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Summary

  1. Price of Football revealed
  2. 70% of tickets are cheaper or the same price
  3. Ings out for season with cruciate ligament injury
  4. Howe signs new Bournemouth contract

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By Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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That's your lot for Sportsday. We'll be back again at 08:00 BST for another edition, with more Premier League news conferences and the latest stories.

Until then.

Watford news conference

Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

"I'm expecting Valon Behrami to return to the Watford team for Saturday's tea-time kick off against Arsenal despite missing the last 3 games due to suspension. 

"Ben Watson has been an able deputy and may also keep his place if Watford change their system slightly but Behrami's influence in the team was recognised by his manager Quique Flores today, who said: 

"He's very important to the team and for the group because he's very professional. He always has very positive energy so I think it's very good we can count on the player for the future." 

Fitness concerns Allan Nyom and Ikechi Anya are both expected to start."

Watford news conference

Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford boss Quique Flores has been praising his striker Odion Ighalo who has been nominated for Premier League Player of the Month for September. "He is so fit. He is playing very well, scoring well and working hard for the team. It is not just an individual at work but about his full collective power." 

Odion Ighalo
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Ighalo, who is set to feature against Arsenal on Saturday, did receive an offer to play in China in the summer so is his manager confident they can keep hold of him in January? 

"I am confident. He respects Watford. He had a chance to go in the summer and he stayed here. He is a very important player for us. I'm not scared about (losing) Ighalo."

Zut alors!

Price of Football

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Van Persie set for shock move?

Football

There have been a couple of videos on social media recently showing an unenthusiastic looking Robin van Persie experiencing a nightmare first season at Turkish side Fenerbahce.  

Robin van Persie
Reuters

But the former Arsenal and Manchester United striker's fortunes may be about to change, with La Liga champions Barcelona considering a cutprice £2.2m move for the Dutchman in January.

The Daily Mail reports Van Persie's role would be to act as back-up for Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Expensive round

Price of Football

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Club return for England quartet

Rugby union

Ed Marriage

BBC Radio 5 live

Four England players will be turning out for their clubs on Friday, less than a week after the national team bombed out of the World Cup.

Kieran Brookes starts for Northampton against Worcester at Sixways, while Joe Marler, Nick Easter and Mike Brown will all be on the bench for Harlequins against Wasps at the Stoop.

"I could never quit being an Arsenal fan"

Price of Football

Arsenal programmes
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 Amanda Schiavi is an Arsenal fan who spends £1400 on a season ticket. She told BBC Radio Five live why she would never give it up.

"I've been going since I was four and now I'm 46. There may come a time when I can't afford to anymore, but Arsenal are my team and I will follow them as much as I can."

Cheap as chips

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Why I quit Liverpool for non-league

Price of Football

Former Liverpool season ticket holder Dickie Felton spoke to BBC Radio Five live about why he gave up following the Premier League club in favour of non-league Marine FC.  

Liverpool flag
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"It was a deeply emotional decision to make, but it was the feeling of year-on-year just being ripped off. The price of tickets kept going up and the commercialisation was taking over. For me, it didn't feel like my club anymore.

"Now, my passion for Marine is even bigger. It's real life football."

Just the ticket

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The modern-day fan: Supporting from afar

Price of Football

Ralph Flores, 30, is from Los Angeles and supports Manchester United. He follows the games online and in the pub. He is travelling to a game at Old Trafford in February and expects to spend $6000 in 2016 on following his team.

"Premier League matches have become so much more accessible to supporters like me who live so far away from the club they love.

Man Utd fans in LA
Ralph Flores

"I don't like the idea that supporters abroad aren't "real" supporters because they're not able to go to every match. I wake up on Saturday and Sunday mornings every weekend at 0700, sometimes 04:45 or 05:30, to watch United. Living in Manchester and being able to go to Old Trafford should be viewed as a privilege instead of it being a point to bring down supporters living abroad."  

E-Sports

Day one, quarter-finals

Day one quarter-finals coverage in the League of Legends is under way.

Have a watch and see if it's your kind of thing.

The modern-day fan: Supporting internationally

Price of Football

Lars Olsen with former Man Utd captain Martin Buchan
Lars Olsen
Lars Olsen with former Man Utd captain Martin Buchan

Lars Morten Olsen, 55, is from Norway and has been supporting Manchester United since the 1970s. He has attended nearly 250 games and spends around £600 a year on tickets alone.

