Supporting local non-league football could save football fans over £1,200 per season

Nethermoor Park, the home of level 6 football club, Guiseley AFC.

Nethermoor Park, the home of level 6 football club, Guiseley AFC.

Following local non-league football could save football fans in Yorkshire up to £1,214 per season, statistics show.

By Aidan Kerr.

With the cost of following Premier League football ever soaring, football fans in Yorkshire could save themselves up to £1,214 per season, based on match-day ticket prices alone.

The average match-day ticket price for a single Premier League football game in the 2018/19 season stood at £43.45, which would set back a dedicated supporter £1,651.10 to attend all 38 matches of a respective premier league season.

The average match-day cost of following a Yorkshire based football club in levels 6 & 7 of the English football league pyramid, however, stands at just £11.50. The Yorkshire clubs currently plying their trade at this level include York City, Bradford Park Avenue, Whitby Town, Farsley Celtic and Guiseley.

Attending 38 games at an average cost of £11.50 would set back a supporter £437, just 26% of the total cost curated over an entire season in the Premier League, the top level of the English game.

Even following a club in tier 5 (the top tier of non-league football), could save regular attendees as much as £1,043, with the average cost of a match-day admission standing at £16.

Mick Glossop, chairman of Guiseley AFC supporters club, is a newcomer to non-league football after supporting Leeds United for almost thirty years.

Mick attended a home fixture at Nethermoor Park, home of the National League North outfit, in 2014, when his beloved Leeds United were without a game.

“There was a weekend in March 2014 when Leeds were without a game due to an international break and I’d noticed that it was only a tenner on the door down at Guiseley,” Mick said.

“I lived locally and thought I’d fill a void by popping down to a non-league game.”

“Five years later, I haven’t missed a game since. It’s a fraction of the price I was paying to follow Leeds,” he added.

“There’s a much more intimate feel at non-league level. You pay far less money but you feel more emotionally connected with the club. I’d never go back to supporting a team in the Premier League or Championship.”

“Five years later, I haven’t missed a game since. It’s a fraction of the price I was paying to follow Leeds”

The most expensive Premier League match-day experience can be found at Arsenal, who charge up to £97 per standard adult ticket. Tottenham boast the most expensive average ticket cost at £62.50.

 

The only Yorkshire based club in the Premier League, Huddersfield Town, offer the cheapest match-day tickets, charging just £30 on average for an adult at the John Smiths Stadium.

Salford City, leaders of the Vanarama National League, charge just £10 for an adult to their home games.

Ryan Deane, the clubs media and marketing manager, insists the club keep prices so low in the hope of persuading long-term fans of financial powerhouses in the Premier League to think twice about forking out such astronomical prices.

“In footballing terms, we’re a relatively new club with not much history, so we wanted to give people a reason to come down and watch a game.”

“By keeping prices at such a reasonable level, we’r giving football fans in the area a viable and much cheaper alternative to that of Manchester City or Manchester United in the Premier League,” he added.

“In doing so, we’re giving fans excellent value for money, giving them a reason to attend on a more regular basis. We don’t want our fans to feel priced out of attending football matches.”

“That’s our main aim.”

“We don’t want our fans to feel priced out of attending football matches”

With football fans continuing to take an interest in non-league football as Premier League tickets continue to rise,  attendances at the lower level continue to increase, offering a different experience altogether.

 

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This article was produced by a student or students on the BA in Journalism at Leeds Beckett University.

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