Exposed: The “Proportional” Bad Boys of Football
I have been contacted by my readership all week asking for a difference in working out to see who “proportionally” are the top clubs for crime. Please try to read the entire article before ignorantly commenting as my analysis will show why proportional workings out are not truly reflective of criminal activity within football.
As requested, I have worked out using the following formula:
Average Attendance / Total arrests
1. Barnet – 0.883
2. Lincoln City – 0.734
3. Port Vale – 0.685
4. Leeds – 0.640
5. Oxford united – 0.605
6. Darlington – 0.534
7. Mansfield Town – 0.508
8. Gateshead – 0.485
9. Accrington Stanley – 0.448
10. Millwall – 0.444
Premiership Goons Escaping (Despite having far more arrests)
– Manchester United – 0.366
– Manchester City – 0.230
– West Ham – 0.220
– Arsenal – 0.178
The above data presents League 2 “bad boys” Barnet as the “worse” team in English Football. Lincoln City came in second while Port Vale subsequently in third having had an average attendance 4820 with 33 arrests in total giving them a percentage of 0.685. Look at Oxford United! Who has ever heard Oxford United being a club renowned for hooliganism and being worse than Millwall? Even Conference team Mansfield Town finish above Millwall with a grand percentage score of 0.508 based on an average attendance of 2758 and a total of 14 arrests. Even though Luton Town has had 6 more arrests than Mansfield Town, Mansfield, somehow, are far worse than Luton just because Luton have more fans turning up to games every week.
This does not mean much to be fair. You cannot dilute the hard statistic, that being, the statistic being total number of arrests. All this means is the bigger clubs managing to rake in bigger attendances can literally get away with murder because they have far more fans turning up every week than a team like Millwall. If that is the case, then all Millwall are guilty of is lacking financial capital and Premier League status to rake in the larger numbers and increase their attendance. Therefore, Millwall are not a bad club, they only lack in attendance and if that is the case, then why not charge £1 a game, rake in a full attendance and that should bump up your average attendance and decrease the appearance of criminal activity? The statistics can be duped this way. This formula, not only working on averages and proportional data, distorts the hardcore evidence and protects the wealthiest and most successful clubs just because they are most popular.
Even if we did go on this data, who on Earth is calling Barnet scum? Who is publishing the hooligans at Mansfield Town? And as for Oxford United? Well, not just a place for academics! No, how about this one, let’s just attack Millwall. They are the real scum (rolls eyes in sarcasm).
How can Sheffield Wednesday be justified as having 39 arrests last year, making them the worst team in League One (at the time), and yet Gateshead had 3 arrests all season and they are in the top 10 worst teams under a proportional formula and Wednesday somehow escape the top 10?
It just doesn’t make sense and it is not a true reflection of crime that occurs at each club.
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Posted on April 22, 2013, in Speaking Out and tagged Accrington Stanley, Arsenal, Banning Orders, Barnet, Cardiff City, Championship, Chelsea, Conference, Darlington, Gateshead, Hooliganism, League One, League Two, Leeds United, Lincoln City, Manchester City, Manchester United, Mansfield Town, millwall, millwall fans, Millwall FC, millwall football club, millwall supporters, Oxford United, Port Vale, Premiership, Sheffield Wednesday, Swansea City, Violence, West Ham. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.