HARTLEPOOL United supporters can celebrate having almost 2,000 miles shaved off their collective travels for next season.
They will be armed with pens, diaries and holiday-request forms tomorrow morning when the fixtures for the 2011-12 season are released.
Already, though, the Poolie away-day diehards are on to a winner thanks to last season’s distance-slashing promotion and relegation outcomes.
By SportMail’s calculations, a massive 1,800 miles have been shaved from the cumulative distance between Victoria Park and each of the other grounds in the third tier.
And that’s music to the ears, or rather pounds to the pocket, of Pauline McSweeney, secretary of the club’s Supporters’ Association.
“It’s going to be great next season,” she said.
“We’re not going to have get up at the same time as the burglars any more!
“There were a lot of games last season when we were leaving at 6am and not getting home until 1am.
“It was pretty trashing at times and the midweek games were especially hard because of people’s work and family commitments.
“And not to mention the money fans will save, especially with the price of fuel.
“Nearly 2,000 miles less will make a huge difference and we’ve been really lucky.”
Full story in Thursday’s Mail