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Summary

  1. BBC Sport's Price of Football study is released
  2. English football ticket price rise almost double rise of cost of living since 2011 at 13%
  3. Sports minister 'concerned' by ticket price rise
  4. Fifa and Uefa criticise troubles in abandoned Serbia v Albania qualifier
  5. GET INVOLVED on #priceoffootball: Tell us your experiences of following your team

Live Reporting

By Luke Reddy, Gary Rose and Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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  1. Time to go

    What a day!

    BBC Sport's Price of Football study has revealed some fascinating findings not least the average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.

    But it's time to say farewell. I'm going to leave you to work out the cost of being a fan this season by using the Price of Football calculator on the BBC Sport website. Have fun!

  2. Get involved

    Price of Football

    James in Swindon via text: I didn't renew my Swindon Town season ticket this year. With prices up to £27 for a third-tier match day ticket, this minimum wager won't be visiting the County Ground too much this season.

  3. British fans head overseas

    Price of Football

    German club Borussia Dortmund say they are attracting around 1,000 British fans for every home game as the price of travelling overseas still comes cheaper to fans from these shores than visiting their chosen UK club.

    A Borussia Dortmund supporter

    According to BBC Sport's Ben Smith, when it comes to the fans, "Germany is the shining light". You can watch his report from Dortmund on the BBC Sport Website.

  4. #priceoffootball

    Lee Watkins: German football has it totally right, the fact that 1,000 English fans are going to Dortmund says it all.

    Seamus in Warsaw: Teabags 150/£3 = 2p, +milk/sugar/water = 8p? + 2p plastic cup, 8p for tea lady = 16p. Fair price less than 50p?

    Connor Woolf: Ticket prices go up every year yet so does the TV money clubs get. Sums up English clubs, all about ££££.

  5. Man City aiming for first silverware

    Women's Football

    Thursday could be a landmark day for Manchester City Women as they aim to win their first major trophy when they take on Arsenal in the Continental Cup final at Wycombe's Adams Park.

    Nick Cushing's side finished fifth in their first season in the top division of the Women's Super League.

    Striker Toni Duggan tells BBC Radio Manchester: "We never set any targets this year, but in my head all I was thinking about was not getting relegated. Some of the girls had never played at this level before - there were a couple of internationals coming in, but not many."

  6. Get involved

    Price of Football

    Max via text: A trip to watch Aberystywyth Town is significantly cheaper than Wrexham...just £5 for a pint, hot dog and ticket on student nights! Plus, thanks to the questionable defending in the Welsh League, you're always sure of a goal fest.

  7. Making tea can be expensive - Colchester

    Football

    Cup of tea

    Colchester United's general manager Tim Waddington explains to BBC Look East about having the most expensive matchday ticket and cheapest tea in League One:

    Waddington says: "You have to make sure you are offering value for money. To put a teabag in a cup and add hot water shouldn't be an expensive process, but it is at a lot of clubs.

    "For us, we have to make money from ticketing. Financial fair play will make a big difference to us as a football club in terms of revenues that we generate. What we have to address is the perception of price. We have to make sure that people understand that they can buy their tickets in advance for a cheaper price."

    While Colchester sell some tickets at the gate for £30, they can be picked up for £22 in advance. The club's cheapest adult ticket is £15 in the South Stand, with the club also allowing Under-11s in for free all season with a paying adult in their family section.

  8. #priceoffootball

    Evo-Stik League Grantham Town on Twitter: Discussing the Price of Football? This Saturday Workington visit The Meres. £10 adults, £6 concessions, U16s £2.

  9. Blades in Ched Evans talks

    Football

    Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough says he has had talks with club officials about the possibility of Ched Evans returning to the Blades after his release from prison. Evans, 25, was sentenced to five years in jail after being found guilty of rape in April 2012. He is set to be released from prison later this week. "We've had one or two discussions and the owners will make a decision on it," Clough tells BBC Radio Sheffield.

  10. How much is a goal worth?

    Price of Football

    Everyone loves celebrating a goal but how much is it worth?

    Manchester City celebrate

    The BBC Sport Price of Football study worked out how much it cost you to see each home goal at your club last season if you had purchased the cheapest season ticket available.

    Norwich came in at a hefty £29.38 with Arsenal at £27.36. Elsewhere an Aston Villa goal cost £14.77 and a Luton Town strike £4.69.

    Manchester City's cheapest season ticket at £299 means some fans only paid £4.75 for each time City notched at the Etihad.

    See what your team's goal/cost rate is with our calculator.

  11. #priceoffootball

    Chris Plowman: Clubs couldn't care less about the experience and cost. They know they have a captive audience and they will exploit that.

    Alex Wall: I made Morecambe my team after supporting Liverpool. Fans and club much friendlier and cheaper.

    Jon Evans: Financially it would be better for teams to fill a stadium with cheap tickets than not. Tickets worth less than commercial.

  12. Arsenal 'not pricing out youngsters'

    Price of Football

    Arsenal have the most expensive season ticket in the top flight at £2,013, although it includes seven credits for cup competitions. Their cheapest season ticket is £1,014, which is more than 17 Premier League clubs charge for their most expensive one.

    Lois Langton, chair of the Independent Arsenal Supporters' Association, tells London 94.9:

    "We have done a lot of work with Arsenal to try and make sure that, whilst there are higher-end ticket prices, there are also tickets at the lower end so that people from all walks of life can get into the Emirates to watch matches.

    "Arsenal do now have three categories of ticket prices. You can watch this coming Saturday's match against Hull for £26. There are not many Premier League clubs where you can watch a game for that much. We need to focus on those aspects as well and make sure clubs are encouraged to carry on with initiatives like that.

    "There are different options if you are a family; there are family enclosure tickets and Arsenal have a Young Guns enclosure where 12 to 16-year-olds can go in for as little as £10. You don't want to price out the younger generation."

  13. McCoy on 5 live

    Horse Racing

    BBC Radio 5 live

    AP McCoy

    The 19-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy will be quizzed by racing stars of the future in a special BBC Radio 5 live show later. McCoy features in a Jockeys' Question Time from 19:30 BST where he speaks to trainee riders at the British Racing School in Newmarket.

  14. Get involved

    Price of Football

    Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard says he understands fans' worries on the rising cost of watching football, but thinks legal issues could scupper attempts to impose a salary cap on Premier League players. Would a salary cap help reduce prices?

    Keith Goulding on Facebook: A salary cap and a transfer fee cap should be brought in. Football has not been a working class spectator sport since 1992/93.

    Gav Clarke on Facebook: Salary caps work well in the United States. They need to implement it in football. Money has killed the great game.

    James Chapman on Facebook: Footballers need to stop wanting so much money. Owners need to stop paying so much money.

  15. North east battleground

    Price of Football

    Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley

    Newcastle offer a low category ticket for only a small number of games, but when they do, it is £15, with a further £8.30 spendable on a pie, programme and tea.

    A day out at Carlisle will cost £25 and it is £33.20 at Sunderland.

  16. Sports minister 'concerned' by ticket rise

    Price of Football

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    The Government is "really concerned" about the rising cost of tickets, and has asked for football clubs to review their pricing.

    Minister for Sport Helen Grant tells the BBC: "I feel clubs really must not take their fans for granted. I can see why fans are cross. I'm cross. Fans are the lifeblood of the game, without the fans we won't have football the way we know it.

    "To take a family of four to a Premier League match now you're talking about £130, and that's before petrol, parking, a programme, hot dogs, burgers and a drink. That is just not affordable for most families so clubs really do need to look at this."

    See Dan Roan's interview with Helen Grant on the BBC Sport website.

  17. What makes Kidderminster's pies special?

    Price of Football

    The BBC's Price of Football study found Conference side Kidderminster Harriers' pies to be the most expensive at £4.50 each.

    Caterer Brian Murdoch tells BBC Hereford & Worcester why the pies at Aggborough are so special: "We serve them in a foil dish, 90% full with cottage pie and with a small brown potato topping.

