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Rangers and Scottish football attendances

How has the demotion of Rangers affected football attendances in Scotland?   This is the question football economics guru Stefan Szymanski poses in his excellent blog.

Do Leeds fans get value for money?

Leeds have the highest season ticket prices in the Championship, ranging from £462 to £752.  What particularly annoys fans is that they consider that the money has not been reinvested in the team.

Bargain basement football

The recent financial troubles of Hereford United raise questions about just how much it does cost to run a club in the lower divisions, interpreted here to mean League 2 and the Conference.

Consider wages first.   I have been told not that a not untypical wage in the Conference is £500 a week. Interestingly that is equivalent to the median gross (before tax) wage in the UK which was £501 a week in 2011 (and probably hasn't changed much since then).

Should clubs cut prices?

The BBC published a lot of data yesterday about how much it costs to go to a match at different clubs, even down to the cost of a pie (although often there one is not comparing like with like).  

The price is right

Tonights game between England and San Marino at Wembley is a sell out.   This in spite of the fact that the microstate surrounded by Italy is the joint worst team in the world (they rank 207th alongside the Turks & Caicos islands).   No doubt England fans will be hoping to see some goals, although it should be remembered that San Marino also have eleven men on the pitch and getting through a crowded goalmouth is not easy.

Bulls hit financial trouble

Relegation from League 2 to the Conference has produced financial challenges for Hereford United and part-time football is one of the options being considered.  However, most Conference sides are now full time and such a move could undermine a push for promotion.   The Bulls are currently 12th out of 24 teams.

Wales, rugby and football

The Welsh Premier League is a bit of a cinderella in the world of non-league football.   This is reflected in the rather limited coverage it gets in The Non-League Paper and low attendances.   These are compounded by the fact that two of the leading non-league teams in the principality, Wrexham and Newport County, play in the Conference.

The plight of Midlands football

A few weeks ago we published a story about Aston Villa which made some comparisons with West Bromwich Albion.  A Villa fan took exception, pointing out that Villa still draw bigger crowds, even if they have declined.

The decline of Villa

Aston Villa have the potential to be the leading regional club in the Midlands, but it is a potential that has not been realised in the last 30 years since they were European champions.

Randy Lerner was welcomed as an owner.  It was seen as an end to the austerity and lack of hope of the final years of the Ellis regime.   Lerner was seen as one of the better foreign owners.  For a time he walked the walk as well as talking the talk.

You're supposed to be at home

It's a long time since football fans could walk or take a short tram or bus ride to the ground.  Rightmove have surveyed over 13,000 football fans to find out what proportion of each clubs' fans are local to their stadium.

The Premier League's most local fans are Wigan Athletic with 65 per cent of their support living in the same postcode district as the DW Stadium.   Not surprisingly, the least local were Manchester United fans with only 9 per cent living in the same postcode area as Old Trafford.