The shocking distance Newcastle United fans have been forced to travel for Premier League late kick-offs

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Newcastle United face another long trip to Arsenal on Saturday and have put in the mileage this season.

Newcastle United fans are on the road again this weekend and recent data has highlighted the shocking distances they have been forced to travel this season.

Fresh criticism has been aimed at the Premier League ahead of Saturday's trip to Arsenal, which has been moved to an 8pm kick-off due to the Gunners participation in the Champions League on Wednesday. It leaves Newcastle fans facing a late trip back up north and Wor Flags labelled the decision as 'disgusting' earlier this month.

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Such times are reserved for when TNT Sports want to broadcast a particular game but one of the teams has played Champions League football on a Wednesday, with the Premier League prohibiting a 12.30pm kick-off in such scenarios. But it seems little thought has been given to the travelling fan and recent data published by The Mirror has highlighted the shocking extent to which Newcastle supporters have been ignored.

A total of eight Newcastle away games, either in the league or FA Cup, have been scheduled to kick-off on or beyond 7pm so far this season, the joint most alongside Manchester United. The Magpies' 517-mile round trip to Arsenal on Saturday will be the third-longest journey for an evening kick-off across the entire league, with Eddie Howe's side also second and first on that list with journeys to Fulham (521 miles) and Chelsea (522 miles) both picked for evening kick-offs.

In total, Newcastle's late away trips have culminated in 2,898 miles of travelling, which is almost twice as much as second-placed United's 1,524 miles. And to add to their troubles, with most of these games finishing around 10pm, getting out of the ground and to a train station is almost impossible before the final journey of the night.

Next month's trip to Stamford Bridge, due to kick-off at 8pm on a Monday night, will not finish until around 9.50pm, with the final train leaving Kings Cross station at 10pm. It leaves supporters having to either travel by coach or car, neither of which are ideal through the night.

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Newcastle’s game against Luton Town earlier this month saw Wor Flags unveil a large banner highlighting their consistent late kick-offs, alongside the message ‘TV before fans’. On social media, they sent a scathing message to the Premier League, insisting the match-going supporters be put back at the forefront regarding scheduling.

"The cost of being a football fan is getting ever greater, with increased costs on trains, buses and fuel for cars making it an expensive venture, yet the incessant attitude of putting match-going fans last is putting huge strain on supporters,” they said. "Whilst we still fill away ends, we have not forgotten about those fans priced out by the greed in the game, those who made English football so attractive to the world audience.

"Late announcements of games to suit broadcasters and those watching on TV has a huge impact on the fans they all claim are the lifeblood of the game. We are calling on broadcasters, the Premier League, The FA and the clubs to do more for match-going fans. Stop with the unsociable kick-off times, make it fairer for fans travelling and stop your greed."