Price of Football: How much is the Championship?

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Which Championship clubs offer the cheapest match-day ticket in England's top five divisions?

Where can you get a season ticket for under £200 in the second tier?

The BBC's Price of Football study has the answers.

We contacted 227 clubs in 13 leagues across the UK to discover how much it costs supporters to follow their football team.

Click here to play with the Price of Football calculator and see what your support is costing you.

So have Championship ticket prices gone up?

Yes, on average match-day prices have gone up, but it seems Championship fans are now getting a better deal on season tickets than they did in 2014.

The average price of the cheapest adult match-day ticket has gone back above £20 to £20.90 - a rise of 4.85%

The average cost of the most expensive on-the-day ticket has risen by 3.7% to £36.79.

However, the average price of the cheapest adult season ticket has dropped by 3.65% from last year, to £330.17, with the average price of the most expensive season ticket at £584 - a rise of 1.85%.

Overall, 60% of all Championship ticket prices we collected have been frozen or reduced from last year.

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Full results for 2015

How cheap is my club?

If you are a Derby, Reading or Huddersfield fan, you can buy a match-day ticket for £10 this season - an offer which cannot be bettered across the top five leagues in England.

Bolton and Burnley have brought down the price of their cheapest match-day ticket, while QPR are the only Championship club who have reduced prices in all four categories we analysed.

Sheffield Wednesday have the most expensive match-day ticket available in the league at £52, but the club have said that most of the tickets they sell cost between £31 and £40.

Like their match-day ticket, Reading have a £135 season ticket for fans aged 18 to 24, while Charlton have the cheapest season ticket available to all adults at £175.

Fulham sell the most expensive season ticket in the division at £839 - pricier than 11 sides in the Premier League.

How much to pay to go away?

For the first time, the Price of Football study has asked clubs to provide the cheapest and most expensive away tickets they offer.

The average price of the cheapest away ticket in the Championship came out at £22.69 and the average most expensive is £30.06.

Like for home games, Reading and Huddersfield offer £10 away tickets during the season, while the most expensive is at Sheffield Wednesday for £39.

Championship deals to shout about
Burnley's Grades for Games scheme: Any local student achieving five grades A to C at GCSE was entitled to five free match tickets for the season.
Fulham's My First Match Day scheme features a behind-the-scenes tour of the workings of Craven Cottage for a first-time junior visitor.
Brentford offer free travel for at least one away day, this season on their trip to Bolton next month.
Brighton include match-day travel, within a certain region, in the price of their match day and season tickets.

Eyes on the pies, programmes, teas and shirts

You'll find the most expensive pie at Brighton for £4.10 - and it's the priciest pie in the top four divisions.

Blackburn have the cheapest pie in the league at £2.60, but also the most expensive adult shirt at £49.99, while Rotherham sell the cheapest shirt at £39.99.

Derby have the dearest cup of tea at £2.30, with Brentford the cheapest at £1.60.

What do the Football League say?

The Football League conducted its own ticket price study this year, which included adult and concessionary rates, and it found the average admission price paid was £14.08.

The League also revealed a combined gate revenue of more than £213m and more than 15.1 million tickets were sold.

In response to the BBC's Price of Football findings, Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "Football League clubs continue to offer compelling football at a price that is affordable, particularly for those buying season tickets who are rewarded for their loyalty and financial commitment with the best value ticket offerings.

"The significant numbers of season ticket holders at matches, along with ever greater numbers of young fans, has resulted in the average price paid per paying spectator being as low as £14 across the 72 clubs.

"Clearly others, such as adults and those paying on the day, will usually pay more. Clubs therefore need to ensure that their ticketing policies provide the right balance between fair value for supporters and generating the income that sustains on-field performance, which overwhelmingly they do."

The picture around the UK
Three-quarters of tickets in Scotland are held or cut in price
Ticket costs hold steady in Welsh football
Irish Premiership second cheapest league in UK

You can download the full results for 2015 here (pdf 536 KB).

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