Monday 22 January 2018

Grounds for concern

Value for money

The average Third Division season ticket for an adult is £145, working out at just £8 a match. Montrose are the most expensive at £180 and East Stirlingshire the cheapest at £120. The cheapest Rangers season ticket last season was £425.

An open playing field

In contrast to the duopoly of the SPL, there have been 17 different winners of the Third Division since the league adopted its current format 18 years ago. Livingston are the only club to have won the league twice -- in 1995-96 and again in 2009-10.

Borrowed seats

Elgin City boast the highest average gate at 628. Their Borough Briggs ground has 478 seats, all of which were taken from Newcastle's St James' Park in 2000. Queens Park play at 52,000-capacity Hampden Park, but average a gate of only 519.

Home-grown talent

The league struggles to attract big-name stars and there is only one player from outside the British Isles. That is France's Zakaria Belkouche, a centre-back for Stranraer. In contrast, the SPL has had 603 foreigners since 1998.

Irish Independent

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