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Reaction to the BBC Sport Price of Football 2013 study, plus county cricket latest, Premier League updates and breaking sports news.

12 September 2013 Last updated at 19:14

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  1. 1850: 

    That is all for Sportsday Live on a fascinating day of Price of Football revelations. Thanks for sharing your views and 'price pies' and join us again on Sportsday, Friday morning at 0800 BST for all the news ahead of this weekend's Premier League action. Until then, goodbye.

  2. 1848:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraRUGBY LEAGUE

    The Super League play-offs are starting tonight with commentary of Huddersfield Giants v Wigan Warriors live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Tune in from 2000 BST or listen online.

  3. 1845: 

    Much of Shelly Leman's outgoings to watch her team Tottenham is on travel. She pays £1000 to get to White Hart Lane, then it is £55 for tickets, £20 for food and drink and £7 on two programmes.

    "I managed to max out the travel costs as a fan who flies from overseas. Airfare alone," Shelly explains.

  4. 1840: 

    @BethLeadbetter "How did you overcome the difficulties of learning to board in a country that isn't as well equipped as others, like Canada?"

    Jenny Jones: "I think for me because I didn't discover the sport until a little later than most people [17] I didn't struggle too much because I came out of college and went out to live in the mountains in France and began snowboarding. I think now the way that you get around it is by riding the snowdomes - we've got some great youngsters who have learnt from that environment before going to the mountains and I really think it's worth going to those domes if you can."

  5. 1836: 

    Middlesex v Nottinghamshire

    Australia opener Chris Rogers hit a fluent 67 not out to lead a Middlesex fightback to 96 for no wicket after Nottinghamshire declared at 430 for seven in their LV County Championship Division One match at Lord's.

    Andre Adams had bludgeoned five sixes in a 76-ball 80 and David Hussey also scored at a run a ball to set up Notts' declaration.

    But Sam Robson also batted through the 35-over final session for an unbeaten 28 in support of his captain as third-placed Middlesex battled hard to stay in contention in a game they somehow have to win to maintain a mathematical chance of winning the championship title.

  6. 1832: 

    Burton chairman Ben Robinson believes the League Two club offer value for money, following the results of the BBC Price of Football.

    The Brewers offer two types of matchday ticket, terrace (£15) and seated (£18). Only Accrington Stanley's sell a cheaper ticket at £13.

    "As a club, we've resisted the urge to increase our prices to match the clubs we've played in League Two," Robinson tells the Burton Mail. "It's still only £5 for kids, and we did a season ticket of just £40."

  7. 1824: 

    Derbyshire v Durham

    England paceman Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth shared nine wickets to give title-chasing Durham maximum bowling points before Tony Palladino struck twice before the close to leave the County Championship match against Derbyshire at Derby in the balance.

    Rushworth took five for 47 and Onions four for 62 to bowl the home side out for 298, which was built around 75 from Paul Borrington and 53 by Shivnarine Chanderpaul - plus 50 extras.

    Derbyshire lost their last eight wickets for 92 but Palladino removed Durham openers Mark Stoneman and Keaton Jennings as the Division One leaders ended day two 216 behind on 82 for 2.

  8. 1821: 

    @DivineBodies "How important is strength training in your sport and what would you tell other women about proper diet & exercise?"

    Jenny Jones: "Strength training is really important in my sport with all of the impacts and the muscles you use you need it for your quadriceps, hamstrings and I really believe in a lot of core work because that helps prevents lots of injuries. In terms of diet, for me it's all about a healthy balance, I like to think about lots of fresh vegetables and fruits."

  9. 1816: 

    Worcestershire v Hampshire

    Loan signing Matt Coles showcased his talent with both bat and ball as Hampshire put pressure on Worcestershire in the County Championship Division Two meeting at New Road.

    The 23-year-old all-rounder scored a 38-ball half-century as the south-coast county took maximum batting points with a total of 428 and then dismissed Matt Pardoe with his third ball when Worcestershire reached 101 for two.

    James Tomlinson had Daryl Mitchell neatly taken at second slip by Liam Dawson but Moeen Ali (28 not out) and Thilan Samaraweera (40no) had reduced the deficit to 327 when bad light ended play.

  10. 1811: 

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton dismisses rumours of him becoming the new Republic of Ireland manager as 'pure speculation'.

    Hughton, along with Leeds boss Brian McDermott, were mentioned by Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney as contenders for the role after the departure of Giovanni Trapattoni.

    He says: "It is purely speculation…there has been no official approach.. I am extremely happy at Norwich football club."

  11. 1806:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport from 1900 BST tonight, Sir Clive Woodward talks to Martin O'Neill about coaching, international football and Wycombe.


    Elliotthtafc: Proud that Huddersfield Town are the cheapest match day experience in the Championship! Got the fans in mind.

    Victor Oppong: If there is a significant drop in PL attendances due to pricing, clubs will lower them. But until then..

    Dan: Prices stop youth from attending = future attendance decreases = prices rising further. Needs sorting soon.

    What is the biggest expense when following your team? Does the cost of transport put you off going to matches? Tweet #priceoffootball

  13. 1759: 

    Somerset v Surrey

    BBC London 94.9's Mark Church: Another absorbing day of cricket at Taunton and Somerset end the day with their noses in front. The home side were all out for 260 in reply to Surrey's 195 and that gave Somerset a very handy lead of 65.

    Nick Compton with 66 helped Somerset recover from 4-2 but a crucial ninth wicket partnership of 55 between Piyush Chawla and Lewis Gregory was the key moment of the day. For Surrey, Zafar Anaro bowled well to pick up 3-30 and the three quicks of Jade Dernbach, Chris Tremlett and Stuart Meaker all made life difficult for the Somerset batsman.

    Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley took Surrey through to stumps with the scoreboard reading 13-0 until bad light brought an early end to proceedings. Surrey know they have to score enough runs in their second innings to put Somerset under pressure batting last at Taunton.

  14. 1754: 

    @SkiBeat "What is the first thing that you pack when you head to a new destination on the circuit?"

    Jenny Jones: "Usually the first thing that I pack is British tea bags, I like to make sure I have some of those at all times. Other than that, my snowboard I guess - without that I can't compete!"

  15. 1750: 

    London 2012 shotgun champion Peter Wilson says he has been accused of illegal whale-hunting by Peruvian authorities en route to the World Championships.

    Wilson has travelled as coach to GB junior James Dedman, whose gun was impounded by customs on arrival in Lima.

    "They opened the gun up and the man said, 'You're illegal whale-hunters, aren't you?'" Wilson tells BBC Sport."He insisted we were illegal whale hunters and set about reading us our rights in Peruvian."

  16. 1740: 

    @21proCamera "What is your favourite thing to do outside of snowboarding?"

    Jenny Jones: "My favourite hobby outside of snowboarding is certainly surfing. I've been passionate about surfing since I was young really. There's no competing, there's no expectations - I just go and catch waves."

  17. 1738: 

    Check out our Facebook gallery of fans' #priceoffootball results, and calculate how much it costs you to follow your team on the BBC website.

  18. 1734: 
    Price of Football

    Jake Clough is more than happy with the value for money he gets watching his team Bristol City. He spends £52 on a season ticket and £2.60 on food each game, making his spending each season just £111.80. "This is great value, Can't complain with this at all," says Jake.

    What is the biggest expense when following your team? Does the cost of transport put you off going to matches? Tweet #priceoffootball

  19. 1729: 

    Christina Holsworth "Is a Winter Olympic Games ever possible in the UK?

