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Geographical spread of teams relegated from the Premiership

Once again a discussion at the coffee break posed an interesting question. Is this the closest the relegated teams have been to each other in the history of the Premier league. Some quick googling suggested it probably wasn’t and 2011-12 would be the closest with the 3 relegated clubs being Bolton Wanderers,Blackburn Rovers and Wolves. And much like last time I wasn’t content with guesswork and wanted to try and calculate this properly.

As a Norwich City fan relegation is something I've grown very used to

As a Norwich City fan relegation is something I’ve grown very used to

From the previous blog post I had the locations for all of the football league grounds ( one caveat is that i haven’t considered that the clubs may have played at a different ground [although I did use Selhurst Park for Wimbledon and not Milton Keynes ) .  so it was a very simple piece of analysis where i used PostGIS to calculate the distance between each of the relegated clubs and summed the value together per year.

From the results below you can see that the guess was correct and 2011-12 did have the shortest distance with 16-17 coming second.

Year Teams Distance
2011-12 Bolton Wanderers-Blackburn Rovers-Wolverhampton Wanderers 259.08Km
2016-17 Middlesbrough-Sunderland-Hull City 292.89Km
2000-01 Manchester City-Coventry City-Bradford City 322.44Km
2003-04 Leicester City-Leeds United-Wolverhampton Wanderers 336.20Km
2007-08 Reading-Birmingham City-Derby County 357.57Km
2001-02 Ipswich Town-Derby County-Leicester City 407.20Km
1996-97 Sunderland-Middlesbrough-Nottingham Forest 441.72Km
1993-94 Sheffield United-Oldham Athletic-Swindon Town 472.91Km
2006-07 Sheffield United-Charlton Athletic-Watford 473.37Km
1999-2000 Wimbledon-Sheffield Wednesday-Watford 488.97Km
2004-05 Crystal Palace-Norwich City-Southampton 539.73Km
2005-06 Birmingham City-West Bromwich Albion-Sunderland 550.98Km
1995-96 Manchester City-Queens Park Rangers-Bolton Wanderers 560.10Km
2008-09 Newcastle United-Middlesbrough-West Bromwich Albion 562.12Km
2012-13 Wigan Athletic-Reading-Queens Park Rangers 595.27Km
1998-99 Charlton Athletic-Blackburn Rovers-Nottingham Forest 608.68Km
1997-98 Bolton Wanderers-Barnsley-Crystal Palace 622.42Km
2014-15 Hull City-Burnley-Queens Park Rangers 659.24Km
2010-11 Birmingham City-Blackpool-West Ham United 663.29Km
2013-14 Norwich City-Fulham-Cardiff City 707.28Km
1992-93 Crystal Palace-Middlesbrough-Nottingham Forest 730.06Km
2009-10 Burnley-Hull City-Portsmouth 796.63Km
2015-16 Aston Villa-Norwich City-Newcastle United 817.20Km
1994-95 Crystal Palace-Norwich City-Leicester City-Ipswich Town 830.88Km
2002-03 West Ham United-West Bromwich Albion-Sunderland 833.77Km

Football Travel – the cost of TV fixture changes

In recent years, television broadcasters have pumped more and more money into the football industry, resulting in Premier League clubs in particular receiving both more TV money and more TV coverage. This extra coverage, however, has come at a cost to the fan on the terrace. There are more and more instances of last-minute fixture alterations being made to accommodate televised games. These last-minute changes often result in fans having to rebook travel plans, getting home even later, or in some cases staying overnight in a hotel. I personally remember having to rebook trains twice, and book and subsequently cancel accommodation (losing my deposit) as an Aston Villa vs Norwich City game had its kick-off time changed twice because of TV.

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In previous work we have investigated the travel times of football fans and how they could be affected by fixture changes. This looked at the additional time and difficult faced by travelling supporters but did not consider the cost of these changes. Therefore in this piece of work we wanted to determine which fixture changes would result in the biggest cost increase for a fan travelling to the game by public transport. For this we used an API from British Rail Fares Queries (http://www.brfares.com/api/ ) which allowed us to determine the both the cheapest possible advance tickets and the cheapest possible ticket that a fan could buy on the day. As in the previous work, the Google Travel API (https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/distance-matrix/) was used to determine the amount of time travelling and whether a fan would have to stay overnight either the night before or after a match.

As we didn’t want to just consider the cost of new rail tickets but the cost of having to potentially spend more leisure time travelling to and from the game due to the fixture change, we wanted to apply a “cost” to the fan for each extra minute spent travelling. The Department for Transport determined a value of £8 per hour for a non-work related journey using their ‘Value of Time method (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/313222/webtag-tag-unit-a1-3-user-and-provider-impacts.pdf).We consequently applied this cost to the time a fan would spend travelling to and from the game to give an approximate monetary value.

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Hartlepool fans on their yearly fancy dress trip

Finally, if the fixture meant a fan would have to stay overnight we added an extra £50 to the journey cost to represent an approximate value of a night in a cheap hotel. Whilst all of these costs make assumptions (that the supporter is diligent enough to buy the cheapest available Advance ticket to travel to the match when they are initially released, that the rearranged game means the purchase of an Off-peak ticket rather than another Advance ticket, that they will not be able to stay with friends) they are a first attempt at capturing the extra personal cost of these TV fixture moves.

The results of this piece of analysis are available here:
Full Results

With the top 10 biggest cost increases shown below.

It’s a good job that no-one chose to televise Bournemouth vs Sunderland…

 

Home Team Away Team Kickoff Time Total Cost Hotel needed New Travel Time (hours) 3 o’clock kickoff Travel Time (hours) Rail Tickets Cost Extra cost of fixture move 3 o’clock cost Percentage Increase
Bournemouth Sunderland 17:30:00 £490.83 1 20.89 Hours 13.64 Hours £273.70 £277.72 £213.11 230.32%
Sunderland Bournemouth 16:00:00 £474.55 1 18.86 Hours 13.71 Hours £273.70 £260.90 £213.65 222.12%
Middlesbrough Bournemouth 16:00:00 £464.10 1 18.46 Hours 13.10 Hours £266.40 £259.14 £204.96 226.43%
Middlesbrough Bournemouth 17:30:00 £462.64 1 18.28 Hours 13.10 Hours £266.40 £257.68 £204.96 225.72%
Hull City Bournemouth 13:00:00 £444.00 1 19.94 Hours 12.39 Hours £234.50 £257.30 £186.70 237.81%
Sunderland Bournemouth 17:30:00 £470.70 1 18.37 Hours 13.71 Hours £273.70 £257.05 £213.65 220.31%
Bournemouth Sunderland 16:00:00 £463.90 1 17.53 Hours 13.64 Hours £273.70 £250.80 £213.11 217.68%
Southampton Sunderland 17:30:00 £438.28 1 16.81 Hours 12.78 Hours £253.80 £240.07 £198.22 221.11%
Sunderland Southampton 17:30:00 £444.95 1 17.64 Hours 13.70 Hours £253.80 £239.37 £205.58 216.44%
Southampton Sunderland 16:00:00 £437.08 1 16.66 Hours 12.78 Hours £253.80 £238.87 £198.22 220.51%

Football Travel Times Part 3 – Championship fixtures and TV

With the release of the 2016-17 football league fixtures we thought it would be interesting to carry out a similar piece of analysis to the work we did looking at the Premiership fixtures by looking at the effect of moving fixtures on travelling fans.

