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Season Ticket Scandals: Top 10 Costliest Season Tickets

You only have to look at the money Chelsea splashed out on Fernando Torres to realise that football clubs are drastically unaware of the value of money.

Football clubs’ disconnect from reality unsurprisingly leaves football fans up and down the country as the biggest victims. Despite a struggling economy season ticket prices continue to rise every year, further taking the game away from the man in the street in favour of the prawn sandwich brigade.

So which clubs are the biggest offenders when it comes to over inflated season ticket prices? Here’s the top 10 in the Season ticket shame stakes:

 Arsenal – Unsurprisingly the priceyist of Premiership seats is found in the capital. Arsenal relocated to the Emirates in a bid to increase match day revenue to a level that could see the club continue to challenge on all fronts, and at an average of £1,470 a season ticket the desire to increase income has certainly been achieved. Whats sure to vex Gunners supporters is how little of this new revenue has materialised into new signings.

  Tottenham– Spurs never like to be far behind their North London rivals and their just one place below Arsenal when it comes to the cost of a season ticket. At a wallet busting average price of £1,245 for the right to take a seat for every home game at White Hart Lane, the club more than deserve their lofty position in this guide to England’s greediest clubs.

Chelsea– Continuing the capital theme the men of the King’s road are amongst those demanding a King’s ransom for the pleasure of watching 22 men kick a ball about. Despite their owner being a multi-billionaire seemingly happy to bankroll the blues spending, it would appear his generosity does not extend to the clubs supporters at an average season ticket price of £1,000.

 QPR – Not even a drop in prices after the arrival of Tony Fernandes could stop the Premiership newcomers taking their place in this guide to greed. To take a seat at Loftus road for 19 precious Premiership games will set you back on average £774.

 Liverpool – We finally leave behind London, for the time being at least, and take a trip to Anfield. This juggernaut of English football charge £757.50 a season for those lucky enough to be treated to a year of Downing, Henderson, Adams and co. While the football may not be up to standard this season, the famous Anfield atmosphere is almost worth the cost alone.

Manchester United – United may be lying first in the league table but they lag behind their North West rivals when it comes to average season ticket costs at £741. As the largest club ground in the country the Glazer family can still count on a match day revenue that every other club can only dream of.

Leeds – Incredibly we actually leave England’s top division behind all together when it comes to the 7th place side in this list. The Yorkshire side may still be one of the great names in English football but its becoming an increasingly long time since the club were even in the country’s top division never mind challenging for honours. Unsurprisingly Ken Bates is more than willing to take advantage of the sides loyal fan base with a staggering season ticket cost of £681 to watch second flight football.

Fulham – It will come as no great surprise that a club sharing an owner with an over priced London department store would feature in this list. £659 as an average season ticket price earns the Harrod owner’s club a place in this financial league table that is not dissimilar from the sides league position.

West Ham – We once again drop down a division to visit Upton Park at £638 on average for a years pass to the academy of football. The much maligned of late “West Ham way” may have justified such a price once upon a time but with success a distant memory and Big Sam at the helm it certainly doesn’t any more.

Ipswich – Yes, that’s right Ipswich round up this list. Undoubtedly the biggest surprise of this countdown is that the Tractor Boys, who currently languish in the bottom half of the Championship, charge an average 0f £619 a season ticket.

So Newcastle, Everton, Sunderland and Aston Villa next time your about to have a moan at the cost of next seasons renewal price just remember there’s always somebody worse off than you…

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Sam challenges his Hammers

Allardyce: Message to Hammers

Allardyce: Message to Hammers

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West Ham boss Sam Allardyce fears his side’s season will go “down the drain” if they fail to beat play-off chasing Brighton at Upton Park.

Allardyce has labelled the game the most important in the Hammers’ season as they look to close the gap on the Championship automatic promotion places.

The east Londoners can cut the gap behind second-placed Southampton to three points after they lost 3-1 to Reading at St Mary’s on Friday night.

“We are more than capable of winning four games on the trot and it has to start with winning the most important game of the season so far on Saturday against Brighton,” Allardyce said.

“Otherwise we risk throwing a fantastic season down the drain.

“I have no doubt that there will be slip-ups between the top three before the end of the season but they can afford to drop points whereas we no longer have that luxury.”

Allardyce’s side have fallen off the pace following a seven-game winless run at home, six of which have been draws.

“We have slipped up enough in recent weeks by drawing too many matches and that has to stop now,” he said.

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Brighton Looking For Favours In Unlikely Places.


Looking at the last four games of the season the importance of the West Ham game is clear. We have to win to keep any sort of Play-off hope alive. Minus the Tuesday night blip against Reading I would still back us to beat any team at home, Birmingham and Watford being no different. And with Barnsley looking as if they will be safe by the time we make the trip to Yorkshire the importance for a win this Saturday is even more crucial.

It would seem that Cardiff are the only team we will realistically catch now. I cannot see Ian Holloway allowing his Blackpool side to drop enough points between now and the rest of the season for us to catch them. Cardiff on the other hand have an interesting run in which sees them play both Leeds and Palace in the last two games. I would now like to take this moment, on behalf of all Brighton fans, to remind Leeds and those Red and Blue people from South Norwood how much we appreciate them.

I mean we even let Palace beat us at the Amex this year, as well as letting The Mighty Leeds United (Champions of Europe I’ll have you know) scrounge a draw. This in mind, I am hoping that both Palace and Leeds can do us a favour in the run in and… and… and win. There you are I said it. I want Crystal Palace Football Club and Leeds United Association Football Club to win. God football is a funny game!

There is one thing that can be guaranteed, Saturday will definitely end one teams dreams for the season. Victory for Brighton would see West Ham fall away from automatic promotion indefinitely, whilst victory for The Irons would see Brighton’s Play-off dreams dashed. Whilst a draw – useless for both sides at this stage in the season.

Who knows, if Brighton were to win on Saturday and the unthinkable was to happen with Palace and Leeds doing us favours it would appear that a trip back to Upton Park would be on the cards. This time in the Play-Offs, what an occasion that would be! Like I said before, football is a funny game and I can only write these blogs on my thoughts. At the moment my thoughts are on the Play-offs, as much as every BHAFC fan probably doesn’t want to admit it, I think we would all be a little bit gutted if we didn’t make it.

I can see the argument that we don’t have the easiest run in but, if we win on Saturday, I am willing to say we will do it. With good memories of Upton Park (mainly that Butters header in 2004) I will be travelling up to London on Saturday with the same confidence I had on my way to Burnley (how well that worked out!) After writing such a ridiculously up beat and optimistic blog, I will also be travelling to the GP in the morning. Something must be wrong!

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