MSP says Annan Athletic show value of putting football fans first

South of Scotland SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has welcomed the news that local team Annan Athletic FC offer the most affordable ticket prices anywhere in The Scottish Professional Football League.

The League Two outfit has emerged as the best value for money according to a new BBC study.

With match day tickets available for £10, League Two teams Annan Athletic and Elgin City came joint first for fans on a budget - nowhere can you watch men's football cheaper in the top four leagues in England and Scotland.

But Annan Athletic has the best priced season ticket at £120, working out at just £6.66 a game.

Commenting, South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine said:

“I strongly support any moves that make the beautiful game more accessible to supporters.

“It is great to see the continued efforts of our local teams to put their fans first and involve more people in sport.

“Annan Athletic recently benefitted from Scottish Government funding to allow them to continue the excellent work they do encouraging people across our community to get more active.

“We are lucky to have such fantastic community-orientated clubs.”

Ms McAlpine has previously called on football fans in Dumfriesshire to make their voices heard in how the game is run by responding to a Scottish Government consultation on supporter involvement in clubs.

Ms McAlpine said:

“Football teams have an important role to play in our communities – and vice versa.

“More affordable ticket prices go a long way towards getting new fans involved.”

The BBC Sport's Price of Football study gathered data from 227 clubs in 13 leagues across the UK to find prices on match tickets, away tickets, season tickets, replica shirts, refreshments and programmes.

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