This year in particular has seen fans travel remarkable distances to support their beloved teams – with Swansea having such a successful run in the competition, many supporters have made the daunting trip to the Liberty Stadium in South Wales. And what of the Swansea fans themselves? They’ve followed their team to Crawley, Liverpool and Chelsea and have seen their club reach their first domestic cup final in its 100 year existence.
Middlesbrough’s luck in the cup draw did not improve in this season’s competition, as they continued their run of consecutive away games, bringing the total to 12 away fixtures in succession in the Capital One Cup. The Boro fans certainly didn’t let this faze them, however, and saw their team qualify for the quarter-finals where they very nearly toppled Premier League big-boys Swansea.
It’s a testament to the passion and commitment of football fans that these ghastly distances never deter them from their desire to support their team, rain or shine, in Wales or in Newcastle.
So we’ve thrown together a list of the fans that have travelled the longest distances in this year’s Capital One Cup. Now that’s commitment!
Trip to Gigg Lane (Bury) – approx. 110 miles
Trip to Priestfield Stadium (Gillingham) – approx. 275 miles
Trip to Deepdale (Preston North End) – approx. 120 miles
Trip to Stadium of Light (Sunderland) – approx. 30 miles
Trip to Liberty Stadium (Swansea) – approx. 330 miles
TOTAL: approx. 865 miles
Trip to Broadfield Stadium (Crawley) – approx. 220 miles
Trip to Anfield (Liverpool) – approx. 175 miles
Trip to Stamford Bridge (Chelsea) – approx. 185 miles
TOTAL: approx. 580 miles
Trip to Etihad Stadium (Manchester City) – approx. 85 miles
Trip to County Ground (Swindon) – approx. 85. miles
Trip to Carrow Road (Norwich) – approx. 160 miles
Trip to Valley Parade (Bradford) – approx. 130 miles
TOTAL: approx. 460 miles
Trip to Meadow Lane (Notts County) – approx. 80 miles
Trip to Vicarage Road (Watford) approx. 190 miles
Trip to DW Stadium (Wigan) – approx. 55 miles
Trip to Villa Park (Aston Villa) – approx. 130 miles
TOTAL: approx. 455 miles