Blackpool fans go the distance
Published 16/09/2010 | 00:18
The average Manchester United fan would refuse to travel more than 60 miles to see their team play, according to a survey.
But fans of newly promoted Blackpool are willing to go more than 170 miles to cheer on the Tangerines, research by Europcar found.
While the "big four" may have legions of armchair fans, most Man United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs supporters are not prepared to go to more than one away game this season.
Meanwhile, Blackpool fans are looking to go to almost six away matches, and supporters of struggling teams West Brom, Wigan and Stoke are all committed to attend more than four, according to the poll of more than 1,000 Premier League fans.
More than one in four (27%) recession-hit supporters said going to a football game was a luxury they could not afford. And more than one in three (37%) said the price of a match ticket combined with travel was too expensive.
Nick Harwood, of Europcar UK, said: "It's understandable fans of Blackpool want to make the most of their first season in the Premier League, but the atmosphere is lacking at other games when fans decide not to travel in numbers.
"We'd urge all fans to consider grouping together and getting on the road to bring back the atmosphere to away ends. That's why Europcar is launching the 'away day deal', offering supporters 10% off car hire."