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Manchester City fans pay less than Maidstone to watch their team

Thursday 16th November 2017

WATCHING Maidstone United can be more expensive than Premier League leaders Manchester City, a new survey has revealed.

The BBC have released their annual Price of Football findings, and in some aspects, the Stones have come out at the wrong end of the standings.

A season ticket at the Gallagher Stadium – ensuring entry to all 23 of the Stones’ home league fixtures – costs £315, making it the joint most expensive in the division, along with Kent rivals Dover Athletic.

There are four clubs in the top-flight where a season ticket can be bought for cheaper, Huddersfield Town, West Ham United, Stoke City and Manchester City.

All but Huddersfield do have more expensive tickets on offer, though, with the average supporter at City actually paying more than £700 to guarantee their seat for the season.

On a match-by-match basis, the Stones – who have a blanket season ticket price for adults – charge £15 per ticket, in stark contrast to City, where the cheapest matchday price is £35.

The BBC Price of Football survey has been running every year since 2011, and also takes into account the price of replica shirts, drinks, programmes and pies.

It says that a Stones fan who has a season ticket, buys a pie, cup of tea and a programme at every match and a replica shirt would spend £534.40 watching their team in their home league games - £4.40 less than a Manchester City fan who did the same on their cheapest available season ticket.

However, Stones fans on social media have no issues with the pricing structure at the club. Ben Austen said: "The money doesn't just go somewhere else, it goes towards further stadium development and paying to have a competitive squad."