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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Premier League prices rise again - study

The average price of a season ticket for a Premier League club has risen by almost 5%, according to a study by the BBC.

Many fans attend games at Emirates Stadium via the Holloway Road Tube station
Arsenal fans still pay the most on in England for their tickets.

However, the report also found that the cost of attending football matches across the four divisions in England has shown that prices have fallen 2.4% year-on-year, even though the price of a top-flight game has gone up by 4.3% on average.

The good news for supporters comes on the back of several years of steep rises. In 2012-13 the average price of the cheapest tickets rose by 11% but a 5% fall in attendances has led to a review by many clubs.

The findings in the Price of Football report include:

The most expensive ticket is again at Arsenal... a category A adult match-day ticket can cost up to £126. Their cheapest ticket is £26.

The cheapest adult season ticket in the Premier League is £299 at Manchester City. The most expensive is £1,955 at Arsenal.

The cheapest adult match-day ticket in England and Scotland is £7 at Albion Rovers.

The most expensive pies are at Crystal Palace and Kidderminster, with both charging £4.

The most expensive cup of tea is £2.50 at Old Trafford. Manchester City have dropped their price to £1.80 from £2.50.

"It's good news for fans but it does come after a long period of incremental rises year on year," sports minister Hugh Robertson told the BBC. "The key thing is that it is replicated in years to come. I think clubs are beginning to understand what fans are going through and to adjust their prices accordingly."

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan told the BBC it was hard to put up prices in the current economic climate. "Money is so tight and our area is running at 8 to 9% unemployed and it's impossible to ask anyone to pay any more to watch football."

The Premier League increases were attacked by Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters' Federation. "It is disappointing that the average price of the cheapest season ticket has still gone up despite the extra income and despite the very difficult economic circumstances many supporters are in.

"There is plenty of scope to do much more than they have already done. If all that happens is that most of that money is being used to go into players and agents, then there is a danger that there will be a real kickback from fans."


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