PNE fans facing long haul

PNE boss Simon Grayson with Daniel Johnson at the Madejski Stadium last season
PNE boss Simon Grayson with Daniel Johnson at the Madejski Stadium last season
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Preston North End supporters will have plenty of travelling to do in the 2016/17 campaign.

From August to May, they will clock up 6,537 miles on the roads of England and Wales if they go to all 23 Championship away games.

The longest journey of the season is the 562-mile round trip to Brighton. North End visit the Amex Stadium on October 15, to face an Albion side beaten in the semi-finals of May’s play-offs.

The second-furthest trip is Ipswich on August 27, a game which is followed by the first international break of the campaign. It is a 510-mile round trip to Portman 
Road.

Norwich City’s relegation from the Premier League means another long trip to East Anglia, Simon Grayson taking his side to Carrow Road in October.

Other round trips of 400 miles and more are Reading, Brentford, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff.

Much closer to home are the games against Blackburn and Wigan Athletic.

With Bolton having been relegated and Burnley promoted to the top flight, the Rovers and Wigan games are the two derbies.

There will be a first visit to Burton Albion for Preston on January 2, while the trips to Aston Villa and Newcastle will be keenly anticipated.

It is a long wait for the visit to Toon, though, on April 22.

AWAY DAYS

Aston Villa

Ground: Villa Park

Distance: 108 miles (round trip 216 miles)

Capacity: 42,682

Barnsley

Ground: Oakwell

Distance: 84 miles (round trip 168 miles)

Capacity: 23,287

Birmingham City

Ground: St Andrew’s

Distance: 109 miles (round trip 218 miles)

Capacity: 30,016

Blackburn:

Ground: Ewood Park

Distance: 14 miles (round trip 28 miles)

Capacity: 31,367

Brentford:

Ground: Griffin Park

Distance: 226 miles (round trip 452 miles)

Capacity: 12,763

Brighton:

Ground: Amex Stadium

Distance: 281 miles (round trip 562 miles)

Capacity: 30,750

Bristol City:

Ground: Ashton Gate

Distance: 195 miles (round trip 390 miles)

Capacity: 16,660

Burton Albion:

Ground: Pirelli Stadium

Distance: 101 miles (round trip 202 miles)

Capacity: 6,912

Cardiff City:

Ground: Cardiff City Stadium

Distance: 212 miles (round trip 424 miles)

Capacity:33,280

Derby County:

Ground: Ipro Stadium

Distance: 103 miles (round trip 206 miles)

Capacity:33,597

Fulham:

Ground: Craven Cottage

Distance: 230 miles (round trip 460 miles)

Capacity: 25,700

Huddersfield Town:

Ground: John Smith’s Stadium

Distance: 54 miles (round trip 108 miles)

Capacity: 24,500

Ipswich Town:

Ground: Portman Road

Distance: 255 miles (round trip 510 miles)

Capacity: 30,311

Leeds United:

Ground: Elland Road

Distance: 66 miles (round trip 132 miles)

Capacity: 39,460

Newcastle United:

Ground: St James’ Park

Distance: 141 miles (round trip 282 miles)

Capacity: 52,405

Norwich City:

Ground: Carrow Road

Distance: 237 miles (round trip 474 miles)

Capacity: 27,244

Nottingham Forest:

Ground: City Ground

Distance: 119 miles (round trip 238 miles)

Capacity: 30,455

Queens Park Rangers:

Ground: Loftus Road

Distance: 225 miles (round trip 450 miles)

Capacity:18,439

Reading:

Ground: Madejski Stadium

Distance: 223 miles (round trip 446 miles)

Capacity: 24,161

Rotherham United:

Ground: New York Stadium

Distance: 94 miles (round trip 188 miles)

Capacity: 12,021

Sheffield Wednesday:

Ground: Hillsborough

Distance: 73 miles (round trip 146 miles)

Capacity: 39,732

Wigan Athletic:

Ground: DW Stadium

Distance: 19 miles (round trip 38 miles)

Capacity: 25,138

Wolves:

Ground: Molineux

Distance: 97 miles (round trip 194 miles)

Capacity: 31,700