West Ham United: BBC Price of Football survey findings revealed
PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 November 2017
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An average fan would spend £854.20 supporting West Ham United this season, according to the latest BBC Price of Football survey.
The results were released on Wednesday night, with data collected from clubs in the top five divisions of English football.
By adding together the cost of a club’s cheapest season ticket, TV sport subscription and adult shirt, as well as a pie, cup of tea and programme for each game, the BBC calculated how much it would cost a fan to support their club.
The survey reveals West Ham fans could have spent their £854.20 elsewhere by buying 85 months of music streaming, 341 cappuccinos, 18 video games or 27 grams of gold.
The east Londoners’ lowest-priced season ticket of £289 is the second cheapest in the Premier League, with Huddersfield Town the best value at £100, while Arsenal have the most expensive at £891.
The Hammers were mid-table when it came to the price per home goal category, with fans ‘spending’ £15.21 to see West Ham score at the London Stadium, the 11th best rate in the league.
The price of a replica adult Hammers shirt reflected badly, with the cost at £55 higher than the league average by £4.10.
The cost of a replica child West Ham shirt of £45 is £4.75 higher than the league average.
Hammers fans are also out of pocket when it comes to the price of a cup of tea, which at £2.40 is 28p higher than the league average; a pie, which is 25p higher than the league average at £3.90; and a programme, which at £3.50 is 10p more expensive than the league average.
The BBC surveyed all clubs from the top five men’s leagues in England, the top four Scottish leagues, the premier divisions in Northern Ireland and Wales, and the two Women’s Super Leagues. Ballinamallard, Coleraine, Crusaders, Dungannon, Linfield and Warrenpoint failed to respond.