Everton fans rightly argue that their rich history entitles them to be classed as a big club, but how does that translate into the modern era?
Top bookmaker Betway Football has attempted to resolve the debate by asking more than 3,500 football supporters what constitutes a big club.
Ten different criteria were established including total silverware, match-going support, European pedigree and total number of seasons in the Premier League.
All the clubs who have played in the Premier League since its formation were included in the survey and then ranked in the various categories.
Additional weighting was given to the most important criteria, with past history and levels of support amongst the most crucial factors considered.
Fans voted Everton as the 7th biggest club in the Premier League, with the ‘Big Six' unsurprisingly locking out the top six places in the table.
Thankfully for Toffees fans, Manchester United comfortably secured first place, 57 points ahead of Merseyside rivals Liverpool.
United finished top or joint-top in six of the 10 categories, scoring heavily in the total silverware and match-going support categories.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur filled positions three to six in the standings to once again leave Everton looking longingly at the glass ceiling above them.
However, finishing ‘best of the rest' will give Everton fans plenty of encouragement that they are best placed to break the stranglehold of the ‘Big Six' over the coming years.
Ambitious clubs like Aston Villa, Leicester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers all finished behind Everton in the list, highlighting that they are not alone in wanting to challenge the big guns.
However, with plans in place for an impressive new stadium and some excellent summer signings completed, Everton are best perhaps best positioned to capitalise on their big club status over the coming years.
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1 Posted 08/08/2019 at 16:52:20
Not long ago, it was 'the Big Four', but then Manchester City and Tottenham came along.
I'm really not vey concerned as to whom people answering this kind of survey think is 'big'. Aston Villa, Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds can all be said to be 'big clubs'. And people's views on the subject can be very fickle.
We're on the right track, and in an upward trajectory, and that is what matters most.
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