Football fans shelling out €5,500 a year to see 'big four' teams
IRISH football fans are spending as much as €5,500 to follow their favourite Premier League teams.
Diehard supporters of the four big English teams can expect to spend the massive sum just to watch their club's home games over the course of a single footballing year.
Season tickets for each of the 19 home games played by Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea make up a large proportion of the amount.
But pushing the cost up further is spending on return travel, accommodation, food and drink.
A season ticket for the two best supported clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool FC, will set dedicated supporters back €805 and €817 respectively.
Arsenal fans can expect to pay almost double that with season tickets for the club's Emirates Stadium coming on at €1,516 -- the highest price in the league.
A season ticket to watch Chelsea play at home will cost an Irish supporter €982.
According to figures compiled by Ulster Bank, a ferry ticket for Liverpool supporters taking a car to the club's opening match this Saturday comes in at €332.
Booking flights in advance will mean an average cost of €100 for a fan wishing to see Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea play their first games of the season.
However those who leave it late will be stung badly, with return flights selected by the Irish Independent yesterday to Manchester and London coming in between €198 and €345.
Kevin Williams of Abbey Travel Sports told the Irish Independent that there are still lots of people travelling over.
"You get parents buying for kids' birthdays and Christmas presents, you get girlfriends buying for boyfriends, it really is across the board."