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With the new Barclays Premier League season round the corner, the AA Route Planner team has calculated that Newcastle United will top the table of teams who will travel the farthest.
The figures on the table above are impressive enough – but that's only half the story. The one-way journey distances above will get fans to their team's stadium, but these figures are doubled when they make the return journey home.
So Newcastle fans who make the round trip to every away game will clock up a staggering 8,198 miles* and around £1,100 in fuel**, closely followed by their bitter rivals Sunderland (a return journey of 8,053 miles), and Swansea City (7,905 miles return).
Aston Villa prop up the table in the travel stakes with their fans only covering 4,237 miles return – 3,961 fewer than Newcastle – saving them around £521 in fuel.
Louis van Gaal would be in trouble if Manchester United finished 16th (4,871 miles return), just behind their Manchester City rivals (15th place and 5,097 miles return). While Mauricio Pochettino jumped ship to Tottenham, Saints fans can be happy with fourth place (6,781 miles return), with Spurs back in tenth (5,392 miles return).
Mark Spowage, AA patrol of the year
Mark Spowage, AA patrol of the year and Sheffield United fan, says: "Blades fans aside, the Toon Army has a reputation for some of the most passionate and committed support in the land. They certainly need to be when they rack up around 8,200 miles and close to £1,100 in fuel travelling to all their away games. It was a nail-biting finish, though, with the Mackems and Swansea fans pushing them close."
With football fans clocking up such large mileages, the AA can help keep them on the road by offering a year's free breakdown cover to the super fan making the single longest journey to an English or Scottish Premier League or Football League match in 2014–15.
Mark Spowage says: "The AA has great strength in depth with more patrols than anyone else, so we're best placed to tackle any puncture or engine problem. We give breakdowns the red card, so you can get to the game!"
To be crowned the UK's biggest #footballjourneyman, fans should use the AA Route Planner before Tuesday, 26 August to work out their longest football trip of the coming season – from their home address to the away stadium. Then simply click 'Tweet route' on the page and add the hashtag #footballjourneyman or #footballjourneywoman to share their fandom.
Spowage says: "The AA Route Planner is a really useful tool for drivers, and for football fans it's especially handy. It tells you where the services are on your route, along with the discounts you can enjoy if you're an AA member. Plus it lets you see traffic news, local hotels, and public car parks near stadiums, too.
"So whether you're off to Anfield or York Street, AA Route Planner should be your first stop. And, if you use it before 26 August, it might just win you more than three points!"
For fans who miss out on the free cover, the AA is currently offering 15 months' breakdown cover for the price of 12, for year-round peace of mind driving.
* Total return distance from the respective home stadium to each away stadium for the 2014–15 Barclays Premier League season using AA Route Planner. Route is the quickest (but not necessarily the shortest), based on average off-peak driving conditions.
** Assuming 45 miles per gallon average fuel consumption and 130 pence per litre petrol price.
12 August 2014