The difference of quality between the bottom half of the Premier League and top half of the Championship has been closer than ever over recent years, with some of the sides from the second tier of English football actually stronger than those fighting against relegation in the top-flight.
For the 2018-19 season, Premier League long-stayers Stoke City, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion have all been demoted to the Championship, whilst Wolverhampton Wanderers, Fulham and Cardiff City are making their returns to the big time.
That’s regarding quality on the pitch, but the prices of football tickets are actually very similar as well, despite the difference in star quality with the Premier League consisting of some of the world’s greatest footballing stars.
In this tickets article, we have a look at comparisons between the dearest season tickets, cheapest season tickets, dearest single football tickets and cheapest single football tickets between the top two divisions in the country.
Huddersfield Town offer adults a terrific deal involving season tickets priced at just £100, the cheapest in the Premier League, and West Ham United’s £289 season tickets are the least expensive after the ones the loyal supporters can buy at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The Terriers’ season tickets are actually the cheapest out of the whole of the Sky Bet Championship as well, with Birmingham City’s £230 the least expensive in the division. Barnsley, Burton Albion, Fulham, Hull City and Sheffield United all charge less than West Ham for their cheapest season tickets.
Arsenal don’t offer season tickets at the Emirates Stadium for less than £891 – that price includes the seven cup credits fans receive for the Emirates FA Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League – with Chelsea’s cheapest costing a still-hefty £750.
You have to pay at least £499.50 to get an annual seat to watch Norwich City; the club have a more expensive minimum price for a season ticket than 13 Premier League teams including champions Manchester City.
Fulham had the most expensive season tickets in the Championship last term at £929, whereas Arsenal’s £1768.50 season tickets are one of the most expensive in Europe and in the top-flight. Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and West Ham United all charge over £1000 for their dearest.
Huddersfield’s charge no more than £299 for their season tickets, which emphasises how affordable a club it really is to watch. In terms of cheapest single football tickets, despite the £9 tickets Liverpool offer fans living in the L postcode, Tottenham’s £20 single tickets are the least expensive in the Premier League.
On average, the Championship league cheapest tickets are lower priced than in the top-flight and Hull City’s £12 tickets are the most affordable in the division. Birmingham, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Derby County and Norwich are the other clubs whose single tickets are cheaper than at Spurs.
Arsenal also offer the most expensive single tickets in the Premier League at £95.50, in comparison to Fulham’s £50 tickets which are the dearest in the division below.
There’s no doubting that the Premier League is more expensive to watch than the Championship, and rightly so, but many supporters will probably argue it’s worth it.