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Summary

  1. Price of Football: Majority of ticket prices have been frozen or have fallen for a third year
  2. Price of Football: 82% of fans aged 18-24 say the cost of tickets puts them off attending
  3. Premier League news conferences
  4. Get involved: What do you enjoy / dislike about your club's matchday experience?

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Michael Emons

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Expensive shirts

Premier League fans pay on average more than £50 to buy a club shirt.

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The cheapest in each division

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Good news for fans of Huddersfield (Premier League), Birmingham (Championship), Bradford (League One), Newport (League Two) and Sutton and Woking (both National League) as your clubs have the cheapest season tickets in their respective divisions.

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Aguero fit for the weekend

Leicester City v Manchester City (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Sergio Aguero may well have fainted during Argentina's match against Nigeria earlier this week, but the striker has declared himself fit for Manchester City's away game at Leicester on Saturday.

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The costly second tier

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The average most expensive adult away ticket is higher in the Championship than in the Premier League

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Free mince pies

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These Premier League clubs offer the following special offers for their fans...

All of Brighton's home and away matchday tickets and season tickets include travel to the Amex Stadium from within a designated travel zone.

Leicester fans get free cupcakes for the chairman's birthday and free mince pies at the home Christmas fixture.

Spurs offer a Wembley Pass this season for fans who do not have a full season ticket and that gives them a discounted price for all home league games.

Watford fans living more than 75 miles from Vicarage Road get to choose 13 of the 19 home league games for a reduced price.

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Last Christmas, Leicester fans also got free Jamie Vardy masks!

The cost of kits

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The cost of replica football shirts continues to rise, for both adult and junior ranges, by more than 2%. The average adult shirt in the Premier League will cost you £50.90, while the junior shirt average is £40.25.

Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham sell the most expensive adult shirts at £60. Manchester United sell the most expensive junior shirt at £50.

Burnley offer the cheapest adult and junior shirts at £40 and £32 respectively.

By way of comparison, Aston Villa's adult and junior shirts are the most expensive in the Championship, at £55 and £45.

AFC Fylde in the National League and Sheffield FC Ladies sell the cheapest adult shirts across the leagues at £19.99.

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The costly capital

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As in previous years, three London clubs have the most expensive season tickets - Arsenal (£1,768), Tottenham (£1,700), Chelsea (£1,250) - but Arsenal and Tottenham's have been reduced and Chelsea's has stayed the same.

Young adults 'may need help' with cost of tickets - Hughes

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Stoke City

Our BBC Price of Football study revealed that 82% of 18-24 year-olds asked felt they would put off from attending matches because of the cost of the tickets.

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was asked for his reaction to this.

"They may miss out on initiatives aimed at younger fans," said Hughes.

BBC: "Should football be worried about losing a generation of fans?"

Hughes: "You’d like to think at that stage [18-24] they’ve got that love for the game. It’s only circumstances that are not allowing them to see as much football live as everyone would like.”

BBC: "Circumstances equals money?"

Hughes: “Yes, it’s difficult. A lot of that age group are going away to college and universities and they’ve got a lot of demands on them. And money’s tight, everyone understands that. Maybe they need a little more help.”

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'Leon is a legend'

Burnley v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Swansea City

Swansea manager Paul Clement has been talking about midfielder Leon Britton, who has become the club's assistant coach.

"Leon is a legend of the club, over 500 games, I see some people banded as a legend for this club that have only played 80 games.

"He is still available for playing, if not in the matchday squad he will be on the bench with me. He is very much a member of staff now."

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Pellegrino backs Van Dijk to dominate

Liverpool v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton

Virgil van Dijk will be at Anfield on Saturday, but in a Southampton shirt of course after failing to secure the move to Liverpool that we were all speculating about for so long.

Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino expects the 26-year-old Dutchman to impress and says: "It's a nice opportunity to represent Southampton, try to play a good game and create problems for Liverpool.

"He's training well, thinking of our club. We can't control the market, as a manager most of the clubs want our players, but we have to be focused on our job."

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The expensive Emirates

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Arsenal have the most expensive matchday ticket at £95.50 - but this has been reduced from last season. Their season ticket includes all home Premier League games and seven European and FA Cup games.

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Who's the cheapest?

