Twitter unveils Premiership football league tables: Man City, Chelsea and Spurs lead

Manchester City Football Club tops Twitter Premiership Football Club League tablesSport is huge on Twitter and social media more generally. We last week saw how John Terry managed to make headlines as he revealed on Instagram that Frank Lampard was leaving Chelsea. Anyone who uses Twitter in the UK can not escape Saturday football as Premier League related hashtags fly freely (other leagues are available). To highlight that Twitter has created the #TwitterLeagueTable to show some of the great uses of Twitter by Premier league clubs, players and fans.

We’ve known for a while that some clubs are better at social that others. Manchester City has long been a leader in digital and has Chelsea. Recently we saw Man City create a virtual sticker app and put a hashtag on the pitch. In West London, Chelsea was recently revealed as the most social Premiership club and more than a million tweets were sent to mark its win over Bayern Munich.

It is Man City, however, that tops the table leaving its South Manchester rivals a long way behind when it comes to the #TwitterLeagueTable. Man City’s official Twitter account has 664,805 followers and Manchester United has a mere 78,129 on its official account (@MUFCofficial). But the unofficial Man Utd account @ManU_FC has 504,582. Clearly one account is doing something right.

What’s interesting about the table is that clubs with the biggest follower count (namely Arsenal and Chelsea) don’t necessarily come out on top as Lewis Wiltshire, @LewisWiltshire head of sport for @TwitterUK, explains the table is not based simply on follower counts.

“The table is based on metrics like follower numbers for team and player accounts, use of official team hashtags, and how much fans interact with the content shared by the teams. The results highlight some of the most dedicated fan bases and socially engaged clubs, rather than those with simply the highest volumes of followers or most high-profile players.

“Fans can help move their team up the ranking by following the club’s and player’s accounts and tweeting with the official team hashtags,” Wiltshire said.

The complete #TwitterLeagueTable ranking:

1. Manchester City – 664,805
2. Chelsea –  1.751 million
3. Tottenham Hotspur  — 340,038
4. Liverpool – 140, 689
5. Arsenal - 2,079 million
6. Everton – 138,050 followers
7. Newcastle United – 167, 142
8. Queens Park Rangers – 85,818
9. Aston Villa – 115,910
10. Norwich City – 78,232
11. Manchester United – 78,129
12. Reading
13. Sunderland
14. West Bromwich Albion
15. West Ham United
16. Southampton
17. Fulham
18. Stoke City
19. Swansea City
20. Wigan Athletic

List of official club hashtags:

Arsenal: #Arsenal
Aston Villa: #avfc
Chelsea: #cfc
Everton: #efc
Fulham: #ffc
Liverpool: #lfc
Manchester City: #mcfc
Manchester United: #MUFC
Newcastle United: #nufc
Norwich City: #ncfc
Queens Park Rangers: #qpr
Reading: #readingfc
Southampton: #saintsfc
Stoke City: #scfc
Sunderland: #safc
Swansea City: #swans
Tottenham Hotspur: #coys
West Bromwich Albion: #wba
West Ham United: #coyi
Wigan Athletic: #wafc

And if you’re curious where Tweets about the Premier League teams are coming from, check out this interactive map broken down by UK postcode.