BBC Sport: 2013/14 Price of Football findings released
- 12 September 2013 08:25
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
BBC’s annual look into the cost of attending football matches in England dominates the conversation across this morning’s media.
With so much focus on spiralling costs in the Premier League last season, there are some interesting findings in this year’s study.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool were found to have the division’s most expensive season tickets, while City were singled out as having the cheapest offering in the league, costing less even than three Conference Premier League sides.
The BBC Sport Price of Football survey looked at 166 clubs in 10 divisions across British football, including the Conference Premier and Women's Super League.
“It found Manchester City offer the cheapest season tickets in the Premier League and are the only club to sell them for less than £300, with their £299 tariff lower than three Conference Premier sides,” Andy Cryer of BBC Sport reports.
“The cheapest day out is at Newcastle United, at £23.20, while Cardiff City, Norwich City and Manchester City also offer a ticket, a programme, a pie and a cup of tea for less than £30.
“Manchester City have gone from having the most expensive cup of tea last season to, at £1.80, to the joint-second cheapest in the division after Cardiff City, who charge £1.70.”
That one is worth reading in full over on the BBC Sport website.
Elsewhere, Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News has written an interesting article on youth development at the club.
City faced criticism from some sections after new FA Chairman Greg Dyke spoke out about the growing number of foreign players in the league and the subsequent effect on the England national team.
As Brennan points out, City were the last team to win the top English division with a team of 11 Englishmen in 1968 and no club in the world has spent more on youth development over the past few years, with a keen focus ont he production of local footballers.
“They would love nothing more than to replicate the achievements of the great 1968 team which won the league with 11 Englishmen, a feat not repeated since,” Brennan writes.
“The aim of the club, which has intensified since Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain were installed in key executive positions, is the production of young English players and, more specifically, of young Mancunian players.
“City have spent more money on youth development than any other club in the world – and the focus of that investment has been English players, largely local boys."
...Stuart Brennan - Manchester Evening News...
“The first shoots of excellence from that seed-sowing are beginning to show – the under-13s and under-14s were national champions last season with sides overwhelmingly made up of local boys.”
Finally, City will face off against some familiar faces when they travel to the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
One of those will be former Blues favourite Stephen Ireland who joined Stoke on a season-long loan on deadline day.
It’s fair to say Ireland’s career has not quite hit the same lofty heights since he left City but Mark Bowen believes that the midfielder will flourish under former manager Mark Hughes, now installed as Potters boss.
There’s no doubt he can get his best form back,” said Stoke assistant manager Bowen, who worked with the 27-year-old at City.
“If he was 32, then you might think those days are gone, but at 27 why shouldn’t he get them back?
“He should be coming into the prime of his footballing life at his age.”