    "They're served piping hot and they weigh about a pound and a half, so they're quite substantial. People don't ever complain about the cost - in fact they want bigger pies. People come to Harriers for the food and watch the football while they're eating."

  18. Fleetwood growing from hundreds to thousands

    Price of Football

    Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood, on having the cheapest season ticket in League One, tells BBC Radio Lancashire: "I think it's a reflection on the club we are and what we're having to do really, to keep moving the supporter along in the right direction.

    "We sit down weekly as a management team and reflect on our support with the statistics and the data.

    "We're conscious that we are still growing from an organic situation where we had a 173 supporters 10 years ago, to now shy of 4,000 on average this season.

    "We're constantly analysing ways and strategies of reaching out to more and more people who might not be regular supporters at other clubs."

  19. #priceoffootball

    Cam Russell on Twitter: Having looked at the BBC Price of Football I might move to Portugal and become a Porto fan.

    Brad Cavill on Twitter: Don't see what the point is in complaining about Premier League ticket prices. It's never going to change now. Too late.

    Jason Roberts on Twitter: Burton Albion the cheapest day out in League Two. A well run club that continues to progress without spending a fortune.

  20. Keke Coulthard

    Formula 1

    David Coulthard

    David Coulthard on Twitter: "What do you think of the resemblance to your dad, Nico Rosberg, 1982 FW 8C."

  21. McCarthy 'feels for Ipswich fans'

    Price of Football

    The BBC's Price of Football study reveals Ipswich Town's most expensive season ticket of £805 is the second highest in the Championship.

    The Tractor Boys' boss Mick McCarthy has been reacting, telling BBC Look East: "I feel for football fans turning up and watching us because it's an expensive gig to come to.

    "But you know if I can continue getting the most out of my team and getting them winning, what happens is Ipswich Town fans will be coming they will be delighted to come and pay for the pie, pint and ticket and watch the team. Ultimately it is supposed to be entertainment."

  22. McDowell wins opener

    Golf

    Graeme McDowell began the defence of his World Match Play title by beating France's Alexander Levy 3&2 in Wednesday's opening match.

    Four birdies in the first six holes set the Northern Ireland player on his way at the London Golf Club near Maidstone.

    Dutchman Joost Luiten beat Mikko Ilonen by one hole, while Henrik Stenson halved with George Coetzee.

  23. Get involved

    Price of Football

    Jo Sims from Bristol: "I only get paid every 4 weeks, the government take too much of it already..look at the attendance for England the other night, the FA need to come down to our level or risk alienating fans."

  24. Get involved

    Price of Football

    Northampton Town

    Des in Northampton on text: I bought a Northampton Town season ticket last year. I nailed it to a tree. Went back next day and someone had taken the nail.

    We've had some amusing responses to BBC Sport's Price of Football study. This one had the Sportsday Live team chuckling.

  25. Lampard supports 'brave' Sterling

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Raheem Sterling

    Former England international Frank Lampard says he is "upset" at criticism of Raheem Sterling, after he complained of tiredness before England's Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia.

    The teenage Liverpool forward was left out of Roy Hodgson's starting line up as a result. Lampard said Sterling made a "brave" decision to bring it up with the England boss.

    "I actually have lied at times, when I've felt too tired, and carried on playing," he tells BBC Radio 5 live. "He [Raheem] could've started again and got injured."

  26. Focus on Wales

    The BBC's Price of Football study reveals Wrexham are the cheapest day out in Wales for a football fan. The cost of a cheap category ticket, pie, tea and programme trumps anything in the south of the country.

    Maybe that sways you if you live in mid-Wales? You can spend the savings on a scarf to keep you warm.

    Price of football table for Welsh clubs
  27. Post update

    Price of Football

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "Ticket prices continue to rise to see our teams. Football has to act soon!

    "Given the huge revenue from TV rights the avarice in the game is inexcusable. Football needs full stadiums to maintain its popularity."

  28. #priceoffootball

    Daniel Hodgkin on Twitter: The biggest rip off is not the Premier League, but lower leagues. Paying £20 a time to see Fourth Division football? Madness!

    Thomas Hewitt on Twitter: The cost of going to matches in Spain, Portugal and Germany embarrasses English football. Clubs should be ashamed and take action.

    Rob Summerfield on Twitter: Decent ordinary people are being exploited and priced out. Hence no atmosphere, middle class crowds.

    Do you feel priced out of football? Tweet #priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

  29. Fans don't care about price rise?

    Price of Football

    "Supporters' laissez-faire attitude to spiralling ticket prices means the cost of watching football will continue to rise," writes the Daily Telegraph's Josh Warwick.

    "We don't care that the Gunners charge almost 10 times more for their cheapest season ticket than the infinitely more successful Barcelona and Bayern Munich. We don't care that Chelsea's 'cheapest' match day ticket is £50, and we couldn't care less that Barnet (of the Conference) charge fans £49.90 for a shirt.

    "The point is, football supporters will tolerate such treatment. And the clubs know it...there is undoubtedly a huge sadness about all of this; that football is no longer the working man's game and that it hasn't been for some time. A generation of youngsters whose parents can't afford trips to The Emirates, Stamford Bridge or even Brisbane Road have grown up without the opportunity of enjoying the magic that comes only with watching the game live."

  30. Post update

    Football

    Toni Duggan

    Toni Duggan says it is a "massive achievement" for Manchester City Women to reach the Continental Cup final.

    City finished fifth in their maiden Women's Super League campaign and face Arsenal on Thursday as they look to win their first major cup competition. Nick Cushing's side won four of their five group matches in the competition to progress straight to the semi-finals, where they beat Chelsea 1-0.

    "I'm buzzing for it. I can't wait," striker Duggan, 23, told BBC Radio Manchester. "Especially because it's our first one, a new club, our first season and the girls are buzzing, because for some of them it's their first final."

  31. Focus north west

    Markus Olsson

    The BBC Sport Price of Football study contacted 21 clubs in the north west of England. the most expensive day out when summing the four products is at Liverpool and Manchester City - both £45.80.

  32. Swansea 'a model' for other clubs

    Price of Football

    Swansea City is a model for other clubs in the Premier League, says football finance expert Tom Cannon.

    BBC Sport's Price of Football study has found Swansea's most expensive season ticket costs less than the cheapest at nine Premier League clubs.

    "Swansea City are very commendable in their approach," said Professor Cannon of the University of Liverpool. "What you've had at Swansea City is a very steady investment in the team...while at the same time offering the fans a pretty good deal."

  33. Get involved

    Matt Dann in Cambridge on text: I ditched overpriced Premier League football a few years back in favour of the lower leagues. I pick a team at random each season to follow for a few games. This season it's Grimsby.

    Elton in London on text: When I was a kid I saved up for over half a season to buy the Spurs replica kit. I was ecstatic when I finally got my hands on it. Three weeks later, the club announced that they were changing the shirt sponsors and therefore the kit for the following season. I was devastated. Haven't bothered buying a kit since.

    James in London on text: Arsenal's season tickets may be expensive, but they also include seven home cup games, as well as the 19 home league games. This is something that is constantly ignored in these ticket price comparison surveys.

    What's the price of following your team? Tweet #bbcpriceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

  34. Krul injury boost

    Football

    Newcastle United are confident goalkeeper Tim Krul will be available for Saturday's match against Leicester City.

    Earlier, the club said scans on Krul's elbow injury revealed ligament damage. But further tests have revealed the 26-year-old has nothing more than a very minor elbow injury.

  35. Kids get shirty

    David Beckham junior shorts on sale in Paris

    Newport County, Coventry City and Walsall all offer fans a junior shirt for a shade under £25 but are the only clubs in England's top four divisions to do so.

    Manchester City sell the most expensive junior shirt in England at £42 but the prices are much higher on the continent with Porto asking for £66, Real Madrid almost £59 and Paris St-Germain close to £55.

    The cheapest junior shirt our study found was at Brechin - £20.

