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Study reveals the football clubs with the most arrests as seven Premier League teams feature in top 10

Chris Byfield

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Study reveals the football clubs with the most arrests as seven Premier League teams feature in top 10

A Home Office survey revealed which clubs had the most football-related-arrests last season, with the total figure hitting a nine-year high.

Topping the list were West Ham fans, with the club seeing 89 arrests for football-related incidents in the 2022/23 season, according to a Home Office report.

The survey also revealed there had been 2,264 football-related arrests that year in England and Wales, the most since 2013/14. However, football matches had a combined attendance of 45.4million people last season which amounts to an arrest rate of just 0.005 per cent, or five arrests for every 100,000 people.

A total of 27 arrests of West Ham fans were for public disorder, while another 23 were for throwing missiles, by far the highest number of arrests for the latter crime.


Manchester United had the next highest number of arrests with a total of 83. Moreover, the Old Trafford club also had the most number of supporters with a banning order (69), ahead of Millwall on 66,

In terms of arrests, Leeds had the third most with 69, while Manchester City and Arsenal completed the top five with 66 and 51 respectively.

The Gunners’ north London rivals Tottenham also had 51 football-related arrests last season while Burnley had 50.

Leicester City (49) and Everton (48) were next on the list while Birmingham City and Millwall are in joint tenth on 47 arrests each.


Here is the Home Office’s full list of arrests:

West Ham United 89

Leeds United 69


Manchester City 66

Arsenal 51

Tottenham Hotspur 51

Burnley 50


Leicester City 49

Everton 48

Birmingham City 47


Chelsea 45

Newcastle United 39

Southampton 39

Bolton Wanderers 35

Middlesbrough 35

Peterborough United 35

Derby County 34

Blackburn Rovers 31

Hull City 30


Plymouth Argyle 30

Sunderland 30

Blackpool 29

Liverpool 27

Sheffield United 27

Wolverhampton Wanderers 27

Lincoln City 26

Stoke City 26

Torquay United 26

Barrow 25

Cambridge United 25

Coventry City 24

Sheffield Wednesday 24

Aston Villa 23

Barnsley 23

Nottingham Forest 23

Bradford City 22

Swansea City 21

Brighton & Hove Albion 19

Reading 19

Southend United 19

Exeter City 18

Notts County 18

Cardiff City 17

Wrexham 17

Brentford 16

Luton Town 16

Portsmouth 16

Bristol Rovers 15

Oldham Athletic 15

Bristol City 14

Crewe Alexandra 14

Grimsby Town 14

Huddersfield Town 14

Mansfield Town 14

Watford 14

Chesterfield 13

Oxford United 13

Preston North End 13

Stockport County 13

Swindon Town 13

Carlisle United 11

Milton Keynes Dons 11

Rochdale 11

West Bromwich Albion 11

Gillingham 10

Port Vale 10

Queens Park Rangers 10

Charlton Athletic 9

Doncaster Rovers 9

Fulham 9

Hartlepool United 9

Norwich City 9

Ipswich Town 8

Scunthorpe United 8

Walsall 8

Wigan Athletic 8

AFC Bournemouth 7

Shrewsbury Town 7

Stevenage 6

York City 6

AFC Wimbledon 5

Crawley Town 5

FC Halifax Town 5

Fleetwood Town 5

Rotherham United 4

Tranmere Rovers 4

Cheltenham Town 3

Forest Green Rovers 3

Leyton Orient 3

Newport County 3

Wealdstone 3

Aldershot Town 2

Bromley 2

Maidenhead United 2

Maidstone United 2

Northampton Town 2

Wycombe Wanderers 2

Accrington Stanley 1

Barnet 1

Burton Albion 1

Colchester United 1

Dagenham & Redbridge 1

Dorking Wanderers 1

Altrincham 0

Boreham Wood 0

Eastleigh 0

Gateshead 0

Harrogate Town 0

Morecambe 0

Salford City 0

Solihull Moors 0

Sutton United 0

Woking 0

Yeovil Town 0

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Topics: Football, West Ham United, Premier League, Manchester United, Millwall, Leeds United

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