    Jenny Jones: "I really don't know if this will be possible. I'd never say no, but I think we'd need a lot more snow in Scotland for that and perhaps slightly larger snowdomes!"

  20. 1725: 

    Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke says top-flight clubs are getting "eye-watering" amounts of money from the new television rights deal that could be used to keep ticket costs down for fans.

    The deal sees long-term Premier League partners Sky showing 116 games a season and newcomers BT having 38 games.

    Clarke tells BBC Radio 5 live: "The top clubs are getting eye-watering amounts of money. If I say that clubs could cover £51 for every single admission for every single spectator for every single game and that they would still have the same amount of money as the previous television deal, that shows the enormity of it."

  21. 1718: 
    Andriy Shevchenko

    Former AC Milan and Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko's debut on the Challenge Tour did not go as planned after he finished 12 over par for his first round.

    The brief highlight for the 36-year-old amateur, who retired from football after Euro 2012, was a birdie on the 132-yard second at the Kharkov Superior Cup in Ukraine.

  22. 1714: 

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas plays down thoughts of winning the title and says finishing in the top four remains the club's main target for the Premier League season.

    "Our objective is the same, it's Champions League qualification," he tells a news conference ahead of Saturday's home game against Norwich City.

    "Our level of expenditure in the transfer market raises expectations but they have to be real expectations, not false expectations. We don't have the experience to deal with the pressure of a team that plays for the title. We have never done it, you know, in these recent years and we will compete as usual for Champions League places."

  23. 1712: 

    Rangers midfielder Ian Black is given a 10-match ban after admitting to a breach of Scottish FA regulations on football betting.

    The 28-year-old will serve an immediate three-game ban, while seven matches are suspended until the end of the season. The player must also pay a fine of £7,500.

    Black was accused of gambling on 160 matches over a seven-year period, including betting against his own team on three occasions. The SFA has a blanket ban on footballers betting on any matches.

  24. 1710: 

    @coolmoveblog - "what inspired you to take up your sport?"

    Jenny Jones: "I was 17 and my brothers and I went for a free half-hour lesson at a dry slope [near Bristol] and they let us try a snowboard and that was it really, I thought 'this is different' and it inspired me to want to go away and learn to snowboard properly."

  25. 1704: 
    Jenny Jones

    X Games snowboard champion and Team GB Sochi Olympic prospect Jenny Jones has been answering your questions this morning here at the BBC Sport centre. We'll be posting your questions and Jenny's answers here in Sportsday over the course of the next hour.

  26. 1700: 

    Millwall give a short-term deal to former Leeds and Derby defender Paul Connolly.

    The 29-year-old, a free agent after he was released by Leeds over the summer, has been training with Steve Lomas's squad this week.

    Connolly has impressed enough to be handed a contract until January and could make his Lions debut against the Rams on Saturday with regular right-back Alan Dunne suspended.


    David: Stopped going this season, not just tickets prices (too high) but petrol or transport plus food etc for everyone.

    Alex Barrett: What amazes me is if each Premier League team had just one less reserve player they'd be able to pay for away fan travel.

    Rob Eagleton: Using the #priceoffootball calculator it's mad how much money I spend following #ncfc and that dosent take into account some extras.

    What is the biggest expense when following your team? Does the cost of transport put you off going to matches? Tweet #priceoffootball

  28. 1653: 

    Sir Ben Ainslie is called into Oracle Team USA's race crew for race six of the America's Cup as the defending champions seek to regroup in the face of a dominant Emirates Team New Zealand.

    The four-time Olympic gold medallist replaces US veteran John Kostecki as tactician in what could be a crucial day on the waters of San Francisco. The Kiwis lead 4-1 in victories, but Oracle were penalised two points for cheating in the run-up to the event and are technically on -1 points.

    The first team to nine wins will claim the 162-year-old America's Cup, the oldest trophy in sport. Races six and seven are scheduled for 21:15 BST and 22:15 BST on Thursday.

  29. 1650: 

    Accrington fan Andrew O'Mara spends £1,134 following his team over the course of the season. He pays £345 for his tickets and an impressive £575 on food and drink.

    "Over a grand each year supporting Accrington. You're welcome," says Andrew.

  30. 1642: 

    Manager Paul Ince confirms that Blackpool will not be signing former Wolves winger Stephen Hunt because the player's wage demands were too high.

    Republic of Ireland international Hunt, 32, was released after Wolves were relegated to League One in May.

    "The demands he wanted were just ridiculous for someone who had only played the last 10 games at Wolves," Ince told BBC Radio Lancashire.

  31. 1634: 
    Paolo Di Canio

    Paolo Di Canio played the part of the pantomime villain in a testimonial match for former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper at St James's Park on Wednesday night.

    The Sunderland manager played for an AC Milan XI against a Newcastle XI and almost every touch he made was greeted with boos from the 50,000- strong crowd.

    "I think Paolo enjoyed the match," former Milan defender Franco Baresi, who also played in the match, tells The Shields Gazette. "He came even though he knew this wasn't the best stadium for him as Sunderland are big rivals of Newcastle. He's a big player and a big man to play with a smile on his face."

  32. 1631: 

    Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan believes Premier League clubs should do more to make football more affordable for fans of all English league clubs.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, he says: "I think the Premier League should distribute some of the wealth down through the Football League. An enormous amount of money goes into that league. I think if the Premier League distributed just 5% of their wealth to the other divisions, there would be enormous belief and a great thank you from the rest of the football world."

  33. 1628: 

    Notts County offer the fifth cheapest day out in the entire Football League, and chief executive Jim Rodwell says he is delighted that watching the club is more affordable than the majority of their rivals.

    Magpie supporters can pay £20.30 for an adult match ticket, cup of tea, a pie and a programme on selected matchdays.

    Rodwell says: "We have had a lot of discussions in the summer and the board agreed that making sure an afternoon watching the club here in Nottingham is affordable for everyone. We are all aware of the recession and how much it costs to go and watch football these days, but with the new flexible pricing in place here at Meadow Lane we are able to offer cheaper tickets."

  34. 1624: 

    Almost a quarter of ex-professional sportsmen have fought health, addiction or financial problems, according to a Professional Players Federation survey.

    The organisation - an umbrella body of players' unions - interviewed more than 1,200 ex-footballers, rugby union and league players, jockeys and cricketers.

    Chairman Brendan Batson says: "It emphasises the challenges professional sportspeople face in retirement. It is crucial we help them adjust to life out of the spotlight."

  35. 1623: 

    Darren Clarke opts to rejoin the PGA Tour for the 2014 season.

    Clarke has the option of exempt status on the US circuit until 2016 as a result of his victory at the 2011 Open Championship at Royal St George's.

    "I will be taking up my US PGA Tour card next season but that does not mean I am abandoning Europe," says the 45-year-old Northern Irishman.

  36. 1620: 

    The cheapest day out in the Premier League is to be had at Newcastle, with a ticket, pie, cup of tea and a programme costing £23.20. However, you can also get a day out at Manchester City, Norwich and Cardiff for less than £30. For watchers of Championship football, a trip to West Yorkshire will offer the cheapest matchday experience, with £17.80 getting fans a pie, tea, programme and ticket at Huddersfield Town.

  37. 1617: 

    The Premier League issues a statement confirming their intention to work with the Football Association with regards to improving the quality of upcoming English players.

