Lower-league teams become less fun the more they copy the top flight | Football

A League Two footballer looks much the same as his counterpart from the Premier League – lithe, muscular, dabs of peroxide in his hair and sheathed in tattoos. The former, however, earns an average of £2,000 per week; the latter, more than £60,000.

To the uninitiated, this differential can seem both unfair and outlandish. They can all run and tackle and shoot, can’t they? So why do those at the top earn 30 times more? A visit to a match between lower-league clubs will provide the answer. With only a handful of spirited exceptions, perhaps Forest Green Rovers last season and Leyton…

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