Where do Man Utd fans live?
Two interesting new pieces of research look at whether supporters of Premier League football fans live anywhere near the actual clubs and reveal that success on the pitch does not necessarily match the local property market.
Zoopla.co.uk, who sponsor West Bromwich Albion (pictured is WBA’s defender Jonas Olsson wearing this season’s strip), analysed the average property values around each Premier League stadium and found that Chelsea tops the 2012 Property Premier League with average home values around Stamford Bridge currently at £1,467,803.
London-based clubs occupy the next three spots on the list with Fulham in second place, where the average price around Craven Cottage is currently £862,250. Arsenal and Queens Park Rangers complete the top four, with average property values of £544,502 and £495,491 near to their stadiums at respectively.
Those living close to the Etihad Stadium may be basking in last season’s league victory, but property values around Manchester City’s stadium average just £98,088, leaving the defending champions third from bottom in the Property Premier League.
Everton are bottom of the property premiership with average home values around Goodison Park standing at just £66,137.
When looking at the performance of local property values over the last season, Queens Park Rangers come out on top with average values of local properties rising 5.84 per cent over the last twelve months. Wigan has had the worst performance over the last season with local property values falling by 8.74 per cent on average.
Nigel Lewis of Zoopla.co.uk, said: “Millionaire footballers may live in some of the country’s most exclusive areas, but average property values around the stadiums in which they make their living are in stark contrast to WAG hotspots like Oxshott, Cobham and Alderly Edge.”
Meanwhile, Rightmove have researched into where fans of the 2012/13 Premiership clubs actually live, surveying more than 13,000 football fans, recording the team they support and their full postcode to establish the average distance fans live from their club, and what proportion of each clubs’ fans are local to their stadium.
The club with the ‘least local’ fans is probably not a huge surprise – overall only 9 per cent of Manchester United fans were found to live in the same postcode area as Old Trafford. When looking at Manchester as a whole, United fans outnumber City fans by over 3 to 1. Better news though for Wigan. The ‘most local’ fans are Wigan Athletic, with 65 per cent of their support living in the same postcode district as the DW Stadium.
The survey also looked at the proportions of fans living ‘behind enemy lines’. 5 per cent of football fans in Manchester support Liverpool, and in Liverpool 4 per cent of fans support either Man Utd or Man City.
Rightmove director Miles Shipside said: “With the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool at one end of the table and Wigan at the other, there certainly seems to be a correlation between historic success and placing in the Local Fans League Table. Although at least this means that the majority of Wigan fans can get quickly back to the comfort of their own homes on a Saturday afternoon when results at the DW haven’t gone their way.”buying house, moving house, real estate, selling house
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