  36. Eastleigh reaping the rewards

    Price of Football

    Conference club Eastleigh have the cheapest season ticket in English football (£105) in the Price of Football survey.

    Eastleigh's home stadium

    Managing director Steward Donald told BBC Radio Solent: "The results of the survey did not surprise us. We knew our season tickets were good value for money and in the current financial climate that is what you need to do if if you want to build your fanbase.

    "We didn't pay any attention to what anyone else was charging. What we worked out is at £105 it roughly worked out at £5 a game and we priced it so with a pint costing £2.50 you could have a couple of pints for £10. To bring your kids that's free, so with a couple of burgers you can have a family day out for £20.

    "Our average gate is up 130%. I expect it to be 100% up for the season and if we were charging £250-£300 for a season ticket realistically that rise would not happen."

  37. #priceoffootball

    Leicester fan Danny Corbett: I refuse to be over-charged by my club, I'll go on reduced ticket prices and buy the shirt in sales.

    Aaron Law: Football is incredibly expensive but people continue to pay for it so it will never change.

    Coach Worth: The rising price of football is not limited to the UK. Prices in new stadiums in Brazil have marginalised fans too.

    How much does it cost you to follow your team? Tweet #priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

  38. How to win a new audience?

    Price of Football

    We have heard BBC Radio 5 live pundit Kevin Kilbane champion the idea of free entry for under-16s at matches, currently only Fleetwood offer such a deal.

    Interestingly, Stevenage tell us that this season they have offered season ticket membership at £25 for Under-12s and seen a 197% increase in membership for the age group compared to last season.

  39. Walcott close to return?

    Football

    Arsenal's Theo Walcott

    Elsewhere, Arsenal forward Theo Walcott will play his first game of football for over nine months on Friday, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    Walcott, 25, has been out since 4 January with a cruciate knee ligament injury that forced him to miss the World Cup. But the report claims Walcott is in line to start for Arsenal's Under-21 team against Blackburn after starting full training on Monday.

  40. Lampard defends 'brave' Sterling

    Football

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "Frank Lampard tells BBC Radio 5 live that he is upset that Raheem Sterling has been criticised. Describes him as a 'brave' young player."

    Liverpool forward Sterling, 19, complained of tiredness before England's Euro 2016 qualifier against Estonia on Sunday. England manager Hodgson has since questioned Liverpool's fitness regime, which is based on a "two-day recovery" system.

  41. Work out your spend

    Have you tried our Price of Football calculator yet?

    It will work out what you spend on football and also fathom how much you pay for every home goal your side scored last season.

  42. London focus

    Over the coming hours we will take a look at prices in your local area. If you are London based and fancy an impromptu day out at the football, where should you head for value?

    The BBC's Price of Football study adds together the cost of a cheap category ticket, a pie, cup of tea and programme to generate a 'day out' figure.

    Watford offer the set for £21.90. However, if you can survive without the frill and just want a ticket, a trip to Vicarage Road is £14, the most affordable of ticket from the men's leagues in the capital.

    Top five London club days out with Watford as cheapest
  43. The Rooney Rule

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On BBC Radio 5 live from 21:00 BST, a special look at 'The Rooney Rule' in the NFL, which requires American Football teams to interview minority candidates for senior management roles, and whether it could be applied to football in this country.

  44. Post update

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from Frank Lampard, this time about players' wages: "We are giving very big wages to young players who are maybe not quite ready for it.

    "We were really made to work for it, we were cleaning boots and doing work at the training ground, you could see the big step needed to make it and you respected that."

    Want to have your say? Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  45. #priceoffootball

    Evo-Stik Premier Division club Frickley Athletic on Twitter: Kevin Kilbane makes a good point about free entry for Under16s. We've done it for five years. It's a no brainer to encourage kids and parents.

  46. No change in atmosphere - Lampard

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Frank Lampard is asked whether the atmosphere at games has changed since he started his profession career, potentially because of increased ticket prices: "I don't see much change.

    "There may be from when I was a kid to when I started my career, but I would not directly relate the price changes in a different atmosphere.

    "Certainly if you are looking at League Cup or early Championships League games where the stadium may not be completely full, maybe initiatives should be looked at but overall I don't find the atmosphere massively different."

    Want to have your say? Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  47. Post update

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard, who is on loan at Manchester City, speaking about the price of football on BBC Radio 5 live: "These debates are very important. Certainly Chelsea worked very hard to freeze prices and to think players are blind to it and don't care is wrong. We should never forget we've got the best league in the world and we must not lose that."

    Want to have your say? Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  48. Bang for your buck at Boro?

    Price of Football

    Price of Football

    BBC News North East: Last season, each Middlesbrough home goal cost season ticket holders £10.57.

  49. Eat Radamel's wages

    Manchester United's Radamel Falcao and Martin Clare - a pie eating champion

    Martin Clare, of Wigan, took 25 seconds to eat a locally produced pie in 2012, scooping the local pie eating championship and a world record in the process.

    It would take him a shade over three weeks to down enough meat , gravy and pastry to pay Radamel Falcao's wages for a week assuming he had the relevant supply of pies and around £260,000 to part with.

  50. Serbian & Albanian FAs face Uefa charges

    The Serbian and Albanian football associations face Uefa charges after clashes between players and a pitch invasion by fans caused their Euro 2016 qualifier to be abandoned.

    Fights broke out when a flag and political message were flown into the stadium in Belgrade by a drone. Michel Platini, president of European football's governing body, described the violence as "inexcusable".

    The Serbians and Albanian FAs will have until 22 October to respond.

  51. Post update

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Price of Football

    On the Price of Football panel: writer Lee Price says price rise is "off the chart" but game hasn't "technically" improved.

  52. Get involved

    Manchester United would have to sell 75,715 pies for Radamel Falcao's £260,000 weekly wage.

    Shiraj Baral: I wouldn't mind playing for Manchester United for just one pie.

    Rob McKay: How many Big Macs would it cost for Wayne Rooney to move to Manchester City?

    Rudolph Melvin Mathias: And what do the guys who bake the pies get paid?

    Get in touch with your views on the cost of football by tweeting #priceoffootball.

  53. Post update

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Interesting that when Dan Walker asked the 5 live audience if they would stop going to games if prices continue to rise, those who said they would stop were in the minority.

    Would you continue to go if prices continue rise? Let us know via #priceoffootball

  54. Post update

    Price of Football

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on the Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "When I was growing up I was a Preston North End fan, I'm not crying poverty, but a lot of times I couldn't afford to watch games. Back then if you turned up the turnstile operator would let you jump the turnstiles.

    "We need to let kids in for free. My club Preston let under eights in for free."

  55. How much for your shirt?

    A player has his shirt pulled

    The BBC's Price of Football study found the average cost of an adult replica shirt in England's top four divisions is £42.87 with the cheapest on offer at Newport County who ask for £34.95.

    Manchester United and Chelsea come in at £55 and are the dearest. If you are looking for a cheap strip, a number of sides in the women's game have low-cost deals. Birmingham Ladies, London Bees and Watford Ladies all sell shirts for under £30.

  56. Inspiring a generation

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Fleetwood Town chief executive Steve Curwood: "We started with under-12s free and we have made the bold decision to go up to anyone under-16s free. Our gate for under-16s is coming up to 25% of the overall crowd and they of course come with their parents and grandparents.

    "The idea is they inspire the next generation to come along before moving up to the adult season ticket buyers. That is our model and it is what we have had to do to get to where we are. It is interesting to see that we have the best value for money under Manchester City."

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  57. Finding the right balance key - Stoke

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes: "It is about finding a balance. We are talking about the Premier League, certainly one of the best leagues in the world, so you are getting top quality entertainment and that does come at a price, but it is about finding a balance.

    "Our approach at Stoke is to try to find that balance, keep football as affordable as possible so that price is not a factor when people are deciding whether to go.

    "We are here because of the players on the pitch and the fans in the stands. Our priority is to get the best players in and ensure they perform the best they can to keep us in the Premier League."Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  58. #priceoffootball

    Raj Karia: It used to be viable buying a new shirt - £39.99 and printing. Now it's beyond ridiculous even for a 'fan replica'.

