Study underlines value on offer at Pompey

Pompey fans pay the lowest price in League Two for their pies. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey fans pay the lowest price in League Two for their pies. Picture: Joe Pepler

YOU WON’T find a cheaper cup of tea anywhere in the top four divisions of English football.

And you’d have to go all the way to Rochdale to grab yourself a better-value pie to the ones on offer at Fratton Park on a match day.

This is positive news and the club deserve credit

Pam Wilkins

That’s the findings from a new study on the cost of going to game for fans in 2015.

The BBC’s Price of Football study has unearthed those results after analysing prices from 230 clubs across 13 leagues across Britain.

And Pompey shape up impressively when it comes to serving up value-for-money for their followers.

The £1 cuppa the Blues have on the menu cannot be bettered in the Football League and Premier League.

Only Vanarama National outfit Braintree had a cheaper price of the English teams surveyed at 80p.

The Pompey pies are also unbeaten for value in League Two.

You have to stump up just £2.20 to grab a pie when watching the Blues at home.

Accrington Stanley, Dagenham and Redbridge, Leyton Orient and Stevenage Borough (all £2.50) were the nearest rivals to that price.

Pompey also shape up well in the range of other categories in the study.

They shine when comparing the prices paid out for adult replica shirts - with just two clubs in England bettering their £39.99 price.

Only Dagenham & Redbridge (£38.50) and Morecambe (£37.50) could improve on the value offered by Pompey.

Their competitiveness in that area is highlighted by the fact the average price of an adult shirt in the United Kingdom comes in at £42.18.

The cost of buying a junior shirt at Pompey is £29.99.

Only AFC Wimbledon at £25 come in any cheaper in League Two

Seven clubs offer better value than that in all four divisions with the Dons joined by Nottingham Forest (£20), MK Dons (£27), Bury (£22.99), Crewe (£28.99), Gillingham (£26.99) and Walsall (£24.99) in offering impressive deals.

The average price for a junior shirt was £33.66.

A host of clubs (32) could beat Pompey’s lowest single ticket price of £20, but with the highest ticket price the same figure they weren’t bettered in all four divisions.

Pompey’s cheapest season ticket came in at £300 - with four League Two sides charging more. Their most expensive season ticket quoted in the study was £370, with just five League Two sides delivering better value.

The results of the survey were welcomed by Pompey Supporters’ Trust vice-chairwoman, Pam Wilkins.

Wilkins said; ‘This is positive news and the club deserve credit. We all know how important it is to keep prices down for supporters.

‘When you go to somewhere like Wembley the cost of food is stupid.

‘But at Fratton Park I will buy some food and a drink because the costs are reasonable.

‘It’s important there is value there for supporters while also being able to make some money.’