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Price of Football: Which North East side is cheapest to follow? And who's the most expensive? BBC Sport's latest Price of Football survey is out - but which North East side is the cheapest to follow?

Byline: Chris Waugh

Newcastle United are the most expensive North East side in the top five divisions to follow in terms of 'matchday experience', with Gateshead being the cheapest.

The BBC Sport Price of Football study for 2015 has found that, perhaps unsurprisingly, attending a Premier League venue in St James' Park and buying the least expensive adult single ticket, a pie, a programme and a cup of tea -- which combined is considered to be the 'matchday experience' -- comes out at [pounds sterling]35.50, the priciest in the North East.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, National League side Gateshead offer the same cheapest matchday experience for [pounds sterling]13.50 less at [pounds sterling]22 in all at the International Stadium.

Championship side Middlesbrough are the second most expensive North East side for the same experience, coming in at [pounds sterling]34.90, just 60p cheaper than at Newcastle.

Sunderland fans, meanwhile, can enjoy the same at the Premier League venue of the Stadium of Light for [pounds sterling]1.60 cheaper than Boro supporters, with their 'matchday experience' coming in at [pounds sterling]33.30.

At League Two sides Hartlepool United and Carlisle United, the cheapest day out comes in at [pounds sterling]26 and [pounds sterling]25.10 respectively -- making Brunton Park the cheapest Football League venue to attend in the North East.

Price of Football

The cheapest single adult ticket in the North East is offered by Gateshead ([pounds sterling]15), while Newcastle and Boro both charge [pounds sterling]27. At Sunderland the cost is [pounds sterling]25, while at Hartlepool it is [pounds sterling]18 and at Carlisle it is [pounds sterling]19.

The pies at St James' Park ([pounds sterling]3.20) are the most-expensive in the region, followed by at Hartlepool and Sunderland (both [pounds sterling]3), Boro ([pounds sterling]2.90), Carlisle ([pounds sterling]2.60) and the cheapest are once again at the International Stadium ([pounds sterling]2.40).

It is at Carlisle where the cheapest cup of tea is offered though at [pounds sterling]1.50, closely followed by Gateshead ([pounds sterling]1.60), while both Boro and Hartlepool sell this product for [pounds sterling]2 each. Premier League Newcastle and Sunderland charge a hefty [pounds sterling]2.30 each for tea though.

Finally, five of the six North East sides charge [pounds sterling]3 apiece for their official matchday programmes, with only Carlisle ([pounds sterling]2) bucking the trend with a cheaper price.

The costs of tickets quoted in the study are for the categories that are registered with the league and do not include individual or one-off offers. They also are reflective of prices that would be paid on the day as opposed to in advance.

Season ticket prices refer to the cheapest and most expensive tickets including early-bird offers.

Shirt prices are the prices quoted by official club shops rather than other retailers.

The price of football - England

'Matchday experience' cost at each North East club(via BBC Sport Price of Football survey):

Newcastle United = [pounds sterling]35.50 ([pounds sterling]27 + [pounds sterling]3.20 + [pounds sterling]2.30 + [pounds sterling]3)

Middlesbrough = [pounds sterling]34.90 ([pounds sterling]27 + [pounds sterling]3.20 + [pounds sterling]2.30 + [pounds sterling]3)

Sunderland = [pounds sterling]33.30 ([pounds sterling]25 + [pounds sterling]3 + [pounds sterling]2.30 + [pounds sterling]3)

Hartlepool United = [pounds sterling]26.00 ([pounds sterling]18 + [pounds sterling]3 + [pounds sterling]2 + [pounds sterling]3)

Carlisle United = [pounds sterling]25.10 ([pounds sterling]19 + [pounds sterling]2.60 + [pounds sterling]1.50 + [pounds sterling]2)

Gateshead = [pounds sterling]22 ([pounds sterling]15 + [pounds sterling]2.40 + [pounds sterling]1.60 + [pounds sterling]3)

* Cheapest adult single ticket + pie + cup of tea + programme
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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
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Date:Oct 15, 2015
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