Premier League away-game travel distance: where does your team rank?
As the hectic autumn/winter Premier League schedule beckons, football fans up and down the country will cover tens of thousands of miles to support their respective teams.
But who has to travel the furthest…?
Longest travel distance: Newcastle United fans
It’s quite lonely up north for Newcastle United in terms of local Premier League rivals – with local rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland battling it out in the Championship.
This means that, technically, either Burnley or Huddersfield would be classed as the ‘local’ rivals for the Geordies, although we’re pretty sure no Newcastle fan will be particularly fired up for those games.
The Toon Army have drawn the short straw in terms of their December fixture list, with all of their three away games coming against London opposition!
Total distance: 9,076 miles
Shortest travel distance: West Brom fans
It makes sense when you think about it – they’re bang in the middle of the country and as good as equidistant from the London, Manchester, and Mersey clubs.
Their December away-fixture list could be a lot worse too – it starts with a trip across the border to play Swansea, followed by two reasonable trips up the M6 to face Liverpool and then Stoke.
Total distance: 4,616
Away days without the pain? Take the train…
Avoid the stress of driving to unfamiliar cities, lengthy coach journeys, and petrol prices by taking the train.
You may have heard of split ticketing – split ticketing works by amalgamating cheaper tickets along your route, say, Birmingham to Derby, Derby to Sheffield, Sheffield to Leeds, but only if the journey stops en route.
You’d have to carry a few more tickets, but it’s certainly worth it for the money that you’ll save. You won’t have to get off the train either.
A travelling supporter recently made the headlines for accumulating 56 tickets using the split-ticketing method for his trip from Newcastle to Oxford.
He saved £60 overall – enough to cover the price of the football seats plus a few half-time beverages!
Newcastle supporter Jonathan Heywood said, “There were 56 tickets, so 28 each for me and my girlfriend, and we split them into 4 envelopes – 14 each way for each of us – so it was manageable”.