Cheaper in the Championship but many fans still paying some premier prices

Picure: © Photospook ┃Creative Commons

Picure: © Photospook ┃Creative Commons

For most London fans the cost of following football is considerably cheaper in the Championship or lower leagues than the top flight, but there are still some premier rate prices being charged for lower league football.

The average season ticket price for a Championship club in London is much lower than the Premier League, as you might expect. The average for the most expensive season ticket was £651 while the average price for the cheapest season ticket in the Premier League is £658.

But the averages hide some surprising facts. Data gathered by the BBC in its Price of Football Study shows that the most expensive season ticket at Crystal Palace and newly promoted Watford are below £700 but a top of the range season ticket at relegated QPR is £719 and at Fulham it is £839, the highest in the Championship.

The ticket pricing reflects clubs adjusting after promotion and relegation. Watford went up and their cheapest season ticket rose by £19 to £385. QPR fell out of the Premier League and their cheapest season ticket was reduced by more than £100 but is still £389. Adjustments are also made on match day tickets. Watford increased their cheapest match day ticket from £14 to £36. At QPR it is down £1 to £24.

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There’s a similar scenario at Millwall. The cheapest and most expensive season tickets at The Den are frozen at last season’s prices although the club is now playing League 1 football. The cheapest match day ticket has been reduced by £1.

Leyton Orient dropped the cheapest season ticket price by £40 on being relegated to League 2 but at £180 it is still a fiver more than Charlton’s cheapest and they’re playing in the Championship

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Fans always have the option to buy single tickets rather than one for the season, but the price of a big day out at the game does not come cheap either. Urbs took the median ticket price and added a replica shirt, programme, a pie and a cup of tea to calculate the cost of a one off match day experience. Our calculations show that it is cheaper than the Premier League but there’s not a huge difference between the Championship and League 2.

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The biggest cost is the replica shirt, particular if you want the orange and black hoops of Barnet, just up from the Conference this season, but with a Premier League price on the kit. One saving you do make at The Hive is the price of a pie.  Barnet don’t have any, and neither do AFC Wimbledon.

Following football is packed with highs and lows for fans, but one thing remains consistent, it is punishing on the pocket.

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© Jasonbatterham | Dreamstime.com -  Emirates Stadium seating

© Jasonbatterham | Dreamstime.com – detail view Emirates Stadium seating

The football season’s not over yet, but London fans best start saving for next.  Data analysis by Urbs of information gathered by the BBC from 207 clubs show that fans of London teams in the Premier League will again be paying over the odds compared to the rest of the country.

Urbs compared the prices of season and match day tickets at the 6 London clubs with the 14 others in the Premier League. The average price in London for the cheapest season ticket is 56% higher than the average outside the capital. For the most expensive season ticket its 88% higher.

There’s a similar story for match day tickets.  At London Premier League grounds the prices are 10% more expensive on average for cheaper seats and 53% higher for the top price ones.

Looking at the details, club by club Arsenal top the table for season ticket prices.  The most expensive at the Emirates is £2,013.  It’s a shade cheaper at their north London rivals, Tottenham. West Ham’s most pricey season ticket is less than half that at £940.  The cheapest season ticket in London is at Crystal Palace.  At £420 it is less than the average price for the 14 teams outside London.

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The highest match day entry is also at the Emirates at £97 for the best seat.  The best in the ground is cheaper at Stamford Bridge but the lowest on the day deal if you want to see Chelsea is still £50.  The lowest match day price is at West Ham with £20 for the cheapest but £75 for the most expensive.  That compares to the out of London average prices of £28 and £49.

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There is one small piece of good news for fans in London.  The tea is cheaper by an average of 4p a cup.  But as our “pie” chart below shows,  there are few bargains to be had when it comes to getting something to eat.

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BBC Price of football calculator