    FA chairman Greg Dyke earlier this month spoke of his intention to improve the development of English players, with the aim of having an England national side capable of winning the 2022 World Cup.

    Premier League chairman Anthony Fry says: "There is no doubt around the Premier League table as to the benefits of a national set-up that is thriving and performing well. That is why the Premier League clubs, Board and Executive all signed up to contributing to the process of debate initiated by Greg and helping to identify any appropriate outcomes that will serve to improve standards and delivery in respect of player development."

  38. 1610: 

    It has been a busy couple of days for Gareth Bale, who arrived for his first training session with Real Madrid on Wednesday and was welcomed by Cristiano Ronaldo and manager Carlo Ancelotti.

    Earlier this month Bale, 24, agreed a six-year deal after sealing a record £85.3m move which eclipsed the £80m Real paid Manchester United for Ronaldo in 2009.

    Real play at Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday, when the forward could make his debut.

  39. 1609: 
    Gareth Bale

    Yes, the three plays lurking behind a screen were, from right to left, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Marcelo as Real Madrid unveiled their Champions League kit earlier on Thursday.


    Matt: Kathy Long suggesting it's supporters' fault? Even with deals it's expensive considering the profits many clubs make.

    Je m'appelle Liam: I live in Lincolnshire and the price of train travel has stopped me from regularly attending Newcastle matches!

    David Exiled Up Norf: My 11 year old and I have been priced out by Southampton FC. We were loyal season ticket holders through the dark years.

  41. 1558: 
    Champions League

    A European club unveiled their kit for this season's Champions League earlier on Thursday. Any chance of guessing who these three players are? #bbcsportsday

  42. 1553: 

    Swansea City and Cardiff City's season ticket holders are paying below Premier League average prices, according to BBC Sport's Price of Football study.

    The average cheapest season ticket is £489.11 and the highest £838.24.

    At £329 for their debut top-flight season, Cardiff's cheapest season ticket is £100 less than Swansea's. Swansea's top-priced season ticket is £499 while Cardiff's is £519. At £35, Swansea's least expensive match-day entry is £15 more than Cardiff's.


    What is the biggest expense when following your team? Does the cost of transport put you off going to matches? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Lillo Venniri: As long as there is football, fans will spend money following/supporting their team all over the world!

    Alex Vardy: Why on earth do Ipswich have a season ticket for second tier football at £1,061. Absolute madness.

    SAM: How much you spend does not determine how much you support or love your club/the game...

  44. 1545: 

    England drop three places in the Fifa rankings table to 17th - their lowest ranking since 2001.

    Roy Hodgson's side are leapfrogged by Chile and USA, with a win against Moldova and a draw with Ukraine not enough to prevent them sliding down the rankings.

    Wales drop six places to 52, with the Republic of Ireland falling five places to 59. Scotland are down to 63 but Northern Ireland climb 23 places to 86 in the world.

  45. 1544: 

    Here are Marc Austin and Grant Sheldon speaking to BBC Sport after finishing second and third in the men's junior races at World Triathlon Grand Final in Hyde Park on Thursday morning.

    You can listen to this weekend's ITU World Triathlon Grand Final preview on BBC Radio 5 live from 2030 BST, with the UK women's race on BBC Red Button at 0830 on Saturday, highlights at 1430 on BBC One.

    The UK men's race on Sunday will be live on BBC Two and 5 live from 1300.

  46. 1543: 

    BBC Sport's horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght: Hayley Turner mount Seal Of Approval short of room and fell after 2f marker; jockey being treated on ground. Hayley Turner conscious; being taken to hospital at Doncaster RI."

  47. 1529: 

    Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko is making his Challenge Tour debut in the Kharkov Superior Cup in Ukraine.

    BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter: Shevchenko's 8 over after 12 looks perfectly respectable compared with Pawel Japol's 29 over through 15. Indeed five players 20 over or worse.


    Do you think following your club is worth the cost? Try the BBC Sport Price of Football calculator and tell us what you think. Tweet #priceoffootball

    Pinball Wizard: I can afford to watch Celtic, very reasonable prices. £20 for each of the Champions League matches.

    Stevie Vee: I can't afford to take my boy to watch Liverpool at £50 per ticket. But I take him to Wales games - £25 for both of us.

    TheMightyWarbler: I'm an Everton fan. Ticket £39. Parking £10. Programme £3. Food/drink £10. It's an expensive day as a dad of two.

  49. 1517: 

    Commenting on the BBC Sport Price of Football survey, Clive Efford MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Sport, said: "Whilst the overall decrease in ticket prices is welcome, there is no justification for an increase in Premier League season ticket prices when they have seen a threefold increase in their income from TV rights to £5.5 billion over the next three seasons.

    "We have seen a record £630m spent on transfer fees this summer, but there seems to have been no consideration for dedicated fans being forced to pay ever increasing season ticket prices."

  50. 1514: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew on the club's lack of activity during the summer transfer window: "I'll standby on what I said on the eve and after the Fulham game that we wanted one more offensive player.

    "Although we spent £30m in the January window and perhaps a marquee signing would have put us into our overdraft - which it would have for sure - I felt the fans wanted that.

    "I think it would have been good for mentality if we could have got that player."

  51. 1509: 

    Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan says Scotland's new National Performance Centre in Edinburgh will rival St George's Park.

    "This is the jewel in the crown for Scotland's performance strategy," says Regan. "We have tried to build in a wow factor and absolutely it will be a facility to match the likes of St George's Park."


    Neil: Have had to stop going to see Coventry City since they play ''home games'' in Northampton. Train + bus + ticket.

    Jack Rees: You can't put a price on those magic moments at Old Trafford, I'll happily pay #priceoffootball.

    Tom Wyer: I am an Arsenal fan. I've stopped going to games after paying £50 for one ticket.

  53. 1458: 

    Cathy Long, head of supporter services for the Premier League, discussing the BBC's Price of Football study on BBC Radio 4's You and Yours: "We are competing globally for talent and there is a premium you have to pay for that, but clubs have been looking at all sorts of ways to reduce prices.

    "It's a matter of looking for the deals. What we are trying to do is make it clearer to people what deals are out there for them. Clubs are really working hard to make more tickets affordable and I think a lot of people don't often realise that."

  54. 1451: 

    Cape Verde Islands lose their place in the last round of African World Cup qualifiers after fielding an ineligible player, Fifa announce.

    Tunisia, who the Cape Verde upset 2-0 in a surprise result on Saturday, will now advance to the play-off rounds in October and November.

  55. 1447: 
    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor

    Tottenham Hotspur's 29-year-old Togo international striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been ordered to train with the club's reserves, manager Andre Villas-Boas says.

    "At the moment Ade is not with us, because we have granted him authorisation to stay up until Monday in his country for personal reasons, so he's not going to be involved against Norwich [on Saturday]," added Villas-Boas.

    "Up to when I find it appropriate, he will train with the development team."


    Are you being priced out of watching your favourite team? How much do you spend cheering on your side? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Abiram J: #priceoffootball is too high but demand is also high for Premier League, with Chelsea home games average attendance at over 99% of capacity.

    Matt Allen: #priceoffootball these days is a farce. Especially in the Premier League. £126 to get into Arsenal? £19 to go to Swindon next week is too much!

    Scotty J: Worked out cheaper to fly over and see a game in Germany than get the train to away game in UK.

  57. 1431:  

    Accrington Stanley offer the cheapest day out in League Two, according to the BBC Sport Price of Football.

