Being the world’s most popular sport, it’s not unusual for people from all walks of life to have a team they follow, even the rich and famous!
From Hollywood stars to musicians to military dictators – and even Royalty – all major clubs have at least one famous fan who proudly dons their colours. But, which is the most famous person to support your Premier League club??? Will it be the Hollywood mega star, Royalty, or the military dictator? Keep scrolling to find out!
How/Why? When Jay-Z was pictured in the stands at the Etihad after being invited to their match versus Arsenal as a guest. Rumours immediately began that maybe Jay-Z was a City fans, after previously being rumoured to support the gunners.
Arsenal were beaten 4-2 on that day, however Jay-Z did not jump ship or switch sides, and doubled down on his support for the North London side. In an interview with Arsenal Magazine, the rapper said:
“After that game the press started reporting that I was a Manchester City fan, I am really glad all that has been cleared up and that everybody in the UK knows that I am an Arsenal fan.”
But where did his fandom start? According to the man himself:
“It was about five years ago now. When Thierry Henry was at the club I saw him play and I just thought he was an amazing player. Ever since then I have been a big fan of the club, following you guys, and still today you play the beautiful football that Thierry did. I think he had a real long term-effect on the team.”
Jay-Z’s own music streaming service, Tidal, even signed a deal with Arsenal worth £1m a year!
Name: Tom Hanks
How/Why? Well, it appears that Tom has confused Aston Villa with a quaint English village in the Cotswolds. He said at the premiere for Charlie Wilson’s War in London back in 2008:
“Aston Villa sounds like a lovely little place… it sounds like a spa.”
He’s right though. Most people who e̶s̶c̶a̶p̶e̶, sorry, leave Birmingham after their ‘holidays’ often refer to it as both ‘a lovely place’ and ‘like a spa’. Ignorance is bliss I suppose.
However, to give him credit, he has been to watch a Villa game, been seen holding a Villa scarf and had the immense privilege of meeting the Darren Bent.
Name: Seth Rogen
How/Why? Bournemouth fans can thank Sky TV for this. Rogen featured on one of Sky’s most famous and long-running shows: Soccer AM, where – if the guest is famous enough – they will ask him/her to pick a name of a football club out of a hat, and whichever they choose they have to and will now support.
A lucky (or not-so lucky – as it turned out for Seth) – dip. Seth drew, as he put it… BoureMOUTH. He’s been a season ticket holder ever since and flies from the US each matchday to show his support from the terraces. Ok, that last bit was made up but really, finding a brave enough celebrity to admit they support Bournemouth was not easy!
Brighton & Hove Albion:
Name: Fatboy Slim
How/Why? For younger readers, Fatboy Slim is a legendary DJ who – for large parts of the 90’s and early 2000’s – was the biggest DJ for the youth of Britain. ‘Right Here, Right Now’ probably the most memorable of the lot if you didn’t already know who he was. For the slightly older generation, the need for the previous few sentences is, most probably, blasphemous.
In a 2003 article in the Guardian, Fatboy Slim said:
“The great thing about supporting Albion is that there’s never a dull moment. It’s either championships and promotion or relegation dogfights. Someone came up to me in London the other day and asked who I supported. When I told them they said, ‘Nah, what proper team do you support?’ As if not being on the telly every week means you’re not a proper football club.”
Unlike a few on this list, there is no doubting the authenticity of this man’s support!
Name: HRH Prince Charles
How/Why? You read that correctly. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales supports Burnley F.C. His support of Burnley means that being next in line for the throne is the closest they’ll get to silverware any time soon. Although, the way Lizzie’s going, that statement might receive some challenge.
Like most fans, it is for charitable reasons that Prince Charles supports the Clarets. He was quoted as saying:
“A consortium of my charities, including the British Asian Trust, has been working in Burnley. Some of you asked this evening whether I support a British football club and I said ‘yes, Burnley’.”
Well, there it is. From the mouth of the man himself. Maybe one day he’ll mount a Royal takeover of the club, of course in a much more British and dignified way than that of the Emirati Royals. You’ll receive understated signings, paid for by the taxpayer and you’ll ruddy well appreciate it.