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Season ticket prices continue to fall in The Football League

16 October 2014

Charlton Athletic have the cheapest season ticket in the top four divisions of English football, according the BBC's Price of Football 2014, which was published yesterday.

The Addicks remain unbeaten in the Sky Bet Championship this term and a season ticket to watch Bob Peeters' men at The Valley in 2014/15 costs as little as £150.

In Sky Bet League 1, Fleetwood Town sell the cheapest adult season tickets, at a price of £179.50, while Bradford City also sell season tickets for less than £200, at £199.

Dagenham & Redbridge and Hartlepool United offer season tickets for less than £200 in Sky Bet League 2, at £179 and £180 respectively.

Season ticket holders make up two-thirds of admissions across The Football League and the figures published show that the average lowest season ticket prices at Football League clubs have fallen since before the BBC began the Price of Football in 2011.

When it comes to matchday tickets, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday offer the cheapest in the top four leagues in England, with supporters paying as little as £10 at both the iPro Stadium and Hillsborough.

Below the Sky Bet Championship, Rochdale, Burton Albion and Tranmere Rovers all offer matchday tickets for £15.

The Football League’s Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, said: “The BBC Price of Football study shows that clubs are rewarding fans for their loyalty and financial commitment with better value season tickets which has led to prices falling in the period since 2005.
"Season ticket holders are making up an ever greater proportion of the supporter base and account for 10 million of the 15 million admissions to Football League matches each season.
“With the average ticket price per match for new season ticket holders being as low as £15 in the Championship, £13 in League 1 and £12 in League 2, with even cheaper prices on offer for those supporters that are renewing, that, to my mind, offers outstanding value given the quality of spectacle on offer and certainly compares favourably with other sporting and leisure offerings.
“As the study also suggests, a consequence of providing greater value to the majority of fans at one end of the spectrum is that those fans at the other end of the spectrum, those adults paying on the day for a single match, may now find themselves paying a bit more at some clubs.  However, there is also wide range of pre-match discounts and promotional offers being made by clubs in an effort to get these fans into their grounds and this is something we will explore further in an effort to help clubs increase their crowds.
“In recent seasons, Football League clubs have also made a concerted effort to get the next generation of supporters watching their local club with some success as the number of junior season ticket holders at clubs has increased by more than 30% since 2002."

Crowds in The Football League increased by 136,000 in 2013/14, with the Sky Bet Championship having a total audience of more than 9.1m supporters, which was only bettered in Europe by the Premier League (13.9m), Germany's Bundesliga (13.1m) and Spain's La Liga (10m).

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