Pools will travel a little less to fulfil their National League fixtures during 2018/19 – but Matthew Bates’ squad still face covering almost 10,000 miles in round trips.
Last term, Pools completed 10,099 miles to play their 23 away games, a figure boosted to 10,614 if you throw in the three cup ties at South Shields, Morecambe and Workington.
However, in the new campaign they will cover 9,959 miles from stadium to stadium after the National League line-up for 2018/19 was confirmed.
National League South winners Havant & Waterlooville are based some 318 miles from The Vic so will be next term’s second-longest trip after Dover Athletic, while fellow newcomers Braintree are 249 miles away.
The relatively good news from a travelling point of view was Harrogate Town’s play-off success at the weekend – their CNG Stadium is a paltry 62 miles from Pools and that slots in as our second-shortest trip after Gateshead (29 miles).
Barnet came down from League Two to offer a 500-mile round trip to the capital, though Chesterfield’s demotion means a relatively short 250-mile round journey to Derbyshire.
All in all, it means Pools will be expected to make an average round trip of some 433 miles for each National League fixture in the new season.