Peterborough United serve the most expensive cup of tea in League One.
The annual BBC Sport ‘Price of Football’ study uncovered a damning statistic that could leave ABAX Stadium catering chiefs in hot water. The £2.20 cuppa at the Posh ground is more expensive than similar beverages sold at Chelsea (£1), and Manchester City (£1.80), but then those Premier League clubs do have billionaire owners capable of subisiding the working man’s brew.
On a more serious note the BBC study collated the price of pies (£3.20 at Posh and the sixth most expensive in League One), matchday programmes, matchday admission, season tickets prices and replica shirts at 230 clubs in 13 leagues across Britain. It’s the most expansive survey of its kind in Europe.
And those who analyse the figures summised that ‘the cost of watching football in Britain has dropped or remained the same for the majority of fans,’ which pretty much covers the Posh experience, if one ignores the high quality Posh pie on offer at £4.50.
The £2.20 for a cup of tea at a League One match is also charged by Bradford City, Burton Albion, Bury and Walsall.
Posh are in the top half of most of the pricing tables, although they charge £40 and £30 for adult and junior replica shirts which is an average price for League One and every League One club charges £3 for its matchday programme apart from Fleetwood who charge £1.
The cheapest adult matchday admission price at the ABAX Stadium is £21 for the London Road End. Fourteen League One clubs offer cheaper admission with Gillingham and Wigan offering £15 tickets.
The most expensive adult matchday admission at the ABAX Stadium is £26. Only four clubs charge more with some tickets at Colchester costing £31.
The cheapest Posh season ticket (adult, London Road, £295) is bettered by 13 League One clubs with Bradford City’s £149 ticket the biggest bargain in the division.
The most expensive Posh season ticket (adult, main stand, £480) is the fifth highest in League One. You can pay £514 for a season ticket at Millwall.
Posh are also among the most expensive clubs for away fans to visit.
The full survey can be found on the BBC Sport website, but more general discoveries included:
Two thirds of Premier League tickets were frozen or reduced in price for the 2015-16 season.
The cheapest match-day ticket now costs more than £30 on average for the first time after 11 clubs put up prices in this category
The Scottish Premiership’s cheapest ticket now costs £20.17 on average after a 1.2% fall in price. This is less than England’s Championship and League One.
In the Welsh Premier League and Irish Premiership fans pay less than £10 per match.
Tickets in the Women’s Super League in England, which saw attendances increase by 48% after the World Cup in June and July, cost less than £5.
The cost of the most expensive match-day ticket in the Premier League fell slightly to an average of £56.63.
The average pie costs £3.35 in the top flight, up 1.82%, while a tea is £2.09, down 2.84%. A programme is £3.42, up 6.77%.
From next season, a bumper new television deal, worth £5.136bn, commences in the Premier League and will bring clubs tens of millions in extra revenue. Even the club which finishes 20th will earn an estimated £100m, up more than £30m.
Arsenal again have the most expensive match day ticket in the Premier League at £97.
Derby County, Reading and Huddersfield’s £10 match day ticket is the cheapest in the top five leagues in England - only matched by Southport in the National League.
Arsenal again have the most expensive season ticket in the Premier League at £2,013 (includes seven free cup games).
Reading’s £135 season ticket is the cheapest in the top four divisions in England, with only Conference side Eastleigh (£120) cheaper.
Manchester United’s £60 adult shirt is the most expensive in the study, as is their £45 junior shirt.
Kidderminster Harriers again have the most expensive pie among the clubs we covered. The National League club charges £4.50 for their award-winning pie.
You can buy a season ticket at Bayern Munich for £104.48 and at Barcelona for £73.88, less than the cheapest available in the top four leagues in both England and Scotland.