I posed this question on Twitter earlier:
The fact that 50 per cent went for the most massive figure shows that either they were aware of the magic of doubling numbers or they could be bothered to open Excel and do a calculation.
However, as is usually the case when I attempt maths I think I made a mistake, and the correct answer should be £300 trillion rather than £580 trillion. Some people thought it was even more, but that’s because they’ve overlooked that before decimalisation in the UK in 1971 there were 20 shillings or 240 old pennies in a pound. Yes, Spurs not only won the league in black and white, it was also in £sd.
Here’s my corrected (I hope) calculation. If I’ve still got it wrong, please tell me.
Either way it’s still a staggering sum when you started with a penny. But does it say more about maths or more about Spurs?
I could try the same calculation for Newcastle United, but I think I’m reaching the limits of Excel functionality unless I start writing clever macros, which let’s face it ain’t gonna happen.