Pierate's Football Pie League

It is perhaps no surprise that at Pierate we often get asked our opinions on football pies. We were filmed giving our opinions on football pies to BBC Sport and also on the BBC show Rip Off Britain. Pierateer RAS also wrote an article for Buzzfeed about West Midlands football pies. Football pies seem to capture the imagination like no other...

Pies and football have a long history together. It brings together two things which we love in this country. You won't find this combination in Barcelona or Milan because frankly our climate is probably the main reason pies and football go hand in hand. What could be more British than a hot pie to keep warm during a cold winter football match? No one quiet knows when the first pie was eaten at a football match but there seems to be well over 100 years of history behind it and who are we to argue with tradition?!

The chant of 'Who ate all the pies?' is often heard at British football matches and some attribute this to Sheffield United fans singing it at their own keeper William "Fatty" Foulke who is alledged to have weighed over 21 stone. The chant has also often been associated with 1980s and 1990s striker Micky Quinn, in part due to an incident in 1992 when a fan threw a pie onto the pitch. Micky promptly picked it up and ate it.

In the 2008/09 season a guy called Tom Dickinson travelled the country in order to eat a pie at every football league ground, quite an achievement given that it meant 92 matches in one season! He wrote a book about his experiences which is aptly called '92 pies', which we have reviewed.

The Pierateers might not have eaten all the pies quite yet but we have reviewed rather a lot, now topping over 600 hundreds pie reviews. Many of these have been eaten at a football match and below is our current league table which shows the best football pies we have eaten. It is no surprise to find Morecambe FC currently top of the list with their homemade gourmet pies. This is relatively rare with most grounds selling mass produced brands such as Shire, Pukka or Peters. Many of these have also been reviewed by the Pierateers but this table focuses on only those eaten during the match.

Pieremiership: Pierate's Football Pie League

TeamBrandTop Pie ReviewedTop Score / 7
1MorecambeHomemadeSteak & Ale6.34
2Man CityFabulous Fan FayreChicken & Ham6.21
3MK DonsPiglet's PantryChicken, Gammon & Leek6.11
4TottenhamPiglet's PantrySteak & Ale5.58
5Bristol RoversVili'sCurry5.34
6ArsenalHolland'sBig Peppered Steak5.29
7Oxford UnitedChunkChicken & Mushroom5.12
8BirminghamPukkaSteak & Kidney4.71
9ExeterShireChicken Balti4.69
10Accrington StanleyHolland'sPeppered Steak4.60
11Forest Green RoversQuornQuorn4.56
12West BromPukkaSteak & Kidney4.50
13EnglandEdward Moon Proper Pies (by Oliver James Foods)Chicken Balti4.50
14PlymouthGinstersPeppered Steak4.45
15SouthendPukkaChicken Balti4.41
16CambridgeWrightsChicken Balti4.40
18SolihullPukkaChicken Balti4.23
19YeovilPenny LaneChicken Curry4.22
20MillwallThe Pie Factory (by Wrights)Steak & Ale4.14
21Notts CountyPukkaMeat & Potato4.05
22CoventryPeter'sChicken Balti3.95
24MansfieldPukkaAll Steak3.75
25EvertonClayton Park BakeryGoodison Steak3.74
26StevenagePukka PiesBeef & Onion3.68
27NorthamptonThe Pie Factory (by Wrights)Steak & Ale3.64
28WycombePukkaChicken & Mushroom3.34
29Port ValeWrightsSteak3.32
30WolverhamptonWrightsSteak & Ale3.21
31PortsmouthPhat Pasty CoChicken Balti2.89
33LutonPukkaCheese & Onion0

Pierate is a pie review website charting a course to find the ultimate pie. For all the pies we have reviewed have a look at our Pie Rankings or find pies of a particular flavour under Pies: Categorised.

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