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Huddersfield's £100 season ticket is bettered only by Woking and Sutton United in the National League, who offer fans a £99 season ticket. Boreham Wood also offered a much cheaper season ticket at £100 this season.

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Highest and lowest

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Let's have a run-down of the additional expenses you may incur after you have shelled out for your match tickets.

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Butland could face five-week lay-off

Brighton v Stoke (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

Let's get some injury news, courtesy of our friends at BBC Radio Stoke, from Stoke boss Mark Hughes on his goalkeeper Jack Butland, who broke a finger while training with England. Stoke travel to Brighton for this week's Monday night fixture.

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'I know how good those players are'

Crystal Palace v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

On Saturday, Roy Hodgson will be up against a number of players he worked with during his spell as England boss.

"For a long time Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley were an integral part of the England team," said Hodgson, whose Crystal Palace side entertain Everton on Saturday. "I know those players, know how good they are, but that doesn't necessarily help me.

"We know a win would be very good for us and would make life a bit harder for others like us. But wanting that and knowing that doesn't make it so. Our preparation focuses on what we can do to merit victory.

"Every period is a crucial period. I see the task ahead of us as a week to week, opponent to opponent, task."

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Loftus-Cheek a quality player, says Hodgson

Crystal Palace v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Some more quotes from Roy Hodgson on 21-year-old England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who made his international debut against Germany and then played against Brazil.

"He is quality player, and it is good he took the opportunity," said Crystal Palace boss Hodgson.

Asked if Loftus-Cheek can go to the World Cup next summer, Hodgson says: "He knows he has got a lot of work to do. Age is not a factor, the important thing is he plays for us and plays well and if that happens he will be a contender for Gareth Southgate."

On the news Christian Benteke is back in contention after nearly two months out injured, Hodgson added: "We're hoping Christian can play a big part for us. I don't think it would be a risk playing him - he had three good training sesisons this week."

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Colin Moore: At Newcastle I pay £345 per season for myself AND my son, fixed for 10 years, with discounted public transport. One of the benefits of the Ashley regime. Let's hope any new buyer honours it.

Mark Dobson: The cost of everything associated to football is now ridiculous. Scotland strip for my 10 year old son costs £80. You're having a laugh......

'To stay more than 20 years you must be special'

Arsenal v Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur

Remember the jostle between Martin Jol and Arsene Wenger on the touchline a few years ago? There's unlikely to be any of that from Mauricio Pochettino towards the Frenchman at the Emirates this weekend, with nothing but praise for his achievements with the Gunners.

"Arsenal are a great team. For me, there is no favourites in this type of game. He is a fantastic manager. I respect him a lot and admire him," Pochettino says.

"In a derby its difficult to see a favourite. If you see the history Arsenal were above Tottenham and he deserves a lot of credit for that. To stay in a club five years is because you are a good manager, if you stay 10 years it's because you must be very good.

"To stay more than 20 years you must be special. I admire him a lot. He is a very special manager but of course he knows better than what a derby always is. In the last 22 years we have finished above Arsenal only one time, it's a massive challenge for us to stay ahead of them."

Ker-ching

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Manchester United have announced their first quarter results today, with revenue up 17.3% to £141m.

Among the most notable figures are a 12.2% rise in wage costs to £69.9million, largely due to bonuses for Champions League qualification.

There was also an additional £17.3m for the "disposal of intangible assets". This, I understand, relates to payments received for the sale of Adnan Januzaj to Real Sociedad, plus a percentage of the fees involved in Danny Drinkwater's move from Leicester to Chelsea and Michael Keane's from Burnley to Everton.

One more thing, United's current black away kit is the biggest selling away kit in the club's history.

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Matt Dean: There are lots of positives being said about non-league prices - it's all I have largely watched for the last 15 years. Entry and food/drink for less than £20 makes it an affordable day out - plus helps grow the grass roots game! And I can drink and watch too!

Paul Shuster: Used to love going to watch my local team, Peterborough United. Now only go a few times a year - can't justify paying £28 to watch a League One team give a sub-par performance. And they wonder why the stadium's half-empty!

Ruben deserves the praise - Hodgson

Crystal Palace v Everton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who played twice for England in the last week, is a doubt for the Eagles' home game against Everton on Saturday.