"I try to get to as many games as I can. With family, job and financial situation that means around 10 per season. Sometimes I go with friends, but many times on my own as I always meet other fans I know anyway. I follow United both home and away, but getting away tickets is very hard. When I am not at the match I see United on TV, either at home or in my local pub."

BreakingStrachan staying on

Football

Chris McLaughlin

BBC Sport Scotland

The BBC has learned Gordon Strachan is expected to stay on as Scotland manager. The 58-year-old failed to guide Scotland to the European finals in France next year but the Scottish FA made it clear they wanted him to stay on for the next World Cup qualifying campaign.   

Gordon Strachan
Reuters

Strachan himself said he wanted to take time to think about his future. It's understood the SFA are expected to make a formal announcement before the end of the week

Hey big spender...

Football

Angel Di Maria
AP

In 2015, nine clubs in England's top four divisions broke their own transfer records as big spending reached new levels.

Now, the Daily Mail has taken a look at the record transfer fee paid by every club in the top four flights of English football?

You may know who the most expensive player in history is, but which club hasn't broken their transfer record since 1979?

Read the piece in full here

Food for thought

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The modern-day fan: Supporting in the Premier League

JB, 23, is from north London and is an Arsenal season-ticket holder. He goes to all home matches, some away and some abroad.

"The tickets alone come to around £3,000, and following Arsenal is now much more expensive as we seem to be keen on playing three extra games at Wembley each season. It probably reaches £4,000-£5,000 over the course of a season when you factor in merchandise, TV subscriptions and travel. I’m aware of people who will spend a lot more."

JB - Arsenal Fan
@gunnerpunner

The modern-day fan: Supporting your local club

Price of Football

Alice
@AliceMay

Alice, 25, supports hometown club Bristol City and has been a season ticket holder for five years. She even went on their pre-season tour of Portugal this summer.

"I was about 16 and my older brother took me to my first live game at Ashton Gate watching Bristol City from the Eastend. Before this, football was always a Sunday viewing from the sofa watching which ever team were playing that day. But attending that match changed everything. The rest is history. 

"Last year I spent approx £1500 on supporting my club."

'We have a very close relationship'

Football

More on the news that Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has signed a new contract with the club.

“I am delighted that Eddie has committed his future to the club,” said owner Maxim Demin.

“Eddie and I have a very close relationship, we speak everyday and we trust each other implicitly when making decisions that affect the football club. 

“The mutual respect we have for each other has helped create a unique bond at the top of the club and has acted as the foundation for all of our recent successes."

Platini given support

Football

Head of Austrian FA tells reporters Uefa still backs Michel Platini. News conference due to start soon in Nyon.

Last week, Fifa provisionally suspended its president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and vice-president Platini for 90 days.

The punishments were handed out by the ethics committee of football's world governing body, which is investigating the three over corruption allegations.

Sherwood under pressure

Football

Pat Murphy

BBC Radio 5 live

Tim Sherwood
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Aston Villa did not hold a crisis meeting behind manager Tim Sherwood's back after the side's poor start to the season.

Speculation about Sherwood's future increased when owner Randy Lerner met club officials in the United States last week, with the Villa boss absent.

Sherwood chose not to attend as he wanted to work with his squad, who have four points from eight league games.

But the 46-year-old and the side's style of football are under scrutiny.

Villa travel to Chelsea on Saturday before a home game against Swansea.

How much do you spend on your club?

Price of Football

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Jordan's worked the cost of following Barnsley....

How much do you spend? Try our Price of Football calculator here.

League Two headlines

Price of Football

Bristol Rovers fans
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What's the ticket news from the fourth tier of English football?

  • £15: A match-day ticket at Wycombe. The best deal in the league.
  • £18.50: The average price of the cheapest match-day ticket
  • £180: Leyton Orient's cheapest season ticket
  • £260.63: The average price of the cheapest season ticket
  • £540: Bristol Rovers' dearest season ticket

Full League Two stats and facts can be found here

Watford news conference

Watford v Arsenal (Sat 17:30 BST)

While we're waiting for the Quique Flores embargo to pass, here's a Watford stat to keep you going...  

20 - Watford have the lowest shot conversion rate (8.6%) & shooting accuracy (34.3%) figures in the Premier League this season. Stingless.

