Financial News

  • 24 January 2014, 10:59

English Clubs 'Get More' Off Fans Than Europe

English fans contribute more than Europeans to match-day club income, according to a newly released global football rich list.

Data in the Deloitte annual Money League for 2012-13 indicates English supporters on average generate 27% of clubs' revenue.

The EU average, when including Spain, Germany, France and Italy, is 20%.

Italian fans generate 13% of club income from tickets, French fans 15%, Germany 23% and Spanish supporters 24%.

Within English clubs there is also a large disparity in match-day revenue.

There are six English teams in the rich list top 20 - Manchester United, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham.

The report shows that Arsenal receives the highest at 38% of its total revenue from match-day receipts.

It is more than twice the income Manchester City nets (15%) from match-day takings.

Liverpool takes 22% of income from match day, Chelsea and Tottenham 27%, and Man Utd 30%.

The average match-day revenue of the top 20 teams around the world is 22%.

Revenue from broadcasting averaged at 34% for the English teams.

Reviewing the data, Sky News financial analyst Timothy Pickles said: "There was a 4% fall in match-day income for those English clubs to 463m, which was driven by poor performances in European club competitions.

"But all clubs successfully grew commercial revenues to some extent, with the biggest winners being the Manchester clubs who accounted for 64% of this increase.

"Of the six English teams in the top 20, commercial revenues grew by 79m or an average of 13m per team. As a result, total commercial revenues increased to 560m, up 16% versus 2011/12."

Three more English teams are vying for inclusion in the global top 20 and may appear in the list next year.

Everton, West Ham and Newcastle are all challenging the incumbents and if they make the grade England will have the most teams in the top 20.

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