Updated: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 01:00:00 GMT

The Premier League season ticket index 2012/13

The Premier League season ticket index 2012/13


The Premier League season ticket index 2012/13

The Premier League season ticket index 2012/13

Fans at nearly half the clubs in the English Premier League won't be paying any more for their season tickets next season. Find out who's freezing their prices and who tops the cost table.

The football season has only been over for a matter of weeks, but clubs have already confirmed season ticket prices for the 2012/13 season.

And with the UK in recession, exactly half of next season’s English Premier League clubs have announced season ticket prices below or in line with the current rate of inflation.

Six of those clubs have gone further and frozen season ticket prices across the board, although QPR fans faced a massive 40% increase in season ticket prices after they won promotion two seasons ago.

Big clubs freeze their prices

Fan disgruntlement at ticket prices seems to have finally filtered through to the boardroom at the bigger clubs, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal all freezing their prices.

But the bravest club has to be West Brom, which has cut season ticket prices by 11.3% in a bid to attract more younger fans and families. The average attendance at the Hawthorns last season was around 2,000 under the ground’s capacity, so the club will be hoping this pays off.

Here’s the league table of English Premier League clubs’ season ticket prices, from cheapest to most expensive. The range of ticket prices spans ‘early bird’ deals for people renewing a season ticket to the most expensive prices for new season tickets.

Club

Adult season ticket price range 2012/13

% change in price of tickets compared to 2011/12

Cost per Premier League game of cheapest season ticket

Cost per Premier League game of most expensive season ticket

Wigan Athletic

£255-£350

2%

£13.40

£18.40

Manchester City

£275-£745

9%

£14.50

£39.20

Aston Villa

£295-£595

0%-3%

£15.50

£31.30

West Bromwich Albion

£349-£449

-11.3%

£18.40

£23.60

Newcastle United

£373-£717

5%

£19.60

£37.70

Reading

£375-£595

0-33%

£19.70

£31.30

Stoke City

£399-£599

0%

£21

£31.50

Everton

£399-£672

3%

£21

£35.40

Fulham

£399-£959

2.1%-18.5%

£21

£50.47

Sunderland

£425-£525

5%

£22.40

£27.60

Swansea City

£449-£499

10.4%

£23.60

£26.30

Southampton

£495-£975

30%-64%

£26

£51.30

Queens Park Rangers

£499-£949

0%

£26.30

£49.90

Manchester United

£532-£950

0%

£28

£50

Norwich City

£547-£608

11%

£28.80

£32

Chelsea

£595-£1,250

0%

£31.30

£65.80

West Ham United

£600-£850

16.6%

£31.60

£44.70

Liverpool

£725-£780

0%

£38.20

£41

Tottenham Hotspur

£730-£1,845

3.6%-5.79%

£38.40

£97.10

Arsenal*

£985-£1,955

0%

£51.80

£102.90

*includes seven cup matches

Spreading the cost of season tickets

Some clubs offer interest-free instalment plans for season tickets via a company called Zebra Finance.

Another alternative for spreading the cost is a 0% purchase credit card - the NatWest Your Points World MasterCard allows you to spread your repayments over 18 months. Alternatively, the Halifax All In One MasterCard offers an interest-free period of 15 months. You'll need a good credit score to be able to get hold of either of these.

Don't be tempted into taking out a payday loan to pay for your season ticket. These are short-term loans and aren't suitable for a bigger purchase like this. If you don't have the money to pay the loan back at the end of the month, the interest and charges will quickly add up and leave you facing a much larger amount to repay.

The value for money table

Manchester City made it a double last season, scooping both the Premier League title and topping the ING Direct Value table. This table compares a club's season ticket cost with both the number of points earned and the number of goals scored

Wigan came in second, with West Bromwich Albion third. QPR came bottom, with Liverpool and Wolves also down in 19th and 18th place respectively.

Have your say

Will you be renewing your season ticket? Is football too expensive? Share your thoughts in the Comments box below.

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