By Denna Bowman
The average football fan will spend almost £56,000 in their lifetime supporting their team, according to a poll by a leading tyres manufacturer.
That is the verdict of a new survey carried out by Continental tyres and based on the replies given by 2,000 fans.
It sounds extortionate, but if a typical supporter attends eight games a season, the cost of match tickets, petrol, programmes, food and drink will equal close to £1,300 a year.
The study found that the average fan forks out £103 each season for home game tickets and £83 on away matches, plus £244 on petrol and transport and £81 on food and drink.
Team merchandise such as shirts, hats, scarves and badges take a further £45 from the wallet, and £38 for programmes.
Peripheral expenses such as football computer games and sports channel subscriptions were also added to the overall cost.
Tim Bailey, a spokesmanfor Conti, said: “Football fans are a passionate bunch and how much the average fan spends demonstrates this dedication.”
This is how the figures breakdown over a lifetime (calculated on a period of 44 years, supporting a team from 16 to 60)
Tickets to watch team play at home £4,532
Fuel getting to home matches £3,916
Tickets to watch team play away games £3,652
Fuel getting to away matches £3,520
Train/coach tickets travelling to watch football £3,300
Season tickets £13,948
Football computer games £1,672
Subscription to sports channels £3,036
Subscription to club’s TV channel or website £3,388
Food and drink at the pub £5,984
Team merchandise £1,980
Food at stadium £1,716
Drinks at stadium £1,848