Ipswich Town’s will travel over 7,500 miles on away days next season

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Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town team will face a slightly less taxing voyage across the Championship next season.

Gone are the arduous trips to Burnley and Yeovil and in their place are more palatable coach rides to East Anglian rivals Norwich City, and west London duo Brentford and Fulham.

Last season, the Blues’ average round trip journey was 348 miles with the club coach racking up an eye-watering 8,004 miles, with Portman Road used as a starting point.

Next term, that average will drop to 329 with Ipswich required to travel a total of 7,577 miles up and down the country.

The longest trip will still be the 546-mile voyage to Blackpool, on Saturday November 1. There will still be the 506-mile round trip to Middlesbrough to contend with too, but at least that will not be followed three days later by an equally lung-bursting jaunt to Yeovil this time around.

The Blues will relish their trip up the A140 for the derby game with the Canaries, with the round trip to South Londoners Charlton the next shortest on the agenda.

Birmingham City away on Tuesday, August 19 represents Town’s first midweek trip of the season and one that could require many Town fans to take time off work to reach St Andrew’s in time.

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The fixture also comes just three days after Town’s away day at Reading and could prove to be a testing few days for supporters and players alike.

Other lengthy midweek jaunts include the three-hour journey to Sheffield Wednesday on September 30, before a long trip to Cardiff on October 21. Brentford, on Boxing Day, and Huddersfield, on Bank Holiday Monday, April 6, are two further midweek games away from home and are sandwiched in between a second successive evening trip to Leeds, on Tuesday March 3.

Town’s busiest month on the road comes in March when they will have to cover 1,090 miles with trips to Leeds and Middlesbrough, as well as a relatively-short journey to Hertfordshire, to face Watford.

Next season’s away games in miles (round-trip from Portman Road)

Reading 262 miles

Birmingham 300

Derby 320

Wigan 475

Sheff Wed 356

Nottm Forest 278

Cardiff 484

Blackpool 546

Bournemouth 388

Charlton 142

Bolton 498

Brentford 183

Millwall 154

Brighton 252

Rotherham 348

Fulham 166

Norwich 89

Leeds 402

Middlesbrough 506

Watford 182

Huddersfield 400

Wolves 328

Blackburn 518

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