Almost a fiver for a pie? Our guide to the BBC's Price Of Football findings

Some Premier League tickets are now cheaper than in the Championship, the BBC's annual Price Of Football study has found.

The study covers 223 clubs in 13 divisions across the UK and 23 European sides - Plymouth were the only club to decline to take part.

Let's take you through the findings.

Matchday tickets

General view of fans with their tickets ahead of a West Ham game
Average Premier League ticket prices have fallen (Steve Paston/EMPICS Sport)

This is the first season of the new record £5.316bn TV deal and across the top flight, 33% of ticket prices have been reduced in 2016-17, while 53% have stayed the same as last season.

The average cost of the most expensive away ticket is now £29.44, a reduction of 37% from the previous level of £46.44. This drop is mainly due to an agreement among clubs to cap prices at £30. The equivalent price in the Championship is £31.57, an increase of 5% on last year.

Overall, the average cost of the cheapest adult home matchday ticket in the Premier League has decreased by 6% to £29.15.

Hull City's Robert Snodgrass celebrates
Hull have the lowest ticket prices in the Premier League (Richard Sellers/PA)

Along with Liverpool, Hull offer the joint-cheapest matchday ticket in the division at £9. The most expensive, £97, is at Arsenal but this price has not increased since 2014.

Supporters at both Hull and Liverpool staged protests over some ticketing issues last season but those clubs, along with Manchester City, reduced their cheapest matchday prices. Champions Leicester and promoted sides Burnley and Middlesbrough all increased theirs.

The study also compares prices to clubs across Europe and Barcelona's dearest matchday ticket is 450 euro (£372).

Season tickets

Liverpool supporters before the UEFA Europa League Final
Many fans like to attend every game (David Davies/PA)

At £252, Hull offer the cheapest season ticket in the Premier League and one that is less expensive than 88% of clubs in the Championship. The three most expensive are all in London - Arsenal (£2,013), Tottenham (£1,895) and Chelsea (£1,250) - although all of these are frozen from 2015.

Sutton United of the National League offer the cheapest season ticket in the top five divisions of English football at £85.

Cost of season tickets visualised

In Europe, Barcelona's cheapest season ticket is 132 euro (£114). Meanwhile Paris Saint-Germain's most expensive season ticket costs 3,000 euro (£2,588).

Newly promoted Rangers have the most expensive season ticket in the Scottish Premier League at £625, which is £66 more than Celtic and an increase of £101 on last season.


Manchester City's Shirts on sale
Official football shirts don't come cheap (Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport)

The average price of an adult shirt in the Premier League has risen by 30p to £49.72 with Manchester City and Manchester United charging the most at £60. Bournemouth and Burnley are the cheapest at £40.

United's junior shirt is also the most expensive at £50.

Meanwhile, the average price of a programme in the Premier League is £3.35, down from £3.42 last year.

A Manchester City fan in the stands reads a match day programme prior to kick off
You'd better get your money's worth mate (Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport)

In Europe Standard Liege in Belgium charge 90 euro (£77.68) for an adult shirt, while shirts from Bayern Munich, Schalke, Ajax, AC Milan and Juventus are 89.95 euro (£77.67).


Sheffield United fans have a bite to eat at a food outlet outside Prenton Park
This is what matchdays are really all about (Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport)

Now to the important stuff. Shockingly, pies and tea have both increased in price above the annual rate of inflation.

The average price of a pie in the Premier League is £3.49 and things are lot better over the border where they are just £2.18 in the Scottish Premier League.

Graph of tea and pie costs

West Ham's pies are the most expensive at £4.10 with seven other English clubs charging £4. Meanwhile the most expensive cup of tea in the study is £2.50 and five clubs charge it - Liverpool, Manchester United, Bristol City, Fulham and Rangers.

Forfar Athletic charge £1.20 for a pie and 80p for a cup of tea, the cheapest in the study, so it looks like we're off up to Scotland for some Scottish League One. Let's go Forfar, let's go!

Forfar Athletic's Marvin Andrews waves to fans
They may be in the lower leagues but their pie price means Forfar Athletic are certainly winners (PA)

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