A BBC Price of Football survey released to the public earlier this October showed the staggering costs of watching English Premier League and Football League teams in person during the 2014-15 season. That report claims that season ticket prices have risen at three times the rate of inflation.
Arsenal are responsible for the most expensive season ticket in English football. That costs £2,013 ($3,248 USD). The club that begins the bottom half for league prices offers a season ticket that costs a third of that Arsenal seat. Teams near or at the bottom of the list offer what could be considered to be bargains for those who choose to attend no fewer than 19 home matches per campaign.
These are the 10 EPL teams with the least expensive season tickets for 2014-15.
Note: Figures and stats accurate as of October 17, 2014
10. Crystal Palace: £720 ($1,161.73 USD)
Palace have had a tumultuous run in the English top-flight since rejoining the Premier League in the spring of 2013. Their start to the 2013-14 campaign was a disaster, one that ultimately cost Ian Holloway his job. From the clouds of uncertainty arose a savior named Tony Pulis, and the former Stoke City boss guided Palace to safety and to a respectable 11th-place finish.
Then, out of nowhere, it all came to an end.
Pulis, who won Manager of the Year for his performance at Palace, left the club by “mutual consent” before the start of the 2014-15 season in a move that shocked the football world. Neil Warnock, who was the top man at Palace several years ago, took over for Pulis.
9. Everton: £719 ($1,160.11 USD)
Everton could easily be considered to be the model top-flight club of modern football. They don’t spend outrageous amounts of money on transfers and player wages, and they are competitive in the league. The Toffees earned European football last spring when they finished fifth in the Premier League.
They could easily and understandably have more expensive tickets without losing support.
Manager Roberto Martinez had a banner year after taking over for David Moyes in June of 2013. He signed a five-year extension at the conclusion of the 2013-14 campaign. Things have not been so bright for the club early on this season, however, as Everton sit just two points from the relegation zone.
8. Newcastle United: £710 ($1,145.59 USD)
They’re up. They’re down. They’re up. They’re down. They are Newcastle United, and nobody can say that they are boring.
It seems like Newcastle boss Alan Pardew winning Manager of the Month for November 2013 was ages ago. While Newcastle finished tenth in the league table, a dip in form saw them end the year with a goal difference of minus-16. That collapse has continued into the current campaign, as Newcastle would be relegated if the season ended on October 17.
Pardew may be out of a job by the time you read this sentence. Fans have been calling for Pardew to be fired since last spring, and he is the subject of verbal abuse from supporters whenever Newcastle take the pitch. He’s saved himself before, and it’s possible that Pardew has more tricks up his sleeve.
Don’t bet on it, though.
7. Burnley: £685 ($1,105.25 USD)
It’s possible that Burnley will not be mentioned as being a Premier League team one year from now.
While they couldn’t keep pace with and catch up to Leicester City, Burnley finished comfortably in second place in the Championship table on 93 points. Burnley were within nine points of Leicester at season’s end, and they held an eight-point advantage over Derby County to guarantee a return to the Premier League.
They may not be sticking around for long. Burnley have earned four points from their first seven games of the current season. They are favorites to be relegated.
6. Aston Villa: £615 ($992.31 USD)
Villa are a club somewhat in limbo this fall. The thought only a few years back was that owner Randy Lerner was set to dump a good amount of money into Villa after he sold National Football League franchise the Cleveland Browns to businessman Jimmy Haslam in 2012. The Browns reportedly sold for around $1 billion, and the belief was that Lerner would subsequently focus on his true love; football, the non-American kind.
That may not be the case. It was rumored last spring that Lerner was interested in selling Villa, and recent reports suggest that his asking price has dropped. Lerner could reportedly sell Villa for as low as £100 million ($160 million USD).
5. Stoke City: £609 ($982.63 USD)
It seems as if people predicting that Stoke will fall back into the second division only for the Potters to then stun those critics is becoming a yearly tradition. After making little to no progress under Tony Pulis, Stoke turned to Mark Hughes in May 2013. Hughes proved himself to be the man for the job for at least one season, leading Stoke to a ninth-place finish.
That was Stoke’s best top-flight finish in nearly 40 years.
The Potters have been predictably unpredictable to begin the current season. They’ve lost at home to Villa and Leicester, won away to Sunderland, and they notched a road victory against defending Premier League champions Manchester City.
4. Hull City: £574 ($926.15 USD)
Hull have been living a charmed life as of late. Steve Bruce, one of the top managers in the country, was appointed Hull boss in June 2012, and he led the club back to the Premier League in his first attempt. While there were some murky moments along the way, Hull would remain in the top-flight for at least another season after finishing five points from the drop zone.
That would not be the team’s crowning achievement of the campaign. Hull went on a magical FA Cup run, booking a trip to the Final. The underdogs jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Arsenal that they could not hold, as the Gunners rallied back to win 3-2.
3. Sunderland: £525 ($847.09 USD)
Sunderland have narrowly avoided relegation multiple times in recent years. Paolo Di Canio was brought in as manager in the final stages of the 2012-13 season, and he did enough to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League for another campaign. Rather than thank Di Canio before sending him on his way, Sunderland made the controversial figure full-time manager.
That, to the surprise of nobody who follows the sport, proved to be a massive mistake. Di Canio wouldn’t make it through half of October before being shown the door. Gus Poyet took over as Sunderland boss, and he helped keep the club safe from relegation for another season.
2. Swansea City: £499 ($805.14 USD)
Swansea have had their fair share of talented managers over the past few years. Roberto Martinez was replaced by Brendan Rodgers after Martinez took the Wigan gig. Rodgers would not need much time to lead Swans to the promised land, guiding the club to the Premier League for the 2011-12 season. Swansea proved to have the goods to remain in the Premier League, and Rodgers eventually left for Liverpool.
Enter Michael Laudrup. Laudrup helped guide Swansea to League Cup glory in February 2013, an achievement that earned the club European football. Laudrup has since been replaced by Garry Monk, and Monk has Swans at fifth in the current league table.
1. West Bromwich Albion: £449 ($724.47 USD)
West Brom take care of their supporters as it pertains to ticket prices. The club’s most expensive season ticket is a steal compared to prices found at teams such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea. In fact, West Brom’s most expensive season ticket is less than half the cost of Arsenal’s cheapest – a whopping £1,014.
Things got a bit nervy for West Brom last spring. They finished just four points off the drop zone, winning only seven league matches for the entire campaign in the process. Head coach Alan Irvine will be looking to have the club in a better spot come May 2015.
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