Blackpool fans take to the road

Inspired by their side's first season in the big time for nearly 40 years, Blackpool fans have said they would travel 170 miles to cheer on their team, a survey has revealed.

The findings by Europcar have shown that by comparison, followers of Manchester United are not prepared to go more than 60 miles to support the red devils.

And fans of Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are not prepared to attend more than one away game during this campaign, despite their sides dominating the Premier League last 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 attending more than four, according to the poll of 1,000 British Premier League fans.

While it is admirable for Blackpool fans to take to the roads to cheer on Ian Holloway's side, no doubt making many friends along the way, the price fans may have to pay could be an increase to theircar insurance premiums, as some companies charge drivers more on their policies if they clock up large mileage.

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 British 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."

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