It’s an oft-repeated statement. “Football is too expensive for ordinary people these days.”
For those who are fortunate enough to remember when their 35p stub would get them a space on the terraces and a lungful of second-hand smoke, the prices of today’s game must seem extraordinary.
With burgeoning movements such as Twenty’s Plenty and Stand Against Modern Football calling for an end to the English game’s rampant financial opportunism, the BBC has taken a look at prices of each league club in the country.
So we thought it would be a good opportunity to take a look at east London’s best value football tickets.
West Ham : Interestingly their cheapest season ticket is £617.50 – more expensive than those of Manchester United and Manchester City. But there’s still some way to go before they replicate Arsenal’s example. A “cheap” seat for a season at the Emirates costs a wallet-hemorrhaging £1,014.
Charlton : The cheapest season ticket at the Valley will set you back a mere £175. An astonishingly cheap price to watch Championship-standard football in London, it is bettered only by Bradford City and Reading in the entire Football League.
Millwall : While £333 may be the going rate for most teams expected to be among the challengers in League One, Lions fans may be wondering what they have done to deserve such indifferent home performances so far this season.
While Charlton’s tickets may seem cheap, we need only look to the continent to realise how expensive football is in the UK.
Here are the cheapest season ticket prices of some of Europe’s top clubs:
Real Madrid : £166.42
Barcelona : £73.88
Bayern Munich : £104.48
Borussia Dortmund : £154.48
Benfica : £73.88
AC Milan : £156.72
Flights to Dortmund start at just £8 on Skyscanner . We'll see you at the Westfalenstadion.