The UK's most obsessed Fantasy Premier League cities have been revealed – with three of the top 10 not in England.
FPL has grown to become a global phenomenon since it was first launched ahead of the 2002/03 season. Many similar games have come before and after, but it's stood the test of time and is now the biggest fantasy football game with over 11 million players worldwide.
A new study has delved into the data to see where in the UK has the most committed FPL managers. Gambling 'N Go analysed 58 cities over the last year, comparing the amount of searches made in that area with the population to reach an average monthly search volume per 100,000 residents.
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Seventeen relevant search terms were studied and the city which came out on top was Chester, despite their local side being nowhere near the top flight in the National League North, the sixth tier of English football.
Less surprising was second place going to Liverpool, given the widespread passion for the sport on Merseyside. But another shock followed in third, claimed by Northern Ireland's second-largest city Derry.
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The other cities which made the top 10 outside of England were their capital Belfast in ninth and Scotland's Inverness in fifth.
Given the sizeable population in the English capital, London ranked 26th – eight places below Birmingham. The lowest ranked of the 58 analysed cities was Canterbury.
The top 10 in full (searches per 100k population):
1. Chester (8,210)
2. Liverpool (7,808)
3. Derry (7,329)
4. Preston (6,665)
5. Inverness (6,285)
6. Norwich (6,201)
7. Manchester (6,021)
8. Blackburn (6,000)
9. Belfast (5,746)
10. Lincoln (5,430)
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