As Bill Shankley once said, "Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that."
As the dramatic EPL finale reminded us, The Beautiful Game is one of the most emotional sports in the world. Facing the prospect of being the first team in Premier League history to squander the title despite being ahead as they entered the final round of fixtures, Manchester City produced an extraordinary comeback to break the hearts of all the Liverpool fans who dared to believe.
It was a fitting way to end another remarkable season and show us what a rollercoaster supporting your favourite club can be. As football fans, we’re constantly celebrating the highs and enduring the pain of the lows, but it’s fair to say that some fans have it worse than others. So, this begs the question: who have the most stressed Premier League fans been in the 2021/22 season?
To answer this, ThePuntersPage have taken to Twitter to analyse every single reply to the 20 Premier League teams’ official Twitter accounts between August 13th, 2021 and May 23rd, 2022.
Filter below to see how many positive and negative tweets have been aimed at your favourite Premier League club!
What a fantastic manager Dean Smith has been for Villa He took us through one of the most challenging periods in recent history He did so with a smile with grace and his heart on his sleeve He owe him our respect A true villan
What am I watching here are pathetic offering absolutely nothing Dreadful from them not out of 2nd gear and in total control like a pre season friendly for them They re looking a very good team This can t carry on 2nd half for Gerrard
Unsurprisingly, we found that Manchester United fans were the ones which endured the most heartache during the 2021/22 season, with just over 34% of the fans’ replies to the club’s tweets expressing their displeasure.
For the Red Devils’ fans, this was a season which started with the elation of signing Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane, and of course, Cristiano Ronaldo, but ended with the disappointment of finishing in 6th place - trophyless yet again.
Similarly, fans from Everton, Spurs, West Ham and Burnley were quick to voice their negative views on social media, although some of these would have undoubtedly raised their spirits given the final league standings.
The results for Arsenal fans show how much of a turbulent journey they had to endure. After a disastrous start which saw them fall to second bottom after three games, The Gunners managed to get themselves into a position where, with only three matches remaining, a top four finish was within their reach, and they enjoyed the support of, a very confident fan base at that point. But a defeat to bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur followed up by a poor performance at Newcastle saw Arsenal drop into 5th place and having to settle for a spot in the Europa League next season, much to the annoyance of the Emirates faithful.
On the other end of the spectrum, fans from Aston Villa, Brentford, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Brighton contributed the highest % of positive tweets. The fact that these teams all finished around the mid-table mark and were rarely in a spot where relegation fears were at high, surely would have made it easier for those fans to sleep at night.
We were honestly a bit surprised by how positive the overall reactions from Aston Villa fans were; especially considering the fact that they only won 6 of the 19 matches played following the arrival of players such as Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne in the January transfer window. We’re expecting them to be demanding better results from their team in the next season.
Finally, fans from Liverpool and Manchester City can be forgiven for their rants given the anxieties they had to suffer. Despite the high standards these two fanbases hold their players to, we can see that the overall feeling was very positive, with more than 75% of the replies received showing support and praising the players’ performance.