Posted 26 March, 2019 at 20:11
The Premier League season so far has been exhilarating, producing a ton of breath-taking moments and memorable matches. Manchester City and Liverpool have firmly ascended to the top of the table – as they battle it out to be crowned Premier League champions.
Fans have undoubtedly gone through a roller-coaster of emotions. Having experienced nail-biting moments such as seeing their team concede sloppy goals, dropping crucial points, winning against much stronger opposition and clawing back from the verge of defeat to get a draw.
Interested in the expenditure of fans, LiveFootballTickets.com has calculated how much money local supporters from each of the 20 different Premier League clubs have lost from travelling and paying to watch their team lose away matches so far this season*.
Wins and draws from away fixtures were not considered in the research. Supporters are more than likely to feel any outlay in costs on transport and tickets is worthwhile if they get to witness their team victorious or at least get a point from an away match.
LiveFootballTickets’ analysis revealed that AFC Bournemouth supporters have forked out the most on petrol (£864.30) and tickets (£330.00) to see their team lose at away matches this season, at a grand sum of £1,194.30. Interestingly, the 4,682 miles Bournemouth fans have travelled so far this season to see their team lose at 11 different opposition grounds, is equivalent to them driving to Istanbul (Turkey) and back.
With Fulham suffering the highest amount of away defeats out of all the other Premier League clubs till this stage in the season, their fans have splashed an astonishing £1,037.23 on fuel (£617.23) and tickets (£420.00) to witness their 14 losses. Close behind, Brighton & Hove Albion supporters have parted with £1,019.66 when travelling and paying for tickets to watch their team drop three points on 10 separate occasions this season.
Newly promoted Cardiff City has also underperformed when contesting matches in their Premier League rivals’ stadiums – with 10 losses inflicted on them so far this season. Consequently, this has equated to a lost monetary value of £936.84 for Cardiff’s local supporters who have journeyed to these games. Comparatively, the 3,450 miles Cardiff supporters have covered this season to see their club beaten 10 times, is comparable to them driving to Minsk (Belarus) and back.
On the other end of the table, Liverpool supporters have forgone a mere £42.96 on petrol (£12.96) and tickets (£30.00) when travelling to see their team lose just once on the road this season. Slightly above, the reigning Premier League champions’ supporters have lost a collective total of £259.82 on fuel (£169.82) and tickets (£90.00) from venturing to spectate Manchester City’s three away defeats thus far into the season.
Stefan Balkenende, a spokesperson from LiveFootballTickets.com commented:
“Local supporters personify the spirit and culture of their football club. Their dedication to all matters regarding their team’s progress throughout the season is represented by them committing a significant amount of time and money going to matches. This includes travelling up and down the country to attend games. Whilst away matches which result in wins usually justify the substantial expenditure to go to them, losses can sometimes feel like a huge waste of money. Especially, if the team has not put in a good performance. This research highlights the money supporters have essentially ‘lost’ from their Premier League teams away woes – with some fans feeling more of a pinch on their wallets than others”.