Hi readers I have to share with you something that has been bothering me for a while now. I often enjoy reading a certain football rumours website, as it is interesting to see the amount of people that supposedly have contacts within the game. That however is not what I will talk about today, as the name of this post suggests I am here thinking about, and there is one question that this blog post will be about and that is this; what makes a football club . . . a big football club?
Now going back to the football rumour website that I mentioned earlier, there has been a debate between the people that post on that site for a while now about who the big clubs in the premier league are. There are many Everton, Tottenham and Newcastle fans talking about which one is the biggest club. This got me to thinking about which one of them is actually the biggest club. I will now look at the clubs one by one to see which is indeed the biggest;
- Tottenham Hotspur – Domestic League Success: Tottenham have won a total of 8 Domestic leagues since the club was formed, their first was way back in the 1899/1900 season, and their most recent was in the 1960/61 season. Domestic Cup Success: Tottenham have won a total of 8 FA Cups, first one was won in 1901, and their latest triumph was in 1991. There have won a total of 4 League Cups, the first was in the 1970/71 season and the latest was in the 2007/08 season. They have also won the Community Shield on 7 separate occasions. European Cup Success: They have won the UEFA Cup twice in their history, the first was in 1972 (when they were the first football team ever to win the competition, which they last won in 1984. They also have one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup success in the 1962/63 season. Total Trophies won: 31. Highest Premier League Finish: 5th twice in the 2005/06 season and the 2006/07 season.
- Newcastle United – Domestic League Success: Newcastle have won a total of 6 league titles, their first league win being in the 1904/05 season, with the latest league win in the 1992/93 season (Old Second Division, would be equal to the Championship). Domestic Cup Success: They have won the FA cup a total of 6 times, with the first being in 1910, and the latest in 1950. They have also won the community shield on 1 occasion. European Cup Success: They have won a total of 3 European cups, which include: Anglo-Italian Cup, Inter Cities Fairs Cup (now UEFA Cup) and the Intertoto Cup (the most recent in 2006). Total Trophies Won: 19. Highest Premier League Finish: Runners-up twice in 1995/96 season and 1996/97 season.
- Everton – Domestic League Success: They have won a total of 10 league titles, with the first coming in the 1890/91 season, with the most recent triumph being in the 1986/87 season. Domestic Cup Success: They have won the FA cup a total of 5 times. They have also won the Charity Shield on 9 occasions, the first time was in 1928 and the latest was in 1995. European Cup Success: They have only won on European Cup and that was the European Cup Winners’ Cup back in 1985. Total Trophies Won: 25. Highest Premier League Finish: 4th once in the 2005/06 season.
- Info courtesy of Wikipedia
From looking at the amount of trophies won it is clear to see that Tottenham Hotspur have been the most successful club. Now as for Premier League success it has to be said that so far Newcastle have had the greatest success finishing Runners-up on two occasions. Newcastle have the biggest stadium out of the three clubs, thus resulting in them have the biggest support out of the three teams.
Does this mean then that Newcastle is the biggest club? I think not. Are Tottenham the biggest club? again I think not. So that leaves Everton, are they the biggest club? yet again I have to say no. Now to me a big team is one that has gone above and beyond the norm for teams, this means either winning the Premier League, the Champions League or indeed the UEFA cup, none of which any of these teams has managed to do in recent times. Yes every club has a grand history and some clubs is better than others, but for a team to be a big club they need modern success, something which these three teams lack. For that reason I have to say that not one of them can be classed as a Big Club.
If indeed they could boast twice winning the Champions Cup such as Nottingham Forest, I could see how they could have a shout at being a big club, and this is my reasoning behind the fact the three teams mentioned above are not big clubs. If a team such as Nottingham Forest can have won 2 European Cups and not be classed as a big club, then I am afraid to say that neither Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur or Everton can claim to be a big club.
So hope you enjoyed reading, sorry if you find it a bit on the heavy side, but as a great philosopher once said . . . “They think it’s all over!” . . . . “It is now!”
Joey Deac out