    Stanley chairman Peter Marsden says: "There's a lot of competition for people out there to spend their money so football has to price itself into the market.

    "It's all about a different experience, it's real football, it's a very homely atmosphere at Accrington but we need to price it to get people away from the likes of Manchester United, Burnley and Blackburn.

    "We are the smallest club in the Football League and we had to do something different and that's why we lowered season ticket prices this season."

  58. 1425: 

    Former Republic of Ireland international Mark Lawrenson reacts to Giovanni Trapattoni's departure: "He should have left after Euro 2012 because Ireland were a disaster during the tournament. He got it completely wrong and it was time to rebuild last summer.

    "It was always going to be a difficult [World Cup qualifying] group, the best you could realistically hope for was second behind Germany.

    "If they had got somebody new last summer then they could have got new players in during this qualification period and if they came second and got in the play-offs it would have been a bonus. He has gone with dignity, he did a good job but it was a contract too much. Ireland are very workman-like, they are hard to beat, hard to play against but are short of quality and match-winners."

  59. 1418: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- Posh too pricey?
    Pie Chart

    Peterborough have made a fine start to the season in League One, having collected 13 points from a possible 18, but it comes at a price, as fan Rachel Ashby knows.

    Her ticket costs £235 and while she gives a drink and a pie a miss, programmes set her back a further £69, meaning she spends £304 to watch her team.

    Is that worth it for League One football? How much do you spend to watch your team? Try our calculator and share your pie chart via #priceoffootball


    Danny: If you buy a pie at every Crystal Palace home game, at £4, that would equate to over a quarter of the price for a Man City season ticket.

    Greg Perry: I've spent about £30,000 in the last 15 years at Chelsea. Worth every penny #trophies.

    Mike Peters: I've been watching live football for 28 years but have never bought a pie at a ground. Mainly as football food is so pricey.

  61. 1413: 

    The answers to #QSTeaser - which four of the 92 teams in England have the letters CASH in their names? - are Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and West Bromwich Albion #priceoffootball.

  62. 1410: 

    Norwich City manager Chris Hughton on being linked with the Republic of Ireland job: "I'm Norwich City manager, fans and the board have been incredibly supportive and I'm very happy here."

  63. 1400: 
    James Hook

    French Top 14 club Perpignan announce that the Wales back James Hook signs a contract extension for a further three years, up until the summer of 2017.

  64. 1354: 

    Hampshire cyclist Will Stephenson admits he will be in awe of Sir Bradley Wiggins when he lines up against Britain's first Tour de France winner in the Tour of Britain this weekend.

    Stephenson, 18, who is from Ringwood, rides for the Rapha-Condor JLT team and is the event's youngest competitor. But despite the nerves, Stephenson is determined to enjoy his experience.

    "It's going to be a bit surreal, I'll be a little bit awestruck," he says.

  65. 1349: 

    They might be playing outside Coventry but Coventry City offer the cheapest season ticket in League One at £184, the third-lowest price in the Football League behind League Two teams Hartlepool United (£150) and Fleetwood Town (£179.50).

    The Sky Blues's match-day ticket prices range from £13-£18 after they were cut from last season following the club's move out of Coventry to Northampton's Sixfields Stadium, with large numbers of fans boycotting home games.

  66. 1345: 

    Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash wants to buy League One Oldham Athletic.

    The millionaire racehorse owner shook the rugby league world last week by making a raft of high-profile signings, including former Man of Steel Rangi Chase, and he has now set his sights on expanding his sporting portfolio.

    "It's very much at the preliminary stages. Of course I'm interested, there's no point in hiding it," says Koukash.


    Do you think the match day experience justifies the ticket cost? What is a fair price for a ticket, a pie or a cup of tea? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Jamie Ireland: Huge Arsenal fan but I can barely afford to see them once a year. Costs are astronomical.

    Chris Rod: We all agree it's not cheap, but those 90 minutes where the world stops to witness the magic of football are priceless.

    Chris Brown: Manchester City's cheapest season ticket is actually less expensive than three Conference Premier sides.

  68. 1339: 

    Former England captain Andrew Strauss will decide in the next two weeks whether he wants to succeed Hugh Morris as the England and Wales Cricket Board's managing director.

    "One of the things you've got to be very careful with when jobs like these become available is to understand the actual job properly," says 36-year-old Strauss.

  69. 1336: 

    Victor Anichebe says he joined West Bromwich Albion because he felt in need of a change.

    The 25-year-old striker made the move from Everton, where he had spent his whole career to that point, on transfer deadline day at the start of September.

    "I felt like a change could give me an added boost," Anichebe tells BBC Sport."I had a great time at Everton, I was there for 15 years. Of course there were ups and there was downs, but that is all part of life ."

  70. 1329: 

    Glamorgan seamer Simon Jones announces his retirement from the first-class game but the 34-year-old will continue to be available for Twenty20 contracts after his current deal expires at the end of the season.


    Sammy: #priceoffootball is ridiculously expensive but never going to change. We all love football too much to stop going, regardless of the cost.

    Bradley Russell: A lot of talk about the #priceoffootball, but Crystal Palace matches are great value for students. Most clubs don't even offer student discounts.

    Alastair Brooke: Cheaper for me to go to West Bromwich Albion away including food + travel + ticket, than it is for just the ticket to see Arsenal at home.

  72. 1321: 

    Final word from Arsene Wenger on Mesut Ozil's potential at Arsenal: "There is room now for him to become a dominant player, and even step up from that."

  73. 1320: 
    Price of Football

    Manchester United fan, Sam Butler, has counted the cost of following his team. Just the £830 for tickets, with £133 for travel, £57 for food and £12 for programmes setting him back a total of £1,032. "That is before all cup and Champions League games as well, think I need a better job," says Sam.

    How much do you spend? Try our calculator to work out your costs and share on #priceoffootball

  74. 1317: 

    Arsene Wenger on his contract at Arsenal: "We are not in a hurry. My contract finishes in June, it is September now. That is a long way to go. There is no need to plan, I want to do well for this club. At the end I will sit down and think how well I did with the team I had and that will be sufficient for me to say yes or no."

  75. 1315: 

    Arsene Wenger on Saturday's opponents Sunderland: "I don't know [Paolo Di Canio] well as an individual. As a player he was fantastic.

    "He is at the start of his managerial career and that is very important for him. I think he has the passion and quality to be successful."

  76. 1314: 

    Arsene Wenger on his transfer policy: "I fight for the teams to spend the money they have made and not artificially earned. Once we have made that money I am happy to spend it. It is also important for us to find world-class players.

    "We had to go through some years where we had restricted financial potential. We are now in a stronger position financially.

    "Honestly, I think [Mesut Ozil's signing] was linked with Gareth Bale's transfer. I don't know exactly what happened inside Madrid. Was it down to financial reasons? Maybe they had to let someone go, I was surprised."

  77. 1312: 

    Arsene Wenger: [Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere] had light sessions today but they will be available."

  78. 1311: 

    Arsene Wenger: "There is a possibility Mesut Ozil will start [against Sunderland].We have lost Tomas Rosicky but everyone else should be available."

  79. 1309: 
    Arsene Wenger [l] and Mesut Ozil

    Mesut Ozil: "When I talked to Arsene Wenger on the phone he was full of respect. As a player I need respect and I felt that here. I don't want to talk about Real Madrid. The topic is over and I want to look ahead. I will hopefully have wonderful years here and win many trophies."

