- BBC’s annual Price of Football survey published
- Premier League ticket prices falling
- Brentford FC Chief Exec says stadium move won’t affect value
- Sutton United offer lowest season tickets in top five tiers
The cost of attending Premier League matches dropping was the biggest story coming out of the BBC’s annual Price of Football survey, published today.
But with Crystal Palace the only top-flight club in south London, how do the region’s other teams from the top-tier down to the National League compare?
Championship side Brentford FC offer cheapest match day tickets at 10 per cent below the league average.
Meanwhile, the cost of a cup of tea (£1.60) is 48p below the average cuppa in the Championship, and their shirt prices are just lower than the average price of their second-tier counterparts.
Chief executive Mark Devlin says the club’s impending move to a new stadium, at nearby Lionel Road, will not see a spike in prices.
“There is generally a train of thought that says a new stadium means prices going up,” he said.
“I’m not sure that always follows.
“We will have a range of prices at the new stadium to attract new fans, and keep existing ones.”
He added: “It is an exciting period for the club, but it is evolution, rather than revolution.”
A Bayern Munich season ticket (£123.20) may be cheaper than at six out of seven south London clubs, but not at National League side Sutton United.
A season of home matches at Gander Green Lane costs just £85 – the cheapest in the division.
Millwall also offer good value, with their season ticket prices (£333) being the seventh lowest in League One. An adult shirt bought at The Den, however, is the most expensive in the division, at £45.
Prices are polarised at Charlton Athletic. The most expensive season ticket at The Valley (£550) is the dearest in League One, while the cheapest (£175) is second only to Bradford City.
A wide range of prices can also be found at AFC Wimbledon, in exile over in Kingston until they return to Merton at Plough Lane.
The Dons have the most expensive adult shirt (£45) in League One, and the seventh cheapest season tickets (£260) in the division. Their season ticket is also £52 cheaper than 23 games at MK Dons’ Stadium mk.
A cup of tea at Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, at which Wimbledon used to play, costs just £1 – less than half the Premier League average.
And while the Eagles’ lowest matchday and season ticket prices are cheaper than the Premier League averages, Alan Pardew’s side offer the fourth worst cost-per-goal ratio.
Only Chelsea, Bournemouth and Arsenal offer worse value, with Palace fans shelling out £22.11 to see a goal.
Six miles down the road, and five tiers down at Bromley FC, adult’s (£35) and children’s shirts (£25) are 10 per cent and 20 per cent below the National League average respectively.
All variations of Bromley’s tickets – cheapest and dearest matcvhday and season tickets – are lower than the league average.
A spokesman for the club said: “It's not the easiest of transitions both on and off the pitch from National League South to the top tier of the National League, which we achieved back in April 2014, so getting our admission prices correct was incredibly important both to the Club and to our supporters so we're pleased to see that for the second year running our prices are below the leagues average.
“We also know it's important that we continue to make our football club as affordable as possible to all of our local community of which we play such an important role that is why we offer free admission to under 16's on match days when arriving early.”
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