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The Real Cost of Being a Premier League Season Ticket Holder

Wed 14th May 2014 | Money & Finance

Manchester City  have flourished under Pellegrini  this season – taking the Premier League title and being crowned best value football club according to research from VoucherCodes.co.uk 

The annual Football Value League Table from VoucherCodes.co.uk examines how much season ticket holders paid per win and per goal on home turf over the 2013/14 season*. The research found Man City reign supreme as best value premier league club for the fourth year running. The Blues won an impressive 90% of their home games meaning season ticket holders paid the equivalent of just £28.56 per win at the Etihad Stadium - £7.71 per goal scored during a home game. 

Rivals United have taken a hit this season since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, after coming second in the Value League last year they have plummeted seven places in the table to 8th this year - with their supporters paying £79.22 per home win, £35.45 more per win at home than they did last year. 

After a disappointing season all round, Fulham are not only facing relegation but have also come bottom of the Value League. The Whites won just five of their home games in the 2013/14 Premiership (26 per cent), meaning Fulham's season ticket holders will have paid a massive £128 for each win at Craven Cottage  - or £26.67 for each goal.

Despite finishing around the middle of the Premier League Table, West Ham is the second worst value team to support with their fans shelling out an eye-watering £118.57 per win at Upton Park. Perhaps unsurprisingly, those teams suffering relegation this year also fared poorly in the Value League – with Norwich, Fulham and Cardiff all appearing in the bottom five for value. 

This year's Value League Table has seen some notable shifts in rankings from last season. After a very successful few months, Liverpool has risen nine places from 14th in 2013 to 4th place this year. West Ham haven't been as lucky and, after a disappointing year, have plummeted a massive 12 places from 7th to 19th place.

Devoted Newcastle fans who went to every away game will have travelled the farthest distance this season, covering a massive 4,200 miles – that's the length of 66,000 football pitches**. Meanwhile, Aston Villa's supporters will have journeyed around half of that distance to see each away game, a total of 2,244 miles.

Anita Naik, lifestyle editor of VoucherCodes.co.uk comments: “Most footy fans are more concerned about whether their team wins or loses than how much they pay to be a part of the atmosphere at home games. But with the average season ticket holder parting with £503.85 to cheer their team from the stands, it's interesting to see how the VoucherCodes.co.uk Value League Table differs from the final Premiership results. 

“Whilst you're unlikely to find a discount code for a season ticket, it is possible to make savings on your day-to-day purchases to make affording that prized seat to watch your team a little easier. By checking online before you buy, or downloading voucher website's free smartphone apps,  it's possible to make savings on everything from groceries and homeware to days out and meals at restaurants – meaning you'll have more cash available for a half time treat on match day!”

*Cost per win/goal calculated on the price of one season ticket, one home shirt, one scarf for the season and also the cost of a pie and pint at each home game.

**4,300 miles = 6,920,179.2 metres

6,920,179.2m ÷ 105m (preferred length professional pitch) = 65,906.47

Image: Action Images / Carl Recine 

Posted by: Kev Howland 

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