Twitter gives us one way of doing so by comparing number of followers they have so, for example, Newcastle United can boast 1.4million while Sunderland have 914,600.
Both big clubs, no question, although the numbers pale into comparison with the global giants of the game such as Real Madrid (33m), Barcelona (30.9m), Manchester United (20.3m), Arsenal (15m), Chelsea (13.4m) and Liverpool (12.6m).
But what about the other end of the footballing spectrum?
Ahead of Non-League Day on Saturday, October 12 – coinciding with the international break – we take a look at the non-league sides between Tyne and Tweed and the Twiter following they have. Who has the bragging rights?
Find out where your club ranks…. but remember it’s success on the pitch that counts!
Twitter followers: 9,479 The town which famously brought us Jackie Milburn and Bobby and Jackie Charlton. Ashington Association Football Club are currently members of the Northern League Division One. Website: www.ashingtonafc.com
Address: Woodhorn Lane, Ashington, Northumberland, NE63 9FW
Photo: Jane Coltman
6. Newcastle Benfield
Twitter followers: 9,069 Newcastle Benfield, founded in 1988 as Brunswick Village, now play in Northern League Division 1. They were champions in 2008/9. Website: www.newcastlebenfield.com
Address: Sam Smith's Sports Ground, Chesterwood, off Benfield Road, Newcastle, NE6 4NU.
Photo: Frank Reid
7. Bedlington Terriers
Twitter followers: 7,077 The club are currently members of the Northern League Division Two but had a fine period of success in the 1990s and early 2000s, winning the Northern League for five successive seasons and reaching the final of the FA Vase in 1998/9. Website: www.bedlingtonterriers.com
Address: Doctor Pit Welfare Park, Park Road, Bedlington, Northumberland, NE22 5DA
8. Heaton Stannington
Twitter followers: 5,726 Heaton Stannington are currently members of the Northern League Division Two. They were Northern Alliance Premier Division champions in 2011–12 and 2012–13. Website: www.pitchero.com/clubs/heatonstanningtonfc2
Address: Grounsell Park, High Heaton, NE7 7HP
Photo: Kevin Brady