The football TV giant Sky released figures today which seemingly show the most popular English Premier League Clubs watched across Scotland. Divided up by region, the data throws up some expected results with Chelsea holding the fort in Edinburgh and Dundee, Manchester United dominating the Borders and Glasgow, leaving Liverpool to mop up Aberdeen.
One surprising result is the appearance of Leicester City at the top of the list in the Outer Hebrides. The East Midlands club has its fair share of Scottish alumni including the defender Matt Elliott who captained the club to the League Cup Final in 2000 and one-game Scotland manager Johnny Duncan, but the club is certainly not renowned for its Scottish following.
Despite the explicit lack of any support, the fact remains that the 27,000 Hebrideans prefer the Foxes over the more stereotypically popular English teams. With this level of support the likelihood of Leicester setting up a youth club must surely climb higher and higher with the inevitable hordes of children growing up playing the game in the blue of Leicester, yet the reasons why the club is so popular remains a mystery. Is it the memory of Gary Lineker’s giant ears in Leicester blue, or is it an extreme obsession with Esteban Cambiasso? We here at Youth Football Scotland certainly don’t know, if you have any ideas or plan to set up a team in tribute do let us know!