HOW MUCH DID IT COST TO SUPPORT YOUR TEAM THIS SEASON?

Loyal football fans are dedicated, passionate and follow their team up and down the land. But which set of fans fork out the most?

The cost of football is going up, and the fans are taking the hit. From away tickets priced at over £60 for the big boys, to train fares from the North East or South Coast the cost of experiencing every high and every low adds up. But who’s taking the biggest hit?

The below table Illustrates which fans are paying the most when it comes to the cost of their cheapest season ticket, and attending all 19 away matches (price of ticket and cost of train travel). Let’s look a little deeper.

Club
Total cost of cheapest home & away support + travel

newcastleNewcastle
£3,150

Cheapest season ticket £383 Total cost of away support £2,767
Most expensive season ticket £710
Cost of away tickets for season £686
Cost of away travel * £2,082
% of annual wage for home & away support 13.6%

arsenalArsenal
£3,118

Cheapest season ticket £1,014 Total cost of away support £2,103
Most expensive season ticket £2,013
Cost of away tickets for season £851
Cost of away travel * £1,252
% of annual wage for home & away support 7.9%

southamptonSouthampton
£3,009

Cheapest season ticket £608 Total cost of away support £2,400
Most expensive season ticket £853
Cost of away tickets for season £648
Cost of away travel * £1,753
% of annual wage for home & away support 13.5%

sunderlandSunderland
£2,978

Cheapest season ticket £400 Total cost of away support £2,577
Most expensive season ticket £525
Cost of away tickets for season £642
Cost of away travel * £1,935
% of annual wage for home & away support 13.8%

swanseaSwansea City
£2,942

Cheapest season ticket £449 Total cost of away support £2,493
Most expensive season ticket £499
Cost of away tickets for season £584
Cost of away travel * £1,909
% of annual wage for home & away support 13.8%

tottenhamTottenham Hotspur
£2,873

Cheapest season ticket £795 Total cost of away support £2,077
Most expensive season ticket £1,895
Cost of away tickets for season £822
Cost of away travel * £1,256
% of annual wage for home & away support 12.1%

hullcityHull City
£2,750

Cheapest season ticket £501 Total cost of away support £2,249
Most expensive season ticket £572
Cost of away tickets for season £607
Cost of away travel * £1,642
% of annual wage for home & away support 13.4%

liverpoolLiverpool
£2,691

Cheapest season ticket £710 Total cost of away support £1,981
Most expensive season ticket £869
Cost of away tickets for season £867
Cost of away travel * £1,114
% of annual wage for home & away support 13.5%

chelseaChelsea
£2,687

Cheapest season ticket £595 Total cost of away support £2,091
Most expensive season ticket £1,250
Cost of away tickets for season £861
Cost of away travel * £1,231
% of annual wage for home & away support 3.3%

westhamWest Ham United
£2,575

Cheapest season ticket £640 Total cost of away support £1,935
Most expensive season ticket £910
Cost of away tickets for season £674
Cost of away travel * £1,261
% of annual wage for home & away support 10.4%

manchesterunitedManchester United
£2,563

Cheapest season ticket £532 Total cost of away support £2,031
Most expensive season ticket £950
Cost of away tickets for season £871
Cost of away travel * £1,160
% of annual wage for home & away support 10.3%

crystalpalaceCrystal Palace
£2,440

Cheapest season ticket £550 Total cost of away support £1,890
Most expensive season ticket £720
Cost of away tickets for season £630
Cost of away travel * £1,260
% of annual wage for home & away support 9.2%

evertonEverton
£2,396

Cheapest season ticket £544 Total cost of away support £1,851
Most expensive season ticket £719
Cost of away tickets for season £728
Cost of away travel * £1,124
% of annual wage for home & away support 12%

burnleyBurnley
£2,379

Cheapest season ticket £499 Total cost of away support £1,880
Most expensive season ticket £685
Cost of away tickets for season £605
Cost of away travel * £1,275
% of annual wage for home & away support 11.4%

