BBC Sport report on how far Premier League clubs have to travel this Christmas – Newcastle fans look away now…
BBC Sport have published an interesting table ahead of the Christmas programme of Premier League matches.
When I tell you Newcastle United are not only top of this particular table, in fact runaway leaders, you just know it isn’t going to be anything positive.
The BBC Sport table (see below) relates to how far supporters of the 20 Premier League clubs have to travel for their Christmas fixtures.
Newcastle fans were very lucky this season when the authorities were sorting Christmas presents, as regular travelers have been handed 880 miles worth of round trip travel only three days apart.
Rafa’s team go to Anfield on Boxing Day, then only the three days later it is away again, at Watford.
Not only are Newcastle top of the table but by some considerable distance.
Tottenham and Bournemouth are next worst off with 744 miles each, though that is still 136 miles less than Newcastle supporters.
Meanwhile Chelsea fans have all of 60 miles to travel, with matches at Watford and Crystal Palace.
Liverpool supporters are next best off with only 244 miles to go for their away match round trips.
Watford 280 miles, whilst Brighton fans have 340 miles.
Newcastle fans are always going to generally have more miles to travel overall than most clubs but there are limits and when fixtures are being scheduled, supporters should be taken into consideration. A bit of a bizarre concept I know!
This BBC Sport report follows the latest TV changes that were announced earlier this week.
A bit like with Christmas fixtures, it is not just how far fans to travel but when the games are.
Wolves away has just disgracefully been added to the ever growing list of away games Newcastle get in midweek, this one moved to the dreaded 8pm Monday night slot.
When Newcastle have played that game on Monday 11 February, it will mean 60 Premier League midweek (Mon-Fri) games played by NUFC since promotion in summer 2010. A massive 40 of those midweek away matches played away from home and only 20 at St James Park.
The Premier League and TV companies have an awful lot to answer for.
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