I decided to take a look at the relative distances traveled by teams in the football league, across a regular league season. Armed with a set of postcodes and a copy of Google Earth, I worked out, as the crow flies, the total distances between the grounds in a particular division. The result was that poor old Newcastle United travel further than anyone else, and Stoke City get the shortest round trips of the top division. If you consider that the teams travel to an opposition ground and back again, across the course of a league campaign, the players of Newcastle United travel a total distance of 3,093.16 miles.
If you drew a straight line from St James’ Park, at a bearing of 270° this distance would take bring you a short pedalo ride off the east coast of Bermuda, which interestingly enough is where Shola and Sammy Ameobi like to spend their summer holidays*. Stoke on the other hand travel just 1,597.80 miles, which ironically is exactly the same distance Rory Delap has hurled the ball from throw-ins, in the last 2 seasons**.
* This may be a lie
** This definitely is a lie