Euros 2024: England’s Most Patriotic Fans

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Our latest survey reveals which areas of England are the most patriotic at the Euros.

Countless fans across the nation are rallying together in support of England in The Euros. In fact, nearly a quarter of fans said they actually won’t go on holiday this year because of the tournament.

We wanted to see how else fans are planning on getting behind the team by surveying over 2,000 England fans. We reveal spending habits, how well they know the national anthem and where they plan on flying the English flag.  

How much are fans planning to spend during the Euros?

For most fans, participating in the Euros means splashing extra cash, either heading to Germany to watch the games live or even just buying snacks and drinks to watch the games at home.

Activity

Average amount planned to be spent by fans across the tournament (£)

Travel to see England play in Germany

£236

Tickets to see England play in Germany

£201

Entry to a fan zone/bar to watch the Euros

£134

New England merch

£125

Drink out whilst watching a match

£102

Food/drink after watching the match

£97

Food at home

£97

Food/drink out before/during a match

£93

Drink at home

£85

 

It’s no surprise that the priciest patriotic expense is the travel cost to Germany. On average, fans are planning to spend, or have spent, around £236 on travelling abroad for the sake of the Euros. Meanwhile, actual tickets to the England games are costing fans around £201.

The next most expensive activity according to fans is buying a fan zone entry ticket, with fans budgeting around £134 across the entire championship. Notably, fans in Liverpool are planning on spending around £66, while in neighbouring Manchester, this cost shoots up to £128.

New England merch is the next most expensive patriotic expense, with fans budgeting an average of £125 for this.

How well do fans know the words to England’s national anthem?

A ritual many will be familiar with is fans and players alike singing ‘God Save the King’ before every match. Although fans hear this a lot, surprisingly only 62.4% of fans say they know the lyrics well enough to sing the lines along with the players. The remaining 37.6% football fans either know some of the words, just the tune, or don’t know the words at all.

But let’s look at how this differs by location…

Rank

City

Percentage of fans who know the first verse or the entire anthem

1

Birmingham

67.8%

2

Brighton

66.5%

3

Bristol

66.0%

4

Leeds

65.8%

5

Norwich

64.9%

6

London

63.3%

7

Liverpool

62.0%

8

Southampton

61.4%

9

Sheffield

60.8%

10

Nottingham

60.6%

11

Plymouth

59.2%

12

Manchester

58.9%

13

Newcastle

54.0%

Of all cities, Birmingham football fans know the national anthem the best, as 67.8% report they know either the first verse, or the entire anthem, meaning they’re able to sing along with the squad. Down in Brighton, 66.5% of footie fans are confident in singing the anthem, taking second place for the area that knows the lyrics best.

At the other end of the scale, just over half (54%) of fans in Newcastle know the anthem, the fewest fans of any city.

Where are fans displaying England flags during the Euros?

Another simple way of showing support for the English team is by flying the flag for all to see.

Areas where fans will display flags during the Euros

Percentage of fans who agree

Inside the house

43.9%

Outside of the house

40.8%

In the car

40.4%

 

Just over two-fifths of fans (43.8%) say they will display an England flag inside their house during the Euros. Over half (54%) of Birmingham football fans said they will do this — the most of any area of the UK.

A further 40.8% of all respondents say they will display an England flag outside of their house, and 40.4% say they’ll display a flag in their car during the Euros championship. People in Newcastle are the most likely to do this, with nearly half of fans (48.6%) saying this is the case.

Some fans take it even further than ‘flying the flag’ – so much further in fact, that it’s a completely permanent decision. One in five football fans said they would get an England tattoo if the team wins the Euros. Fans from Birmingham are most likely to do this with 26% admitting this is the case. Now that’s dedication. 

And speaking of dedication, 23.7% of fans said they actually wouldn’t go on holiday this year because of the Euros. Nearly 30% of those in Birmingham voted for this, the highest of all areas in the UK.

So, how patriotic is your hometown? And more importantly, is it finally coming home in 2024?

Methodology

Survey was conducted with 2,128 England Football Fans aged 18+. The survey was conducted in May 2024.

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