English Premier League: Each Club's Most Famous Fans

Davey EdmondsonContributor IIISeptember 19, 2011

English Premier League: Each Club's Most Famous Fans

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    Due to the ever-increasing worldwide popularity of the English Premier League, many high profile celebrities have nailed their flags to their chosen club's masts. In some cases it is genuine support, in others it may be for political gain or to promote that celebrity's new product. 

    Here is the rundown of each Premier League team's celebrity fans. 

Arsenal: Queen Elizabeth II

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    What better place to start than Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. HRH is said to be a Gunner, as well as her grandson Prince Harry and her mother, the late Queen Mother. 

    In April 2007, it was revealed by a royal source that The Queen was in fact a Gunner, and was disappointed that she was unable to open the new Emirates stadium due to a bad back.

    Then-captain Cesc Fabregas told a Spanish radio station that, "It seems the Queen follows football and she told us she was an Arsenal fan. She appeared to definitely know who I was and we exchanged a few special words."

    Other high profile fans include The Who singer Roger Daltry, actor Jackie Chan and rapper Jay-Z.

Aston Villa: Prince William

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    The royal theme continues, as last year the official Aston Villa website confirmed that, after many years of speculation, HRH Prince William is in fact a Villa fan. 

    The Prince went to Villa's FA CUP semi-final match against Bolton 2000, and congratulated the Villains after the final whistle in their dressing room. 

    Other fans include actor Tom Hanks, British Prime Minister David Cameron and singer Ozzy Osbourne.

Blackburn: Jack Straw

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    The former British Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary is a Blackburn fan, as well as being the former Member of Parliament for Blackburn itself.

    In 1998, Mr Straw was made Honorary Vice President of Blackburn by then-owner Jack Walker.

    In 2006, when US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice visited Mr Straw's constituency with him, she was presented with a customized Blackburn shirt during a trip to Ewood Park.

    Other fans include former World Superbike champion Carl Fogarty, fashion designer Wayne Hemingway and game show host Jim Bowen. 

Bolton: Amir Khan

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    Local lad and World Light Welterweight boxing champion Amir Khan is a avid Bolton fan, occasionally using the club's training facilities. 

    He still lives locally and is a regular visitor to the Reebok Stadium.

    Other fans include comedian Peter Kay, game show host Vernon Kay (no relation) and the late football commentator Kenneth "They think it's all over" Wolstenholm.

Chelsea: Will Ferrell

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    The Hollywood comedian is a Chelsea fan, but unlike a lot of supposed A-listers, this support seems genuine.

    He attended the friendly match between Chelsea and Inter Milan in Pasadena, July 2009, alongside many other Hollywood stars. 

    He also appeared in his Chelsea shirt on The Daily Show back in 2008.

    Other more locally-based Chelsea fans include actor Michael Caine, singer Damon Albarn and former rugby player Lawrence Dallaglio.

Everton: Paul McCartney

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    The former Beatle may not appear at Goodison Park very often, but he has admitted that he supports both Everton and Liverpool.

    Back in 2008 he told the Liverpool Daily Post that, “My father was born in Everton, my family are officially Evertonians, so if it comes down to a derby match or an FA Cup Final between the two I would have to support Everton."

    He also admitted that during The Beatles days, although they liked football, there were other, more important priorities at the time.

    Other Evertonians include actor John Hurt, snooker player John Parrott and the Italian Stallion himself, Sylvester Stallone.

Fulham: Lily Allen

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    The singer and fashionista Lily Allen is a Fulham fan, as well as dad and actor Keith.

    As well as liking cricket, the serial tweeter was present at Fulham's Europa League final defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in Hamburg, 2010.

    Also present at the match was actor Hugh Grant, another die-hard Fulham fan.

    Other fans include actors Daniel Radcliffe and Benicio Del Toro. We won't mention Michael Jackson's supposed support.

Liverpool: Samuel L Jackson

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    Quentin Tarantino's favorite bad mother-f****** has been a Liverpool fan ever since 2001, when he filmed The 51st State, with one of the scenes filmed at Anfield during a Liverpool-Manchester United match.

    In 2009 he told The Word magazine that, "I put my Liverpool gear on every now and again, and people say 'what the hell is that?"'

    Other fans include James Bond star Daniel Craig, comedian Mike Myers and rapper/producer Dr Dre.

Manchester City: Noel and Liam Gallagher

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    Oasis may be no more, and the brothers may not be on speaking terms, but their paths may cross at some point at the Eithad Stadium.

    Liam's new band, Beady Eye, recorded a new version of City anthem Blue Moon to promote this season's new home kit.

    Both Noel and Liam were present at City's FA Cup final win in May.

    Other City fans include former boxer Ricky Hatton, The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and comedian Alan Carr.

Manchester United: Dominic Monaghan

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    The former hobbit and Lost star Dominic Monaghan is a Manchester United fan, despite being born in Germany and living in Hawaii.

