Can You Really Watch League Football For Under £20?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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15 Responses

  1. Bob says:

    Yes, for 17 seasons at Ewood it has been possible to watch PREMIERSHIP football and have a pie and wash it down woth a cup of tea for less than £20.

    That’s why a quarter of the residents of the borough turn out to watch their local team.

  2. chien andalusia says:

    Good piece. I did think yesterday that some of the lower estimates were, how shall I say, a little suspect. Obviously the BBC didn’t.

  3. Matt R says:

    In fairness, the £10 at Watford thing happens a few times a season – family days and early League Cup ties.

    The flaw, as you acknowledged, is in the premise of the exercise. If you’re going to do something like this, do it properly… obtain enough information to estimate the average cost of a home ticket across the season, taking into account the frequency of offers like Watford’s and any grading of games by oppo. This would have yielded a relevant set of figures.

    The BBC article hasn’t been duplicitous – the description of the questions asked and the figures provided is clear. The inferences from it though are complete bobbins, and the whole thing just feels lazy. Which is a shame.

  4. Jertzee says:

    The whole BBC article is stupid.

    I would guess it takes into account a fairly small percentage of the viewing public at football matches – the amount of single adults that turn up at a game each week must be a minority when compared to those with season tickets or with children.

    It makes out Crawley to be cheaper than Wimbledon (by a few pence), but if you drag an under 16 along then Crawley’s charge of £7 compares unfavourably to £2 at Wimbledon.

    The BBC has wasted their time.

  5. OrientSteve says:

    A response from Leyton Orient.

  6. Mark Stilton says:

    I’d say a better reflection of normal match day price is to look at what all clubs charge for away fans (for a normal match). This’ll give you a better measure of which clubs are reasonable and which aren’t.

  7. SjMaskell says:

    It’s a difference of perspective that’s behind this I think.

    The BBC’s analysis is aimed at the one-off spectator who might watch a match or two a season just for something to do.

    These folk will be offered the cheap deals on a one off basis to tempt them in to less popular games, hence the low price for early Carling Cup rounds.

    The regular fan is part of a captive audience. Sting them for what you can is the prevailing philosophy.

  8. Rob says:

    “I’d say a better reflection of normal match day price is to look at what all clubs charge for away fans (for a normal match). This’ll give you a better measure of which clubs are reasonable and which aren’t.”

    If a Football League club is doing a promtion to the home fans, it has to repeat the promotion to away fans (such as Doncaster allowing Tranmere sason ticket holders in for £7 next week). If they don’t they’re breaking Football League rules – and the Police don’t like it either because it encourages away fans to go into home ends, if they find out. If you find a club is running a home promotion but not doing it for your club as an away fans, contact your club, and if they don’t chase it up, complain tio the League. Ipswich are good at this, as they’ve found out about £5 prices and ‘Ladies Day’ promotions through the fans (be it the Official Supporters Club, The Trust, or eagle-eye posters on unofficial sites), and managed to get the same deal for the away fans.

  9. Jon says:

    I shall go and watch Macclesfield

  10. Nathan says:

    It’s £15 if I take my daughter to Dagenham and Redbridge. That’s £15, for a child, in Division 4.

    It’s £2 to take her to Kingsmeadow.

  11. A really great deconstruction of the stats collected by the Beeb and I agree with the commenter above that an analysis of ticket prices for away fans would be revelatory.

  12. john says:

    Macc would have shown even better value if the survey had included the cost of taking a family – under18’s/students are only £5 and under 12’s are £3. – so get down to the Moss Rose.

  13. Fiona says:

    Re Blackpool’s membership scheme:

    You pay £20 per season to get £5 per ticket off. This takes the £24 to the £19 on the BBC Survey. However, those tickets are for the East stand which will be away fans only until the South East corner is built.

  14. Dan says:

    All these weasel responses about ‘special schemes’ annoy me. If I want to watch one game a season, what’s the cheapest I can pay on the gate to watch a league game. No spin, no bullshit, no special schemes.

    That’s a true indication of how cheaply you can watch football for. That’s what people used to do in the 70s and 80s.

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