Championship fans set to pay as much as £1,500 on petrol travelling to away games this season as fuel prices hit record highs

Cost of living crisis to set back supporters thousands in the 2022/23 season with fuel costs increasing by almost 30% compared to last season

Swansea fans to pay most on petrol of any team with fuel bill up by £450 year-on-year - working out £100 more than the cost of a season ticket

Record petrol prices will set back Championship fans as much as £1,500 to travel to away games this season, according to new research by Saxo Markets. 

With the Championship season kicking off this weekend, fans will be faced with an almost 30% increase on fuel compared to last season.

The investment platform’s analysts have calculated how the surge in petrol prices will impact fans travelling by car to and from all 23 away matches across the country - if they choose to.

Swansea fans will be paying a combined amount of £1,588 for travelling to all of their away trips this season the most of any Championship club and £446 more than last year, while Sunderland supporters are likely to  pay the second largest amount at £1,566, a £440 increase.

With ownership issues occurring at Birmingham, Blues fans will be pleased to know they will be paying £845 for petrol when playing away, the least of any Championship club this season. However, it is still a £237 increase from the 2021/22 campaign.

The cost of an away trip has been calculated based on stadium-to-stadium travel in the UK’s most popular petrol car, the Vauxhall Corsa, at a combined fuel efficiency of 50 miles per gallon, with petrol prices today at 185.05p per litre compared to the RAC’s average cost in July 2021 at 133.1p per litre.

Anaam Raza, of Saxo Markets, said: 


“With the cost-of-living crisis affecting households across the UK, record high petrol prices mean dedicated football fans will be paying out more than they were last year in their attempts to see their beloved teams.

“Wholesale oil and gas prices have hit unprecedented levels of demand this year with supply falling short. This has in turn seen costs at the pump increase at a rapid rate, with petrol prices in the UK reaching record highs of close to £2 per litre in recent months.

“From food prices to energy bills, fuel costs are just another expense many are being forced to pay as costs increase in line with soaring inflation.

“And as our research shows, Championship supporters are likely to face an almost 30% increase in their fuel costs going into the new season - something that may turn many off from travelling.

“Add on to that the cost of a match ticket, food and drinks, and it looks set to be a very expensive season ahead for some.”

Club

Total petrol cost
this season (2022/2023)

Total petrol cost
last season (2021/2022)

Difference

Swansea City

£1,588

£1,142

£446

Sunderland

£1,566

£1,126

£440

Norwich City

£1,524

£1,096

£428

Cardiff City

£1,449

£1,042

£407

Middlesbrough

£1,357

£976

£381

Millwall

£1,329

£956

£373

Bristol City

£1,266

£910

£355

Reading

£1,233

£887

£346

Queens Park Rangers

£1,200

£863

£337

Hull City

£1,193

£858

£335

Blackpool

£1,152

£828

£323

Watford

£1,133

£815

£318

Luton Town

£1,076

£774

£302

Burnley

£1,060

£763

£298

Preston North End

£1,024

£737

£288

Blackburn Rovers

£1,012

£728

£284

Wigan Athletic

£969

£697

£272

Huddersfield Town

£960

£690

£269

Rotherham United

£914

£657

£257

Sheffield United

£906

£652

£254

Stoke City

£892

£641

£250

Coventry City

£868

£624

£244

West Bromwich Albion

£853

£613

£239

Birmingham City

£845

£608

£237


*Data correct as of 12pm July 28th 2022
*Calculations based on RAC petrol prices from 28/07/2022 and the average for July 2022 looking at travelling to/back remaining away fixtures of each club in nation’s most popular car Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 with average  fuel consumption of 50 mpg
**Previous season calculation based on exact journeys for 2022/2023 season
**Distances calculated from stadium to stadium via quickest route



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