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Pompey prepare to rack up the miles during 2021/22 season

30 May 2022

Motorway

Pompey’s position on the south coast ensures that plenty of motorway miles are racked up over the course of the season.

Fans who attend all of the club’s 23 away League One fixtures during the 2022/23 campaign will not be on the road for quite so long, however.

Using Fratton Park as a starting point, just under 8,100 miles will be covered – almost 600 fewer than last term.

That equates to around eight hours less time spent on the road, with Sunderland’s promotion to the Championship playing a big role in that respect.

The Black Cats’ play-off success means that the longest journey in terms of distance is now the trip to Morecambe.

According to the AA, though, a round trip to Fleetwood will actually take the longest time to complete.

But as well as losing last season’s longest trek, Pompey fans have also had to wave goodbye to the shortest.

The relatively quick jaunt up to Plough Lane to face AFC Wimbledon has vanished due to their relegation.

Wycombe are now the nearest opponents for Danny Cowley’s side and it should take you just over three hours to get there and back.

Many supporters will be keen to tick a new ground off the list and Forest Green’s League Two title success means a visit to The New Lawn is on the cards.

Port Vale succeeded in the fourth tier play-offs and that is a place the Blues have not been to for more than 20 years.

Derby will also likely be a popular destination, although the other newcomers – Exeter, Bristol Rovers, Peterborough and Barnsley – have all been familiar foes in recent years.

Whatever games you are looking out for, there is not too long to wait before fans can start planning their away-day excursions.

All will become clear when Pompey’s fixture list is released on Thursday, June 23.

Team Distance in miles
(round trip)
Estimated drive time
(round trip)
Morecambe 581.8 9 hrs, 48 mins
Fleetwood 573 9 hrs, 52 mins
Accrington 548.2 9 hrs, 14 mins
Bolton 516.4 8 hrs, 42 mins
Barnsley 465.6 8 hrs, 14 mins
Sheffield Wednesday 463.6 8 hrs
Lincoln 429 7 hrs, 42 mins
Port Vale 411.8 7 hrs, 4 mins
Shrewsbury 403.6 6 hrs, 56 mins
Derby 369 6 hrs, 36 mins
Burton 364 6 hrs, 20 mins
Plymouth 343.6 6 hrs, 52 mins
Ipswich 317.8 5 hrs, 38 mins
Peterborough 314.8 5 hrs, 36 mins
Cambridge 265 5 hrs, 12 mins
Exeter 259.2 5 hrs, 40 mins
Bristol Rovers 243 4 hrs, 12 mins
Cheltenham 230.6 4 hrs, 22 mins
MK Dons 229 4 hrs, 10 mins
Forest Green 223.6 4 hrs, 16 mins
Charlton 205.4 3 hrs, 48 mins
Oxford 170.2 3 hrs, 12 mins
Wycombe 168.2 3 hrs, 6 mins
Total 8,096.4 144 hrs, 32 mins

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