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BBC's Cost Of Watching Football

15 October 2015

The cost of watching football in Britain has dropped or remained the same for the majority of fans, a study by BBC Sport has found.


The Price of Football, the largest study of its type in Europe, looked at costs at 230 clubs in 13 leagues across Britain.

 

of tickets were reduced.18.24% were held, while 51.91% seeing a price freeze or reduction for the 2015-16 season. Some 70.15%More than 700 tickets were analysed, with

of tickets surveyed were more expensive this season.30%Just less than

 

increase in the average price this season.4.82% thanks to a £38.42 and £49.68 for children. In the Premier League this rises to £33.66 for adults and £42.18The average cost of a football shirt is

 

was -0.1% in September and has been almost flat since hitting a then-record low of 0.3% in January. Inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index,

 

The Price of Football surveys the cost of the cheapest and most expensive match day and season tickets, as well as the cost of a pie, programme, cup of tea and adult and junior replica shirts.

 

Now in its fifth year, the study found:

·        Two thirds of Premier League tickets were frozen or reduced in price.

 

·         on average for the first time after 11 clubs put up prices in this category.£30However the cheapest match-day ticket now costs more than

 

·         fall in price. This is less than England’s Championship and League One.1.2% on average after a £20.17Conversely the Scottish Premiership's cheapest ticket now costs

 

·        In the Welsh Premier League and Irish Premiership fans pay less than £10 per match.

 

·        .£5 after the World Cup in June and July, cost less than 48%Tickets in the Women’s Super League in England, which saw attendances increase by

 

In the Premier League:

 

the BBC's Price of Football has found. ticket in the Premier League has passed £30 for the first time, match-day The average cost of the cheapest

 

.£28.80, up from £30.68 year-on-year rise. It now averages 6.54%Eleven clubs in the top flight put the price of this ticket up, contributing to a

 

.£56.63ticket fell slightly to an average of  match-day The cost of the most expensive

 

a game.£46.64 and £27.05 respectively. That works out at £886.21 and £513.95 to 1%In the season ticket category, both the cheapest and most expensive rose about

 

full last season – a record level.95.9%Premier League grounds were

 

Swansea were the only club out of 230 across the UK who declined to take part in the study.

were increased in price.32.89% and  were reduced11.84% of tickets were frozen in price this season, while 55.26%Of the 19 Premier League clubs studied,

 

for juniors.£10 for adults and £32.50crowds, paid an average of  of top-flight 66%A Premier League study of ticket prices released last week found season ticket holders, who make up

 

6.77%., up £3.42 A programme is 2.84%., down £2.09, while a tea is 1.82% in the top flight, up £3.35The average pie costs

 

will earn an estimated £100m, up more than £30m. thcommences in the Premier League and will bring clubs tens of millions in extra revenue. Even the club which finishes 20 £5.136bn, From next season, a bumper new television deal, worth

 

87m, the first since 1999. In addition, the league's wages to revenue ratio fell from 71% to 58%, the lowest since 1998-99.found clubs made pre-tax profits of £1 The most recent analysis of Premier League clubs’ finances,

 

Ticket price highlights

·        Arsenal again have the most expensive match day ticket in the Premier League at £97.

 

·        The cheapest matchday ticket in the Premier League is offered by Leicester City at £22.

 

·        Chelsea's cheapest match day ticket is £52, highest-priced of the Premier League’s cheapest.

 

·        Derby County, Reading and Huddersfield’s £10 match day ticket is the cheapest in the top five leagues in England - only matched by Southport in the Conference.

 

·        The average price of the cheapest match-day ticket in Scottish football’s top flight fall in price. This is less than England’s Championship and League One.1.2% on average after a £20.17now costs

 

·        In Women’s Super Leagues One and Two, match day ticket prices average £4.94.

 

Season tickets

·        Arsenal again have the most expensive season ticket in the Premier League at £2,013.

 

·        Their cheapest season ticket remains £1,014, and is still the most costly in the Premier League - £249 more than the next highest.

 

·        However both Arsenal season tickets include seven matches in cup competitions.

·        Stoke City have the cheapest season ticket in the Premier League at £294.

 

·        Reading’s £135 season ticket is the cheapest in the top four divisions in England, with only Conference side Eastleigh (£120) cheaper.

 

·        The most expensive season ticket in Scotland is sold by Celtic, at £559, but that fell in price by £41 this season.

·        In the Women’s Super Leagues One and Two, Notts County have the most expensive season ticket at £60, while London Bees Ladies have the cheapest at £18.

 

Replica shirts

·         for adults.£42.18The average cost of a football shirt in the UK is

 

·         with 10 clubs putting prices up.4.82%, up £49.68In the Premier League the average cost of the adult replica shirt is now

 

·         The average price is £33.66 for children..Price of Football asked for the cost of junior shirts for the first time this year

 

·        The average top flight junior shirt is £38.42.

 

·         adult shirt is the highest in the study, as is their £45 junior shirt.£60Manchester United’s

 

·        .£103 for a full adult strip, including shorts, socks and a number of the shirt at the club. A junior strip is £118At the Old Trafford club, it costs

 

·         junior shirt are the cheapest in the Premier League.£28 adult shirt and Norwich’s £40Bournemouth’s

 

·        The 20 Premier League clubs brought out 50 strips this season, with 10 clubs putting new third strips on sale.

 

·        Aberdeen’s £55 shirt is the most expensive in Scotland and the joint second highest in the UK, while their £43 junior shirt was the costliest in Scotland and third highest in the study.

 

·        The cheapest adult shirt in the UK is at London Bees who charge £20.90.

 

Pies

·        Kidderminster Harriers again have the most expensive pie among the clubs we covered. The National League club charges £4.50 fortheir award-winning pie.

 

·        Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion are the next most expensive at £4.10.

·        In the Premier League, Crystal Palace and Man City have the most expensive pie at £4.

 

·        In Scotland, at £1.20, the cheapest pies are at Forfar and Queen’s Park.

·        Conference side Braintree’s £1 pie is the cheapest in the study.

 

Cups of tea

 

·        The cheapest can be bought at Scottish League two side Elgin City for 60p. The cheapest in England is for 80p at Braintree.

 

·        Chelsea at £1 and Watford at £1.70 have the cheapest tea in the Premier League.

·        The most expensive cup of tea in the top four divisions of Scottish football can be bought at Celtic, Dundee, Dundee United, and Inverness at £2.20.

 

European comparisons:

 

·        You can buy a season ticket at Bayern Munich for £104.48 and Barcelona for £73.88, less than the cheapest available in the top four leagues in both England and Scotland.

 

·        
Barcelona’s shirt is £89.55 – the most expensive out of the 227 teams in the study.


·        You can buy a match day ticket for Bayern Munich (£11.19), Bayer Leverkusen( £11.19) and Borussia Dortmund (£11.94) for £34.32, less than the £36.06 cost of the average pie, tea and cheapest matchday ticket in the Premier League.

 

·        PSG expensive season ticket for £2,113.46 – £100 more than Arsenal’s and the most expensive out of the 227 teams in the study.

 

·        PSG offer a matchday for £186.57 -£89.57 more than Arsenal’s most expensive matchday ticket – which is the costliest in the UK.


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