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Is your season ticket value for money?

You can find here a set of tables giving season ticket prices for Football League clubs.  It should be noted that what is given is the cheapest price and that often depends on early bird offers, e.g., the price quoted could be for an under 16 buying their ticket in February.  The cheapest price may not be correlated with the average price, but that is a lot more difficult to calculate.

Every cloud has a silver lining - Cheltenham Town FC

Cheltenham Town may have been defeated in the play off finals, but their financial position has improved considerably.   Not so long ago they were recording losses of £800k, were dicing with administration and looked as if they might return to the non-league.   Now, helped by a good FA Cup run and the revenue from the play-off final, they are set to record a profit for the third consecutive year.

Football League also doing well

The latest annual review of football finance from Deloitte Sports Business understandably focuses on the Premiership, but also points out the achievements of the Football League are sometimes overlooked, although there also grounds for concern.

Revenue in the Football League Championship increased by £17m (4%) to £423m, prompted by an increase in the solidarity payments from the Premier League and the promotion of some larger clubs into the division.  

Minstermen on the up

York City languished in the Conference for eight years, showing what a difficult league it is to get out of. But now they have escaped in some style, winning the FA Trophy and promotion through the play offs from the Blue Square Bet Premiership.

Payday lending and football

From time to time we are pleased to welcome guest writers.  We do not necessarily agree (or disagree) with what they say, but think they have an interesting point to make.   This contribution is by Laura Susstance:

Port Vale deal agreed

Port Vale should be out of administration by June, subject to the approval of the Football League.   A £1.3m takeover by Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder was approved by creditors on Thursday.   The company voluntary arrangement was approved by 87 per cent of creditors.

Ryder's initial offer was £1.4m. But Stoke-on-Trent City Council rejected his offer to pay them £800,000, partly in instalments, so they have instead settled for £700,000 to be paid up front.

Crewe model faces challenges

Crewe Alexandria have relied heavily on a successful model of selling on Academy graduates they have developed to other clubs, but changes in the youth development system now threaten that way of keeping the club going.

Surprise purchaser of Port Vale

Lancashire businessman Keith Ryder has been named as the surprise preferred choice to take Port Vale out of administration.  


Ryder, who has worked in the financial services and property development industries, was chosen ahead of four other bidders, including local businessman Mo Chaudry who has been trying to buy the club for some time.   In many ways he was the preferred choice of fans, but supporters' groups have pledged that they will work with the new owner.

One in five clubs in poor financial health

One in five clubs in the English Football League is in 'poor financial health' according to a survey by administrators Begbies Traynor.   Of 68 teams surveyed in the three divisions of the Football League, 13 have signs of distress such as serious court actions against them, including winding-up petitions, late filing of accounts and 'serious' negative balances on their balance sheets.

The cost of relegation to League 2

Any relegation is difficult for a club.   It's a blow to morale and a big financial setback as well.  But the costs of relegation from League 2 to the Conference are particularly heavy.   Just look at the clubs who have found it difficult to return to the Football League: among them Grimsby, Lincoln, Luton, Mansfield and York (who have had the longest stay at the lower level).