Already it appears sky sports has not considered the travelling away fans by making the first friday night game Fulham vs Newcastle United with there being no means that the Toon Army could make a return trip on public transport without getting in at close to 6am. A long trip if it returns no points.

Norwich Fans getting the train to Wembley (happy days....)

Norwich Fans getting the train to Wembley (happy days….)

Like previously, I used the Google Travel Matrix API to look at the journeys on public transport fans would need to make to get both to and from the game. The kickoff times I analysed were as follows:

  • Saturday 12:30
  • Saturday 17:15
  • Sunday 12:00
  • Sunday 16:30

Again as before I considered a fixtures t following tables show which fixtures would fail the test of either requiring a fan to leave before 7am or arrive home after midnight.

Unlike last time though I also considered weekday kickoffs at 19:45. Here I used a slightly different test were it was considered a failed fixture if it either required a fan to leave before 5pm (before end of work) or arrive home after 3am. 

I then went through the Championship fixtures and test each one with the results being below.

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Championship Fixtures 2016-17
August 06 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Cardiff City
Blackburn Rovers vs Norwich City
Bristol City vs Wigan Athletic
Derby County vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Fulham vs Newcastle United
Huddersfield Town vs Brentford
Ipswich Town vs Barnsley
Nottingham Forest vs Burton Albion
Queens Park Rangers vs Leeds United
Reading vs Preston North End
Rotherham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday vs Aston Villa
August 13 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Rotherham United
Barnsley vs Derby County
Brentford vs Ipswich Town
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Nottingham Forest
Burton Albion vs Bristol City
Cardiff City vs Queens Park Rangers
Leeds United vs Birmingham City
Newcastle United vs Huddersfield Town
Norwich City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Preston North End vs Fulham
Wigan Athletic vs Blackburn Rovers
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Reading
August 16 2016 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Huddersfield Town
Barnsley vs Queens Park Rangers
Brentford vs Nottingham Forest
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Rotherham United
Burton Albion vs Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff City vs Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United vs Fulham
Norwich City vs Bristol City
Preston North End vs Derby County
Wigan Athletic vs Birmingham City
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Ipswich Town
August 17 2016 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Newcastle United vs Reading
August 20 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Blackburn Rovers vs Burton Albion
Bristol City vs Newcastle United
Derby County vs Aston Villa
Fulham vs Cardiff City
Huddersfield Town vs Barnsley
Ipswich Town vs Norwich City
Nottingham Forest vs Wigan Athletic
Queens Park Rangers vs Preston North End
Reading vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Rotherham United vs Brentford
Sheffield Wednesday vs Leeds United
August 27 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Rotherham United
Birmingham City vs Norwich City
Blackburn Rovers vs Fulham
Brentford vs Sheffield Wednesday
Bristol City vs Aston Villa
Burton Albion vs Derby County
Cardiff City vs Reading
Huddersfield Town vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Ipswich Town vs Preston North End
Newcastle United vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest vs Leeds United
Wigan Athletic vs Queens Park Rangers
September 10 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Brentford
Derby County vs Newcastle United
Fulham vs Birmingham City
Leeds United vs Huddersfield Town
Norwich City vs Cardiff City
Preston North End vs Barnsley
Queens Park Rangers vs Blackburn Rovers
Reading vs Ipswich Town
Rotherham United vs Bristol City
Sheffield Wednesday vs Wigan Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Burton Albion
September 13 2016 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Brentford
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Huddersfield Town
Derby County vs Ipswich Town
Fulham vs Burton Albion
Leeds United vs Blackburn Rovers
Norwich City vs Wigan Athletic
Preston North End vs Cardiff City
Queens Park Rangers vs Newcastle United
Reading vs Birmingham City
Rotherham United vs Nottingham Forest
Sheffield Wednesday vs Bristol City
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Barnsley
September 17 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Reading
Birmingham City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Blackburn Rovers vs Rotherham United
Brentford vs Preston North End
Bristol City vs Derby County
Burton Albion vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Cardiff City vs Leeds United
Huddersfield Town vs Queens Park Rangers
Ipswich Town vs Aston Villa
Newcastle United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest vs Norwich City
Wigan Athletic vs Fulham
September 24 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Barnsley
Derby County vs Blackburn Rovers
Fulham vs Bristol City
Leeds United vs Ipswich Town
Norwich City vs Burton Albion
Preston North End vs Wigan Athletic
Queens Park Rangers vs Birmingham City
Reading vs Huddersfield Town
Rotherham United vs Cardiff City
Sheffield Wednesday vs Nottingham Forest
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brentford
September 27 2016 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Aston Villa
Birmingham City vs Preston North End
Blackburn Rovers vs Sheffield Wednesday
Brentford vs Reading
Bristol City vs Leeds United
Burton Albion vs Queens Park Rangers
Cardiff City vs Derby County
Huddersfield Town vs Rotherham United
Ipswich Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest vs Fulham
Wigan Athletic vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
September 28 2016 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Newcastle United vs Norwich City
October 01 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers
Brentford vs Wigan Athletic
Bristol City vs Nottingham Forest
Burton Albion vs Cardiff City
Fulham vs Queens Park Rangers
Ipswich Town vs Huddersfield Town
Leeds United vs Barnsley
Preston North End vs Aston Villa
Reading vs Derby County
Rotherham United vs Newcastle United
Sheffield Wednesday vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Norwich City
October 15 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Barnsley vs Fulham
Blackburn Rovers vs Ipswich Town
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Preston North End
Cardiff City vs Bristol City
Derby County vs Leeds United
Huddersfield Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Newcastle United vs Brentford
Norwich City vs Rotherham United
Nottingham Forest vs Birmingham City
Queens Park Rangers vs Reading
Wigan Athletic vs Burton Albion
October 18 2016 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Newcastle United
Birmingham City vs Rotherham United
Blackburn Rovers vs Nottingham Forest
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cardiff City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Derby County vs Brentford
Fulham vs Norwich City
Ipswich Town vs Burton Albion
Leeds United vs Wigan Athletic
Preston North End vs Huddersfield Town
Queens Park Rangers vs Bristol City
Reading vs Aston Villa
October 22 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Fulham
Brentford vs Barnsley
Bristol City vs Blackburn Rovers
Burton Albion vs Birmingham City
Huddersfield Town vs Derby County
Newcastle United vs Ipswich Town
Norwich City vs Preston North End
Nottingham Forest vs Cardiff City
Rotherham United vs Reading
Sheffield Wednesday vs Queens Park Rangers
Wigan Athletic vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Leeds United
October 29 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Bristol City
Birmingham City vs Aston Villa
Blackburn Rovers vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Norwich City
Cardiff City vs Wigan Athletic
Derby County vs Sheffield Wednesday
Fulham vs Huddersfield Town
Ipswich Town vs Rotherham United
Leeds United vs Burton Albion
Preston North End vs Newcastle United
Queens Park Rangers vs Brentford
Reading vs Nottingham Forest
November 05 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Blackburn Rovers
Brentford vs Fulham
Bristol City vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Burton Albion vs Barnsley
Huddersfield Town vs Birmingham City
Newcastle United vs Cardiff City
Norwich City vs Leeds United
Nottingham Forest vs Queens Park Rangers
Rotherham United vs Preston North End
Sheffield Wednesday vs Ipswich Town
Wigan Athletic vs Reading
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County
November 19 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Wigan Athletic
Birmingham City vs Bristol City
Blackburn Rovers vs Brentford
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Aston Villa
Cardiff City vs Huddersfield Town
Derby County vs Rotherham United
Fulham vs Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich Town vs Nottingham Forest
Leeds United vs Newcastle United
Preston North End vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers vs Norwich City
Reading vs Burton Albion
November 26 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Cardiff City
Barnsley vs Nottingham Forest
Brentford vs Birmingham City
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Fulham
Derby County vs Norwich City
Huddersfield Town vs Wigan Athletic
Ipswich Town vs Queens Park Rangers
Newcastle United vs Blackburn Rovers
Preston North End vs Burton Albion
Reading vs Bristol City
Rotherham United vs Leeds United
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Sheffield Wednesday
December 03 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Barnsley
Blackburn Rovers vs Huddersfield Town
Bristol City vs Ipswich Town
Burton Albion vs Rotherham United
Cardiff City vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Fulham vs Reading
Leeds United vs Aston Villa
Norwich City vs Brentford
Nottingham Forest vs Newcastle United
Queens Park Rangers vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sheffield Wednesday vs Preston North End
Wigan Athletic vs Derby County
December 10 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Wigan Athletic
Barnsley vs Norwich City
Brentford vs Burton Albion
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Leeds United
Derby County vs Nottingham Forest
Huddersfield Town vs Bristol City
Ipswich Town vs Cardiff City
Newcastle United vs Birmingham City
Preston North End vs Blackburn Rovers
Reading vs Sheffield Wednesday
Rotherham United vs Queens Park Rangers
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Fulham
December 13 2016 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Ipswich Town
Blackburn Rovers vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Bristol City vs Brentford
Burton Albion vs Huddersfield Town
Cardiff City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Fulham vs Rotherham United
Leeds United vs Reading
Norwich City vs Aston Villa
Nottingham Forest vs Preston North End
Queens Park Rangers vs Derby County
Sheffield Wednesday vs Barnsley
Wigan Athletic vs Newcastle United
December 17 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Blackburn Rovers vs Reading
Bristol City vs Preston North End
Burton Albion vs Newcastle United
Cardiff City vs Barnsley
Fulham vs Derby County
Leeds United vs Brentford
Norwich City vs Huddersfield Town
Nottingham Forest vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Queens Park Rangers vs Aston Villa
Sheffield Wednesday vs Rotherham United
Wigan Athletic vs Ipswich Town
December 26 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Burton Albion
