‘Staggering’ earnings of top football clubs

The route begins at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground
The route begins at Manchester United's Old Trafford ground
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The North West’s 19 Premier League and Championship clubs generated revenue of over £1.3 billion in 2013/14, representing a third of around £4bn billion total revenue generated by the top 92 clubs in English football.

According to the 24th Annual Review of Football Finance from the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, four clubs from the North West featured in the top 10 Premier League clubs by revenue.

They were: Manchester United (£433m, 1st); Manchester City (£348m, 2nd); Liverpool (£256m, 5th); and Everton (£121m, 8th).

Manchester United (£220m) and Manchester City (£205m) were once again the top two highest spenders on wage costs.

The region’s four Premier League clubs in 2013/14 saw revenues increase to over £1 billion (£1,158m) and wage costs increased to £638m, with Manchester United (1st), Manchester City (2nd), Liverpool (5th) among the division’s top spenders on wages.

Manchester United’s 2013/14 operating profit of £117m was again the highest in the Premier League. However, in a change from previous years, all bar one of the Premier League clubs made operating profits.

For Manchester City, this was the first time in over six years that an operating profit has been recorded.

There were over 7.6 million attendees at professional club football matches in the North West in 2013/14.

The North West clubs employed over 3,600 full-time members of staff in 2013/14.

Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte, explained: “The impact of the Premier League’s broadcast deal is clear to see. Broadcast income increased by £569m in 2013/14, accounting for 78 per cent of the overall growth in revenue in the Premier League. Continued growth in both commercial and matchday revenue helped Premier League clubs’ combined revenues reach £3.26 billion – a staggering increase of £735m compared with the season before.

“Even the Premier League club receiving the least from domestic league broadcast distributions earned more from this source than all but five other European clubs.”

Preston North End were not included in the survyey because they were in League One in the 2013/14 season.