    John: £70 for a kids Man Utd top with a name printed on it. And a new one every season. Shameful.

    Sebastian Gemini: Price of football in this country is is an absolute disgrace, Germany and Spain setting good examples.

    How much does it cost you for a club shirt? Tweet #priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

  59. Players do their bit - Kilbane

    Price of Football

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Premier League players do get paid a lot of money, perhaps too much. Certainly at all the clubs I served at that level, the likes of Sunderland, Everton, West Brom, Hull and Wigan....they all had really good community based schemes and players went out to participate in activities. Players do their bit and a lot goes unnoticed."

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  60. Albion Rovers 'provide value for money'

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Albion Rovers commercial manager Steve Kirk: "We have given fans an option to pay what they can. The first time we did it we doubled the attendance.

    "I asked one fan how much they paid, and they said they asked the guy on the turnstile how much a ticket normally is, he said £10 and the fan paid £11. I think Albion Rovers fans are getting value for money."

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  61. Peston's blog

    Robert Peston

    Economics editor

    "So why on Earth do I - and thousands of others - pay all this money for the ritual pain of being humiliated by Chelsea, season after grinding season?

    "Well I don't feel as though I have a choice..."

    You can read more of our Economics Editor Robert Peston's blog and find out his views on where there game is heading.

  62. Get involved #priceoffootball

    Putajumperon: If you live in London it's cheaper to drive to watch Club Brugge et al play than go to Premier League games.

    Joel Adam Solomons: Gave my B&H Albion season ticket back, started at 495 now 680! Transport expensive too. Mortgage and family more important.

  63. Getting your money's worth?

    Price of Football

    Former Everton winger Kevin Kilbane on the Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Price of Football

    "We've seen a decline in crowds with the lesser clubs in the top-flight. Certainly when I first signed for Sunderland they were packed out every game with 47,000-48,000 crowds. Further down the table we're not seeing packed out stadiums."

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  64. Afternoon Edition

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Price of Football

    Happy Mondays backing singer and Manchester United fan Rowetta is also getting involved in the 5 live debate, and says it is difficult for parents to be able to afford replica shirts, especially because of how quickly they become outdated.

    "I think it is a rip off the way we change sponsorships and have to get a new shirt every season," she says.

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  65. German pricing popular

    Borussia Dortmund fans

    A number of you are getting in touch to highlight the low prices on offer in the German Bundesliga.

    Our BBC Sport Price of Football study covered four clubs in the country and found Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen have an average cheap matchday ticket available at £12.12.

    You can pick up a season ticket at Bayern for under £110 and the dearest season ticket on offer among the four came in at £607 at Schalke.

  66. Afternoon Edition

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Manchester City director of sales and operations Danny Wilson discusses the Premier League champions' pricing policy.

    They have the Premier League's cheapest season ticket at £299, but their cheapest match-day ticket is £37 - one of the most expensive in the league - and Wilson tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I think one of the most important thing to us is that we maintain a range of pricing. We look at the match-day in a wider context and look at how we can make it a great day for fans coming down here. We have city square and fan zone to make it a more welcoming place.

    "We have to be mindful of the fact that for our season ticket holders, it is not just about the £299, it is about travelling to home and away games. The football club is founded on that support and we have to be mindful of the wider cost, not just the season ticket."

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

  67. A day at the Vixens

    Price of Football

    As part of its Price of Football study, BBC Sport spent a day at Bristol Academy to find out how popular the Women's Super League is proving with fans.

    The Vixens, who play in the top division of the WSL, charge £30 for their cheapest season ticket and have attracted an average crowd of 737 this term. Attendances in the Women's Super League are up around 30% season-on-season as the cheapest season tickets fell in price year-on-year.

  68. The similarities between Worcester and Germany...

    Price of Football

    Paul Edwards, press officer for Conference North side Leamington FC, on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire: "We went to Germany in March and we paid £12 to get into a second division game, which is the same to see Leamington away at Worcester (who play at Kidderminster).

    "It just makes you wonder if we're missing a trick out here because you often see half empty stadiums and you think if they were charging less money, people would be more inclined to watch the game in the stadium.

    "People are being priced out of football which is why they are taking out satellite subscriptions, although they aren't cheap either."

  69. How much?

    Price of football statistics
  70. Get involved

    Tony from Leicester on text: Living 100 miles away from the club I support and love, ticket prices and travel v salary means I can only afford to get to five or six home games a season. It's disappointing to see prices rise and wages stay the same.

  71. Starting soon

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Manchester City

    Dan Walker and Sarah Brett explore the #PriceofFootball in front of an audience at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester from 13:00 BST. They'll be asking 'Are fans getting value for money?'

    Call 0500 909 693, text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live.

    Football finance expert Kieran Maguire on Twitter: "At the Etihad for BBC Radio 5 live's Price of Football show this afternoon talking pie, shirt and ticket prices."

  72. Value for t'money

    Price of Football

    Yorkshire

    There is always a good day out to be had in Yorkshire but, when it comes to football, where is the cheapest day out?

    Taking the data from the BBC Sport Price of Football study, the Yorkshire Post writes that the best value club across the Broad Acres for a day out watching football are Sheffield Wednesday, with the cheapest day out at Hillsborough being just £17.80 - representing the best value in the Championship.

  73. #priceoffootball

    Not Clark Kent: Since when is it OK to pay more to watch a Non-League game in the UK than it is to watch Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

    Daniel Turner: When you see the Price of Football results it's no wonder the powers that be are so against televised 3pm kick-offs. I'd definitely watch more at home.

    Matthew Rogerson: The sad thing about this survey is that most people won't realise £4.50 for the Kidderminster pie is actually a bargain.

    How much do you pay to watch your team? Tweet #priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

  74. Cheltenham defend ticket prices

    Price of Football

    League Two side Cheltenham Town's early bird terrace season ticket is only £29 cheaper than the cheapest season ticket at Premier League champions Manchester City.

    However, Cheltenham chairman Paul Baker labels this comparison as "unfair" in a statement on his club's website: "I do think it is somewhat unfair to compare our situation with Premier League clubs who are literally awash with money and could slash ticket prices if they really wanted to.

    "The reality of life in the Football League is that ticket revenue is our most important revenue source. I think we have got a pretty good record on ticket prices over the last 10 years during which time we have invested heavily in the stadium improving facilities and the matchday experience for our customers."

  75. Premier League prices in League Two

    Price of Football

    Southend United charge £350 for their cheapest season tickets.

    That is £51 more than some Manchester City fans pay to watch the Premier League champions at Etihad Stadium.

    Two clubs charge less than £200 for a season ticket. Dagenham & Redbridge fans pay £179, while Hartlepool United's stump up £180.

  76. Post update

    Price of Football

    Also a little teaser for you to have a crack at. Our colleagues at BBC 606 are asking which sportsperson do the four descriptions above refer to? Tweet your answers to #WednesdayWho

  77. Sherwood set for QPR?

    Latest gossip

    Tim Sherwood

    Some gossip for you to chew over during lunch - the London Evening Standard reports that Harry Redknapp's position at Queens Park Rangers is under increasing threat, with the club's hierarchy considering replacing him with former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood.

  78. Charlton aiming for 'affordable' football

    Price of Football

    At £150, Charlton's cheapest season ticket cannot be bettered in England's top four divisions, and the offer was too good to turn down for fans, with the Addicks selling out of tickets at that price.

    Chief executive of the Championship side Katrien Meire told BBC London 94.9: "It's part of our new strategy. Charlton faces the challenge that we don't have enough people in our stadium.

    "One of the philosophies of the new club owner [Roland Duchatelet] is to make football affordable for everybody, especially because we are in London and competing against other clubs. We think this is our edge.

    "The offer of £150 was taken up immediately. Two thirds of the fans in that area are new fans."