  80. 1308: 

    Mesut Ozil: "I would have come here without a fee. That would not be a problem. Of course I am proud of this but the most important thing is that the manager trusts me. That was crucial for me and that is why I came to Arsenal."

  81. 1307: 

    Mesut Ozil: "I look forward to playing in this league. I have watched a lot of Premier League games. It is very physical here but I am really glad to play in the best league in the world. I want to prove myself in England and therefore I look forward to playing here. I know I will prove myself here."

  82. 1306: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "When Mesut went to Real Madrid we were in touch then. I wanted to bring him to Arsenal but it didn't work then. Now the second time it worked. The first contact really helped I think."

  83. 1305: 

    Mesut Ozil: "I look forward to playing with the whole team. It would be wrong to name a few players. We have a goal as a team and therefore we look forward to playing with everybody."

  84. 1301: 
    Mesut Ozil

    Midfielder Mesut Ozil, who has joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for £42.4m: "I don't want to say anything bad about Madrid. I had three wonderful years there, we achieved a lot and we won trophies.

    "I had a great time there. People who know me know how professional I am. Over the years there I played 159 games. If you are not professional in your life I don't think you can play that many games. I don't care about all the rumours, I have a new task now and I am looking ahead."

  85. 1300: 

    Cyprus coach Nikos Nioplias, 48, resigns after a spate of disappointing results left his side languishing at the bottom of their World Cup qualifying group.

  86. 1259: 

    Mesut Ozil: "We want to play offensive and good football. To keep clean sheets and play attractive football. I can't promise to win trophies but I can promise as a team we will give our all to achieve this.

    "Of course [we can challenge for the Premier League title]. I know the team, I know that talent we have here and I think every player wants to be successful. It will be difficult because this is the strongest league in the world but we will give everything."

  87. 1257: 

    Mesut Ozil: "The most important thing was what the manager thinks about me and what his plan for me is. I decided to come to Arsenal because I have the trust and familiar environment here."

  88. 1256: 

    Mesut Ozil: "I am really looking forward to this task. I have only heard good things. This is a very successful club, with young players who can develop very well here and that is one of the reasons I wanted to come here."

  89. 1254: 

    Mesut Ozil: "It feels great to be here. It is really great. I feel very good here and it is great to be part of this team. The city is very nice. I feel very well at this team, the boss is great and I am sure he will improve me. I am proud to be a part of this team."

  90. 1251: 

    Bit later than originally billed but club-record signing Mesut Ozil has arrived at the Arsenal news conference, his quotes coming up.

  91. 1248: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- Back in my day...
    West Ham

    In 1972, a ticket to watch West Ham cost as little as 35p. Their cheapest ticket today is £37.

  92. 1246: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- Cheap trip to Caley

    In Scotland, Inverness Caledonian Thistle is the place to go for a cheap day out watching Scottish Premier League football.

    A ticket, programme, cup of tea and a pie costs £20.60. Celtic offer the most expensive overall match day experience at £30.40 for ticket, programme, cup of tea and a pie.


    Do you think the cost of following your team is reasonable? Try the BBC Sport Price of Football calculator and tell us what you think. Tweet #priceoffootball

    Sfikou: Teams should sell tickets based on supply and demand [like airline companies] to maximise revenues and crowds.

    Kerry Lenihan: Let's be honest though... it's priceless. The butterflies, the cheers, the tears, the pure joy when the ball hits the net.

    Will: £18 to watch Grimsby Town punt it 60 yards up the pitch in the Conference is not good value. Doesn't stop me going though.

  94. 1239:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport on Andy Murray's Davis Cup opponentTENNIS

    "Teenager Borna Coric is about to go from winning the US Open boys' singles title to facing Andy Murray in the Davis Cup in the space of a week. In a shock selection, Coric, 16, will make his Croatia debut against Britain in the World Group play-off on Friday.

    "Coric had not expected to see any action - at least in live matches - over the three days, but in a depleted Croatia squad he was seen as the man, or boy, in form.

    "There might be divided loyalties in the Coric camp as he has a British coach, Ryan Jones - who was suggested to his father by his British manager - and splits his training between Zagreb and Northwood in north London."

  95. 1227: 
    Mesut Ozil

    New £42.4m signing Mesut Ozil is to give his first news conference as an Arsenal midfielder at around 12:30 BST. We'll have all the updates right here in Sportsday.

  96. 1226: 

    The first day of play at the Evian Championship - the women's fifth and final major of the year - was washed out Thursday after heavy morning rain soaked the newly-designed course in France.

  97. 1217: 

    Former West Ham and Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder is linked with the Carlisle United vacancy, reports the News and Star.

    The 57-year-old, who last managed Norwich in 2009, has seen his odds drop to 5/2. But there is no indication yet either that Roeder is interested in the job or that League One United are considering his credentials.

    The Cumbrians are only starting to go through dozens of applications since Greg Abbott's departure on Monday.


    Edd Paul: With £600m extra TV revenue, there's no reason why Premier League clubs can't slash their prices more than they already have.

    Luke Willson: At Lincoln City, unused season ticket stubs can be 'cashed in' when purchasing a new one the following season.

    Steve French: £1,760 at Chelsea for my home and away season ticket. Nothing I would rather spend my money on.

  99. 1211: 

    Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore on the BBC Sport Price of Football study: "The fact that so many clubs are working so hard to ensure that Premier League football remains as accessible and affordable to as many people as possible has contributed to record attendances in recent years - most notably last season when Premier League grounds were 95.3% full and we saw record adult and junior season ticket sales.

    "That sets a high bar - one that both we and the clubs are determined to maintain. That is why clubs are looking at a range of innovative and inclusive offers to encourage high-attendance, particularly for younger fans and away supporters.

    "Clubs like Everton have seen a 39% increase in junior season tickets through reducing their season tickets to £95 for Under 11s and £149 for Under 16s."

  100. 1202: 

    League One Wolves say a deal has been agreed "in principle" for 30-year-old defender Roger Johnson to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan.

  101. 1158: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- Women's Super League
    Arsenal ladies

    The Women's Super League remains one of the cheapest places to watch football, BBC Sport Price of Football found.

    Champions Arsenal have average crowds of between 500 and 1,400 at home games, making them one of the best-supported female clubs in the country.

    At £5, they share the cheapest adult match-day ticket in the WSL with Everton, Bristol Academy, Chelsea and current leaders Liverpool. Birmingham, Lincoln and Doncaster Belles charge £1 extra.

  102. 1152: 

    League Two Scunthorpe United re-sign defender Cliff Byrne on a three-month loan deal from Oldham. Byrne, 31, spent nine seasons at Glanford Park before joining the Latics in summer 2012.

    He played 40 times last season, but his three appearances so far this term have all been as a substitute.


    Has your team dropped its ticket prices this year? Are you put off going to games because of the cost? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Adam Guthrie: Very proud of Partick Thistle for not selling out when promoted and still letting all Under-16s in for free.

    Stephen McNulty: For £90 my carer and I get a season ticket each at Dumbarton. For me this is the best value in Scotland.

    Jacques Wudward: I wanted to watch Arsenal v Napoli. Would have cost £26 membership + £42 for seats in the heavens and £30 travel.

  104. 1146: 

    Championship side Millwall are set to sign Leicester City striker Martyn Waghorn on a 93-day loan deal.

    The 23-year-old scored three goals in 28 appearances for the Foxes last season and has so far featured twice in the new campaign.

    Waghorn joined Leicester from Sunderland for a fee of £3m in 2010.

