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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The cost of going to football for most loyal London fans of Premier League clubs has been frozen or increased by modest amounts this season. This sounds like good news until you realise that London clubs have some of the highest season ticket prices in the top flight.

Arsenal remains the most expensive. The most costly season ticket at the Emirates is £2,013 and the cheapest over £1,000. Arsenal froze season ticket prices this season, as did Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur. West Ham pushed up their most expensive season ticket by £20 compared to last season, and the cheapest by £15. Crystal Palace added £5 to the most expensive but took £7 off the cheapest.

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Newly promoted Watford added £19 to the cheapest season-long seat at Vicarage Road. But their cheapest match day ticket last season of £14 has gone with promotion. The cheapest now is £36.

The data is revealed in the BBC’s annual Price of Football Study. This year it looked at the prices at 227 clubs in 13 leagues across the UK.

The average match day price for the cheapest ticket across London is now £32.50. That average number is helped up by Chelsea who charge £52 for the cheapest ticket to Stamford Bridge. That’s the most expensive cheap seat in the country.

The study shows that little has changed for season tickets holders, but for those who are less committed or just want to experience the top level of English football what would be the cost of a big day out? Urbs did some calculations.

We looked at the prices to give a fan the full experience. On ticketing we took the median price of the most popular match day tickets. We added a replica shirt so you could join the tribe, a programme so you could get the words of wisdom from the manager, plus a pie and a cuppa at half time.

Our number crunching shows that ever-expensive Arsenal comes out as the priciest day out. Watford offer the best value, as you might expect for a newly promoted side, and an afternoon at Selhurst Park shouting for Crystal Palace is at the lower end, apart from those pricey pies.

 

The Premier League likes to think that it is the best in the world. When you consider that it is still possible to buy a match day ticket at Bayern Munich for £12, at these prices it had better be.

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A poor day out in the Prem is away fans’ verdict on most London grounds

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Going to a football match in London rates poorly with away fans, according to a survey carried out by the Football Supporters’ Federation.

It asked 4000 fans to rate their experience of away games. The average score out of 10 for Premier League clubs outside London was 6.4. But for London grounds in the top flight it was 5.4.

To add further misery to a terrible season for QPR, the club has managed to come bottom of another league. A visit to Loftus Road was rated as the worst away experience in the Premier League or the Championship with a score of just 3.6.

Crystal Palace fared little better. While the Holmesdale end is happily singing the praises of Alan Pardew fans in the away corner are giving Selhurst Park a thumbs down with a score of 4.9.

The best Premier League experience in London is at Arsenal’s £390 million palace, the Emirates Stadium, the UK’s third biggest ground after Wembley and Old Trafford. Away fans gave it a generous 6.8. Spurs came second behind their north London rivals.

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Supporters were asked to rate their away experience based on transport links, turnstiles, stadium layout, sightlines, food and drink, and safety and security.

The top Premier League experience was at the KC Stadium with a score of 7.7, a small consolation for relegated Hull City. The overall winner out of both Premier League and the Championship was Wigan Athletic.

The best experiences in London were at Championship Fulham and at Watford, who will be welcoming the top clubs and their supporters to Vicarage Road next season.

Supporters were also asked what factors influenced their decision about whether to attend an away game. Price and distance were significant factors but with a heavy dose of realism only 4% cited the likelihood of victory as the reason to travel.

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