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Man City tops Value League

Wed 25th May 2011 | Money & Finance

The likes of Manchester Utd and Chelsea may sit at the top of the Premiership – but they’re not leading the league when it comes to value for supporters.

The ING Direct Value League, compiled each season by the bank, compares clubs’ season ticket costs with their Premier League performance and entertainment value – and when it comes to getting the most points for your pound it’s Manchester City, Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers who really delivered in 2010/11.

The teams whose performance didn’t match their ticket prices are also highlighted in the research. Tottenham Hotspur – who enjoyed a successful year – still didn’t do enough to counteract one of the most expensive season tickets on the market, and find themselves in the value ‘relegation zone’ alongside Wolves and West Ham.

And with the public struggling with a difficult economic climate, many fans are considering alternative ways to follow their team. Around one in 10 admit they may have to ‘pick and choose’ games rather than take out a season ticket next year, or watch games across the internet or in the pub. This is equivalent to nearly 50,000 season ticket holders.

This exodus will be more severe for clubs who choose to raise their prices. For most clubs this would spell a further loss of one in 20 season ticket holders (five per cent), who say they’ll walk if prices rise. This could be bad news for Manchester United in particular (who announced a price rise earlier this month) as a quarter of their fans say they’ll seriously consider not renewing because of this hike.

However, many clubs have recognised that fans are feeling the strain, with eight out of the 20 premiership clubs confirming price freezes. Conversely, 10 clubs have confirmed price hikes, with Arsenal and Liverpool making some of the largest increases of 6.5 per cent. West Ham and Blackburn are still to confirm 2011/12 pricing.

Yet while a great number of fans worry about the costs involved, there are a significant minority who state that money is no object. Around one in eight fans (12 per cent) say that they’ll pay out whatever it takes to follow their side, with Liverpool, Stoke and Man City fans most willing to stretch their finances for their club4.

Also revealed within the report are the Premiership’s ‘best value’ players – as voted for by fans. West Ham stalwart Scott Parker topped the poll, despite his team’s relegation, followed by Man Utd new boy Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) and Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshire.

ING Direct CEO Richard Doe commented:

“We created the ING Direct Value League because many of our customers save for this large annual outlay, so we’re aware of the increasing number of fans who are questioning the value they’re getting from their club.

“The results show that with clubs raising prices, a number of disgruntled fans are saying ‘enough is enough’ and finding other ways to keep up with their club.”

ING Direct ‘Value League’

  1. Man City
  2. Bolton
  3. Blackburn Rovers
  4. Stoke
  5. Wigan Athletic
  6. Man Utd
  7. West Brom
  8. Blackpool
  9. Sunderland
  10. Aston Villa
  11. Fulham
  12. Chelsea
  13. Birmingham
  14. Everton
  15. Arsenal
  16. Liverpool
  17. Newcastle
  18. Wolves
  19. Tottenham
  20. West Ham

Best value players

  1. Scott Parker (West Ham)
  2. Javier Hernandez (Man Utd)
  3. Jack Wilshire (Arsenal)
  4. Luca Modric (Tottenham)
  5. Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom)
  6. Ali Al-Habsi (Wigan)
  7. Stuart Holden (Bolton)
  8. Leighton Baines (Everton)
  9. Robert Huth (Stoke)
  10. Vincent Kompany (Man City)
  11. Phil Bardsley (Sunderland)
  12. Roger Johnson (Birmingham)
  13. Lucas (Liverpool)
  14. Petr Cech (Chelsea)
  15. Paul Robinson (Blackburn)
  16. James Perch (Newcastle)
  17. Mark Albrighton (Aston Villa)
  18. Charlie Adam (Blackpool)
  19. Clint Dempsey (Fulham)
  20. Matt Jarvis (Wolves)

Breakdowns by Premiership team

Team

2011/12 ticket price change(%)

Won’t renew if prices go up (%)

Already decided not to renew (%)

Undecided on next year’s ticket (%)

Pay whatever it takes to follow club (%)

Arsenal

Up

4

4

13

6

Aston Villa

Up

5

4

18

12

Birmingham

Up

4

2

24

10

Blackburn

TBC

5

4

25

10

Blackpool

Freeze

5

2

25

10

Bolton

Freeze

2

2

15

9

Chelsea

Up

1

3

11

7

Everton

Freeze

4

3

22

7

Fulham

Up

3

3

22

12

Liverpool

Up

3

4

13

22

Man City

Up

1

2

17

17

Man Utd

Up

24

2

28

13

Newcastle

Freeze

3

2

6

7

Stoke City

Freeze

3

2

9

20

Sunderland

Up

3

6

18

15

Tottenham

Up

3

5

12

10

WBA

Freeze

4

3

15

12

West Ham

TBC

8

8

28

15

Wigan

Freeze

5

4

26

15

Wolves

Freeze

8

9

28

10

 

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