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What Is A Big Club?

A Big Club. What does that mean exactly?

BlueWolfie sent Vital Manchester City the following.

It can't be how long a club has existed, because Nottingham Forest has been around since 1865. Neither can it be the size of the ground, how many fans turn up, or express their undying love for said club (see Newcastle United).

How about trophies? Chelsea have won a total of 14 major trophies in their history, but Everton have won 15. Perhaps it's generated revenue. Yeah, sure, Manchester United create vast piles of it but at the expense of having a £700million debt.

Star players? Yeah, that didn't work so well with either Leeds United or Newcastle United. Can we perhaps suggest league position? Aston Villa in the Europa League, so nuff said about that one!

No, there is no real defining point that can be attributed to what constitutes a 'Big Club', except perhaps for the mentality of its players and fans that think they are (but again, see Leeds United, and Newcastle United).

You are who you are, and you stick with it through thick and thin. I can at least say with my hand on my heart is what Manchester City fans have always done, and will always continue to do. Support the club I love and don't forget the motto - 'Pride In Battle' fellas.

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Date:Monday September 28 2009
Time: 9:18AM


I think that being labelled a big club has more to do with just winning trophies - Chelsea can be classed as a big club now but they wouldn't have been until the mid/late 1990's. This 'your club has no history' tagline is one that really narks me as trophies won in the past can't be competed for and won again and anybody who knows anything about the game now that we had successful spells from the 1930's up until 1976 so if that isn't history I don't know what is. I think that having a decent squad of players, playing in a decent 48,000 capacity stadium, having lots of loyal supporters, argubly the best youth academy in Britain if not the world and lots of money are all ingredients of what a big club should have. We are still someway off becoming a European or World footballing giants but in British terms we are a big club we just need to now become a successful club.
28/09/2009 11:20:00
We've been labelled a sleeping giant in the past... to me giant is bigger than 'big'... now we've woken up we're a giant club so forget the so called big clubs lol.
28/09/2009 14:50:00
Its a mixture of everything. You are, for sure, a big club. Even if you werent a zillionaires plaything you would be.
28/09/2009 16:30:00
What's a big club? As HY mentions in his post above, we are a big club. So are Tottenham. Add to the list the following: Villa, Everton, Manure, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds, Newcastle. All wildly disparate clubs, particularly in their circumstances, History and fan base. I guess the common denominator has to be a large following, no matter which divison the club are in, so that automatically rules out the rags, as all but about 30000 of their fans would just melt away if they were to go more than a few seasons without success.
28/09/2009 18:32:00
Big clubs are Liverpool, United, AC Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Lyon, Porto, Marseille, Juventus, Inter, Arsenal, Celtic and thats about it! You're not even close to this list!
28/09/2009 20:57:00
Oh what a refreshing change, another fool of a United fan. It'd be nice if you could visit your own forum for a change as they could do with the hits!
28/09/2009 21:05:00
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