queensparkQueens Park Rangers
£2,371

Cheapest season ticket £499 Total cost of away support £1,872
Most expensive season ticket £949
Cost of away tickets for season £638
Cost of away travel * £1,234
% of annual wage for home & away support 6.1%

mancityManchester City
£2,233

Cheapest season ticket £299 Total cost of away support £1,933
Most expensive season ticket £860
Cost of away tickets for season £860
Cost of away travel * £1,074
% of annual wage for home & away support 10.3%

leicesterLeicester City
£2,149

Cheapest season ticket £365 Total cost of away support £1,783
Most expensive season ticket £730
Cost of away tickets for season £623
Cost of away travel * £1,160
% of annual wage for home & away support 8.7%

Aston VillaAston Villa
£2,034

Cheapest season ticket £335 Total cost of away support £1,698
Most expensive season ticket £615
Cost of away tickets for season £727
Cost of away travel * £972
% of annual wage for home & away support 9%

stokecityStoke City
£2,007

Cheapest season ticket £459 Total cost of away support £1,548
Most expensive season ticket £609
Cost of away tickets for season £627
Cost of away travel * £921
% of annual wage for home & away support 9.1%

westbromWest Bromich Albion
£1,902

Cheapest season ticket £349 Total cost of away support £1,553
Most expensive season ticket £459
Cost of away tickets for season £610
Cost of away travel * £943
% of annual wage for home & away support 9.2%


* Cost of away travel based on the cheapest adult open return, booked three weeks in advance to arrive for a 3pm Saturday kick off

* Where cost of away tickets not published, figure based on the category of match and equivalent cost for home fans in the specific section of the ground.

Away Days

The long suffering Newcastle faithful have had a tough time of it this year. John Carver’s Magpies took one point from a possible 30 between March and May. But it gets worse for the fans, topping the list of the most expensive away support including tickets and travel cost.

Top 5 MOST EXPENSIVE Away Support
Club Total cost of away tickets for season Total cost of away travel Total cost of away support
newcastleNewcastle United £686 £2,082 £2,767
SunderlandSunderland £643 £1,936 £2,578
swanseaSwansea £584 £1,909 £2,493
southamptonSouthampton £648 £1,753 £2,401
hull cityHull City £607 £1,642 £2,249

With a whopping £2766.70 for each fan for the season, it’s no wonder the Toon Army are growing a little frustrated. To put it in context that’s £197.62 per goal away from home.

In contrast, those Chelsea fans that have seen their team triumphant under Jose Mourinho, despite having an away cost of £2686.40, have paid a measly £72.61 per goal away from home. Not bad for fans from the Kings Road.

Three of the top five most expensive finished in the bottom six of the Premier League table, with Hull City succumbing to relegation. These are fans that have suffered financially and emotionally this season.

Top 5 CHEAPEST Away Support
Club Total cost of away tickets for season Total cost of away travel Total cost of away support
stoke cityStoke City £626 £922 £1,548
west bromWest Brom £610 £944 £1,553
aston villaAston Villa £727 £972 £1,699
leicesterLeicester City £623 £1,160 £1,783
evertonEverton £728 £1,124 £1,852

The teams in the Midlands benefit from their central location (and that’s not even including the free coaches put on by the likes of Stoke City).

The Cost of an Away Ticket

Travel clearly plays its part. Looking just at the price of away tickets for the season, it’s Manchester United fans that pay out the most quickly followed by Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal – unsurprisingly the teams that finished in the top six in the Premier League table.

