22nd of May 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
Manchester City have clinched the Premier League title for the first time in 44 years and are also top of the league of value for fans. The table was compiled by ING Bank and it is called 'Direct Value table'. The bank chart compares club season ticket costs with the team performance and entertainment value. Manchester City got the most points for their fans' pound.
The chart places QPR, who just avoided relegation, at the bottom of the table. Wigan, who had a spectacular escape from relegation, are second best value, and West Bromwich Albion are ranked third.
ING Direct 'Football Value League'
1. Man City
3. West Brom
4. Man Utd
Liverpool were second bottom in the chart, as their eighth-place finish in the Premier League, Carling Cup triumph and FA Cup final place were not enough to counter a high season ticket cost and rather poor scoring record.
The value league was compiled by comparing season ticket prices with points earned, but the number of goals scored by each team was an important factor as well.
More than half of Premiership teams (12 of the 20) froze or lowered their season ticket prices this year in an attempt to keep their fans in the stands.
Relegated Blackburn Rovers seem to have the most unhappy fans as many of them have staged protests in the past season against Indian owners Venky's and manager Steve Kean. 56% of the season ticket holders said they will not renew.
Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie was top of the "best value player" poll, followed by Newcastle United striker Demba Ba and Tottenham's Scott Parker. The report was overseen by Dr. Steve Kelly from the University of Huddersfield, a well-known expert in sports and club finances.
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