"We're assessing Ruben, that's the main thing. He didn't train today. But it's a back spasm - so there's a hope that will get better," said Palace boss Roy Hodgson, and he also confirmed that striker Christian Benteke, who has not played since 23 September, trained in the week.

"Ruben played well for England and he deserves the praise. I don't think it will affect him, he's a composed, grounded player."

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Alderweireld set to miss rest of year

Arsenal v Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

More from Mauricio Pochettino, who admits defender Toby Alderweireld could miss the remainder of the year with his hamstring problem.

"Toby is out, we need to assess him but we expect longer than previously," the Argentine admits. "Maybe after the Christmas period is the expectation (for him to be sidelined). "He feels disappointed, a little bit sad but he is focused on recovering and working hard in the first stage of his rehab."

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What are the best / worst things about your club's matchday experience?

L.i.a.m: Enjoy: Dyson hand dryers. Dislike: The performance of Crystal Palace Football Club.

Palace injury news coming up shortly, Liam.

Pochettino hopeful over injured quartet

Arsenal v Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Tottenham Hotspur

We promised you Mauricio Pochettino and the Spurs boss says key men Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris and Harry Winks could all feature for the Lilywhites at the Emirates this weekend after recent injuries.

"We are happy because today they were with the team, we need to assess all of them tomorrow, we have one more training session but I hope we can count on them for the game on Saturday," Pochettino says.

"We need to decide between us and the medical staff. If they cannot play on Saturday we are sure they are close to playing on Tuesday (In the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund).

'Are you still seriously going down this road?!'

Burnley v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Burnley

News from Burnley boss Sean Dyche now ahead of his team's game with Swansea at the weekend and the gravel-voiced Clarets chief bursts into laughter when asked if there has been any contact from Everton recently. "It's amazing you're still asking," he says.

"As I've said plenty of times I am just getting on with my job here. Are you still seriously going down this road?! It's part and parcel of what we have all achieved, whether it's me or the players, but I'm still here."

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'We have a good atmosphere'

Bournemouth v Huddersfield (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Huddersfield Town

Huddersfield boss David Wagner has been talking to the media before his side's away game at Bournemouth on Saturday.

"There are better circumstances than international breaks but all the players that have been away came back in a good mood and we have a good atmosphere in our dressing room," said Wagner.

"Our Danish guys have qualified for the World Cup, Switzerland have qualified, Australia have qualified. Everyone is healthy and it is important they were successful.

"I'm very happy for all the guys that will play in Russia next year and it is up to us to help them become part of the teams that are going to Russia."

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Huddersfield's Aaron Mooy (right) helped Australia qualify for the World Cup

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Christopher Arkwright: I am 24 work in a reasonable job after graduating and am a Chelsea fan. As a child I used to go to about eight low-key games every year. However, I have stopped going in the last five years as a result of the cost. I tried to go for a few years, but the average day out (tickets, food, drink, travel and a program) was costing me £70 and that was always on the cheapest tickets available.

With trying to save up for a mortgage and trying to make savings between me and my partner how could I convince her that £70 to watch a game that I can watch at the pub for £10 (food and drink cost) is a worthwhile investment... it just isn’t.

I miss the day out and still love Chelsea, but I'm not going to put myself in financial difficulty. I have stopped going and without a significant change in my finances (to make the relative price seem more worthwhile) I will keep going down the pub every month to catch a game in an atmosphere that's got just as much passion as the stadium itself.

Alderweireld injury fear

Arsenal v Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Mauricio Pochettino coming up very shortly but worrying news for Spurs fans via Evening Standard journalist James Olley.

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Ian McCormack: I’m a season ticket holder - my 21 year old son doesn’t come to as many games as he and his friends can’t afford it - mainly due to zero hour contracts. Yes, football is out of reach for a lot of people, but it is part of a bigger problem of zero hours contracts, rising rents/house prices and student fees/debt. At some point that will all come back and hurt the economy.

Mark Crossley: I took retirement from teaching at age 60.This meant a big drop in income. However,my club, Sheffield Wednesday only gives discounts to over 65s therefore I can’t afford to attend.

I used to be a season ticket holder but I had to make a decision that to pay over £40 for a South Stand ticket on my new income was too expensive. Other clubs give discounts to over 60s. I have proof I am a pensioner but the rigorous cut off of 65 is stopping SWFC having a devout follower attend.