Eadie banned for referee push

Rugby union

Mitch Eadie
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Bristol forward Mitch Eadie has been banned for six weeks after being cited for "intentionally or recklessly" pushing the referee "or otherwise making contact with him" during last Saturday's game against Ealing Trailfinders.

The 23-year-old pleaded guilty to a charge of acts contrary to good sportsmanship. 

Inspiring words from Adkins

Football

Jonathan Buchan

BBC Radio Sheffield

Thursdays are always a busy day for the sports team here at BBC Radio Sheffield. Numerous press conferences to attend with the hope of some unique or interesting insight into the world of football management….but usually it is a lot of injury updates and many a cliche. Not today...

I asked Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins about they can get the best out of their young striker Che Adams. As part of his answer, he came out with this...

Adkins: "What's the biggest room in your house?"

Me: "Eh, the living room?"

Adkins: "The room for improvement."

Gleneagles fit for Ascot?

Horse Racing

Gleneagles
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Gleneagles has been declared to run in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Saturday's Champions Day but is not certain to take part in the Ascot race.

The colt, winner of the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas, prefers fast ground and has been a late withdrawal from several races over the summer.

Trainer Aidan O'Brien says he will walk the Berkshire track on Friday evening.

If Gleneagles was to run, it would set up a fascinating clash with leading French contender Solow.

Pie chart

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League One headlines

Price of Football

Wigan fans
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Here's what we found out about ticket prices in English football's third tier

  • £15: A match-day ticket at Gillingham and Wigan
  • £20.27: The average price of the cheapest match-day ticket
  • £149: Bradford's cheapest season ticket - the best offer in the league
  • £285.81: The average cost of the cheapest season ticket
  • £530: Chesterfield's priciest season ticket

Want to know more about prices in League One? Click here

Cambridge sign Sesay from Leicester

Football

Cambridge United have signed defender Alie Sesay from Premier League side Leicester City on a one-month loan.

The 21-year-old, capped twice by Sierra Leone, is yet to appear for the Foxes' first team, but made three appearances on loan with Colchester in 2014. 

The U's are without four defenders for Saturday's League Two match against Northampton.

Ings out for season

Football

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Danny Ings suffered the knee injury in training at Melwood on Wednesday. He has since had a scan which revealed the extent of the damage. 

It was Ings' first session back with the club after being away on international duty and, of course, making his England debut. A source at the club described it as an innocuous challenge.     

What is a fair price for a football shirt?

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We've got another vote coming up for you. This afternoon we want to know what you reckon is a fair price to pay for a football shirt.

You can access the vote - when it goes live at 15:30 BST - in the vote tab, or on the right-hand side of the page.

Watford news conference

Watford v Arsenal (Sat, 17:30 BST)

PRESS CONFERENCE: #watfordfc Head Coach Quique Sanchez Flores faces the media, ahead of Saturday's game v @Arsenal

PRESS CONFERENCE: #watfordfc Head Coach Quique Sanchez Flores faces the media, ahead of Saturday's game v @Arsenal

As you can see, Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has already faced the questions from the assembled media but what he has said is a big secret.

The quotes are embargoed until 18:00 BST this evening, so you'll have to wait until then to find out what he said.

The suspense!

Grab a bargain

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Stoke news conference

Swansea City v Stoke City (Mon, 20:00 BST)

Mark Hughes says striker Mame Biram Diouf will miss the trip to Swansea after being granted compassionate leave following the death of his mother in the Hajj crush in Mecca last month.

He'll return early next week. Shay Given also misses Monday's game through injury, but Xherdan Shaqiri and Marc Wilson are both available.

Stoke news conference

Swansea City v Stoke City (Mon, 20:00 BST)

Jack Butland
PA

Better late than never, we bring you some of the best bits from Mark Hughes's press conference ahead of Stoke's match against Swansea on Monday.

Hughes says he's delighted for goalkeeper Jack Butland on his England appearance against Lithuania.

"He's been fantastic for us and it was great to see him recognised internationally by Roy Hodgson," he says. "He deserved the chance."

Vince named Hampshire skipper

Cricket

Batsman James Vince has been confirmed as Hampshire's new club captain and signed a contract to run until the end of the 2019 county season.

The 24-year-old, who made his England one-day debut earlier this year, led Hampshire for part of the summer after Jimmy Adams gave up the role.