Barnsley vs Blackburn Rovers
Brentford vs Cardiff City
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Queens Park Rangers
Derby County vs Birmingham City
Huddersfield Town vs Nottingham Forest
Ipswich Town vs Fulham
Newcastle United vs Sheffield Wednesday
Preston North End vs Leeds United
Reading vs Norwich City
Rotherham United vs Wigan Athletic
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Bristol City
December 31 2016 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Leeds United
Barnsley vs Birmingham City
Brentford vs Norwich City
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Cardiff City
Derby County vs Wigan Athletic
Huddersfield Town vs Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich Town vs Bristol City
Newcastle United vs Nottingham Forest
Preston North End vs Sheffield Wednesday
Reading vs Fulham
Rotherham United vs Burton Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Queens Park Rangers
January 02 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Brentford
Blackburn Rovers vs Newcastle United
Bristol City vs Reading
Burton Albion vs Preston North End
Cardiff City vs Aston Villa
Fulham vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Leeds United vs Rotherham United
Norwich City vs Derby County
Nottingham Forest vs Barnsley
Queens Park Rangers vs Ipswich Town
Sheffield Wednesday vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wigan Athletic vs Huddersfield Town
January 14 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Nottingham Forest
Brentford vs Newcastle United
Bristol City vs Cardiff City
Burton Albion vs Wigan Athletic
Fulham vs Barnsley
Ipswich Town vs Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United vs Derby County
Preston North End vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Reading vs Queens Park Rangers
Rotherham United vs Norwich City
Sheffield Wednesday vs Huddersfield Town
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa
January 21 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Preston North End
Barnsley vs Leeds United
Blackburn Rovers vs Birmingham City
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Sheffield Wednesday
Cardiff City vs Burton Albion
Derby County vs Reading
Huddersfield Town vs Ipswich Town
Newcastle United vs Rotherham United
Norwich City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest vs Bristol City
Queens Park Rangers vs Fulham
Wigan Athletic vs Brentford
January 28 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Bristol City
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Newcastle United
Derby County vs Burton Albion
Fulham vs Blackburn Rovers
Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest
Norwich City vs Birmingham City
Preston North End vs Ipswich Town
Queens Park Rangers vs Wigan Athletic
Reading vs Cardiff City
Rotherham United vs Barnsley
Sheffield Wednesday vs Brentford
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town
January 31 2017 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Birmingham City vs Reading
Blackburn Rovers vs Leeds United
Brentford vs Aston Villa
Bristol City vs Sheffield Wednesday
Burton Albion vs Fulham
Cardiff City vs Preston North End
Huddersfield Town vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Ipswich Town vs Derby County
Nottingham Forest vs Rotherham United
Wigan Athletic vs Norwich City
February 01 2017 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Newcastle United vs Queens Park Rangers
February 04 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Preston North End
Birmingham City vs Fulham
Blackburn Rovers vs Queens Park Rangers
Brentford vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Bristol City vs Rotherham United
Burton Albion vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Cardiff City vs Norwich City
Huddersfield Town vs Leeds United
Ipswich Town vs Reading
Newcastle United vs Derby County
Nottingham Forest vs Aston Villa
Wigan Athletic vs Sheffield Wednesday
February 11 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Ipswich Town
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Burton Albion
Derby County vs Bristol City
Fulham vs Wigan Athletic
Leeds United vs Cardiff City
Norwich City vs Nottingham Forest
Preston North End vs Brentford
Queens Park Rangers vs Huddersfield Town
Reading vs Barnsley
Rotherham United vs Blackburn Rovers
Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham City
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Newcastle United
February 14 2017 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Barnsley
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Ipswich Town
Derby County vs Cardiff City
Fulham vs Nottingham Forest
Leeds United vs Bristol City
Norwich City vs Newcastle United
Preston North End vs Birmingham City
Queens Park Rangers vs Burton Albion
Reading vs Brentford
Rotherham United vs Huddersfield Town
Sheffield Wednesday vs Blackburn Rovers
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Wigan Athletic
February 18 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Birmingham City vs Queens Park Rangers
Blackburn Rovers vs Derby County
Brentford vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Bristol City vs Fulham
Burton Albion vs Norwich City
Cardiff City vs Rotherham United
Huddersfield Town vs Reading
Ipswich Town vs Leeds United
Newcastle United vs Aston Villa
Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield Wednesday
Wigan Athletic vs Preston North End
February 25 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Derby County
Barnsley vs Huddersfield Town
Brentford vs Rotherham United
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Reading
Burton Albion vs Blackburn Rovers
Cardiff City vs Fulham
Leeds United vs Sheffield Wednesday
Newcastle United vs Bristol City
Norwich City vs Ipswich Town
Preston North End vs Queens Park Rangers
Wigan Athletic vs Nottingham Forest
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Birmingham City
March 04 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Leeds United
Blackburn Rovers vs Wigan Athletic
Bristol City vs Burton Albion
Derby County vs Barnsley
Fulham vs Preston North End
Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United
Ipswich Town vs Brentford
Nottingham Forest vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Queens Park Rangers vs Cardiff City
Reading vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rotherham United vs Aston Villa
Sheffield Wednesday vs Norwich City
March 07 2017 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Wigan Athletic
Blackburn Rovers vs Cardiff City
Bristol City vs Norwich City
Derby County vs Preston North End
Fulham vs Leeds United
Huddersfield Town vs Aston Villa
Ipswich Town vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest vs Brentford
Queens Park Rangers vs Barnsley
Reading vs Newcastle United
Rotherham United vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Sheffield Wednesday vs Burton Albion
March 11 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Sheffield Wednesday
Barnsley vs Ipswich Town
Brentford vs Huddersfield Town
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Derby County
Burton Albion vs Nottingham Forest
Cardiff City vs Birmingham City
Leeds United vs Queens Park Rangers
Newcastle United vs Fulham
Norwich City vs Blackburn Rovers
Preston North End vs Reading
Wigan Athletic vs Bristol City
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Rotherham United
March 18 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Newcastle United
Blackburn Rovers vs Preston North End
Bristol City vs Huddersfield Town
Burton Albion vs Brentford
Cardiff City vs Ipswich Town
Fulham vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Leeds United vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Norwich City vs Barnsley
Nottingham Forest vs Derby County
Queens Park Rangers vs Rotherham United
Sheffield Wednesday vs Reading
Wigan Athletic vs Aston Villa
April 01 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Norwich City
Barnsley vs Sheffield Wednesday
Brentford vs Bristol City
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Blackburn Rovers
Derby County vs Queens Park Rangers
Huddersfield Town vs Burton Albion
Ipswich Town vs Birmingham City
Newcastle United vs Wigan Athletic
Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest
Reading vs Leeds United
Rotherham United vs Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Cardiff City
April 04 2017 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Queens Park Rangers
Barnsley vs Cardiff City
Brentford vs Leeds United
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Birmingham City
Derby County vs Fulham
Huddersfield Town vs Norwich City
Ipswich Town vs Wigan Athletic
Preston North End vs Bristol City
Reading vs Blackburn Rovers
Rotherham United vs Sheffield Wednesday
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Nottingham Forest
April 05 2017 19:45
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Newcastle United vs Burton Albion
April 08 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Birmingham City vs Derby County
Blackburn Rovers vs Barnsley
Bristol City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Burton Albion vs Aston Villa
Cardiff City vs Brentford
Fulham vs Ipswich Town
Leeds United vs Preston North End
Norwich City vs Reading
Nottingham Forest vs Huddersfield Town
Queens Park Rangers vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Sheffield Wednesday vs Newcastle United
Wigan Athletic vs Rotherham United
April 15 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Reading
Brentford vs Derby County
Bristol City vs Queens Park Rangers
Burton Albion vs Ipswich Town
Huddersfield Town vs Preston North End
Newcastle United vs Leeds United
Norwich City vs Fulham
Nottingham Forest vs Blackburn Rovers
Rotherham United vs Birmingham City
Sheffield Wednesday vs Cardiff City
Wigan Athletic vs Barnsley
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Brighton and Hove Albion
April 17 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Brentford
Birmingham City vs Burton Albion
Blackburn Rovers vs Bristol City
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Wigan Athletic
Cardiff City vs Nottingham Forest
Derby County vs Huddersfield Town
Fulham vs Aston Villa
Ipswich Town vs Newcastle United
Leeds United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Preston North End vs Norwich City
Queens Park Rangers vs Sheffield Wednesday
Reading vs Rotherham United
April 22 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Birmingham City
Brentford vs Queens Park Rangers
Bristol City vs Barnsley
Burton Albion vs Leeds United
Huddersfield Town vs Fulham
Newcastle United vs Preston North End
Norwich City vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Nottingham Forest vs Reading
Rotherham United vs Ipswich Town
Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County
Wigan Athletic vs Cardiff City
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Blackburn Rovers
April 29 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Barnsley vs Burton Albion
Birmingham City vs Huddersfield Town
Blackburn Rovers vs Aston Villa
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Bristol City
Cardiff City vs Newcastle United
Derby County vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Fulham vs Brentford
Ipswich Town vs Sheffield Wednesday
Leeds United vs Norwich City
Preston North End vs Rotherham United
Queens Park Rangers vs Nottingham Forest
Reading vs Wigan Athletic
May 07 2017 15:00
Fixture Weeknight 19:45 Saturday 12:30 Saturday 17:15 Sunday 12:00 Sunday 16:30
Aston Villa vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Brentford vs Blackburn Rovers
Bristol City vs Birmingham City
Burton Albion vs Reading
Huddersfield Town vs Cardiff City
Newcastle United vs Barnsley
Norwich City vs Queens Park Rangers
Nottingham Forest vs Ipswich Town
Rotherham United vs Derby County
Sheffield Wednesday vs Fulham
Wigan Athletic vs Leeds United
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Preston North End

