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Price of Football: North West seaside clubs cheapest

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Image caption Southport were the cheapest club, while Merseyside neighbours Liverpool were the most expensive

Three seaside football clubs offer the cheapest season tickets in the North West, a BBC Sport survey has found.

The Price of Football study discovered Southport, Fleetwood Town and Blackpool offer them for less than £200.

Manchester City were found to offer the cheapest season of top flight football, charging only £10 more than Macclesfield Town in the Conference.

The cheapest matchday food in the area was found at Southport and Rochdale, where they charged £2 for a pie.

The annual survey by BBC Sport, which started in 2011, looked at both the prices of club season tickets and the cost of a single match experience in 2014.

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Image caption Everton Ladies offered the cheapest in the women's game, while Manchester City were the most expensive

It found Southport, who play in the Conference, offered both the cheapest matchday and season tickets, while Premier League side Liverpool had the most highest matchday and season-long starting prices.

And while Manchester City offered the cheapest season ticket in the Premier League, they charged £4 for a pie, the highest of all the North West clubs.

In women's football, Everton Ladies were the cheapest option, offering a season's football for £26 and a game ticket for £5, while Manchester City Women were most expensive, charging £48 a season and £6 a game.

Season Ticket Prices

Club Division Cheapest season ticket Most expensive season ticket
Southport Conference £172 £345
Fleetwood Town League One £179.50 £250
Blackpool Championship £195.30 £359
Accrington Stanley League Two £200 £250
Morecambe League Two £219 £419
Altrincham Conference £240 £290
Blackburn Rovers Championship £249 £429
Bury League Two £250 £250
Tranmere Rovers League Two £255 £342
Chester Conference £255 £342
Rochdale League One £277.50 £370
Wigan Athletic Championship £280 £385
Macclesfield Town Conference £289 £365
Manchester City Premier League £299 £860
Bolton Wanderers Championship £304 £474
Preston North End League One £315 £420
Oldham Athletic League One £325 £357
Burnley Premier League £329 £685
Everton Premier League £444 £719
Manchester United Premier League £532 £950
Liverpool Premier League £710 £869

Matchday Prices

Club Division Cheapest match ticket Most expensive match ticket Price of pie
Southport Conference £10 £15 £2
Blackburn Rovers Championship £12 £38 £2.20
Altrincham Conference £14 £15 £2.50
Macclesfield Town Conference £14 £18 £2.90
Bury League Two £15 £15 £3.20
Tranmere Rovers League Two £15 £18 £2.50
Chester Conference £15 £18 £3
Rochdale League Two £15 £20 £2
Wigan Athletic Championship £15 £27 £2.40
Morecambe League Two £16 £24 £3
Fleetwood Town League One £17 £24 £3
Accrington Stanley League Two £20 £20 £2.50
Oldham Athletic League One £20 £22 £2.80
Preston North End League One £21 £25 £2.60
Bolton Wanderers Championship £23 £35 £2.90
Blackpool Championship £24 £40 £2.50
Everton Premier League £33 £47 £3.20
Burnley Premier League £35 £42 £2.50
Manchester United Premier League £36 £58 £3.50
Manchester City Premier League £37 £58 £4
Liverpool Premier League £37 £59 £3.30

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