Our survey says Arsenal are the most popular team among Britain’s biggest rock stars

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Top tip. If you are starting a band now try choosing a name that begins with the letter B. Think about it. From The Beatles to Blondie via The Bee Gees, Blur and Beach Boys, so many of the greatest bands ever starts with that letter.

You might also consider investing in a season ticket at The Emirates too. For it appears that among Britain’s rock royalty at least, the Gunners have the most celebrity fans.

In a not very scientific survey I took 12 key British bands and noted the footballing preferences of their key members.

Some, like Oasis and Pink Floyd are well documented. For others I had to dig deep into the dark recesses of web chats, local news stories and more. If you have any hearsay, gossip or best of all evidence about the footballing affiliations of the people featured in the pages that follow please add them to the comments.

Anyhow, Arsenal just about shaded it as the most supported team. What is odd though is that Man United have so few big rock stars among their fans. Thom Yorke is rumoured to be a fan as is The Verve’s Richard Ashcroft and a Stone Roses member or two, but that’s pretty slim pickings for one of the most popular clubs in the world. * UPDATE The Happy Mondays too.

Anyhow here is the list. And before you ask yes I know Coldplay and Mumford and Sons should probably be on this list. For the record Marcus Mumford supports AFC Wimbledon and Chris Martin possibly supports Exeter City.

Blur - Chelsea

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Everyone knows that Damon Albarn is a big Chelsea fan, but it appeared that up until the mid 90s when the Blur singer discovered his love for the game none of the other members of the group had footballing affiliations. It turns out though that Graham Coxon is a Derby fan. In an interview he gave with 2-UpTop he said this. when I tell people from round here that I'm a Derby County fan they just shrug their shoulders and go "Oh, OK" before changing the subject. It's almost like I don't count!' There was a brief period where Alex James was alleged to have become an Arsenal fan mainly because of Alex James the Arsenal legend. The Blur bassist though told the Indie in 2010 I vowed I'd never go to a football match again after getting hugged on a terrace by a man who had soiled himself when England scored against Germany in the qualifiers for the 2002 World Cup, and now I remembered exactly why. This sea of twisted snarling faces held all the worst things in the world and none of the nice ones.' Future Labour MP Dave Rowntree doesn't appear to have an interest in football, so I guess we should award this one to Chelsea.

By Ashley | February 13th, 2013





  • Salopian

    Very enjoyable but no mention of Derek Smalls and Shrewsbury Town which is an enormous let-down

  • Kj1052

    The Floyd used a sound track of the Kop singing and chanting on ‘Dark Side of The Moon’ – so no sign of the Arse there but then again it would be difficult to record any chanting at The Library !!

  • Samerako

    Correction : Liverpool = Catholics and Everton = Protestants

  • Brandish

     Both teams have a protestant heritage, but when the beatles were growing up Everton had more Catholic fans. Religion plays very little role in Liverpool football today.

    http://www.toffeeweb.com/fans/beingblue/religion.asp