Introduction to GIS for Teachers

For many years, the geomatics group at Newcastle University has delivered CPD courses for teachers. The courses have focussed on both surveying and GIS at various times and have been delivered both in Newcastle and elsewhere including Surrey, Oxfordshire and Inverness-shire. With the rise of GIS in GCSE and A-Level curriculums our Introduction to GIS for Teachers course has become increasingly popular. We have also found a great ally in Paul Baker from the Geographical Association who has helped to promote our courses and identify schools around the country who can host us.

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Our most recent course ran on Friday 03 June at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire with teachers from Ampleforth, Sheffield High School, Ashville College, Hymers College and Priesthorpe School.

In the course we covered:

  • An introduction to GIS
  • Exploring geohazards including downloading and plotting data directly from the US Geological Survey website
  • Using the GB Fieldtrip app (in the stunning college and abbey grounds!)
    Analysing Indices of Deprivation data using GIS
  • A plenary where we used some provocative questions to help the delegates to reflect on the role of geography in their school and to consider cross-curricular potential of GIS

One of the questions we are always asked at these events is why do we do them? And why are they free? Our answer is in three parts:

  1. GIS is a subject we all enjoy, see great potential in, and we want to help spread the word.
  2. As a University, we should be good neighbours and ensure that we provide support to schools and teachers.
  3. The reality is that our two degree courses, BSc Geographic Information Science and BSc Surveying and Mapping Science continue to attract low numbers of students and we hope that these courses will raise awareness of them in schools.

It was another great day and hopefully a few more teachers are now a little more confident and excited about using GIS in their teaching.

Finally, many thanks to Ceri Dent (Head of Geography at Ampleforth College) for hosting us. The computer cluster, facilities, catering and setting were all fantastic. Thanks, Ceri!

Tom

Football Travel Times Part 2 – Which Fixtures Shouldn’t be Moved for TV

There’s an ever increasing debate in football at the moment about whether TV is effecting both the atmosphere and the attendance of football matches. Often kick-offs at times other than 3pm on a Saturday mean painfully early mornings or demoralizing late train rides for the away fan. Or even worse journeys simply not being possible on public transport. Having previously looked at how long it takes to travel on public transport to a 3 o’clock kickoffs we thought it would be an interesting piece of analysis to look at the potential effect of different kick-off times on all of next year’s Premier League fixtures.

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Fans Protest Kick off time changes

Having spent 2 seasons with an away season ticket my ideal away trip meant not having to get up before 9am and getting home in time for match of the day (although being a Norwich City fan I found this difficult viewing at times).  But living in the north-east I would generally regard not before 7am or home after midnight as a palatable away day. So in order to test fixtures wouldn’t pass this parameters, using the google travel matrix api, I calculated away journey on public transport for all fixtures with the following kick-off times:

  • 12:45pm Saturday
  • 5:50pm Saturday
  • 1pm Sunday
  • 4pm Sunday

The following tables show which fixtures would fail the test of either leaving before 7am or arriving home after midnight.

Failed 12:45pm Saturday Kick-offs

fixture Time Leaving ‘Home’ Time arriving ‘Home’
Bournemouth V Burnley 06:00:42 21:28:18
Bournemouth V Everton 06:54:21 20:38:53
Bournemouth V Liverpool 06:52:01 20:50:13
Bournemouth V Middlesbrough 06:37:03 20:59:57
Bournemouth V Sunderland 06:11:55 21:16:05
Burnley V Bournemouth 05:51:14 21:12:02
Burnley V Swansea 06:23:04 21:13:31
Everton V Bournemouth 06:42:22 20:10:23
Hull City V Bournemouth 06:41:25 20:50:32
Hull City V Swansea 06:06:02 21:14:57
Liverpool V Bournemouth 06:37:22 20:15:23
Manchester United V Bournemouth 06:55:34 20:08:07
Middlesbrough V Bournemouth 06:28:06 21:17:35
Middlesbrough V Swansea 05:17:00 21:42:00
Southampton V Burnley 06:19:03 21:11:57
Southampton V Sunderland 06:35:16 21:06:44
Sunderland V Bournemouth 05:46:51 21:12:54
Sunderland V Southampton 06:16:44 20:44:34
Sunderland V Swansea 04:38:22 22:00:19
Swansea V Burnley 06:13:57 20:52:18
Swansea V Hull City 05:48:57 21:11:34
Swansea V Middlesbrough 05:32:20 21:59:42
Swansea V Sunderland 05:19:12 22:12:50