    He told Fourfourtwo magazine that, “My family were all originally from Manchester and my mum and my uncle are two of the biggest Reds you'll ever meet."

    Other Reds include The Smiths singer Morrissey, actor Ian McShane and former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern.

Newcastle United: Tony Blair

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    The former British Prime Minister is a fan of the Toon due to his time as Member of Parliament for north east district Sedgefield.

    A dubious rumor that Mr Blair had lied about his support of the Toon was cleared up on the BBC's Football Focus in 2005, when a supposed quote from him about watching Toon legend Jackie Milburn when he was younger was often used against him by political rivals, as when Milburn had retired Blair was aged four and living in Australia. The actual quote was played, clearing his name.

    Other Newcastle fans include AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, TV host duo Ant and Dec and former X-Factor judge Cheryl Cole.

Norwich City: Stephen Fry

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    Growing up in rural Norfolk and attending college in Norwich, it is no surprise that Fry is a Norwich fan.

    In August 2010 Fry was made a director and ambassador to the club, joining the board.

    He told the Daily Mail that, "Having been shockingly overlooked by successive Norwich City managers all these years as a player, I have come to the sad conclusion that it is probably unlikely now that I will ever be picked to play for the first team."

    Other fans include TV host David Frost, Prince Andrew and rock band The Darkness.



Queens Park Rangers: Robert Smith

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    I can't find any evidence to support this, but despite being born in Blackpool and growing up in Crawley, Smith is apparently a QPR fan.

    Former Libertines and Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty is another QPR fan, he even used to write a QPR fanzine and has put references to QPR in some of his music videos.

    Other fans include comedian Bill Bailey and former The Clash guitarist Mick Jones.

Stoke City: Slash

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    Growing up in Stoke but moving to Los Angeles as a child, Slash is a Stoke City fan.

    After Stoke's FA Cup Semi-final win this year, he tweeted, "I got up to find that the satellite channel the match was on I don't subscribe to! But I hear Stoke won 5/zip! Congrats Stoke City!"

    Other fans include former tennis player Jeremy Bates, TV host Nick Hancock and comedian Julian Clarey.

Sunderland: Peter O'Toole

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    Legendary actor Peter O'Toole is a Sunderland fan, but there is a stunning coincidence in that O'Toole played Lawrence of Arabia, whose mother was in fact from Sunderland.

    However, O'Toole has since said that ever since Sunderland's move from Roker Park to the Stadium of Light, he no longer considers himself as much as a fan as he used to be.

    Other famous mackems include Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant, composer Tim Rice and MP for South Shields and current Sunderland board member David Milliband.

Swansea City: Catherine Zeta-Jones

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    Whether or not Catherine Zeta-Jones has ever been to Liberty Stadium to watch her beloved Swansea Jacks is questionable, but she has admitted to being a true fan.

    She remarked to BBC South West Wales before Swansea's play-off win, "Coming from a family of Swans fans from such a young age I wait with baited breath for the play-off final in Wembley."

    Other fans include cricketer Robert Croft, singer and reality TV star Cerys Matthews and comedian Max Boyce.

Tottenham Hotspur: Jude Law

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    Jude Law is the real deal when it comes to being a Spurs fan, going as far as to own a season ticket which he uses whenever he is in the UK. 

    Law even got to visit the Spurs Lodge training ground in 2010, where he met manager Harry Redknapp and the rest of the team. He has been a regular at White Hart Lane since 1981 and is a fan thanks to his Grandad, Eric.

    Other famous Spurs fans are musician Phil Collins, fashion designer Ted Baker and controversial author Salman Rushdie.

West Bromwich Albion: Eric Clapton

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    The legendary guitarist known as "Slowhand" grew up with his grandparents, who were Baggies. He is reported to be wearing a West Brom scarf on the cover of his "Backless" album.

    In recent years he has said to be more interested in Chelsea, after a rumored investment by Clapton into the club was refused by the board.

    Other famous Baggies include TV present Cat Deeley, tennis player Goran Ivanisevic and comedian Lenny Henry.

Wigan Athletic: Mikhail Gorbachev

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    Believe it or not, former USSR president Mikhail Gorbachev is a Latic. 

    It is said that in 1970 the Soviet team Metallist of Kharkov came to Wigan to play a friendly against the Latics, and Gorbachev was the club's assistant secretary. He was so impressed by the Lancashire side he has said to have became a fan. 

    Other fans are The Verve singer Richard Ashcroft, Radio DJ Stuart Maconie and allegedly, former Egyptian Prime Minister Hosni Mubarak.

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Robert Plant

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    The former Led Zeppelin singer is a diehard Wolves fan, being made a Vice President of the club in 2009. 

    He said to local newspaper the Express & Star, “I was five when my dad took me down for the first time and Billy Wright waved at me."

    Other fans include Monty Python star Eric Idle, Olympian Denise Lewis and Slade singer Noddy Holder.