FOOTBALL fans in Woking pay a pretty penny to support their local club, a new report suggests.
The BBC’s The Price of Football survey, which ranks the cost of everything associated with watching the beautiful game – from the price of a cuppa to season ticket offers – puts following the Cards as a rollercoaster in terms of receipts.
While fans pay top dollar for a standard adult matchday ticket – priced the joint highest in the National League at £18 – they do enjoy the lowest setback in the cash stakes when it comes to replica shirts: the famous red and white halves available for £34.99.
The report, which covers the top five leagues in England, reveals that Woking’s cheapest adult season ticket is the fourth most expensive in the division, with only equivalent passes at rivals Aldershot, Chelt-enham and Halifax proving more costly.
Earlier this year some supporters vented their concerns over a £3 rise in ticket prices.
Sales & Marketing Executive at the Kingfield club, Elliot Machin, explained that the additional incentives accompanying the purchase of a season ticket, which are not taken into account by the report, made the new costings fair.
He explained: “We just felt that it was important to give value to fans, which is evident in the number of initiatives added on to the season ticket price. Included are the offer of a free drink before a certain time, discounted hospitality, an invite to
a comedy night and discount in a number of local businesses such as McDonalds.
“The season tickets, despite the increase in price, represent good value for money at £12.83 per game, based on an adult season ticket price – therefore saving £5.17 per match and almost £120 over the course of the season.”
Woking’s matchday programme is marginally more expensive than the league average (£2.85) at £3 per issue, while a cup of tea will set punters back 10p more than the league average (£1.40) at £1.50.