  79. From Charlton to Barcelona, via Eastleigh

    Lionel Messi and Neymar

    The headline grabbing team in the Championship are Charlton Athletic, where a season ticket can cost as little as £150, the BBC Sport Price of Football study reveals.

    Only one Conference club can beat that price and that is Eastleigh at £105. That said, Barcelona offer some season tickets at around £103.

    As for individual match-day tickets in England's second tier, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby offer some games for £10.

  80. Leics scrap director of cricket post

    Cricket

    Leicestershire have scrapped the role of director of cricket, leaving Phil Whitticase's position at Grace Road unclear.

    Interim chief executive Andrew Boyce told BBC Radio Leicester that the coaching structure was reviewed after they finished bottom of Division Two.

    Whitticase became the club's first director of cricket in August 2013.

    A club statement confirmed: "The club is currently involved in discussions with Phil about the future."

  81. The early bird catches the cheap ticket

    Price of Football

    More and more clubs in the UK are using 'early bird' pricing for matchday as supporters seem happy to buy their tickets in advance of a fixture.

    Teams in the Football League and Conference typically offer a ticket for £2 or £3 cheaper than a fan will need to pay on the day of the game if bought in advance.

    The likes of Mansfield, Gateshead, Southend, Northampton, Brentford and Ipswich all offer advance discounts.

    Wrexham told the BBC that cash payers on the day of a game now only contribute around 30% of revenue.

  82. 'Legal minefield' could prevent salary cap - Lampard

    Price of Football

    Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard says he understand fans' worries on the rising cost of watching football but thinks legal issues could scupper any attempt to impose a salary cap on Premier League players.

    The BBC's Price of Football survey revealed clubs spend 71p of every pound they make on players' wages.

    "I don't know if there is a legal minefield on that one," the Manchester City midfielder says. "It might be something they look at but I don't know whether it is possible."

  83. Cheap in the Valley

    Price of football statistics
  84. Headlines at 12 O'clock

    • The BBC's Price of Football study finds a 13% rise in the cost of the cheapest category matchday tickets since 2011, a hike of almost twice the rate of the cost of living.
    • In the three-year timeframe, cheap category tickets have risen by almost 32% in League One and 15.8% in the Premier League.
    • Study discovers season tickets are available for as little as £55 at Sporting Lisbon in the top Portuguese league where Benfica and Porto also offer a season ticket for less than £100.
    • Away from Price of Football, Death threats made against Wigan rugby league player Ben Flower, who punched an opponent as he lay on the ground, are being investigated by police.
  85. Back in my day...

    Price of Football

    PRice of Football

    A season ticket to see Manchester United cost £8.50 in the 1960s. Today, the cheapest is £532.00, with £8.50 just about getting you a pie and a cup of tea at Old Trafford, according to this year's Price of Football study.

  86. More injury misery for Man Utd?

    Football

    Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is unlikely to face West Brom away on Monday after tweaking a hamstring, according to the Daily Mail.

    The 29-year-old Ecuador player is understood to have picked up the strain during United's win over Everton on 5 October where he was replaced after 79 minutes by Marouane Fellaini.

    United's injury list includes Paddy McNair (hamstring), Ander Herrera (rib), Chris Smalling (thigh), Jonny Evans (ankle), Ashley Young (groin), Phil Jones (hamstring), Jesse Lingard (knee) and Michael Carrick (ankle).

  87. Kids are alright

    A child watches a football match with a cuddly toy alongside him

    Some clubs, particularly in the Football League, are working hard to get the next generation of fans through the gate.

    As part of the BBC's Price of Football study, we found that Fleetwood Town offer free entry to matches for anyone under the age of 16.

    Ipswich Town, of the Championship, sell an under-11 season ticket for £10.

    A host of clubs offer free entry for children of eight and under.

  88. Get involved

    Krish Puvvada on Facebook: I would love to see this study again in five years time. Really interesting read. I spend £287 a season at Old Trafford.

    Linda Andrew on Facebook: When I first started going to matches it cost 30p to go on the terraces...as a student nurse I was paid 12p an hour so a ticket was equal to 2.5 hrs pay. The last match I went to see Manchester United last year also about equal to 2.5 hrs pay!

    Carl Lewis on Facebook: £108.38 for a season ticket to see Barcelona? I know where my money is next going...I'm off to Spain.

    How much do you pay to watch your team? Tweet #priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

  89. Fans happy with Stoke prices

    Price of Football

    Stoke City provide a wallet-friendly match-day experience says Bryan Shaw, chairman of the Stoke branch of the official supporters' club.

    Having frozen costs for the past six years, the Potters' cheapest season ticket (£344) is one of the cheapest in the Premier League, bettered only by Aston Villa (£335), Burnley (£329) and champions Manchester City (£299).

    "Travelling up and down the country every other week you talk to other supporters about how much they pay and you realise what a good deal we get from our club," Shaw tells The Sentinel. "The Supporters' Council, and the Fans' Forum before that, campaigned to keep prices down because of the way things are in Stoke-on-Trent and the fact people can't afford a lot. The club have listened, and they should be commended for that."

  90. #priceoffootball

    The Egg Whisperer: Again, pies get all the attention. What about a beef drink in a cup?

    Jack Shoemark: The price of a pint would be a welcome addition to the Price of Football as well. Get the important stuff included.

    Cathy Maddock: If you price the next generation out of football you could lose them from the game forever.

    Tell us how cheap/expensive your match day experience is. Tweet priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

  91. Swapping Premier League for lower league

    Price of Football

    Price of Football

    BBC Newsbeat reports: "Lee Price supported Manchester United for 20 years before getting sick of what he calls the financial excesses of the Premier League and ditching the Red Devils for a lower league side.

    "He settled on Dagenham & Redbridge in League Two and wrote a book about his journey called Turning My Back On The Premier League.

    "We went to watch the Daggers play Exeter with Lee to find out how much money he is saving by watching his local team and to see if the experience really is that bit richer in the lower leagues."

  92. A sense of an impending divorce

    Price of Football

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    "Two months after fans marched on the Premier League's HQ in protest at rising ticket prices, the Price of Football findings will only serve to reinforce the sense of an impending divorce - between those at the top of the sport and the game's traditional audience.

    "The fortunes clubs have made through unprecedented TV deals have not been passed down and used to alleviate the pressure on fans' pockets, and it is easy to see why many now feel English football is becoming more of a middle-class pursuit.

    "The Premier League argues that prices are based on demand, and they make a good point, with attendance rates again at more than 95%. Some clubs have made concessions, adopting discount initiatives to help youngsters and away fans. But many supporters will still feel the sport they love is gradually leaving them behind."

  93. Peace keeps prices low

    Price of Football

    West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace says Albion's relatively low ticket prices are the result of a decision to try to expand their supporter base.

    A day out at The Hawthorns will cost fans £33 for the cheapest available matchday ticket, a programme, a pie and a cup of tea. That compares favourably with the most expensive in the Premier League, Chelsea, whose fans will pay £57.50 for the same day out.

    "The results confirm the club's determination to provide the best possible value for money for our supporters at a time when we remain only too aware of the challenging economic conditions," Peace told the Birmingham Mail.

  94. Police probe death threats against Wigan player

    Rugby League

    Wigan's Ben Flower

    Death threats made against Wigan rugby league player Ben Flower, who punched an opponent as he lay on the ground, are being investigated by police.

    A series of abusive Twitter remarks were posted on an account on Tuesday, directed to Flower, who was sent off in Saturday's Super League Grand Final.

    Flower received a six-month ban for hitting St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia. One comment on the single account said Flower's "last days are approaching".

  95. Get involved

    Rob in Brighton: Let us just remember where the match day comes from. It was something given to the working class to enjoy after a hard week at work. Now the working class have been priced out. It's not about sport anymore, it's about business.

    Chris in Yorkshire: Can we please remember, nobody is forced to go to football matches. If you can't afford don't go, you have a choice.

    Rob in London: Sport in general in the UK is overpriced. The worst though is international rugby at Twickenham. The World Cup prices are another level again! The German example is one to follow. Why punish the ordinary fan?

