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.

Pink Floyd - Arsenal

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Three Pink Floyd members grew up in Cambridge with the other two from the London area. Like most Cambridge kids they pretty much got to to choose their own team (sorry United) so the young Roger Waters plumped for Arsenal. He apparently still goes to the games these days - anyone seen him there? David Gilmour is also an Arsenal fan. In a webchat he did in 2002 he said - I did have season tickets at the Arsenal for quite a few years. That was around the time they won the double. I'm sort of a really fickle football fan. I watch any team that's doing well and become unfaithful when they're not. But I do have a soft spot for Arsenal. ' The third Cambridge member of the band, Syd Barrett, had little interest in the game and neither the sadly departed Rick Wright or drummer Nick Mason spoke about their affiliations. So I guess Arsenal win this one.

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.