Failed 5:30pm Saturday Kick-offs

fixture Time Leaving ‘Home’ Time arriving ‘Home’
Arsenal V Burnley 13:19:07 00:05:13 + (1 day)
Arsenal V Everton 14:25:29 02:45:17 + (1 day)
Arsenal V Hull City 14:15:53 05:50:55 + (1 day)
Arsenal V Liverpool 14:22:16 02:39:59 + (1 day)
Arsenal V Middlesbrough 13:59:33 03:43:37 + (1 day)
Arsenal V Swansea 13:25:53 04:10:42 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Burnley 10:27:37 05:58:03 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Everton 11:35:07 05:16:47 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Hull City 11:52:23 09:09:51 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Leicester City 13:08:57 03:52:04 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Liverpool 11:32:47 05:11:29 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Manchester City 11:46:12 05:30:11 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Manchester United 11:34:37 05:02:49 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Middlesbrough 11:23:03 08:41:57 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Stoke City 12:16:49 06:18:39 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Sunderland 10:32:38 09:26:05 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Swansea 12:29:23 07:07:12 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V WBA 13:30:02 02:53:28 + (1 day)
Burnley V Arsenal 13:46:48 04:30:40 + (1 day)
Burnley V Bournemouth 11:09:10 06:32:19 + (1 day)
Burnley V Chelsea 13:23:46 04:19:39 + (1 day)
Burnley V Crystal Palace 13:09:38 04:59:26 + (1 day)
Burnley V Hull City 14:30:34 07:09:23 + (1 day)
Burnley V Leicester City 13:05:38 02:40:48 + (1 day)
Burnley V Middlesbrough 13:57:56 04:23:24 + (1 day)
Burnley V Southampton 11:27:01 06:12:05 + (1 day)
Burnley V Stoke City 14:43:18 04:18:11 + (1 day)
Burnley V Sunderland 13:27:48 04:12:30 + (1 day)
Burnley V Swansea 11:02:26 09:25:57 + (1 day)
Burnley V Tottenham Hotspur 13:35:31 04:37:29 + (1 day)
Burnley V Watford 13:10:20 04:43:47 + (1 day)
Burnley V WBA 14:08:03 01:44:10 + (1 day)
Burnley V West Ham 13:05:33 05:15:27 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Burnley 13:00:25 03:59:18 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Everton 13:59:22 03:10:59 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Hull City 13:47:09 05:47:03 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Liverpool 13:56:09 03:05:41 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Manchester City 14:16:34 03:31:26 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Manchester United 14:04:59 03:36:54 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Middlesbrough 13:33:51 04:03:22 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Stoke City 14:39:13 03:19:54 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Sunderland 12:49:43 04:01:20 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Swansea 13:40:11 03:53:01 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Burnley 12:45:52 04:05:21 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Everton 13:32:58 03:24:05 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Hull City 13:35:38 06:36:43 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Liverpool 13:30:38 03:18:47 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Manchester City 14:02:03 03:37:29 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Manchester United 13:50:28 03:55:24 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Middlesbrough 13:16:11 04:16:59 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Stoke City 14:24:33 03:27:31 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Sunderland 12:32:03 04:15:57 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Swansea 12:52:31 04:34:04 + (1 day)
Everton V Arsenal 14:22:56 03:03:32 + (1 day)
Everton V Bournemouth 11:47:18 05:14:21 + (1 day)
Everton V Chelsea 13:35:11 02:27:58 + (1 day)
Everton V Crystal Palace 13:54:46 03:32:03 + (1 day)
Everton V Hull City 13:27:42 06:11:45 + (1 day)
Everton V Leicester City 13:49:50 03:32:52 + (1 day)
Everton V Middlesbrough 13:43:52 03:57:18 + (1 day)
Everton V Southampton 12:31:57 04:54:07 + (1 day)
Everton V Sunderland 12:54:44 03:46:24 + (1 day)
Everton V Swansea 11:40:34 08:07:59 + (1 day)
Everton V Tottenham Hotspur 13:45:05 03:14:21 + (1 day)
Everton V Watford 14:02:32 04:31:38 + (1 day)
Everton V West Ham 13:40:41 03:34:12 + (1 day)
Hull City V Arsenal 14:19:23 03:25:13 + (1 day)
Hull City V Bournemouth 11:11:32 06:43:58 + (1 day)
Hull City V Chelsea 13:34:40 03:19:12 + (1 day)
Hull City V Crystal Palace 13:10:04 04:00:44 + (1 day)
Hull City V Everton 13:47:50 04:19:08 + (1 day)
Hull City V Leicester City 14:09:15 02:38:02 + (1 day)
Hull City V Liverpool 13:43:30 04:13:50 + (1 day)
Hull City V Southampton 11:55:26 06:23:44 + (1 day)
Hull City V Stoke City 13:32:02 05:21:00 + (1 day)
Hull City V Swansea 10:55:41 09:37:36 + (1 day)
Hull City V Tottenham Hotspur 13:43:08 03:32:02 + (1 day)
Hull City V Watford 13:15:01 04:38:48 + (1 day)
Hull City V WBA 14:11:56 02:33:49 + (1 day)
Hull City V West Ham 13:20:38 04:16:37 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Bournemouth 13:09:56 01:08:35 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Burnley 13:30:04 00:04:16 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Everton 13:33:10 04:25:20 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Hull City 13:47:42 01:34:41 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Liverpool 13:35:50 04:20:02 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Middlesbrough 13:18:30 03:51:31 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Southampton 13:39:35 00:50:18 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Sunderland 13:04:22 04:56:38 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Swansea 12:42:50 06:33:45 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Arsenal 14:17:56 03:03:32 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Bournemouth 11:48:18 05:33:42 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Chelsea 13:36:11 02:27:58 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Crystal Palace 13:49:46 03:32:03 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Hull City 13:24:42 06:31:56 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Leicester City 13:50:50 03:32:52 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Middlesbrough 13:43:52 02:22:09 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Southampton 12:26:57 05:06:10 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Sunderland 12:51:44 03:48:24 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Swansea 11:41:34 08:27:20 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Tottenham Hotspur 13:46:05 03:14:21 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Watford 14:03:32 04:33:38 + (1 day)
Liverpool V West Ham 13:35:41 03:34:12 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Arsenal 14:34:28 02:49:00 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Bournemouth 12:02:50 05:01:16 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Chelsea 14:20:48 02:14:26 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Crystal Palace 14:03:18 03:22:31 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Leicester City 14:35:18 02:07:20 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Middlesbrough 14:38:24 01:57:46 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Southampton 12:51:29 04:41:02 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Swansea 12:20:06 07:54:54 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Tottenham Hotspur 14:23:11 03:02:49 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Watford 14:18:04 03:32:06 + (1 day)
