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Football fans to spend more driving to away games than on tickets

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Arsenal tops league of supporter costs, while travelling Newcastle fans will spend the most on petrol.

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With the Premier League kicking off for another year, the price fans can expect pay to follow their favourite club around the country this season has been revealed.

And while many supporters will budget for tickets, some may be surprised to learn they'll actually end up spending more on fuel.

Arsenal fans fork out the most

New research from Confused.com shows Arsenal fans will have to spend the most on petrol and tickets should they wish to watch every game.

With the cheapest season ticket at the Emirates Stadium costing £891, petrol bills for all away games at £509, and away tickets £570, Gunners fans can expect to pay £1,970 over the coming season.

At the other end of the scale, the biggest savers of the season are Stoke City supporters.

They will spend a total of £1,362 on petrol to away games (£498), away-game tickets (£570) and home matches (£294).

Average fan will cover 5,762 miles

Fans of newly-promoted Newcastle United will drive the most miles, the research shows.

Throughout the season, fans driving to away matches are expected to cover a total of 8,968 miles. 

This will bump up their fuel bill by £945 – more than one and a half times the total cost of a full season’s worth of away-day tickets (£570). 

Across the country, the average football fan will rack up 5,762 miles on the road over the coming season. 

This is further than the distance from London to Shanghai – 5,711 miles.

League of fan costs

Team

Total miles to away games (return journey)

Total cost in petrol

Total cost of away game tickets

Cost of cheapest available season ticket

Total cost of season

Newcastle United

8,968

£945

£570

£392

£1,907

Swansea City

7668

£808

£570

£419

£1,797

AFC Bournemouth

6,908

£728

£570

£550

£1,848

Brighton & Hove Albion

6,570

£692

£570

£475

£1,737

Burnley

6,285

£622

£570

£329

£1,521

Southampton

5,942

£626

£570

£541

£1,737

Everton

5,819

£613

£570

£420

£1,603

Liverpool

5,754

£606

£570

£685

£1,861

Huddersfield Town

5,677

£598

£570

£1995

£1,367

West Ham United

5,609

£591

£570

£289

£1,450

Crystal Palace

5,575

£587

£570

£500

£1,657

Manchester United

5,437

£573

£570

£532

£1,625

Manchester City

5,401

£569

£570

£299

£1,438

Tottenham Hotspur

5,283

£557

£570

£695

£1,822

Chelsea

5,012

£528

£570

£595

£1,693

Arsenal

4,827

£509

£570

£891

£1,970

Stoke City

4,719

£498

£570

£294

£1,362

Watford

4,660

£491

£570

£403

£1,464

West Bromwich Albion

4,619

£487

£570

£380

£1,437

Leicester City

4,515

£476

£570

£380

£1,426

Fuel costs hit £32 per away game

Looking at the cost per match, fans can expect to fork out around £32 for petrol for each away game, with the average drive a 304-mile round-trip.

Over the course of the season, fans will typically spend £607 on petrol should they travel to all of their team’s away matches.

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at Confused.com, says, “Being a football fan is a very expensive hobby, and it doesn’t just stop at the cost of tickets.”

There are ways fans can keep costs down as much as possible, Amanda says. 

“It’s worth benchmarking the average cost of petrol against the price of a designated coach to see which is cheaper. And there’s always the option of car sharing with other supporters.”

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