    How cheap/expensive is it to watch your team? Tweet priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

  96. Price of football

    Price of football statistics
  97. A Portuguese giveaway

    Price of Football

    A Sporting Lisbon fan

    How would you fancy a season ticket at a top European club for less than £55?

    If so, Portugal is the place for you. For this year's BBC Sport Price of Football survey we reached out to 31 European teams.

    Sporting Lisbon at £54.73 were by far the cheapest, Benfica offer the same ticket for £70.36 and Porto for £78.18.

    In comparison, Real Madrid's season tickets range from £174.65 to £1441.05 and AC Milan's from £162.69 to £3597.92.

  98. Headlines at 11 O'clock

    • The BBC's Price of Football study finds a 13% rise in the cost of the cheapest category matchday tickets since 2011, a hike of almost twice the rate of the cost of living.
    • In the three-year timeframe, cheap category tickets have risen by almost 32% in League One and 15.8% in the Premier League.
    • Study discovers season tickets are available for as little as £55 at Sporting Lisbon in the top Portuguese league where Benfica and Porto also offer a season ticket for less than £100.
    • Away from Price of Football, Uefa president Michel Platini calls scenes in Serbia's abandoned match with Albania "inexcusable", after a drone carrying apolitically sensitive flag is flown into the stadium sparking clashes between players.
  99. Post update

    Football

    Uefa spokesman Pedro Pinto on Twitter: Uefa president Michel Platini is deeply saddened by the events in Belgrade last night. "Football is supposed to bring people together and our game should not be mixed with politics of any kind. The scenes in Belgrade last night were inexcusable."

    Serbia's match with Albania was abandoned after a drone carrying a political message sparked clashes involving players and fans on the Partizan Stadium pitch.

  100. NI aiming to make history

    Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Northern Ireland fans will be starting to dream of reaching their first major championship finals since the the Mexico World Cup 28 years ago after recording their third successive win in Euro 2016 qualifying by beating Greece 2-0 on Tuesday.

    The Northern Ireland team of 1986 finished second in their qualifying group to reach the prestigious global tournament. The current team have won all three of their qualifying games so far and top Group F by two points from Romania, their next opponents in Bucharest on 14 November.

    "It's nice to have that record but the main thing is the performance and the three points," says manager Michael O'Neill. "There wasn't a player we couldn't give plaudits to, every one of them was magnificent."

  101. Tuesday Team News

    Tuesday Team News

    Dan Walker received so many good entries for Tuesday Team News that he has had to create two teams.

    Dan asked for your XI based on television shows and here is Team 1, Lille Or No Lille.

    Through The Keown is a personal favourite.

  102. Cod Army cheap as chips

    Price of Football

    Fleetwood Town

    Newly promoted Fleetwood Town sell the cheapest adult season ticket, at £179.50.

    The Fishermen are one of two clubs in the division to sell a season ticket for less than £200. The other is Bradford, who charge £199.

    At £550, Chesterfield have the most expensive season ticket in English football's third tier. Their cheapest season ticket is also the most expensive in the division at £345.

  103. Get involved

    Ross in Kent via text: Imagine if all fans boycotted Premier League matches for a week, playing games in empty stadiums, they will then realise that the league is nothing without fans and atmosphere.

    Andrew via text: I have a season ticket for Ulster Rugby based in Belfast. £200 a season for 11 home league games, three home European games and a couple of pre-season friendlies. Value for money when compared with the price of football.

    Steve via text: It is £55 a ticket to watch West Ham v Aston Villa. Cheapest now sold out at £45 including booking fee. Ridiculous. Hopefully it will be cheaper at the Olympic Stadium.

    How cheap/expensive is it to watch your team? Tweet #priceoffootball, post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page or text (UK only) 81111.

  104. Fancy a read?

    Price of Football

    Cardiff fans read a programme

    Some of you may remember the days of buying a programme for a few pence, these days it is a different story.

    The most expensive programme available from the Conference right up to the Premier League is at Southampton - £4.

    The average for those five leagues is £3 and the cheapest, at £2, come at Carlisle United and Huddersfield. The latter publish theirs as a newspaper to cut down on the cost of glossy printing.

  105. Ballet or football?

    Price of Football

    Price of Football

    "The working man's ballet is now more expensive than the posh version," writes the Independent. "While English National Ballet is charging £19-£79 for its London performance of Swan Lake in January, watching one of the capital's Premier League clubs will cost £20-97.

    "The higher-priced ticket is for the most expensive at the Emirates, where Arsenal conjure up the nearest approximation to Tony Waddington's memorable description of the football played by Stoke City when Alan Hudson was in his team. The cheaper one is the best value seat at West Ham United, who may drop prices even more when they move to the 54,000 capacity Olympic Stadium.

    "That would be welcomed because the BBC Sport Price of Football study reveals today the average price of English football's cheapest tickets has risen at nearly twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011, by 13% compared to a 6.8% increase in the latter."

  106. Get involved

    Ruairi Dorrity: I'm currently living in Hamburg. 18 euros gets me a ticket and a beer at a St Pauli game. Brighton games cost twice as much.

    Sebastian White: Advice to Arsenal fans - stop paying through the nose for constant underachievement.

    Ollie Davis: The price of match day programmes is more surprising and shocking than tickets.

    Tweet us your views on #priceoffootball.

  107. #priceoffootball

    Nottingham Post

    Nottingham Post on Twitter: Today's feature on the Price of Football covering Nottingham Forest, Notts County and Mansfield Town. Makes for interesting reading.

  108. Minstermen move for Wilcox

    Football

    York City have got down to business early this morning by naming former Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox as their new manager.

    The Minstermen moved quickly following the departure of Nigel Worthington earlier this week.

    Chairman Jason McGill tells the club's official website: "We believe Russ is the right person to take this club forward. He has excellent managerial experience and a track record of success in League Two."

  109. Price of Football

    Liverpool

    Liverpool fans are funding the club's quest for silverware, says Liverpool Daily Echo's chief football writer David Prentice.

    The price of the cheapest day out at Anfield has actually fallen from last season's Premier League topping price of £46.60 but only three clubs - Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal - charge more for their cheapest season ticket than Liverpool.

    Prentice says: "Liverpool are one of the more expensive places to watch your football this season. The reasons for that are obvious when you have world and international class players in the squad, and want to see Champions League football regularly, the salaries have to be funded from somewhere and unfortunately it looks like Liverpool fans are having to pay for the quality of the football they watch."

  110. Post update

    BBC Sport's John Bennett on Twitter: Impressed by Aleksandar Kolarov in those shocking Serbia v Albania scenes. Chaos around him but does his best to keep peace and protect others.

  111. Uefa set to probe Serbia v Albania violence

    Serbia v Albania

    While the results of BBC Sport's Price of Football study dominate Wednesday's Sportsday Live, we'll be bringing you all the big breaking news and stories as usual in the world of sport.

    Uefa is set to launch an investigation after Serbia's match with Albania was abandoned after a drone carrying a political message sparked clashes involving players and fans on the Partizan Stadium pitch.

    The Euro 2016 qualifier, refereed by English official Martin Atkinson, was suspended in the 41st minute at 0-0. Trouble flared when an Albanian flag and message flew above the pitch and was caught by a Serbia player. Albania players tried to take it before several fans broke onto the pitch.

  112. Price of Football

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "There are certainly some worrying figures from a fan's point of view. Cost, quite simply, continues to go up. Fans are clearly worried about it, especially when you look at the price of some of our Premier League clubs compared to those on the continent."

  113. Warning from retail expert

    Justin King, the former chief executive of British supermarket Sainsbury's says clubs could fail if they do not meet the needs of supporters.

    The Manchester United supporter acknowledges the committed nature of fans in a business such as football but tells the BBC the sport should not rest on such loyalty.

    He says: "Any business that thinks it can simply rely upon the loyalty of its customers, regardless of how they treat them, in the end will fail. It's an absolute fact. I would be asking clubs, are your fans happier today than they were five years ago with the experience that they get, the value for money that they feel they're getting?"

