The prospect of watching your beloved team in unfamiliar surroundings is often as daunting as it is rewarding. The three points on offer certainly aren’t worth any more and yet they feel special, perhaps because expectations usually favour the home side.
In the school playground, your status as a ‘true supporter’ is determined by how many home matches you regularly attend, but as we grow up we realise the true dedicated followers are those who follow their club up and down the country.
In some cases it can resemble the perfect weekend getaway – just think of how many fans were gutted to see Blackpool relegated – but some places really do test your commitment to the badge on your chest.
With this mind I have decided to collate the top ten most repellent away days. The stadiums that are more dirty than Joey Barton and Ben Thatcher combined or produce pies that look like they belong on I’m a Celebrity.