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The Costs of Evo-Stik Football

Weaver Stadium Nantwich

Every year the BBC publishes a Price of Football index that compares how much it costs a fan to attend the different Football League and Premier League grounds, along with the cost of a pie, programme, and cup of tea.

We decided to have a look what the average admission prices were for the 24 clubs in the Evo-Stik league using the prices of concessions, and average season ticket price (without discounts).

On average it costs around £9.36 to attend an Evo-Stik Premier Match, although we could not get data for two of the teams, with 11 of the 24 clubs charging a maximum of £10 for a single adult ticket.

The cheapest adult tickets were at Curzon Ashton, Rushall Olympic, and FC United of Manchester, where fans pay £8 per match.

FC United, a fan owned club founded in 2005, also have the cheapest season tickets, costing a minimum of £100. This is due to the club’s fan-centred ethos.

On their website FC United say: “Members decided that the pay what you can afford scheme of the last 5 years for season tickets will continue.”

Whilst fans can opt to pay the £100, an average of £7 per game, they are given the option to donate more for their season ticket, and any donations the club receive will go to fund FCUM, they are due to move complete their own Broadhurst Park by December.

The priciest games in the Evo-Stik can be found at Kings Lynn Town where fans pay up to £197 per season, working out at £8.50 per game. £1.50 a game cheaper than paying standard admission.

For any Kings Lynn fans wanting to reserve their seat in their Grandstand they will find themselves paying an extra £18. However a season ticket does entitle them to 10 per cent discount from the club shop.

If any Liverpool, Everton or Tranmere fans were to find themselves lost on away days they can also attend Marine matches for £5 with their season ticket, and concessions at Curzon Ashton are the cheapest in the league costing just £3.50.

Whilst Kings Lynn concession are expected to pay £8, the same price for a full ticket at Curzon Ashton, Rushall Olympic, and FCUM.

On average in the Evo-Stik Premier a standard match-day programme will set you back £2.

Where is the Evo-Stik Premier?

The Evo-Stik leagues occupy the 7th and 8th tier of the English footballing pyramid. Also known as the Northern Premier League, the Evo-Stik Premier is the elite competition sponsored by with winners being promoted to the Conference North (then it’s only the Conference Premier separating them from the football league).

The Evo-Stik league, whilst Northern, can see fans travel up to 360km, or 223.6 miles, the distance between Blyth, in Northumberland, and Kings Lynn, in Norfolk. The journey would take away fans an estimated five hours with traffic, or a whopping six hours via rail.

What do you think of the price of conference football? Will costs keep you going through the non-league turnstiles.

Picture: Weaver Stadium

Full break down of who pays what can be seen below.

evostik prices

Means calculated omitting missing data

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About Matt Jackson

Journalist and football fan. Once described as "politically correct to almost a fault" and "the worst kind of socialist". Always writing, inconsistently blogging.

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