Need to Know: The damage - Rachelle Thackray examines the cost of following your favourite football team
Saturday 26 September 1998
Sign up Arsenal season ticket (includes entrance to all home Premier League games plus seven Cup matches), pounds 806 for upper tiers (pounds 182 cheap rate or pounds 269 for North Bank stands); scarf pounds 6.95; hot dog/burger and Coke for each of 40 matches, pounds 160; Underground travel (for London-based fan) to Highbury for 25 home matches, pounds 87.50.
The kit Copy of Hornby's Fever Pitch, pounds 5.99 and Tony Adams's autobiography, Addicted, pounds 16.99; film and developing to preserve golden moments, pounds 40; six copies of soccer magazine FourFourTwo for in-depth star profiles and pin-ups, pounds 16.20; occasional copies of fanzines The Gooner, Two One Up Three Two Down and The Highbury High, pounds 15; the latest Arsenal strip, pounds 68.97; bag and baseball cap, pounds 34.49; club football, pounds 14.50.
Half-time Trip round the Arsenal museum, pounds 2.50; tour of the stadium, pounds 2.
Play away Travelling costs to several away matches in UK, pounds 150; travel to see Arsenal in one of its European cup matches, eg in the Ukraine, pounds 300; tickets to away matches, pounds 200.
Follow-through Video of Arsenal's best 1997/98 moments to provide consolation following defeats, pounds 13.99; celebratory/consolatory beers, pounds 800, drunk from plastic Arsenal mug, pounds 2.50; Saturday/Sunday newspaper to check on the opposition pounds 20; Good Old Arsenal CD for post-match bathtime, pounds 11.99.
Total: pounds 2,775.57
(Sources: Arsenal FC/Steve Beauchampe)
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