Top 5 MOST EXPENSIVE away tickets
Club Total cost of away tickets for season
manchester unitedManchester United £871
liverpoolLiverpool £867
chelseaChelsea £861
man cityMan City £860
aresenalArsenal £851
Top 5 CHEAPEST away tickets
Club Total cost of away tickets for season
swanseaSwansea £584
burnleyBurnley £605
hull cityHull City £607
west bromWest Brom £610
leicester cityLeicester City £623

Looking at the cheapest price of away tickets throughout the season, Swansea fans get the best deal (not a bad season for their highest Premier League finish), whilst Burnley, Hull, West Brom, and Leicester are treated well by their fellow teams. It’s the travel that does it for the Hull fans.

The Cost of Home Support

Following your team up and down the country is clearly an expensive business, but it’s often one that is out of your own club’s control (excluding cheap coach travel laid on for fans). What they can control is the price for their home supporters.

Top 5 MOST EXPENSIVE seaon tickets
Club Most expensive season ticket cost
Arsenal Arsenal £2,013
Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur £1,895
chelseaChelsea £1,250
Manchester UnitedManchester United £950
LiverpoolLiverpool £869
Top 5 CHEAPEST season tickets
Club Cheapest season ticket cost
Man City Man City £299
Aston VillaAston Villa £335
west bromWest Brom £349
leicester cityLeicester City £365
newcastleNewcastle United £383

It might be surprising to see that one of the richest clubs in the Premier League has the cheapest available season ticket – testament to the community work that continues to go on at Manchester City.

Looking at the most expensive season tickets it’s Arsenal that comes out on top, with a whopping £2013 for their top tickets and £1014 for their lowest. The Gunners are quickly followed by their North London rivals Spurs at £1895 for their top season tickets. The London factor clearly plays its part with Chelsea also breaking the £1000 mark for theirs, priced at £1250.

In the North West, Manchester United fans are asked to pay more than their local rivals Manchester City and Liverpool for their highest priced season tickets. In fact the overall cost of supporting Man United is £330 more than Man City (based on cheapest home ticket, away tickets & away travel costs).

The Local Game

Earlier in the season the announcement was made regarding the new Premier League TV rights deal. Each club gets their individual share of this £15.136bn deal in the 2016/17 season, with the team that finishes bottom securing £99m and the champions £150m.

With huge amounts coming in to each team, can ticket prices be cut? Are they currently pricing the ordinary fans out of watching their beloved team, home or away?

Top 5 MOST EXPENSIVE season tickets (lowest priced) in proportion to annual wage
Club Average (mean) annual wage for club’s local area Cheapest season ticket % cost of annual wage for cheapest season ticket
Liverpool Liverpool £20,002 £710 3.5%
Tottenham HotspurTottenham Hotspur £23,803 £795 3.3%
evertonEverton £20,002 £544 2.7%
Southampton Southampton £22,315 £608 2.7%
Arsenal Arsenal £39,368 £1014 2.6%

Liverpool fans are the heartbeat of their club and have been for so many years especially at Anfield. Can they now afford to support their team from the Kop every week?

Top 5 MOST EXPENSIVE home and away in proportion to annual wage
Club Average (mean) annual wage for club’s local area Cheapest home & away support + travel % cost of annual wage for cheapest season ticket
SunderlandSunderland £21,636 £2,978 13.5%
Swansea Swansea £21,320 £2,942 13.8%
Newcastle Newcastle £23,088 £3,150 13.6%
Southampton Southampton £22,315 £3,009 13.5%
Hull City Hull City £20,546 £2,750 13.4%

Again, it’s not pretty reading for Newcastle and Sunderland fans, but it’s not all bad for the Geordie faithful just watching the home games at St. James Park.

Top 5 CHEAPEST season tickets in proportion to annual wage
Club Average (mean) annual wage for club’s local area Cheapest season ticket % cost of annual wage for cheapest season ticket
Chelsea Chelsea £81,335 £595 0.75%
QPR QPR £39,144 £499 1.3%
Leicester City  Leicester City £24,767 £365 1.5%
Aston Villa  Aston Villa £22,477 £335 1.5%
Newcastle UnitedNewcastle United £23,088 £383 1.7%