  105. 1144: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: Four of the 92 teams in England have the letters CASH in their names. Who are they? #priceoffootball

  106. 1140: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- Award winning pies

    Do you know where to head for award-winning pies? That will be Morecambe. The League Two club dominated the British Pie Awards in both 2011 and 2012.

    Head chef Graham Aimson and his team have been recognised nationally for their crusty creations, which are also sold in exclusive London department store Harrods.

    The pies will set you back a not-too-unreasonable £3, and you'll get a generous amount of gravy and mushy peas with that too.

  107. 1138: 

    BBC Radio Sheffield's Paul Walker: Milan Mandaric [Sheffield Wednesday chairman] confirms to me that they are close to signing Roger Johnson [from Wolves].

  108. 1136: 

    Sri Lanka's tour of England in the summer of 2014 has been confirmed. The tourists will face England in five one-day internationals at The Oval (22 May), Durham (25 May), Old Trafford (28 May), Lord's (31 May) and Edgbaston (3 June).

    They will play two Test matches at Lord's (12-16 June) and Headingley (20-24 June). Sri Lanka will also play Essex and Kent in 50-over matches on 13 and 16 May.


    Is it cheaper or more expensive to watch your team? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Ashley Nixon: Cheaper, however that's mainly due to the fact we [Wolves] keep getting relegated.

    Jordan Powell: It's been getting cheaper as I paid £30 for my Hereford United season ticket.

    Harry Haskett: Cheaper. Three relegations in four seasons [Portsmouth] has helped that a lot though.

  110. 1123: 

    A study shows that last season, the average price of a ticket to watch a game in the German Bundesliga was just £10.33. That compares very favourably to the average ticket price of £28.47 to watch a Premier League match.

    In Serie A, fans can watch Inter Milan for a very reasonable £19 but some of their other ticket prices make for startling reading. Their most expensive match day ticket is £325, while their most expensive season ticket is a very wallet unfriendly £3,629. Ouch.

  111. 1118: 

    Andy Murray will play the 16-year-old US Open boy's champion Borna Coric in the opening singles of Great Britain's Davis Cup World Group play off in Croatia.

    Murray has also been named as Colin Fleming's partner for Saturday's doubles, although Jonny Marray could be drafted into replace either player up to an hour before the scheduled start.

    Dan Evans, who reached the third round of the US Open, will play Croatia's No 1 Ivan Dodig in Friday's second singles rubber.

  112. 1117: 
    Pie Chart

    Gaz Whitley has shared his Price of Football pie chart, which shows he pays £160 for tickets and a further £40 for food and drink. In total he spends £263 to watch his team.

    How much do you spend? Try our calculator to work out your costs and share on #priceoffootball

  113. 1117: 

    Tour de France 2012 winner Sir Bradley Wiggins feels that Chris Froome "stabbed him in the back" during a crucial stage at last year's race, according to former Team Sky general manager Sean Yates.

    Froome's unplanned attack on stage 11 prompted Wiggins to send Yates a text message which, according to Yates, said: "I think it would be better for everyone if I went home."

    Yates, in an extract from his new book carried in The Times, said: "He [Wiggins] was upset and felt like Froomey had stabbed him in the back after the discussion we'd had before the stage [where it had been agreed Froome would attack only in the last 500 metres]."

  114. 1110: 

    Today's Question of Sport Teaser has a Price of Football theme to it: Four of the 92 teams in England have the letters CASH in their names. Who are they? #priceoffootball

  115. 1105: 

    Former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer feels fans will continue to pay to watch their team, despite high ticket prices.

    Newcastle charge £15 for their cheapest match day ticket, while their most expensive is £52. The most expensive match day ticket in the Premier League is at Arsenal - £126.

    "In an ideal world it would be a lot cheaper, but that's the world we live in now," says Shearer. "But they still turn out here week in week out in their thousands because they're desperate to see Newcastle win something."

  116. 1100: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- The £4 pie

    Kidderminster Harriers charge £4 for a pie but the Conference club insists it is worth every penny. Harriers have tweeted: "More publicity for the £4 pies at Aggborough, again the joint-priciest in the game but, surely, worth every penny."

  117. 1054: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- Where to go for £10?

    Got £10 to spare? Then head to Albion Rovers in Scottish League Two where a ticket costs just £7, leaving room for a programme (£2) and a cup of tea £0.75. Substitute the programme for a pie (£1.50) if you are feeling peckish!

  118. 1046: 
    Hartlepool United

    The cheapest place to watch English league football on a regular basis is at League Two Hartlepool, with their cheapest season ticket costing just £150.


    Is following your team worth the money? Should clubs try to make things easier for fans? Tell us what you think in the wake of the BBC Sport Price of Football study. Tweet #priceoffootball or you can also get involved in the Price of Football debate on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Ray Bentley: Games on TV should be ticketed at a cut price. Full stadium = better atmosphere = better football.

    Leigh Hine: Generations of fans will grow up supporting teams they watch on the TV unless the whole game gets a grip on prices.

    Alex Kirby: Free coaches are welcome but fans just want much cheaper tickets. It's not as if the Premier League can't afford it.

  120. 1036: 

    Leeds United manager Brian McDermott says he is "proud" to be linked with the Republic of Ireland job, but is 100% committed to the Elland Road club.

    The 52-year-old former Reading manager is being touted as a possible successor to Giovanni Trapattoni, who left the job on Wednesday.

    Leeds United tweeted: "Brian McD says he thinks Martin O'Neill would be a good choice for the Ireland job."

  121. 1028: 

    Division Two leaders Lancashire may have their work cut out to try and force a promotion-clinching victory over Leicestershire after only 21 overs were possible on day one at Old Trafford because of rain, the home side reaching 92-0.

    Owais Shah holds the key for third-placed Essex as they look to collect as many batting bonus points as possible from their game against Kent at Canterbury - they will resume on 186-4, Shah 83 not out. Elsewhere, James Vince is unbeaten on 106 for Hampshire, who closed on 197-3 against Worcestershire at New Road.

  122. 1024: 
    Liverpool defender Glen Johnson

    Liverpool and England defender Glen Johnson: Injury doesn't seem as bad as first thought, hopefully be back sooner than originally expected.

    Johnson, 29, sprained his ankle during Liverpool's 1-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield on 1 September.

  123. 1021: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- Palace £4 pies worth it?

    Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says the club have brought down the cost of their cheapest season ticket to make "football more accessible to people" and to give "true Palace fans" the opportunity to come to games.

    The cost of their cheapest season ticket has been reduced from £395 to £360 despite promotion to the Premier League.

    Palace's pies have been named the most expensive in the top flight - at £4 - but Parish says the club has had "fantastic feedback" from fans.


    Mitch Hum: Whilst I agree it's expensive, there's nothing I'd rather spend my money on than watching Southampton.

    Darren Mayes: £315 for 23 Northampton Town home games and I have a round trip of 35 miles in that price. Not too bad really. Shame about the football.

    Robb Shearman: Aberystwyth Town? Ticket, pint, golden goal ticket, burger, chips and coke is £10. Bargain.

  125. 1008: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- How does it compare?

    Newcastle United ticket: £15 (Three other Premier League clubs charge under £30)

    Alton Towers: £35.10

    Blackpool Tower: £45

    Edinburgh Castle: £16

    Madame Tussauds, London: £22.50

    One Direction, Etihad Stadium: £66


    Do you think ticket prices are reasonable for your team? What about food and drink once you arrive at the ground? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Iain Reid: If you want to have the best league in the world, you will probably have the most expensive league in the world.

