Col Utd fans to travel more than 10,000 miles to away games

Col Utd fans to travel more than 10,000 miles to away games

Col Utd fans to travel more than 10,000 miles to away games

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FANS travelling to Colchester United away games this season will face the longest trips of any supporters in the top three divisions.

Only Plymouth Argyle supporters, in the league below, will travel more miles than those following the U’s.

Those who want to make all 23 away League One games will travel 10,308 miles spending more than £1,000 on fuel alone.

The average away day trip is 450 miles – the equivalent of a return trip to Bristol.

And those who want to make a day of it face bills for the season of up to £4,000.

Rob Jeckells, 29, who lives on the St Michael’s Estate with his partner, said: “I have supported them all my life and been going since I was five.

“I try and make all the away matches.

“It is interesting to knowwe will be travelling the furthest but you don’t think of it at the time, you just go.”

Some supporters of other clubs will travel just half these distances with many of the clubs in League One based in the north.

And while Colchester United only boasts a small and select bunch of away day fans – the third smallest in the leagues last season – those whodomake it prove theyare more dedicated than most.

Mr Jeckells said: “I spend about £150 each time but you can do it for £100.

“We like tomake a day of it.

“For Bristol, the average, we will leave at about 8am and get back at about 11pm.

“Obviously the furthest trips take a lot longer.

“I do haveapartner but she knew I did it before we got together, although she isn’t a fan of the late night station pick ups.

“I do have to budget for it and work out each month how many away games there are.

“I enjoy it when there are 700 or 800 there but you also feel part of something when there are 74 of you in Hartlepool on a Tuesday night.”

U’s boss Joe Dunne said: “The one thing we know for sure is that the fans who travel are incredible.

“They’re wonderful people who come to our games, both home and away.

“They do go the extra mile for us, if you like.”

Ticket costs of about £460 a season seem affordable. But add the fuel or train ticket, food and drink for the three meals needed – you can be gone from 6am to midnight – and fans end up spending several thousands.

Is it worth it? The fans who do it every other weekend say it is.

- Match ticket: £20

- Transport: £50-£100 depending on train ticket or fuel

- Food and drink: £25-£50

- Match programme: £5

- Total cost: £100-£175

 

Plymouth Argyle top the table with 11,653 miles.
- Colchester United: 10,308
- Torquay United: 10,084
- Southend United: 7,800
- Brentford: 6,000 miles
- Derby County: 5,000 miles

 

 

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1:58pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Jaimundo says...

I am one of those mad people who travel thousands of miles every year to watch lower-league football (although not Col Ewe, thankfully). I object to the publication of this article in that my good lady may read it and work out how much it actually costs me.
I am one of those mad people who travel thousands of miles every year to watch lower-league football (although not Col Ewe, thankfully). I object to the publication of this article in that my good lady may read it and work out how much it actually costs me. Jaimundo
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2:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Noah4x4 says...

Jaimundo wrote:
I am one of those mad people who travel thousands of miles every year to watch lower-league football (although not Col Ewe, thankfully). I object to the publication of this article in that my good lady may read it and work out how much it actually costs me.
Me too, but loyal to my local team (up the U's!). But happy to give advice to all footie fans concerned by this matter....

Go to her hairdressers; inquire "do they do gift vouchers?". When they tell you "yes", ask "It's my wife's birthday soon, so how much do I need to pay to buy vouchers for my wife to get a free visit next time?". Then when the readily tell you, watch all the ladies under the dryers squirm and tell the staff "don't ever reveal that if my husband comes in!"

Then armed with such information; when she next mentions the cost of Footie, you are ready with a response. Do remember that (league) AWAY football is only 23 weeks and hair/nails embrace 52 weeks.
[quote][p][bold]Jaimundo[/bold] wrote: I am one of those mad people who travel thousands of miles every year to watch lower-league football (although not Col Ewe, thankfully). I object to the publication of this article in that my good lady may read it and work out how much it actually costs me.[/p][/quote]Me too, but loyal to my local team (up the U's!). But happy to give advice to all footie fans concerned by this matter.... Go to her hairdressers; inquire "do they do gift vouchers?". When they tell you "yes", ask "It's my wife's birthday soon, so how much do I need to pay to buy vouchers for my wife to get a free visit next time?". Then when the readily tell you, watch all the ladies under the dryers squirm and tell the staff "don't ever reveal that if my husband comes in!" Then armed with such information; when she next mentions the cost of Footie, you are ready with a response. Do remember that (league) AWAY football is only 23 weeks and hair/nails embrace 52 weeks. Noah4x4
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9:00pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Shrubendlad says...

Well we can move the town OR only go to the 29 games we need to win.
That means we win all 23 home games and just go to the nearest 6 easy away games. Send a few Braintree supporters to cover the rest.
Well we can move the town OR only go to the 29 games we need to win. That means we win all 23 home games and just go to the nearest 6 easy away games. Send a few Braintree supporters to cover the rest. Shrubendlad
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