The cost of being a football fan

Equifax compares season ticket costs, highlighting the financial burden on fans in leagues One and Two

Ask any sports fan and they would love to have a season ticket to see their favourite team. But that doesn’t come cheap as the latest research from credit information provider, Equifax, reveals.

Comparing the price of adult season tickets for 2018/19 at League One and Two football clubs, the Equifax research reveals that starting prices for League One teams range from £199 (Bradford City) to £345 (Coventry City). And for League Two fans, they could be forking out anywhere between £269 (Morecombe FC) and to as much as £380 (Swindon Town).

Whilst these prices aren’t in the same league as some Premier League teams, Equifax urges fans to consider the cost and plan ahead to avoid breaking their budget.

Every year football fans are faced with the struggle to afford tickets to see their favourite club. According to an annual study1, 55% of fans polled said they had stopped going to games completely or went to fewer because it was too expensive.

Today’s clubs offer a range of ticket prices, with some letting kids under 12 in for free and others offering family tickets, as well as raising the price for VIP experiences. But while season tickets do offer a saving per match, many can run into hundreds of pounds for one person, making it a serious investment for many fans.

Lisa Hardstaff, credit information expert at Equifax comments, “Supporting a football team requires commitment – not just in enduring the team’s performance through the bad and good times, but in the cost. A season ticket is just one expense that fans have to cover. There’s also travel, the cost of drinks and food, as well as extras such as shirts or TV subscriptions.

“It’s great to be able to support your team, but not if it leaves a big hole in the bank balance. With a bit careful planning and saving, football fans can enjoy the season ahead without worrying about the cost.”

League One
Club Adult
AFC Wimbledon £385
Accrington Stanley £264.50
Barnsley £475
Blackpool £320
Bradford City £199
Bristol Rovers £295
Burton Albion £357
Charlton Athletic £200
Coventry City £345
Oxford United £330
Doncaster Rovers £304
Fleetwood Town £220
Gillingham £395
Luton Town £370
Peterborough United £299
Plymouth Argyle £375
Portsmouth £419
Rochdale £250
Scunthorpe United £415
Shrewsbury Town £460
Southend United £395
Sunderland £370
Walsall £356
Wycombe Wanderers £320
NB: 2018/19 season ticket starting prices. All prices taken from the football club’s official websites
League Two
Club Adult
Bury FC £350
Yeovil Town £335
Cheltenham Town £315
Crawley Town £330
Crew Alexandra £335
Morecambe FC £269
Exeter City £345
Carlisle United £381
Grimsby Town £305
Forest Green Rovers £289
Mansfield Town £350
Newport County £350
Northampton Town £430
Lincoln City £380
Nottingham County £370
Colchester United £361
Oldham Athletic £360
MK Dons £360
Port Vale £380
Cambridge United £289
Stevenage £279
Tranmere Rovers £399
Swindon Town £380
Macclesfield Town £300
NB: 2018/19 season ticket starting prices. All prices taken from the football club’s official websites



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