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Fans travel more than 8,000 miles a year to see ITFC play away

PUBLISHED: 17:30 29 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:30 29 September 2015

Ipswich Town fans at Old Trafford. 
Picture: Steve Waller.

Ipswich Town fans at Old Trafford. Picture: Steve Waller.

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You do not have to be bonkers, as Mick McCarthy would say, to follow Ipswich Town home and away – but it probably helps.

Town fans outside Old Trafford (from left): Craig Hamilton, Kev Dauven and Jake Hamilton. 
Picture: Steve Waller.Town fans outside Old Trafford (from left): Craig Hamilton, Kev Dauven and Jake Hamilton. Picture: Steve Waller.

Especially considering how far you would have to travel to do just that; more than 8,000 miles.

In a survey of the distances which will be covered by supporters of Championship clubs this season Ipswich fans will clock up the fourth greatest thanks to the town’s East Anglian location.

A fan going to every single away game in the league will travel 8,138 miles, calculated from the distances from Portman Road to each away ground.

At the top of the travelling table are fans of Brighton and Hove Albion (8,758 miles), followed by Cardiff City (8,605 miles) and Middlesbrough (8,331 miles).

The longest single journey for Town supporters is from Ipswich to Blackbrun Rovers’ Ewood Park – a 506-mile round trip in the car taking more than eight hours.

The shortest total milage for a club’s fans will be those following Derby County who will travel 4,914 miles over the season.

Fans will not only cover thousands of miles in support of Town, but are set to spend hundreds of pounds in the process. Supporters who drive to every game will fork out an average of £1,110 on fuel and £225 on parking.

The research was conducted by parking app JustPark.

8 comments

  • All Town fans should be applauded for traveling to most if not all away games I use to do it many years ago and it was great but it was a lot cheaper then the way I see it is now it costs a lot of money these days to follow teams all over the country so the supporters should be offered some sort of compensation such as help towards the cost of travel or help with the cost of tickets for the match all clubs take supporters for granted especially these days

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    expatriot

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

  • Fans won't continue to travel in such numbers if all we get is simply the wrong tactics - crosses and high balls easily dealt with by average but tall defenders, frustratingly weak in the midfield and some of the defence intent on wreckless long balls and short on pace. Don't we do any basic research on the opposition? Sadly becoming depressed at the sight of another excellent opportunity to reach the premier league being thrown away. Or am I reading it wrong?

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Thursday, October 1, 2015

  • I have to agree with Tim. I've watched Town for 55 years and I feel I've done my stint at standing. (many years in the old North Stand for a start!). Away games are a problem. If the clubs are not going to insist on away fans sitting then perhaps the ITFC ticket office could help on this by keeping a section of their away allocation specifically for those of us who prefer or need to sit for an entire match (except when Town score, of course).

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    Ian Williams

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • The biggest frustration I find in travelling away is that the fans tend to stand rather than sit. This is fine for those who are fit young men but not so good for children and others who are short, or who are not so young and find it difficult to stand for 45 minutes at a time. The security at Old Trafford was completely over the top with stewards standing in front of the supporters when we were high up in the upper tier with no chance of invading or throwing items onto the pitch, but still made no attempt to get fans to sit down. I believe its a ground rule at all clubs in seating areas that you should remain seated whilst the game is in play. It certainly is at Ipswich. At least at Brentford there was the choice of seating and standing areas. It would be good if all clubs could offer this, perhaps by offering standing at a reduced price at the rear of the stands.

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    Tim Bartlett

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • The more realistic view is of course that these are gullible fools prepared to lap up a terrible 'product' because they see themselves as 'loyal' No wonder predators owners come in and rip off supporters - it is not far removed from stealing from babies.

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    Pundit

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • these are true supporters not moaners coyb.

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    david peters

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015

  • Unfortunately these loyal fans are rewarding by the owner giving them nothing as far as the team is concerned. He does not deserve this sort of support.

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    Cyril Baker

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

  • Loyal fans who deserve to bensure treated better my there club , 10 changes to team who played Manchester ridiculous. ..... that's robbing the fans

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    Lee Mundy

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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