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Day: August 3, 2011

Can You Really Watch League Football For Under £20?

One of the headlines emanating from the BBC yesterday morning was that you can only have a day out at the football in Britain for under twenty quid at eleven out of 104 league clubs in England and Scotland. By a day out, the BBC talks about the entrance fee for an adult, a matchday programme, a pie and a coffee. That did not seem too unreasonable a conclusion to have come to, and when Rochdale were revealed as the cheapest day out in the league, again it felt realistic. Rochdale might be in League One these days, but the one factor that seems to see prices rise in football more than anything else, is going up a division, and without being unkind to ‘Dale, that is not something that has happened often in recent history. Blackburn Rovers were referred to as the cheapest club in the Premier League, which again is not unrealistic, with Rotherham United and Torquay United the cheapest in League Two, Inverness Caledonian Thistle being the most value for money in the SPL, and Watford being the cheapest in the Championship, and all of the English clubs offered days out for under £20. It was only the mention of Watford that made me double take. It has been a few years since I have been to Vicarage Road, but my recollection of it, is not...

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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: League Two

We’re taking a brief break from our lengthy (and, let’s face it, exhausting) series of Premier League previews for a couple of days in order to bring you some round-ups on the state of the Football League, prior to its kick-off this weekend. Rob Freeman will be bringing you our (or, if they’re hopelessly inaccurate, “his”) predictions for the coming season over the next three days, but first of all here’s a brief synopsis of the state of play as League Two prepares to gird its loins for the new season. If the Premier League is a soap opera in which everybody plays a role and the Championship gives every impression of being football’s equivalent, then what, precisely, are we to make of League Two? Over the last couple of decades or so, the identity of the basement division of the Football League had changed considerably more than many ever seem to give it credit for, whilst, to the leagues below, it retains a sense of glamour that is perhaps wholly disproportionate to the reality of life within it. There are dozens – if not hundreds – of non-league football clubs that may, to a lesser or greater extent, get through their existence with something akin to the motto, purloined from Oscar Wilde, that “we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”,...

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