A little while ago, Moneysupermarket.com calculated the cost of following a Premier League football club. In terms of away travel, they suggested a Manchester City supporter going to every away game might spend close to £800 on cheering on the Premier League Champions. Here, Paul Reaney at VCARS.co.uk takes a closer look at the spiralling cost of petrol and lists the cheapest petrol stations to every Premier League ground. So whether your team wins or loses, you’ll still be smiling come the final whistle safe in the knowledge that you’ve saved a few quid on petrol.
Over the course of the last five years, a trip to the petrol pump has gone from being a minor irritation to striking the terror into the heart of the average British driver. In December 2008, a litre of fuel would cost the average driver 85.9p per litre. Move forward just four years and that price has rocketed up to somewhere around the £1.33 mark!
Despite the incredible hardship this cost causes British households, the Government refuse to reduce the VAT on petrol. If we take that £1.33 and see where the costs lie, it makes for interesting reading. Before you even pay for your fuel, the British Government adds a 58p duty to any hydrocarbon fuel. The duty is actually more than the product – the actual product price on a litre of fuel is around 48p. That’s right, 48p. After those two bits are added together, the government adds a further levy, VAT. VAT on £1.06 is around 22p. The retailer in the garage earns just 5p per litre.
With Middle East relations fractious at best (and unless electric driving takes hold) petrol prices will continue to rise alongside continued demand.
For British consumers looking for the best deal or finding a way to a message to the Government/oil companies, shopping around is key.
The swing within any geographical area can be huge. Consider a Ford Mondeo based in Nottingham. The prices in and around the city range from £1.31 per litre to £1.44. 13p a litre might not seem like much reason to make a journey to a cheaper pump, but consider that journey made through the year and filling a standard 70-litre Ford Mondeo once a week – that’s a saving of £9.10 per trip, £36.40 a month and over £436 a year!
Premier League Pricing
If you’re the supporter of a Premier League Club, travelling up and down the country to support your team can really start to add up.
Okay, sharing the cost keeps things down but there are still considerable savings to be made by choosing a forecourt that doesn’t cost the earth. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew where all the cheapest petrol stations were within five miles of every Premier League football club?? In the interest of saving VCARS.co.uk drivers a few quid, we’ve done exactly that. By the way, if we’ve found a really close petrol station in the top three, we’ve added that one instead of the cheapest (well, we had to take price of getting to the forecourt into consideration)!
- Manchester City Asda Eastlands Alan Turing Way, Bradford, Manchester M11 4BD 131.7p
- Manchester United Sainsburys Salford Regent Road, Salford, Lancashire, M5 4QU 130.9p
- Chelsea Shell Old Brompton Old Brompton Road, Chelsea, London, Greater London, SW7 3RA 133.9p
- West Bromwich Albion Asda Oldbury Automat Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 4PU 131.7p
- Everton Bootle Service Station Brewster Street, Kirkdale, Liverpool, Merseyside, L4 3TL 131.9p
- Fulham Morrisons Camden Chalk Farm Road, Chalk Farm, London, Greater London, NW1 8AA 132.9p
- West Ham United Asda Charlton Bugsbys Way, Charlton, London, Greater London, SE7 7SR 131.7p
- Tottenham Hotspur Bush Hill Service Station Great Cambridge Road, Bush Hill Park, Enfield, Middlesex, EN1 1JD 131.9p
- Fulham Sainsburys Putney Lower Richmond Road, Putney, London, Greater London, SW15 1EU 133.9p
- Swansea City Morrisons Brunel Way, Penre-chwyth, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA1 7DF 131.9p
- Liverpool Asda Walton Utting Avenue, Walton, Liverpool, Merseyside, L4 9XU 131.7p
- Newcastle United Snax 24 Shields Road West, Byker, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE6 1JN 131.9p
- Norwich City Asda Norwich Drayton High Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR6 5DT 131.7p
- Stoke City Waterloo Road Service Station Waterloo Road, Burslem, Stoke-on-trent, Staffordshire, ST6 2EH 130.9p
- Sunderland Asda Leechmere Road, Grangetown, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR2 9TT 131.7p
- Wigan Athletic Asda Robin Park Road, Wigan, Lancashire, WN6 7TL 131.7p
- Reading Morrisons Basingstoke Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 0HB 131.9p
- Aston Villa Mg Garages Greet Warwick Road, Greet, Birmingham, West Midlands, B11 2HA 129.9p
- Southampton Asda Eastleigh Bournemouth Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 3YJ 131.7p
- QPR Neasden Lane Service Station Neasden Lane, Willesden, London, Greater London, NW10 2UE 132.9p