Ask most football fans if theirs is a ‘Big’ club and they will tell you with conviction – of course.
Giants from the North West to the North East, from Yorkshire to the Midlands to London and across the south will point to historic titles, cup glories, bumper crowds or modern TV riches and insist “we are a huge club”.
For many years, Blackburn Rovers and Burnley fans have argued who is the bigger club.
Now the argument has been put to rest once and for all.
An independent survey has been commissioned and carried out by renowned International journalist Nick Harris for the Daily Mail. And the results are amazing.
The survey used no opinions, just hard evidence to determine the answers.
It was worked out by a complex system, to much detail to go into on these pages. But there was six major criteria’s. The survey covers a complete clubs history.
Crowds – Global Fan Base – Trophies – Average League Finish – Player Quality – Income.
And there are certainly contentious findings. Six of the biggest clubs – Wolves, Leeds, Blackburn, Sheffield Wednesday, Bolton, and Notts Forrest – Play outside the top division.
And where did Blackburn Rovers finish in the survey ?. An amazing 17th place. Burnley were in a creditable 26th place.
So job done. No more arguments. Blackburn Rovers are a bigger club than Burnley.
To read the survey in detail and how all the rankings were worked out, featuring, England's top 50 clubs. Visit www.dailymail.co.uk/sport .
Just to wet your appetite Man United were in top position and our local rivals Bolton in 19th.
It makes for a fascinating read.