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Premier League season ticket sales boom

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Season ticket sales for the 2012/13 season were the highest since figures began being recorded in 2004/05. 

According to the Metrofigures released by the Premier League show that 476,776 season tickets were bought last season in the top flight. 

The previous best was 476,267 in 2007/08.

With many clubs introducing initiatives to attract younger fans to matches, 56,546 season tickets were purchased for youngsters. This is a 26 per cent increase from the 2004/05 campaign. 

Arsenal, Everton, Aston Villa and Newcastle United sold the most season tickets for young fans. 

Cathy Long, the head of the Premier League's supporter services, thinks this is a step in the right direction. 

"Making football more attractive and more affordable for families is something clubs have worked hard at over the last few years," she said. 

Many critics feel that the big clubs, like Arsenal, charge too much for tickets and exclude young people who cannot afford to pay hundreds of pounds for a season ticket. 

The numbers seem to show that clubs are working well to create more opportunities for young people to go to football, but a Virgin Money Football Fans Index released in May, suggested that one in ten season ticket holders at Premier League clubs were considering not renewing. 

Club's like Arsenal may be doing more to attract younger supporters, but with the average price of a season ticket at the Emirates costing £900, and prices inevitably set to increase at many clubs, is there any real hope of getting value for money at the top end of the Premier League?

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