Manchester City V West Ham 13:54:57 03:20:40 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Arsenal 14:23:08 03:00:01 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Bournemouth 11:51:30 05:15:32 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Chelsea 14:09:28 02:25:46 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Crystal Palace 13:51:58 03:33:32 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Leicester City 14:28:17 02:29:36 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Middlesbrough 14:29:23 02:21:06 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Southampton 12:34:13 04:55:18 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Sunderland 14:00:15 00:03:54 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Swansea 12:05:05 08:09:10 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Tottenham Hotspur 14:11:51 03:13:50 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Watford 14:06:44 03:43:26 + (1 day)
Manchester United V West Ham 13:43:37 03:32:00 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Arsenal 13:39:52 02:54:19 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Bournemouth 10:47:10 07:04:00 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Burnley 14:08:14 00:06:41 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Chelsea 13:12:59 02:43:16 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Crystal Palace 12:55:34 03:17:34 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Everton 13:31:20 02:50:45 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Leicester City 13:47:34 02:58:04 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Liverpool 13:29:00 02:45:27 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Southampton 11:33:45 05:23:50 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Stoke City 13:13:02 03:52:37 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Swansea 10:34:00 08:09:13 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Tottenham Hotspur 13:21:27 03:00:36 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Watford 12:52:16 03:10:25 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V WBA 13:50:15 03:53:26 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V West Ham 12:57:53 03:38:06 + (1 day)
Southampton V Burnley 10:59:34 04:51:51 + (1 day)
Southampton V Everton 12:11:04 04:10:35 + (1 day)
Southampton V Hull City 12:12:44 08:03:39 + (1 day)
Southampton V Leicester City 13:35:18 02:29:29 + (1 day)
Southampton V Liverpool 12:08:44 04:05:17 + (1 day)
Southampton V Manchester City 12:30:56 04:23:59 + (1 day)
Southampton V Manchester United 12:27:52 03:32:20 + (1 day)
Southampton V Middlesbrough 11:43:24 05:58:46 + (1 day)
Southampton V Stoke City 12:55:46 05:12:27 + (1 day)
Southampton V Sunderland 11:05:16 05:53:53 + (1 day)
Southampton V Swansea 13:00:44 06:01:00 + (1 day)
Southampton V WBA 14:03:59 02:17:16 + (1 day)
Stoke City V Bournemouth 12:26:04 01:41:01 + (1 day)
Stoke City V Hull City 13:47:28 05:57:32 + (1 day)
Stoke City V Leicester City 14:38:36 03:20:22 + (1 day)
Stoke City V Middlesbrough 13:13:38 04:09:12 + (1 day)
Stoke City V Southampton 12:49:14 00:55:44 + (1 day)
Stoke City V Sunderland 12:41:56 05:50:04 + (1 day)
Stoke City V Swansea 12:34:58 07:27:11 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Arsenal 13:35:33 03:33:56 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Bournemouth 11:05:51 07:28:19 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Burnley 13:08:55 00:31:00 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Chelsea 12:41:40 03:22:53 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Crystal Palace 12:52:15 03:57:11 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Everton 12:52:01 03:30:22 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Hull City 14:05:11 07:23:26 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Leicester City 13:28:15 03:22:23 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Liverpool 12:54:41 03:25:04 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Southampton 11:29:26 07:08:05 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Stoke City 12:53:43 04:32:14 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Swansea 10:14:41 08:10:57 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Tottenham Hotspur 13:18:08 03:40:13 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Watford 12:29:57 03:50:02 + (1 day)
Sunderland V WBA 13:30:56 04:33:03 + (1 day)
Sunderland V West Ham 12:47:11 04:17:43 + (1 day)
Swansea V Arsenal 13:28:30 02:34:52 + (1 day)
Swansea V Bournemouth 12:23:44 05:35:37 + (1 day)
Swansea V Burnley 11:14:42 07:56:42 + (1 day)
Swansea V Chelsea 13:42:42 01:59:18 + (1 day)
Swansea V Crystal Palace 12:49:39 03:03:23 + (1 day)
Swansea V Everton 12:24:21 08:03:17 + (1 day)
Swansea V Hull City 10:55:38 08:42:09 + (1 day)
Swansea V Leicester City 12:26:16 06:29:03 + (1 day)
Swansea V Liverpool 12:22:01 08:00:37 + (1 day)
Swansea V Manchester City 12:17:03 07:24:12 + (1 day)
Swansea V Manchester United 12:13:59 07:37:47 + (1 day)
Swansea V Middlesbrough 10:26:18 08:44:57 + (1 day)
Swansea V Southampton 13:10:45 05:15:23 + (1 day)
Swansea V Stoke City 12:52:35 07:20:35 + (1 day)
Swansea V Sunderland 10:12:10 09:05:05 + (1 day)
Swansea V Tottenham Hotspur 13:13:05 02:45:41 + (1 day)
Swansea V Watford 12:42:58 03:30:27 + (1 day)
Swansea V WBA 13:48:53 05:34:28 + (1 day)
Swansea V West Ham 12:52:08 03:05:32 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Burnley 13:01:15 03:44:25 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Everton 14:11:44 03:03:09 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Hull City 13:52:01 06:06:13 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Liverpool 14:08:31 02:57:51 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Manchester City 14:18:56 03:16:33 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Manchester United 14:07:21 03:31:54 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Middlesbrough 13:37:41 03:58:29 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Stoke City 14:41:33 03:18:19 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Sunderland 12:53:33 04:05:10 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Swansea 13:06:01 04:36:04 + (1 day)
Watford V Burnley 12:46:21 00:04:04 + (1 day)
Watford V Everton 13:49:22 03:33:08 + (1 day)
Watford V Hull City 13:13:02 06:59:12 + (1 day)
Watford V Liverpool 13:47:02 03:27:50 + (1 day)
Watford V Middlesbrough 13:00:42 02:34:56 + (1 day)
Watford V Sunderland 12:17:34 04:10:03 + (1 day)
Watford V Swansea 12:43:20 04:56:33 + (1 day)
WBA V Hull City 13:46:05 04:27:13 + (1 day)
WBA V Middlesbrough 13:16:45 03:18:16 + (1 day)
WBA V Sunderland 13:02:37 05:23:23 + (1 day)
WBA V Swansea 13:39:05 07:15:30 + (1 day)
West Ham V Burnley 12:40:33 04:01:58 + (1 day)
West Ham V Everton 13:45:32 03:20:42 + (1 day)
West Ham V Hull City 13:33:29 06:33:46 + (1 day)
West Ham V Liverpool 13:42:19 03:15:24 + (1 day)
West Ham V Manchester City 13:56:44 03:34:06 + (1 day)
West Ham V Manchester United 13:45:09 03:47:26 + (1 day)
West Ham V Middlesbrough 13:14:09 04:14:01 + (1 day)
West Ham V Stoke City 14:15:21 03:37:33 + (1 day)
West Ham V Sunderland 12:27:51 04:14:00 + (1 day)
West Ham V Swansea 12:56:29 04:41:06 + (1 day)

