Ipswich Town break into top four!... £1,000 Portman Road season tickets cost more than at Manchester United and Liverpool
Pricey: Ipswich fans have to dig deep in their pockets to gain the best seats for a season
If you think of the Big Four, Ipswich don't normally spring to mind. But the Suffolk club charge more than Manchester United and Liverpool for their top season tickets, according to new research.
Of the 92 League clubs in England, only Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are charging more than the Tractor Boys this season.
The Gunners charge a whopping £1825 for their highest priced season ticket, according to FourFourTwo magazine, while Roy Keane's own brand of champagne football at Portman Road can be seen for £1001 in Section D of the Cobbald Stand.
Manchester United and Liverpool demand £931 and £785 respectively placing them sixth and ninth in the list, with QPR being the only other non-Premier League side in the top 10 with a ticket worth £699.
Ipswich's ticket office attempted to justify the price for a side that spent much of last season struggling in the bottom half of the Championship.
They told FourFourTwo: 'Well, you get the best view, plus a bit more leg room.'
At the other end of the scale, Barclays Premier League side Wigan's most expensive season pass is £295 - cheaper than at any other Premier League, Championship or League One side.
According to Wigan, this is due to the proximity of many north-west clubs and with the town having a bigger rugby league following.
The list has Accrington as the cheapest in the country, with their best seats selling for £230 a year.
Manchester United topped the television money list for the 2009-10 Premier League season.
United's income of £52.996 million from broadcast rights was £167,000 more than title-winners Chelsea and was achieved by virtue of having the most matches broadcast live.
United had 24 games screened, two more than Chelsea and one more than Arsenal, who finished third in the money table with £51.712 million.
The league's richest club Manchester City finished fourth, one above their actual placing in the table, to secure £49.627 million with Champions League qualifiers Tottenham £167,000 behind having had two fewer (20) televised matches.
Liverpool (£48 million) and Aston Villa (£45.9 million) made up the top seven, although the latter suffered from having just 16 live matches.
Domestic broadcast revenue is separated into three parts for Premier League clubs: half is shared equally, 25% is paid in relation to their final position in the table and the remainder is based on how often the club is shown on television with each guaranteed a minimum of ten live games a season.
All money received from overseas broadcast rights, sponsorship and licensing revenue is split equally (£10,122,612) between the 20 clubs.
A Premier League spokesman said: "Selling our broadcast rights collectively, combined with the Premier League's distribution formulas, means that every pound generated centrally has an increased distributive effect both within the league and in relation to our external commitments.
"This model, based on distributing revenue equitably and responsibly, has been the key factor in the growth of the league over the last 18 seasons. All money received through the sale of our broadcast rights in foreign territories is split equally amongst the 20 clubs.
"This provides a platform for clubs to challenge in the competition, while rewarding investment and success."
The three relegated clubs Burnley, Hull and Portsmouth received £33.8 million, £32.6 million and £31.8 million respectively. However, Pompey, currently in administration with debts around £135 million, are unlikely to see much of that.
Television cash is distributed via a number of different instalments throughout the year and a £7 million payment in January was diverted by the Premier League to pay off clubs owed money by Portsmouth.
24th May 2011
Manchester United broke another record after becoming the first club to smash the £60million barrier for TV income.
The Barclays Premier League champions' earned £60.4m with nearest rivals Chelsea taking in £57.7m.
Each club were awarded an equal share of £13.8m in domestic TV rights and £17.9m in overseas rights this season.
The rest is based on final league standings and the number of times a club appeared on TV during the season.
United earned £13.5m from their appearances on UK TV, Liverpool were second securing £12.1m.
Fees of £582,000 are paid to a club every time they are live on TV - with a minimum of £5.82m even if a club has been involved in fewer than 10 live games.
The Premier League have also paid £15m each in parachute payments to previously relegated clubs Hull, Burnley, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough.
The three relegated clubs this season will receive the same amount.