Premier League fans travel in festive period – Guess who is top of the league…
When it comes to Premier League and travelling fans, fair to say that Newcastle United supporters have little to be thankful for.
The first away game this season which hasn’t been moved for TV, is the one at the Hawthorns.
That is West Brom v Newcastle which is on a Tuesday night (28 November).
You quite literally, couldn’t make it up.
In fact, when Newcastle play away at Arsenal on 16 December, it will be the first Newcastle away match to take place at 3pm on a Saturday for nine months.
With Middlesbrough demoted and Sunderland now trying to race down the leagues as quick as possible, Newcastle fans were obviously not going to have it easy when it comes to travel.
The ‘local’ games this season are the trips to Burnley and Huddersfield, both round trips of 230+ miles, and both having already been moved for TV.
Which brings us to the festive fixtures.
BBC Sport have done a report on travel in the four rounds of fixtures over the festive period.
As you can see, Newcastle top the table with 964 miles to travel in their away match during the four game period between 23 December and 1 January.
Newcastle handed away games at West Ham (23 Dec) and Stoke (1 Jan) – cheers!
Third in the travel table are Brighton, they come to St James Park on Saturday 30 December but then have a relatively short trip to Chelsea as their other festive away match. Newcastle’s other match is a home game with Man City which have been moved to the a night kick-off on Wednesday 27 December.
Also summing up the sheer madness of the Premier League fixture list and the interference of international breaks (three already), BBC Sport also point out that it took 87 days to complete the first 11 rounds of this season’s Premier League fixtures BUT the next 11 are crammed into just 47 days,
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