What do you think is more mentally exhausting – being a football player at a London academy or just being a football fan? While one is undoubtedly more physically demanding than the other, both offer a real rollercoaster, and recently, it was even found in a study that the lows of supporting a football team outweighed the highs, meaning you were likely to be unhappier watching football than not.
Of course, this all depends on the team you support. And while this might have once been something that you argued over with your mates, we’ve now got a definitive guide thanks to . They’ve created an ‘Excitement Index’ using factors such as promotions, titles, relegations, goals per game, win percentages and cup runs, so you can not only find out where your team sits overall, but also the highs and lows over the years.
Manchester United, perhaps unsurprisingly, comes in at the top of the list with 28.52 excitement points using this formula, among other high rankers Liverpool, Chelsea, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wimbledon. United have 16 league titles since 1958, and had the second highest wind percentage and highest numbers of goals scored per match.
Excluding all teams that hadn’t had at least 20 seasons, Halifax Town came up as the least exciting team to support, however many bigger teams came lower down the list, including Tottenham Hotspurs at 42nd and Everton at 63rd.
Head to the website and pop your team name in to check when the most exciting time it was to be a fan of your club.