Price of Football: How much is League One?

Football costs down or same for most

Where can you watch League One football for £15? How many third-tier clubs are more expensive than Stoke City in the Premier League?

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 League One ticket prices gone up?

Not on a match day, no. The average price of the cheapest on-the-day ticket has dropped to £20.27 - down 0.8% from 2014.

However, the league has seen a 30% price increase in this category over five years. In 2011, the average cost of the cheapest match-day ticket was £15.52.

At £24.46, the average price of the most expensive match-day ticket in League One has dropped by 0.17% from last year.

The average cost of the cheapest season ticket is up by 0.29% to £285.81, while the average price of the most expensive season ticket is now £400.83 - a drop of 0.3%.

Overall, 61% of all League One ticket prices we collected have been frozen or reduced from last year - the same percentage as the Championship.

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Full results for 2015

How cheap is my club?

It's good news if you go and watch Coventry or Bradford.

The Sky Blues have lowered the cost of their tickets from last year across all four categories analysed in the Price of Football - the only club in the division to do so.

Meanwhile, a season ticket at Bradford can be bought for £149 - the cheapest available to all adults in the top four divisions in England.

The dearest season ticket can be found at Chesterfield for £530, although this is down £20 from last year.

The Spireites are one of 11 League One clubs charging more for their cheapest season ticket than Stoke City (£294).

An adult can go and watch Gillingham and Wigan for £15 on the day - the cheapest ticket in the third tier - while Colchester have the most expensive single ticket at £31.

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 League One came out at £20.65, while the average most expensive is £23.44.

Wigan and Gillingham offer £15 away tickets during the season. The most expensive is at Colchester for £31.

League One deals to shout about
Peterborough give two season tickets to local schools, which are handed out to pupils as a reward for good behaviour or attendance.
Bradford reduced prices to £149 and sold 18,000 season tickets/flexicards for the 2015-16 campaign.external-link
Walsall offer under-18s a season for free by charging £46 and then refunding them £2 for every home game they attend.

Eyes on the pies, programmes, teas and shirts

Gillingham may offer the cheapest tickets in the division, but top the pie price list at £3.80.

The cheapest pie in the league can be found at Blackpool, Burton and Port Vale - all priced at £2.50.

The cheapest cup of tea can be bought for £1 at Colchester, while Fleetwood also only charge £1 for a programme - a third cheaper than the rest of the league.

Bury and Sheffield United have the most expensive adult replica shirt for £45, while the cheapest price is £39.99 - a deal offered by seven different clubs.

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."

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

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