Or because they were being purchased by London-based fans of other Premier League clubs.
‘You’ll never fill it’ they said
When the Hammers sold out once again 52,000 season tickets for the second season after a torrid opening campaign at the former Olympic Stadium it was ‘only because thousands had paid for the club’s new two-year season tickets’.
Enter season three – and after another inauspicious campaign flirting with relegation – and those rivals are starting to realise the West Ham fanbase is the real deal.
The old saying you support your team through thick and thin certainly applied to the Hammers faithful. And there has been plenty of thin.
After all the club has not won a major trophy for 40 years.
Another 52,000 plus season tickets sold, the second most in the Premier League behind Manchester United.
Then the safety certificate that the club had been waiting two years for to bump up capacity from 57,000 to 60,000.
Guess what, more season tickets sold mid-season and record attendances set.
Those will be broken again when the capacity is permitted to rise again to 66,000 – making it the second biggest club football stadium in the UK behind Old Trafford.
Now new statistics on attendances show West Ham sit third highest in the table behind Arsenal and leaders Manchester United.
The Hammers only sit behind Arsenal due to the 57,000 limit on the stadium for most of the season.
60,000 loyal fans and not a glory-hunter between them
There is a huge chasm in the amount of success those clubs have enjoyed in comparison to West Ham over the years.
In context the Hammers are punching well above their weight. One look at the respective trophy cabinets will tell you that.
West Ham’s average is 57,590 (96.1% full), Arsenal’s 59,908 (99.3% full – a figure that contrasts with regular footage from the Emirates) and Manchester United’s 74,504 (98.4% full).
West Ham are well ahead of rivals Tottenham, whose average is just 50,000 despite spending the season at Wembley.
They also sit above Manchester City, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Sixty thousand loyal fans and not a glory-hunter between them.
Once again the supporters have done their club proud.