  114. What the papers say

    Price of Football

    Price of Football

    This morning's newspapers are full of coverage and reaction to the Price of Football study.

    The Daily Mail writes: "Football fans continue to be squeezed for every penny by inflation-busting ticket price rises, a survey into the staggering cost of following your team has revealed."

    In another article, titled 'Fancy a pie at Kidderminster? It'll cost you...' the Daily Mail says: "It's debatable whether selling the dearest pie in football is something to be proud of - but Conference club Kidderminster Harriers can boast they do just that."

  115. Headlines at 10 O'clock

    • The BBC Sport price of Football study finds the cost of purchasing an individual match ticket in England's top four divisions has risen by 13% since 2011, almost double the rate of the cost of living.
    • In three years, the cheapest matchday ticket available in League One rises 31%.
    • The cost of the cheapest available season tickets on offer in the Premier League rises 4.1% in 12 months.
  116. Post update

    Price of Football

    Price of Football

    Made in the stadium kitchen under the watchful eye of chef Graham Aimson, Morecambe's match-day pies have won numerous awards.

    As part of BBC Sport's Price of Football study, Azi Farni visited the League Two club's Globe Arena to find out what makes the perfect football pie.

  117. Get involved on 81111

    Andy in Kidderminster via text: A Kidderminster Harriers 'pie' might cost a fair crust but you're filling people with false information. It's not your average tasteless bake but a savoury sensation!

  118. Pricey pies and cheap pies

    Kidderminster Harriers pie

    Kidderminster Harriers boast the most expensive pie in British football (pictured).

    The BBC's extensive study even asked European clubs if they stocked a steak and kidney or meat and potato, much to their confusion as to what we were talking about.

    Harriers, who have won awards for the pie and say is is more of a meal as it comes with mash potato, are fractionally dearer than Brighton who charge £4.10.

    If you want some affordable pastry then head to Braintree. A pound does the job.

  119. And the expensive days out...

    As for the dearest days out in England, it will come as no surprise that the 10 most expensive are all Premier League clubs.

    If you add together a cheap ticket, pie, programme and tea, Chelsea are the most costly team to visit at £57.50.

    It should be noted that none of the European teams we contacted qualified for the calculation as none of them sell all four items. It seems they don't like pie on the continent.

  120. #priceoffootball

    Vincenzo Re: Clubs will only respond to reduction in attendances, ticket sales, merchandise, food and drink. Until then fans will be exploited.

    Joe Enright: It should be noted that Barcelona have a capacity of 100,000, this allows them to have season ticket prices of £103.

    Jane: Choose your football matches wisely, this weekend's Arsenal game is £35 per ticket as was our last Champions League home game.

    How cheap/expensive is it to follow your team? Tweet #priceoffootball, text (UK only) 81111 or post a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  121. I want change from a twenty!

    Wayne Rooney on a £20 note

    So if you have £20 burning a hole in your pocket and you would like some change, where can you go?

    As part of the Price of Football Study, we take the cheapest matchday ticket, pie, programme and tea at a club to find how much a total day out would cost.

    At Conference side Southport, you can get the full package for £19.50, but you will also get change from a twenty at Eastleigh, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County, Braintree and Blackburn Rovers.

    All of the women's teams who offered all four components came in comfortably under £20.

  122. Scotland make a point

    Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Scotland

    A ferociously-struck Arkadiusz Milik equaliser denied Scotland a famous win in Poland, but a hard-fought 2-2 draw was an impressive result for the visitors.

    Poland threw everything at the Scots in the second half after going 2-1 behind to a clever Steven Naismith finish.

    Earlier, Krzysztof Maczynski's cooly-converted opener was cancelled out by Shaun Maloney's equally calm strike. But Milik earned the Poles a deserved point and Kamil Grosicki almost struck a winner when his effort struck a post.

  123. Get the kettle on if it's cheap

    Alex Salmond drinks a cup of tea

    They like their tea cheap up north it seems.

    Of the 207 clubs surveyed, three of the four cheapest cups of tea come in Scotland. The hot stuff averages £1.47 a cup in the country compared to £1.76 in England.

    Elgin City brew up for just 60 pence, Forfar and Morton charge 20 pence more, while in England, Braintree United also charge 80 pence.

    The dearest cup of tea in the land? £2.50 at Liverpool, Manchester United and Southampton.

  124. The view in Scotland

    Hearts v Rangers in action

    In the Scottish Premiership, average prices for cheapest season tickets, cheapest matchday tickets and most expensive matchday tickets have risen only marginally since 2013.

    Across all four divisions there has been a rise of 5.4% in the cheapest season tickets on offer and the second tier saw the biggest price hikes with Rangers, Hibernian and Hearts all now plying their trade in the division.

  125. Legislation against rising prices

    Shadow Sports Minister Clive Efford tells the BBC he would not rule out introducing legislation to control prices at clubs should Labour win the general election in 2015.

    He has been speaking to fans around the UK to garner an idea of how they feel about the game.

    "I had a meeting week before last in Manchester, where I'm talking to fans' trusts and supporters' clubs saying 'what is it you want, and how do you think we can deliver it?', so that before this next general election, I will put a package before football fans that will tell them just exactly what a Labour government will deliver for them."

  126. Money at the top of the game 'eye-watering'

    Price of Football

    Price of Football

    There has been plenty of reaction to the Price of Football study on BBC Breakfast and BBC Radio 5 live.

    Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters Federation, tells BBC Breakfast: "The current Premier League television media deal, if you compare it with the previous one, you could actually allow every single spectator into every single game for free and still have as much money as they have under the previous deal.

    "That gives you an idea of the eye watering scale of the money that is going in at the top of the game."

  127. Headlines at nine o'clock

    • The BBC Sport price of Football study finds the cost of purchasing a match ticket in England's four divisions has risen by 13% since 2011, almost double the rate of the cost of living.
    • The cheapest season ticket in England comes at Eastleigh who charge £105, while Charlton offer value in the Championship at £150 and Manchester City season tickets can be bought for £299.
    • Arsenal have the most expensive matchday ticket (£97) and season ticket (£2,013) available in the Premier League.
  128. Players must give fans value for money - Taylor

    Price of Football

    Gillingham manager Peter Taylor has reacted to the Price of Football study, saying the onus is on Gills players to give their supporters value for money.

    "It is nice that they do a survey like that so that players can appreciate what families spend," Taylor tells KentOnline. "I bet a lot of them wouldn't spend £30 to go and watch a game of football.

    "That is why I was so frustrated over the weekend. We did well to get 7,000 people here and, whether we did it cheaper than £30 it doesn't matter, we got people in and you have to always try and make sure they have something they can go home and be happy with.

    "It doesn't mean they are going to see great goals every game or great performances every game but I think they should at least be going home sand saying, 'it wasn't a great day for Gillingham but they had a go'. I think that is the first thing that has to tick the box."

  129. Post update

    Price of Football

    Arsenal and England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain: Just £7 for a ticket, a programme, a pie & a cup of tea at Sunderland Ladies! Great value!

    What do you pay and is it too much? Tweet us on #priceoffootball.

  130. Lampard backs Price of Football study

    Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard popped into BBC towers in Salford before training this morning, and was speaking to BBC Breakfast about the Price of Football study.

    "Sometimes it is very important to see the figures," he says. "It is important to do these studies. Fans in the stadiums create the atmosphere and without that you won't get the television money.

    "I have been at Chelsea and Manchester City and they are making big strides, they are trying to freeze prices and encourage people to come to games. They reduce prices for certain away games as well as other incentives and they need to do more of that."

  131. £27.36 a goal

    So Arsenal sell the most expensive season ticket in the Premier League, but do you get value for money at the Emirates Stadium?

    Let's face it, nothing beats that feeling of celebrating a goal and this year we have calculated what you paid per home goal at your club last season.

