London clubs accounted for nearly a third of all revenue raised in English football in the 2014/15 season, despite making up less than 16 per cent of teams.
The capital’s 15 clubs in the Premier League and Football League had a combined revenue of £1.3bn, contributing 31 per cent of the £4.1bn revenue generated by all 92 teams across England’s top four division. Deloitte’s Annual Review of Football Finance found that London clubs employed 3,500 full time members of staff across the season and attracted over seven million attendees to games.
All six Premier League clubs that season – Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers — enjoyed a stadium utilisation of 97 per cent, pipping the competition average of 96 per cent.
Arsenal were London’s most financially well off club with revenue of £331.3m and operating profits £51m, despite notching the Premier League’s biggest wage bill increase of £26m.