    Stephen Mills: To watch my local non-league team - Staines Town - costs £18. How can that be? Not even Conference Premier.

    Jimmy Malin: Manchester City cheapest season tickets in the Premier League. How are small clubs like Hull, Palace etc allowed to charge more? Makes no sense.

  127. 0957: 

    Ipswich Town's highest-priced season ticket is the most expensive in the Football League at £1,061.

    A spokesman for the Championship club tells BBC Sport: "We recognise that we are more expensive in some areas of ticketing than a number of Championship clubs, but in other areas we are very comparable with our league rivals.

    "We have frozen season ticket prices for the third successive year and the seventh time in 11 years, and we also offered the supporters a 12-month interest-free direct debit facility to spread the cost."

  128. 0955: 
    Everton manager Roberto Martinez

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez ahead of his team's home game with Chelsea on Saturday: "It's been a real joy to see Gareth Barry around, with his daily standards. James McCarthy hasn't been able to train with the group yet. Romelu Lukaku has been with us a couple of days.

    "It is always great to have new faces being integrated into the group. I don't think it has been a difficult time for any of those players. It has been a good welcoming period. We can't wait to get the full squad working together."

  129. 0948: 

    Division One leaders Durham will be looking to make inroads into Derbyshire's batting line-up if the weather relents on the second morning, with the home side set to resume on 99-1.

    With maximum bowling points already secured, second-placed Yorkshire need one more wicket to polish off Sussex's first innings at Hove, and the onus will then be on their batsmen to close the gap on Durham still further.

    Somerset have the upper hand in their relegation battle against Surrey, having reduced the visitors to 195-8 on day one at Taunton, while Steven Mullaney (88 not out) will have a century in his sights when Notts resume on 161-2 against Middlesex at Lord's.


    Are you happy with how much you pay to watch your team? How much does it cost? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Hutchi: £17 for the San Siro on Wednesday for Champions League football. Cheaper than every Scottish Professional Football League ground.

    Chris Williams: If there was a salary cap on players' wages then clubs wouldn't need to charge high prices. Works in other sports.

    Connor: I can only just afford it. Prices are scandalous sometimes, spend three quarters of my wages going to see my team.

  131. 0941: 

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is holding a news conference ahead of Saturday's home game with Chelsea. The Spaniard says midfielder Darron Gibson and defender Antolin Alcaraz are back training after injury but unlikely to feature.


    Leighton Jones: Wow. Aldershot Town's cheapest season ticket is more expensive than Man City's.

    Hen Freeman: Wheelchair user season ticket at MK Dons £120 plus free parking space. Very reasonable, considering great view & access.

    Geraint Brown: Valencia are charging £7 for the Swansea Europa League tie in the Mestalla. The return at the Liberty is £30.

  133. 0930: 
    West Ham United fan

    West Ham United will offer a "kids for a quid" deal at as many as six home games this season as they continue efforts to attract a new generation of fans.

    The Hammers, who have sold out their past 18 home league matches, will have almost 20,000 more seats available when they move from Upton Park to the 54,000-seater Olympic Stadium in 2016.

    BBC Sport Price of Football found a host of other top-flight clubs offer incentives to attract youngsters, with West Brom and Fulham also running selected "kids for a quid" matches.


    Peter Rawlings: Stop comparing UK season ticket prices to those in Germany. Remember German clubs got free stadia/upgrades because of the 2006 World Cup.

    Jamie Lyon: Yes, football is overpriced. Spend around £1,500 following my club home and away over the course of the season.

    James Barker: The reason clubs charge so much? Because people are still going and paying these inflated prices.

  135. 0922: 

    Clubs to have cut season ticket prices by more than 20%: Blackpool (42.4%), Huddersfield Town (41.2%), Bournemouth (30.7%), Coventry City (27%), Accrington Stanley (25%), Derby County (23.3%), Bury (23.1%), Fleetwood Town (22.17%), Queens Park Rangers (22.0%), Morecambe (21.0%), Hull City (20.6%), Wolves (20.3%).


    BBC Sport's Price of Football study has found that average ticket prices are down across English football's top four divisions. Do you think ticket prices are good value? How do other costs such as travel affect you? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Mark Farrington: Took my son to Villa for the Malaga friendly - cost £25. Same seats for Premier League game £65. #priceoffootball is too high.

    Joe: Yes, they are overpriced - some of the money spent on wages should be reinvested to reduce ticket prices.

    Keelan Early: It's not just match tickets that cost too much. The price of public transport has increased rapidly.

  137. 0914: 
    PRICE OF FOOTBALL- Scottish Championship

    Alloa Athletic fans can watch regular Scottish Championship football for £160 - the cheapest season ticket in that division. They also get to enjoy a cheap cup of tea with the hot beverage costing just 50p. There is not much between the most expensive season tickets in the division, but Dundee offer the most expensive ticket at £290.


    Robert Weaver: Let's not forget, that due to TV deal, every Premier League club could reduce every ticket by £15 and achieve same income as last season.

    John Merrill: Ticket prices are not down, my Liverpool season ticket has gone up.

    Inmotion: Football isn't for supporters, it's for customers.

  139. 0905: 
    Accrington Stanley

    Accrington Stanley, Derby County, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United are the only clubs out of all 92 in the English leagues who offer a day out for less than £20. Last year it was two clubs, with 12 doing so in 2011-12.


    How much does it cost to follow your club? Is the price of football too high? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Benedikt: £160.36 for an adult season ticket at Borussia Dortmund - that's £9.43 per game.

    WestonGas: Football is now a rich man's game slowly pushing working men out. Price of tickets is outrageous.

    Mark Barden: I decided ages ago that £30 was my cut-off point for a ticket. If more fans voted with their feet, prices would soon fall.

  141. 0857: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater: "The BBC's third annual Price of Football study has uncovered hundreds of stories from 166 clubs, but the common strand is that there is the Premier League, and there is everybody else.

    "In English football's top flight, revenues, spending, attendances and ticket prices are up: income and investment, supply and demand. The same, however, cannot be said of those pressed up against the railings trying to get in."

    You can read more of Matt Slater and the Price of Football: The Premier League - then everyone else.

  142. 0848: 

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin: Price of the cheapest season ticket at Hibs is more than double the price of the cheapest at AC Milan.

  143. 0846: 
    Liverpool fans

    Premier League spokesman Nick Noble: "Each club must spend a minimum of £200,000 per season on away supporter initiatives that improve the away fan experience and/or make it better value for money.

    "Clubs have to inform us by the end of September what they will be doing as their part of this initiative - some already have. Stoke City are offering free coach travel for away fans, Liverpool are reducing the price of all away tickets."

  144. 0841: 

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin: In the Scottish Premiership St Johnstone sell the cheapest pies, Inverness sell the cheapest programmes.

  145. 0838: 

    Fulham were one of two Premier League clubs not to sell out of their ticket allocation away from home on the opening day of this season.

    Yet the London club still doubled the number of fans who travelled to Sunderland last season by offering free coach travel and a free pub lunch.

  146. 0830:  

    Kathy Long, Premier League's head of supporter services: "Most prices have been frozen for a few years now but I think what clubs are doing is offering new offers.

    "I think that's the challenge of having a global league now and obviously there is a premium to pay with that. It's actually become more affordable to more people now."


