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Aston Villa top dogs for pet products

Tuesday March 8th 2016

With their club bottom of the Premier League and huge odds-on favourites to get relegated this season, Aston Villa fans have little to cheer about on the field.

But the club's commercial department has ensured they already have the league title in the bag when it comes to selling merchandise aimed at pet-owning football supporters, a new survey shows.

The club sells a total of eight pet products, more than any of their Premier League rivals. The range includes a bandana for dogs in Villa's famous claret and blue colours and a pet team shirt.

Liverpool are runners-up in the pet merchandise league thanks to their range of seven products that include a retractable dog lead.

Everton, Norwich and title-chasing Tottenham, meanwhile, are placed joint third with six pet-related products on sale.

Current table-toppers Leicester and Manchester United both sell only one product aimed at pets.

But the league table is propped up by five clubs - Arsenal, Bournemouth, West Ham, Watford and Stoke - whose website stores lack any pet-related merchandise.

Copyright Press Association 2016