Failed 1pm Sunday Kick-offs

fixture Time Leaving ‘Home’ Time arriving ‘Home’
Bournemouth V Burnley 04:37:49 21:59:54
Bournemouth V Everton 06:14:43 20:52:53
Bournemouth V Hull City 06:14:53 20:56:07
Bournemouth V Liverpool 06:02:23 20:59:37
Bournemouth V Manchester City 06:53:48 20:49:48
Bournemouth V Manchester United 06:06:47 21:00:23
Bournemouth V Middlesbrough 05:16:10 21:35:57
Bournemouth V Sunderland 05:09:51 23:00:36
Bournemouth V Swansea 06:34:48 20:12:48
Burnley V Bournemouth 05:46:14 21:41:48
Burnley V Southampton 06:28:49 21:10:06
Burnley V Swansea 23:25:13 – (1 day) 22:01:31
Everton V Bournemouth 06:49:42 20:38:40
Everton V Swansea 00:22:51 20:59:23
Hull City V Bournemouth 23:36:41 – (1 day) 21:32:56
Hull City V Southampton 00:19:16 20:55:10
Hull City V Swansea 22:52:24 – (1 day) 23:06:48
Leicester City V Burnley 06:31:09 19:30:51
Leicester City V Middlesbrough 06:39:43 19:29:30
Leicester City V Sunderland 06:49:35 19:55:38
Leicester City V Swansea 00:15:11 20:03:45
Liverpool V Bournemouth 06:45:35 20:56:40
Liverpool V Swansea 00:25:47 21:17:23
Manchester City V Swansea 03:13:50 20:24:51
Manchester United V Bournemouth 06:54:34 20:40:09
Manchester United V Swansea 03:27:56 20:25:44
Middlesbrough V Bournemouth 02:55:13 21:30:54
Middlesbrough V Southampton 06:10:22 20:53:08
Middlesbrough V Swansea 00:20:47 23:19:35
Southampton V Burnley 05:07:54 21:10:21
Southampton V Everton 06:51:55 20:44:56
Southampton V Hull City 06:52:05 20:20:46
Southampton V Liverpool 06:39:35 20:42:12
Southampton V Manchester United 06:43:59 20:22:26
Southampton V Middlesbrough 05:46:15 20:53:36
Southampton V Sunderland 05:56:44 21:31:44
Stoke City V Bournemouth 06:39:52 20:37:41
Stoke City V Sunderland 06:44:50 20:06:15
Stoke City V Swansea 01:07:04 20:24:22
Sunderland V Bournemouth 02:21:51 21:52:11
Sunderland V Southampton 06:08:44 21:20:29
Sunderland V Swansea 00:19:03 23:17:54
Sunderland V WBA 06:51:56 20:22:04
Swansea V Bournemouth 06:56:32 20:30:29
Swansea V Burnley 22:45:59 – (1 day) 21:49:18
Swansea V Hull City 23:14:02 – (1 day) 05:48:25 + (1 day)
Swansea V Liverpool 06:55:40 20:56:37
Swansea V Manchester United 06:59:28 20:49:47
Swansea V Middlesbrough 23:45:03 – (1 day) 02:51:50 + (1 day)
Swansea V Sunderland 23:24:55 – (1 day) 03:27:05 + (1 day)
WBA V Swansea 06:35:23 19:05:30

