The 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season boasts the most star-studded line-up in some time, despite losing champions Wolverhampton Wanderers, runners-up Cardiff City and play-off winners Fulham to the Premier League – all three teams took the second tier of English football to a new level last term.
This upcoming campaign will see Stoke City, Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion drop into the league – three ever-present sides in the top-flight in recent history – which could see the quality swoop higher than ever before.
The action is well underway and supporters all over the nation will have already secured their football tickets either for the season or a selection of games they fancy attending throughout the course of the next nine months.
Stoke, Swansea and West Brom will all be favored for the Championship title, but we aren’t here to talk about each club’s prospects this term; we’re here to discuss which clubs are charging the most and least for their football tickets.
The average cost of away tickets for Championship clubs stands at £22.42 which is the highest average across every single division, including the Premier League, in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This begs the question, why are Championship league football tickets so expensive? The problem is that there doesn’t seem to be an answer.
Sheffield Wednesday charge their fans up to a staggering £42 to watch the team away from home, that’s £12 more than you have to pay for any of the 20 Premier League clubs, whilst the £40 Norwich City charge is no better especially when you consider how neither club are really challenging for promotion at the moment.
Queens Park Rangers and Leeds United also charge hefty sums (up to £39) for matches on the road and only Burton Albion and Cardiff City – £24 and £26 respectively – price their dearest away tickets at less than the £30 mark.
In terms of the cheapest away tickets in the division, Hull City lead the way by charging fans just £12 for certain matches on the road and only up to £30 for the dearest. Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers and Derby County also kept supporters in mind when they made the decision to price away tickets from just £15.
It’s incredibly expensive to watch Leeds’ away games and it wouldn’t be surprising if a number of fans infiltrated the opposition home end considering you have to pay at least £37. Aston Villa and Middlesbrough’s away ticket prices don’t fall below £30; however, the latter’s are capped at that price.
There is no denying that the quality of Championship football and the teams involved in the second tier of English football has dramatically improved over the years, but the prices that supporters have to pay to watch their team play away from home, when you take the travel costs into account as well, are extortionate.
It is unclear whether we’ll see a drop in the price of away football tickets in the coming seasons, but those hardcore fans who watch their teams home and away will certainly hope so.