When it has come to away games this season, Newcastle fans have been spoilt.
When I say spoilt, I’m not referring the bigger ticket allocations at certain matches, or the fact that the 2016/17 season saw an all-time club record set for away wins.
On this occasion, it is the fact that there have been so many relatively close away matches, with decent travelling distances.
Yorkshire and Lancashire had become a hotbed for second tier football: Leeds, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Preston, Barnsley, Wigan and Rotherham.
In addition you also had the likes of Forest, Derby and Burton that weren’t too bad – round trips of 322 miles (both Forest & Derby) and 344 miles.
However, just have a look at these 18 confirmed away trips next season, the round trip by road in miles before each destination:
231 Turf Moor (Burnley)
284 Etihad (Man City)
301 Old Trafford (Man Utd)
343 Goodison Park (Everton)
346 Anfield (Liverpool)
376 King Power (Leicester)
383 The Britannia (Stoke)
424 The Hawthorns (West Brom)
535 Vicarage Road (Watford)
544 Wembley (Tottenham)
546 Emirates (Arsenal)
560 The London Stadium (West Ham)
560 Stamford Bridge (Chelsea)
617 Selhurst Park (Crystal Palace)
656 St Mary’s Stadium (Southampton)
691 Amex Stadium (Brighton)
705 Dean Court (Bournemouth)
707 Liberty Stadium (Swansea)
So as it stands, Wembley would be Newcastle’s 10th closest away match when we play Tottenham!
Turf Moor is the only one that is less than 284 miles.
Only two trips less than 300 miles there and back.
With Hull joining Sunderland and Middlesbrough in tumbling out of the Premier League, the north is a barren wasteland.
Apart from Merseyside & Manchester, the map of the Premier League now almost mirrors the traditional political maps we see after a general election – a real North/South divide.
The one remaining hope is that either Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday can triumph in the play-offs…
236 Kirklees Stadium (Huddersfield)
255 Hillsborough (Sheffield Wednesday)
560 Craven Cottage (Fulham)
603 Madejski (Reading)
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