Away fans will spend more than £170 on average over the festive period watching their team, according to annual research carried out by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF), and supported by Virgin Media, into the cost of Christmas football.
The analysis includes ticket, travel and food costs, plus journey times, incurred by supporters of all 92 clubs across the Premier League and English Football League for festive fixtures played between Boxing Day and January 4th 2018.
Match-going fans clocked up 32,388 miles seeing their team in action over the last couple weeks, with a significant number of those being done by supporters of Plymouth Argyle - the most southerly team in the Football League. Supporters of the Devon club on average spent 26 hours on the road, and £468 in the process, following their team’s away games at MK Dons on Boxing Day and Blackpool on December 30th.
Meanwhile, Morecambe FC fans paid 11 times less than Pilgrim supporters, with an average outlay of just £42.89, to follow their team over the festive period.
Interestingly, last night’s 2-2 thriller between Arsenal and Chelsea at The Emirates represented the cheapest trip in the Premier League - coming in at an average of £54.63 for Blues fans to make the journey to North London. While the most expensive away ticket across all leagues during that period came in The Championship, with an away ticket at Leeds United costing Nottingham Forest fans £42.
"Away fans are a huge part of our match-going tradition and that shouldn't be taken for granted, so clubs and sponsors can and should do more in making football as affordable as possible," argues Kevin Miles, Chief Executive, FSF.
To find out more about the research, head over to the Virgin Media website.