What do you think? Football survey compares the cost of attending Norwich City matches with other Premier League clubs

Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson in action during City's recent 5-2 defeat to Liverpool at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd. Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson in action during City's recent 5-2 defeat to Liverpool at Carrow Road. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd.

Friday, October 19, 2012
10:48 AM

A study about the price of football has revealed the cost of watching Norwich City matches in comparison to the rest of British football.

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An extensive study carried out by BBC Sport has discovered that the average cost of the cheapest adult ticket in the top four divisions of English football has risen by 11.7pc in the past 12 months - more than five times the rate of inflation - from £19.01 to £21.24.

The Price of Football survey 2012 places the Canaries in joint-13th position in its table for the cheapest matchday ticket in the Premier League, tied with Manchester United at £30.

The cheapest matchday ticket is £20 at three clubs, Fulham, Aston Villa and Wigan, while bottom of that table is Chelsea, with the west London club’s cheapest ticket of £41 narrowly below Liverpool’s £39.

With City having finished 12th in the Premier League table last year, many of the results in the survey see Carrow Road prices similarly sitting roughly in mid-table.

One surprising result is the price of a pie at Carrow Road, which is listed as £2.50.

Only Wigan sell a cheaper pie in the Premier League, at £2.30, but the surprising result is that only four teams in the second tier, the Championship, sell a pie cheaper than the Canaries and, even more surprisingly, 20 teams in the third tier, League One, charge more for a pie than City.

The surprising expense of a matchday pie in English football aside however, there is nothing that will be too surprising for Norwich supporters.

The club offers the 11th most expensive season ticket, costing £790, well behind the most expensive at Arsenal’s Emirates stadium at £1,955 but more than double the £310 most expensive season ticket at north-west minnows Wigan.

While the cheapest season ticket at Carrow Road is £471, which places City in 13th place in the Premier League, with Arsenal’s cheapest season ticket being £985 and Wigan’s again the cheapest, at £255.

- Do you think prices at Carrow Road are fair and competitive, or is it becoming too expensive to watch Norwich City matches? Leave your comments below.

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24 comments

  • All football is becoming far too expensive, if it continues to increase as it has over the last few years, it will become just for the wealthy and corporate entertainment. Real fans will be driven away. Although I am still a season ticket holder, I have several friends who have given up theirs and now follow on match of the day, which is very sad.

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    christren

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Just think nrg, in a few years time, you too may have joined the "beer gutted white middle-aged baldies" and also become a season ticket holder? At least by then, us "beer gutted white middle-aged baldies" will be OAP's enjoying the benefits of discounted ticket prices!

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    GMF

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Is the price of a pie surprising, Archant? Is it? I think we get the message. At least use a thesaurus.

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    chirpy

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Football in the premier league will soon be just for beer gutted white middle-aged baldies, roll on relegation for winning matches and proper football. Can't beat wet tuesdays somewhere up north imo!!

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    nrg

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • You are so right, Tartan Canary. It is worrying that many "working man`s" comforts have become pricey pleasures for the prawn panini (roll) set. "Real Ale", once strictly a "plebs`" tipple, is now distinctly for the upwardly mobile. How about ..."fantastic finesse, reminiscent of a fine cognac" as a description for a "barley wine"? (Strong beer) .... In the Prem, around a million fans worship around 500 players by handing over their hard-earned money. Their choice. So that`s a total of a million and 500 that worship the players. It`s getting (got) obscenely silly. I, too, watch local football for similar reasons to yours.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Season ticket prices at Norwich are in my view quite acceptable. However when it comes to buying single tickets, there is no way I would pay £55 to watch Stoke City, that is quite laughable. In addition £30 to watch Tottenham. Reserves in the League Cup is again squeezing money from the supporters.

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    KBartlett

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • I gave up complaining about catering at Norwich after visiting several northern clubs. Main one, Barnsley's "meat and potato" pie was shovking, perhaps they should drop the "meat" in the name?

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    DocOhNo

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • How can this be seen as a valid piece of research when it doesn't ask the right question on the correct comparator which is the price for tea?£2 a cup is scandalous but is it the going rate?

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    Peter Watson

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • A good idea which Blackburn Rovers used was charging visiting fans the same as it was for their fans to visit that particular club. A very fair system which we should adopt!

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    smalltownboy

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Norwich city at the moment sadly, premiership prices, fagend of the Championship performances...

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    G.D.Bartlett

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • This was being discussed yesterday on Radio 5, and the 'Expert' even singled Norwich out as being a greedy club when it comes to ticket prices. I note that the upcoming Stoke match is CAT A game meaning the likes of myself will have to fork out £50 if Iwant to go. Hmmmm I wonder how long it will take me to make my mind up on that one!

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    Robert Rosario

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • GMF, ssshhh, I'm fast approaching that point in life....alas a former season ticket holder too.

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    nrg

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Judging by _beckie`s comment, Norwich were VERY quick to move the price of a pie up by 50p. Can`t be doing with being the cheapest on offer. Heaven forbid! I like B Inners Pi thing. Trouble is, when all prices hit that ceiling, the accountants will have to square the circle, whereupon Pi becomes 4.0000000. Then what? Revaluation of the currency? Barter? Don`t buy the b****y awful things? You know it makes sense.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • All league football is highly over-priced and it's admirable how faithful Norwich's away support is given the distances involved. Although I get down to see Norwich when possible, most Saturdays I watch non-league football. I realise standing in the cold with a crowd of say one hundred is an acquired taste but at £5 entry and 80p a pie it is definitely better value. Would the entertainment at the Stoke game be 10 times more exciting? Almost certainly not, as at non-league both teams actually try to WIN, don't dive, etc. plus there's a stronger sense of community.

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    Tartan Canary

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • sums it up really. i have just given up watching football after 30 years because of constantly being treated like a mug. ok, i know football is a business, but it cannot keep on pushing away the real supporters. i don't miss it thou, because my anger towards the money grabbers over-rides that.

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    canaryboy71

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • i am not sure how you define value for money.we all think it has been worth it if we have a good win{like beating the old enemy 5-1}but it does seem a waste of money when you get thrashed at home.not to bad for me with oap ticket,but will have to think very hard about it if tickets go up next season.if i do give up it will be a blow.65 years is a long time to support one club.otbc.

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    bluelight

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • I am not the slightest bothered by the price of a pie or cup of tea but would just like to receive fare ticket prices. OTBC! x

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    CANARY-CRUISE-GIRL

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • I brought a pie at Norwich's last home game and it was £3.00 so its not £2.50 any more.

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    _beckie

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Come on, CANARY CRUISE GIRL, you have to pay your own fair, it`s only fare, or I fayre you will have to forego away games. Fear enough? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Is the price of a pie surprising, Archant? Is it? I think we get the message. At least use a thesaurus.

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    chirpy

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Something tells me the price of a pie is about to rise...... talked up, maybe?

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • Just what is a "Real fan" anyway? This often preached concept is something of a myth. Yes, the profile of the typical football fan has changed over the years, but surely anyone who follows a team, whether thay attends games or not, is a fan?

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    GMF

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • All very interesting re the relative costs of matchday fare. It might have been better explained in a chart. Perhaps the costs of pies should be standardised at 3.14159265359p each

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    B Inners

    Friday, October 19, 2012

  • B Inners, will drink prices be better displayed on a Bar chart?? ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, October 19, 2012

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