    Mark Devlin: I hope the BBC will also highlight price initiatives such as 'pay what you can' at clubs like Brentford.

    Jeremy Coy: Why do people buy food or drink inside the ground other than the odd beer. It's terrible whatever the price.

    Alex Varney: Survey is remarkable. You can watch PL clubs for less than likes of Barnet and Grimsby. £25 for non-league game is ridiculous.

  148. 0822: 

    Manchester City fans had to spend £2.50 last season for a cup of tea. That has now been reduced to £1.80.

    City's director of sales, service and operations Danny Wilson told BBC Sport: "Obviously last year's study showed we were charging one of the highest amounts for a cup of tea and I think it shows we are listening to our supporters.

    "It created a bit of a storm, being the most expensive, and we decided to look at that and bring it down to the price we have."

  149. 0815: 

    According to the Premier League, top flight grounds were 97.2% full on average in the opening round of the 2013/14 season. Eight of the 10 opening round matches reported 98%+ occupancy.


    Adam Davy: Walsall offer free season tickets to Under-18s. It doesn't get the national coverage the offer deserves.

    Denny: I don't care how much Arsenal charge, I'm still going to go to games.

    Brock Lesnar: At £15, Newcastle United continue to offer the cheapest adult matchday ticket in the Premier League.

  151. 0808: 

    Football League chairman Greg Clarke on BBC Sport's 2013 Price of Football study: "Around three-quarters of Football League clubs have reduced their ticket prices or kept them at the same level as last season. I think this is a case of clubs responding sensibly to declining living standards in what has been a challenging economic period.

    "Our focus is on delivering sustainable football clubs across all three divisions. People often associate this with controlling costs, and through Financial Fair Play we are making significant progress in this area, but it's also about increasing revenues and key to that is getting more supporters through the turnstiles at the right price.

    "On the whole I believe it's something clubs are very good at, no other country in the world gets even close to the kind of crowds we get in this country for professional football below the top flight."


    Armchair Terrace: BBC #priceoffootball feature paints a picture that football is once again affordable. Truth is very different. Progress, but much more to do.

    Amit Chakravarty: Germany probably have the best model on pricing for games. In terms of quality they have increased year on year.

    Chris Minshull: Stoke City tends to be quite reasonable, and also providing free away travel. If we can why can't 'bigger clubs'.

  153. 0800: 
    Football fans

    Good morning and welcome to a special Sportsday Live. Average ticket prices across English football's top four divisions have fallen by up to 2.4%, the BBC Sport Price of Football study has found.

    The survey showed prices in four main categories have reduced for 2013-14.

    The annual study - the biggest in British football - includes the prices of 166 clubs in the top 10 divisions.

  154. 0756: 

    Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron says the way some clubs treat fans is an "outrage" and wants more done to make football accessible to the public.

    BBC Sport's Price of Football study show ticket prices across English football's top four divisions have fallen by up to 2.4%, but Farron is still disappointed with some attitudes to pricing.

    In response to the 2012 study, he tabled a motion in the House of Commons to highlight the rising cost of going to watch football in England.


    Ryan Dalglish: Amazed at the @BBCSport #priceoffootball article. You can see one team battle for the PL title for less than three Conference sides charge.

    BENSON ROY: It is a matter of business class or economy. There are much cheaper seats depending on your choice viewing angle.

    Mark Halliwell: Cheltenham Town allow all under 11s who join the Junior Robins scheme in to all games free.

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    Professor Tom Cannon, a football finance expert from Liverpool University, says Premier League clubs are under pressure to produce greater revenues.

    Responding to BBC Sport's findings that the average price of the cheapest Premier League season ticket has increased, Cannon says: "The truth is, we are in a situation where the cost of talent, at the top in particular, continues to soar.

    "It is not just because of that pressure but because of regulatory pressure like Financial Fair Play, which means they have to generate more and more income. This means on the one hand you have a bonanza of TV income, but you also have a bonanza in expenditure and potentially the gap has to be filled by gate income and that puts the pressure on the fans."


    What do you think of the findings of the latest BBC Sport Price of Football study? Average ticket prices across English football's top four divisions have fallen by up to 2.4%. Is it enough? What more needs to be done? Tweet #priceoffootball

    Paul Rouse: I'm a disabled season ticket holder at West Ham. Mine went up 24% this year.

    Diane Woodhouse: Been to away match in League Two and charged £25. Facilities didn't match price.

    AP: Going to Newcastle v Hull in a week, Tickets are a fiver each for juniors. Pretty good value I think.

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    The average price of the cheapest Premier League season ticket has still gone up - despite the average ticket price across English football's top four divisions falling.

    Chairman of the Football Supporters' Federation Malcolm Clarke says there is "no justification" for any increases in the top flight given a new television deal that is bringing in an extra £600m across the Premier League. He had called for the extra cash to be used to cut admission prices drastically, but during the transfer window clubs spent a record £630m on players.

    Clarke said: "It is disappointing that the average price of the cheapest season ticket has still gone up despite the extra income and despite the very difficult economic circumstances many supporters are in.

    "There is plenty of scope to do much more than they have already done. If all that happens is that most of that money is being used to go into players and agents, then there is a danger that there will be a real kickback from fans."

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    Sports minister Hugh Robertson: "I think that's why we've heard from Dave Whelan where he says it's impossible to raise prices under the economic climate so I suspect it is good news that there has been fall.

    "It's not the Government's role to set ticket prices, in the budget we've lowered fuel prices but still the ticket prices remain key.

    "There is a bigger picture than just a simple survey."


    Tommy: Work at Manchester City. Dearest ticket we sell is £47 although United tickets rose to £56.

    Jack Larsson: After Barnet were relegated to the Conference, the price of an adult ticket went up by 15%.

    The Joker: #priceoffootball is still a joke. For overpaid brands like selling DRINKS at a ground for £2+ when it's half the price in local shops.

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    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan

    Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says it is "impossible" to ask supporters to pay more to watch football in today's economic climate.

    "Money is so tight and our area is running at 8-9% unemployed," he added.


    So the BBC's Price of Football study finds that average ticket prices across English football's top four divisions have fallen by up to 2.4%.

    Is it enough? What more needs to be done? We want your views. Tweet #priceoffootball

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    "Arsenal have the most expensive season ticket for the second season in a row. Kidderminster have a £4 pie which I am told is worth every single penny.

    "People have other choices to make now with the economy being the way it is so people are being more careful with what they are spending their money on."

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    The BBC's Price of Football study - the biggest in British football - looked at prices for 166 clubs across the British game, including five divisions in England, four divisions in Scotland and the Women's Super League. These are individual adult league tickets and do not include voucher schemes or family tickets.

    The study reveals that the average ticket prices across English football's top four divisions have fallen by up to 2.4% and that prices in four main categories have been reduced for the 2013/14 season.

    The BBC's Price of Football calculator lists how much each club charges.

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    Fans queue for tickets

    Welcome to Thursday's Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays, where we have the latest reaction to the BBC Sport Price of Football study which finds that average ticket prices in England's top four division fall by up to 2.4%.

    Last year's study showed that the average price of the cheapest ticket in English football had gone up by 11% - four times the rate of inflation. But this year, prices for the cheapest and most expensive matchday and season tickets were reduced - as clubs in the Football League face up to an average five-per cent drop in attendances

    How much do you spend watching a game? Have you stopped going because it is too expensive? We want to know.

    In addition, we have the build-up to a busy weekend of football action, the latest from cricket's County Championship and all the breaking sports news.

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