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Chelsea named poshest Premier League club

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Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium is situated in one of the UK’s wealthiest areas where the median house price reaches £1,357,500

Chelsea holds the title of the poshest Premier League team boasting an impressive overall score of 9.68/10.

Their home stadium, Stamford Bridge, is situated in one of the UK’s wealthiest areas where the median house price reaches £1,357,500. Meanwhile, Chelsea residents, as the nation’s highest earners command a gross annual pay standing at £41,892 – nearly £7,000 above the national average of £34,963!

Fulham clinches second spot scoring a poshness score of 9.53/10. Leading in private school density with seven establishments per 100,000 people within the Hammersmith and Fulham borough, coupled with a total of seven high-end supermarkets in the vicinity, Fulham rightfully earns their posh identity.

Achieving a remarkable 7.84/10 in poshness, Tottenham Hotspur narrowly edges out fellow North London club, Arsenal (7.63/10), securing a spot in the top three podium. Not only do they beat Arsenal in the presence of ‘posh’ supermarkets, but the Spurs Stadium also ranks as one of the most expensive ever built, and is among the world’s most hi-tech, costing approximately one billion pounds to complete.

Arsenal, on the other hand, excels in property value and yearly gross income, both standing at a coveted £657,500 and £41,335, respectively.

Propping up the top five list is Crystal Palace, the biggest South London club, garnering a final poshness score of 6.95/10.

Bournemouth claims sixth place as the first non-London team (6.47/10), having the fourth highest number of independent schools per 100,000 people among all clubs analysed. Completing the top ten poshest Premier League teams are Brighton and Hove Albion (5.95/10), Burnley (4.84/10), Newcastle United (4.68/10) and Brentford (4.53/10).

Nottingham Forest claims the accolade to be the least posh Premier League football club (1.58/10), with the gross annual income in the Nottingham authority being the lowest at £23,377.

Methodology

Ticketgum were keen to determine which Premier League football club is the poshest, by considering four variables: Each local authority’s (same as the club’s football stadium) (i) Median house price (ii) Median gross annual pay (iii) Number of independent schools per 100,000 people (iv) Number of Waitrose & M&S per 100,000 people.

To obtain the median prices of residential property located in the same local authority as each club’s football stadium, data was acquired from ONS, covering the period from December 1995 to March 2023. *Note: For London teams, the local borough was used.

Next, the number of independent schools situated in the same city as the football club was gathered from isc.co.uk. *Note: For London teams, the local borough was used.

Subsequently, Ticketgum acquired the median gross annual pay for each local authority from ONS. *Note: Higher income does not necessarily equate to posh, this is only a possible indicator.

The experts then identified the number of Marks and Spencers and Waitrose in each city/borough through each supermarket’s respective store finder. *Note: Only stores within the city or on the store finder were considered, hence smaller Waitrose stores are not listed.

Finally, a ‘poshness’ score out of 10 was calculated for each Premier League club by applying a PERCENTRANK formula across all variables with the following weights:
– Number of Independent schools per 100,000 – 0.2

– Median house price – 0.3

– Annual pay – gross- 0.3

– Total Number of Waitrose/M&S per 100,000 – 0.2

The scores were then ranked in descending order to determine the poshest Premier League team.
All data was collected in November 2023.

Information provided by Ticketgum

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