    Football fans celebrate a goal

    If you take Arsenal's cheapest season ticket last season and divide it by the 36 goals they notched at home, Gunners fans paid £27.36 a goal.

    I know what you're asking, where do the goals flow for pennies? Try Albion Rovers in Scottish League Two at just £3.04 per home goal.

    Our Price of Football Calculator will tell you how much a goal costs at your club.

  132. Ireland stun world champions Germany

    Euro 2016 qualifiers

    John O'Shea

    John O'Shea's injury-time equaliser earn Republic of Ireland a 1-1 draw with world champions Germany in a dramatic Euro 2016 qualifier.

    Germany were aiming to bounce back from the shock defeat by Poland but were frustrated until Toni Kroos fired in on 71 minutes. However, O'Shea, winning his 100th cap, flicked into the bottom corner in the final seconds of added time.

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill praised the resolve of his team, saying: "It was a terrific game for us. To the very end we kept going and our spirit carried us through."

  133. #priceoffootball

    Cardiff City players look down as they are relegated

    Dan Tyte: If the #PriceofFootball was linked to quality, @CardiffCityFC would have had to pay me for my season ticket this year.

    Josiah Norman: How can Arsenal even justify charging those ridiculous amounts to fans?! The club doesn't need every fan to pay that much.

    Send us your tales on what it is like to follow your club to #priceoffootball.

  134. 'Tickets too expensive for me and my dad'

    Price of Football

    BBC Radio 5 live listener Craig Ormsby recently bought two new kits for his son, at a cost of £96.

    Lewis now has six kits and says if tickets were cheaper, then "more people would go" and he could get the season ticket he's always been promised.

    Listen to the clip from 5 live Breakfast.

  135. Cheap Championship offerings

    Charlton Athletic's season ticket is the cheapest in England's top four divisions at £150.

    Elsewhere in the Championship, Blackpool at £195.30, also come in under the £200 marker for their cheapest category season ticket.

    As for individual tickets, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby allow entry for some games at just £10.

    The Rams operate 'Demand Based Pricing' which means the price of a ticket can change during the time it is on sale if demand for seats is particularly high or low.

  136. Championship expense

    The most expensive place to watch football in the Championship is Craven Cottage.

    Upset Fulham fans

    Following their relegation from the Premier League last season, Fulham season tickets can reach as high as £839, though only around 3% of the ground comes at this price.

    The cheapest season ticket at the Cottage is £299, with individual match-day tickets ranging from £25 to £45, which is again a league high.

  137. LATEST GOSSIP

    Juan Mata, Javier Hernandez, Petr Cech, Luis Suarez, James Milner and Ron Vlaar all feature in today's gossip. Here are the top three snippets:

    Juventus are considering a January bid for Manchester United's out-of-favour midfielder Juan Mata, 26, who is also wanted by his former club Valencia. (Daily Express)

    The Italian side could also move for Manchester United's Mexico international Javier Hernandez. The 26-year-old is currently on loan at Real Madrid, who have the option to buy him. (Daily Star)

    Real Madrid are planning a January swoop for Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, who has lost his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois, 22.(Evening Standard)

  138. Northern Ireland win again

    Euro 2016 qualifiers

    Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland produced a heroic performance last night to defeat Greece 2-0 and begin a qualifying campaign with three successive wins for the first time.

    Beating the top seeds keeps Northern Ireland two points clear at the top of Euro 2016 qualifying Group F, ahead of Romania, whom they visit next month.

    Jamie Ward's shot deflected off Loukas Vyntra to put the visitors ahead. And, after half-time, Kyle Lafferty ran clear and fired home a low shot from the edge of the area to seal victory.

  139. What the papers say

    Price of Football

    The Sun

    The Sun dedicates a double-page spread to the Price of Football study, writing: "Arsenal have been named as the biggest culprits as the cost of watching English football spirals skywards. And Gunners fans, who are sick of paying the highest prices in Europe, will angrily confront the board at a meeting tomorrow."

  140. Messi pies

    Price of football statistics
  141. Spending big

    Arsenal supporters

    So you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket and you want to treat yourself to a football bonanza.

    Where can you pay big bucks for entertainment? And by this we mean turn up, as a one off and pay on the day without any offers at your disposal.

    AC Milan sell a ticket for around £298 subject to exchange rates. That is pretty hefty. In England, the dearest single ticket on offer comes at Arsenal and will set you back £97.

  142. Headlines at eight o'clock

    • The BBC's Price of Football study finds a 13% rise in the cost of the cheapest category matchday tickets since 2011, a hike of almost twice the rate of the cost of living.
    • In the three-year timeframe, cheap category tickets have risen by almost 32% in League One and 15.8% in the Premier League.
    • Arsenal have the most expensive matchday ticket and season ticket available in the Premier League. Eastleigh boast the cheapest season ticket in the land at £105.
    • Away from Price of Football, Northern Ireland win in Greece, Republic of Ireland draw at World Cup winners Germany and Scotland draw 2-2 in Poland.
  143. Watch, listen and interact

    We are all hands to the pump on Price of Football at the BBC and you can listen to debate on our findings on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast right now or watch BBC Breakfast on your TV where they have guests lined up.

    This lunchtime we will bring you a 5 live special from the Etihad Stadium where from 13:00 BST - 16:00 BST, Dan Walker will be joined by guests to debate football culture and pricing.

    There are videos aplenty on the BBC sport website with various clubs featured. #Priceoffootball is also trending on Twitter.

  144. The Price of Football calculator

    How much do you spend watching your beloved club? Are you quids in at Eastleigh or counting your pennies to go to Arsenal?

    Try our clever calculator which will also tell you how much your fans pay to see a goal at your home fortress.

    Welling United Price of Football calculation
  145. #priceoffootball

    A motor bike racer does some tricks on his bike

    James Smee: Seeing the #PriceofFootball analysis makes me love motorsport even more. Provides epic value for money.

    John Meek: Fans continually being treated as consumers, football is more than just a business. League games abroad next? Farcical.

    Tweet us your views on #priceoffootball.

  146. #priceoffootball

    We have found out all of the prices but you are the ones who ultimately pay them. So tell us of your experiences of following your club.

    Is it value for money? Have you seen a big hike or drop in price? Is a night at the cinema a better deal?

    Tweet us on #priceoffootball with your views.

  147. Premier League prices

    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea come second to Arsenal in the most expensive individual ticket price standings in the Premier League for 2014-15.

    The Blues charge £87 for their dearest ticket but also ask for £50 for their cheapest category ticket. That is the highest figure in the Premier League for the cheap category matchday tickets.

    Hull City charge just £16 for certain fixtures.

  148. Some headline numbers

    Price of football statistics
  149. The cost of living beating jump

    Here is a little more detail on that headline figure then.

    The 13% rise in the cheapest match-day ticket price across England's four top leagues since 2011 is an average taken from all the clubs from the Premier League down to League Two.

    In the top tier, prices have risen 15.8% in that time, while in League One, the jump in cost to the fan is 31.7%. League Two sees a 19% hike but prices fell by 3.2% over the three years in the Championship.

  150. Headline rises in English game

    Cambridge United fans enter the stadium through turnstiles

    The average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.

    The BBC Sport Price of Football study shows that the average price of the cheapest matchday ticket from the Premier League to League Two has increased 13%, compared to a 6.8% increase in the cost of living during that time.

    The study, the biggest of football prices of its kind in the UK and in its fourth year, gathered prices from over 200 clubs in the men's and women's game across Europe.

    Pies, tea, programmes and club shirts all came under the microscope, so stay with us for all of the details.

  151. Welcome to Price of Football day

    A Newcastle fan eats a pie

    Good morning and welcome to a very special edition of Sportsday Live.

    It is that one day of the year where BBC Sport shines a light on football pricing up and down the land in our Price of Football study.

    Who has the most expensive pie? Which Conference clubs charge as much as Barcelona for a season ticket? And where can you get a pie, programme, ticket and tea, with change from a £20 note?

    Stay with us to find out and as is always the case, we will bring you all the other news from the world of sport.