Anyone got any better news?

A day out at Anfield for £18.40...but...

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The cheapest day out in men's football across the four leagues in England is at Liverpool, where a ticket, pie, tea and programme could cost as little as £18.40.

Not surprisingly there is a caveat, so Reds fans outside the city don't get your hopes up, it applies to the 500 £9 tickets at Anfield for fans living in the L postcode area.

More pie news

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We'll hear from Mauricio Pochettino and Huddersfield boss David Wagner in the next hour but let's get some more snippets from our Price of Football survey.

The cheapest pie in the Premier League is at Chelsea, for £2.50 - but it's not as straightforward as that - £2.50 is the price if it is ordered through an app, so that's me out. We're told it's more like £4.50 otherwise. The most expensive pie is at Tottenham, but blame the £4.30 price on their landlords for this season, Wembley.

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John Bill: I take my 12-year-old son to West Ham. He enjoys the matches. I get annoyed when the TV companies take over the kick off times and dates to 8pm, Friday or Monday and soon to be 7.45 on Saturday evening. Late times stop some fans going.

Alexander Burton: No English club can really compare to Bayern Munich. Cheaper tickets than Brentford last season and ticket entitled you to free public transport on matchday. That's how to treat fans.

Spurs duo still sidelined

Arsenal v Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

More news from Tottenham and defender Toby Alderweireld (hamstring) and midfielder Victor Wanyama (knee) remain on the sidelines and will not feature in the north London derby at the Emirates on Saturday.

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Rahul Kohli: I go to one Newcastle game a year. I work nights and weekends so it is hard to go, but for people my age, it is seen as a big day out. I go for one away day near my birthday a year and the cost of it all is expensive: transport to city/town and back (tighter and pricier if you have to be back in Newcastle for Monday at 9am too), tickets about £40, beers are anywhere between £3-£5, including transport, you’re looking at £100 or more. Most of my mates would rather go to a rave or save it for a holiday or festival and I cannot say I blame them.

Darren Crisp: My 10 year old and I go to watch Bognor Regis Town every home game. My season ticket cost £200 but his cost nothing as they offer free season tickets to kids. Non league is fast becoming the only truly affordable option in the UK.

Spurs quintet back in full training

Arsenal v Tottenham (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

We'll hear from Mauricio Pochettino later but the good news for Spurs fans is that Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, Harry Winks and Michel Vorm all returned to full training today.

Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino
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Stephen Ripley: I am a Huddersfield Town fan and season ticket holder. I have followed HTAFC for over sixty years and enjoy the entertainment, sense of belonging and emotional roller coaster that being a fan gives me. I have lived away from the town due to my career for over forty years and it is the football that helps me retain the connection with where I was born. We are a family club and prices reflect this with a great spread of ages and genders attending matches.

A reminder from our survey that the Terriers offer a special season ticket loyalty scheme for £100 in their first Premier League campaign

Ben Austen: To watch my club Maidstone United it's £315 for a season ticket but it does make a difference. The money doesn't just go somewhere else, it goes towards further stadium development and paying to have a competitive squad. So far it's doing the trick as we sit in the National League play offs.

Facts and figures - Welsh Premier League

  • Season ticket prices have risen for the 2017-18 season, but the league remains the cheapest league in Britain to watch men's football.
  • The average cost of the cheapest season ticket in the league has risen by more than 10%.
  • Away fans will also pay, on average, almost 10% for the cheapest matchday ticket.

All games under £10 in Welsh Premier League

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Only five of the 11 Welsh Premier League teams questioned in the Price of Football survey have season tickets in excess of £100 and you can get in for under a tenner at every ground on a matchday.The main talking points from the Welsh Prem follow next.

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Stephen Hartley: Even with discounts as a pensioner, I find far too many clubs prohibitive. Several Premier League clubs insist on a costly membership even before you are allowed to purchase a ticket for a game. Often the game is a sell out, yet one can see on TV many sections only partly populated.

So many ticket tout companies exist which charge huge prices for even the most basic tickets. All needs sorting, but when teams have so many £ 100,000 per week stars then I guess it must be funded from somewhere...starting with the average guy!