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National League | North clubs travel 53 miles per match more than South

Publish Date: 01/12/2021
Fact checked by: James Leeland

National League North clubs travel on average 53 miles more per match than their National League South counterparts, Non League Daily can reveal.

National League North South travel

By Amos Murphy

National League North clubs travel more

National League North sides travel over 50 miles one-way per match more than clubs in the National League South, research reveals.

Split into two divisions, English football’s sixth tier divides 43 teams into regionalised tiers, based on their rough North or South location.

However, teams in the Northern section of tier six are forced to disproportionally travel more on average per match than those in the Southern section.

Gap between North and South distances

With clubs in the North-East and the South coast, there is no surprise that there are some discrepancies in the distance clubs are made to travel.

Yet, take the most Northerly side in Blyth Spartans, whose average distance per match in the National League North weighs in at 167 miles.

By contrast, the most miles on average per match travelled by a National League South club weighs in at 126 miles, completed by Somerset-based Bath City.

What’s more, the smallest average distance travelled by a club in the National League South comes in at 47 miles for South London based Dulwich Hamlet.

That’s half the total of the National League North’s least travelled side, with Farley Celtic’s 94 miles on average the lowest in that division.

Overall, clubs in the National League North travel on average 123 miles per match, compared to the 70 miles for sides in the National League South.

North clubs across division hit with big distances

It isn’t just Blyth Spartans who have clocked up the miles in the National League North, with various clubs forced to travel long distances per match.

Hereford face Blyth Spartans in the longest trip of the season, with the pair travelling a round trip of 558 miles for their clash – a distance that clocks in at over 1000 miles for just two games of the campaign.

Other sensational distances travelled for matches include Gloucester City and Gateshead’s 530-mile round trip, whilst Spennymoor Town vs Hereford comes in at a staggering 245 miles for just one trip.

In terms of a total number of miles travelled by each club, Blyth Spartans unsurprisingly take the crown with over 3500 miles covered across the course of a season.

Elsewhere, both Hereford and Gateshead come in over 3000 miles, whilst Alfreton, Kettering Town and Spennymoor Town all rack up over 2900 miles.

Slender distances travelled by South clubs

When compared to the distances covered in the National League South, the discrepancies start to speak for themselves, with the division’s longest travellers in Bath City one of just two teams to clock up over 2000 miles.

The other being Chippenham Town at 2284 miles for the campaign, whilst Dulwich Hamlet don’t even break the 1000 miles barrier, as their season total comes in at 933 miles.

Rather surprisingly, no fixture in the National League South takes more than 200 miles to get to one-way, with the longest match in the division Eastbourne Borough vs Bath City at 173 miles.

One side dealt a few long-distance clashes are Chippenham Town, who travel 148 miles one-way to face Ebbsfleet United, and 146 miles to play Maidstone United.

Ramifications for clubs putting the miles in

In a sporting context, there are few entities that have struggled more in the pandemic than non-league clubs, with budgets slashed up and down the country in a bid to survive.

Just last year clubs across non-league were concerned about not being able to finish the season due to expenses related with travel costs.

Fast forward almost a year and with the price of fuel on the rise nationwide, long-distance travel disproportionately affects clubs in the National League North.

Add into the mix that supporters will also have to travel the same distances, should they wish to support their club, and issues arise for those with regular 200+ mile journeys.

Full list of average journey for each club

National League North:

Team Total Miles Per Season Average Journey Per Match
AFC Fylde 2401 114
AFC Telford 2437 117
Alfreton 2092 99
Blyth Spartans 3574 167
Boston United 2971 141
Brackley Town 2951 142
Bradford PA 2066 97
Chester 2347 111
Chorley 2148 101
Curzon Ashton 2000 95
Darlington 2712 129
Farsley Celtic 1979 94
Gateshead 3300 157
Gloucester City 3203 152
Guiseley 2006 95
Hereford 3166 150
Kettering Town 2833 134
Kidderminster Harriers 2429 121
Leamington 2608 124
Southport 2402 114
Spennymoor Town 2864 136
York City 2330 110

National League South:

Team Total Miles Per Season Average Journey Per Match
Bath City 2514 126
Billericay Town 1191 60
Braintree Town 1577 79
Chelmsford City 1320 66
Chippenham Town 2284 115
Concord Rangers 1319 66
Dartford 1058 53
Dorking Wanderers 1109 56
Dulwich Hamlet 933 47
Eastbourne Borough 1698 85
Ebbsfleet United 1103 55
Hampton & Richmond 1086 57
Havant & Waterlooville 1733 87
Hungerford Town 1731 87
Maidstone United 1614 63
Oxford City 1149 81
Slough Town 1186 57
St Albans City 1196 59
Tonbridge Angels 1196 60
Welling United 1214 58

All distances calculated on a one-way journey for each sides.

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