Failed 4pm Sunday Kick-offs

fixture Time Leaving ‘Home’ Time arriving ‘Home’
Bournemouth V Burnley 08:47:06 05:02:23 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Everton 10:04:43 04:03:53 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Hull City 09:35:51 05:51:57 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Liverpool 09:55:31 04:06:05 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Manchester City 10:16:12 04:07:47 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Manchester United 09:58:35 03:58:25 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Middlesbrough 09:04:41 04:00:58 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Stoke City 10:47:19 03:56:40 + (1 day)
Bournemouth V Sunderland 09:14:33 04:46:05 + (1 day)
Burnley V Bournemouth 09:21:14 06:06:49 + (1 day)
Burnley V Leicester City 11:28:11 01:10:48 + (1 day)
Burnley V Middlesbrough 12:24:46 01:52:07 + (1 day)
Burnley V Southampton 09:43:09 02:29:55 + (1 day)
Burnley V Sunderland 11:59:38 01:58:22 + (1 day)
Burnley V Swansea 09:18:26 05:06:47 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Burnley 11:16:30 03:28:38 + (1 day)
Chelsea V Sunderland 11:39:43 03:58:25 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Burnley 11:04:50 03:43:32 + (1 day)
Crystal Palace V Sunderland 11:23:03 04:15:05 + (1 day)
Everton V Bournemouth 10:24:22 00:53:42 + (1 day)
Everton V Middlesbrough 11:54:52 00:58:52 + (1 day)
Everton V Sunderland 11:15:44 02:28:56 + (1 day)
Everton V Swansea 09:41:34 00:31:23 + (1 day)
Hull City V Bournemouth 09:51:12 03:10:04 + (1 day)
Hull City V Burnley 12:41:26 03:08:04 + (1 day)
Hull City V Southampton 10:33:47 01:41:57 + (1 day)
Hull City V Stoke City 12:17:33 03:21:57 + (1 day)
Hull City V Swansea 08:08:53 04:39:39 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Middlesbrough 10:22:30 02:06:31 + (1 day)
Leicester City V Sunderland 10:39:21 03:02:38 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Bournemouth 10:06:22 00:58:34 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Middlesbrough 11:51:52 01:06:53 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Sunderland 11:12:44 02:33:03 + (1 day)
Liverpool V Swansea 09:31:34 00:36:15 + (1 day)
Manchester City V Bournemouth 10:38:54 00:58:10 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Bournemouth 10:22:53 03:06:57 + (1 day)
Manchester United V Southampton 10:40:31 01:27:35 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Bournemouth 09:13:10 05:40:53 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Burnley 12:16:55 03:08:10 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Leicester City 11:55:34 02:10:04 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Southampton 09:55:45 02:03:59 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Stoke City 11:46:32 03:22:03 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V Swansea 08:02:22 06:47:28 + (1 day)
Middlesbrough V WBA 11:11:59 01:54:51 + (1 day)
Southampton V Burnley 09:21:54 04:40:26 + (1 day)
Southampton V Everton 10:35:04 03:41:56 + (1 day)
Southampton V Hull City 10:06:12 05:14:45 + (1 day)
Southampton V Liverpool 10:25:52 03:44:08 + (1 day)
Southampton V Manchester City 10:51:00 03:45:50 + (1 day)
Southampton V Manchester United 10:33:23 03:05:11 + (1 day)
Southampton V Middlesbrough 09:33:24 03:47:38 + (1 day)
Southampton V Stoke City 11:22:07 03:24:37 + (1 day)
Southampton V Sunderland 09:43:16 04:22:53 + (1 day)
Stoke City V Middlesbrough 11:59:04 01:36:31 + (1 day)
Stoke City V Sunderland 10:49:56 03:01:10 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Bournemouth 09:10:51 06:02:12 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Burnley 11:55:36 10:27:29 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Leicester City 11:23:15 02:22:23 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Southampton 09:38:26 02:25:18 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Stoke City 11:29:13 03:55:22 + (1 day)
Sunderland V Swansea 07:37:03 05:07:19 + (1 day)
Sunderland V WBA 10:24:40 01:52:10 + (1 day)
Swansea V Bournemouth 09:54:33 03:18:45 + (1 day)
Swansea V Burnley 08:57:42 05:31:25 + (1 day)
Swansea V Everton 10:20:00 04:36:00 + (1 day)
Swansea V Hull City 08:08:02 07:07:52 + (1 day)
Swansea V Leicester City 10:49:14 03:33:24 + (1 day)
Swansea V Liverpool 10:17:40 04:36:06 + (1 day)
Swansea V Manchester City 10:33:05 03:55:54 + (1 day)
Swansea V Manchester United 10:17:01 03:46:32 + (1 day)
Swansea V Middlesbrough 08:27:20 07:04:40 + (1 day)
Swansea V Southampton 10:37:08 02:21:19 + (1 day)
Swansea V Stoke City 11:00:25 04:18:23 + (1 day)
Swansea V Sunderland 08:06:12 07:35:48 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Burnley 11:21:20 03:22:39 + (1 day)
Tottenham Hotspur V Sunderland 11:42:03 03:53:35 + (1 day)
Watford V Burnley 10:51:51 03:09:25 + (1 day)
Watford V Middlesbrough 11:30:12 01:28:48 + (1 day)
Watford V Sunderland 11:10:04 02:56:43 + (1 day)
WBA V Middlesbrough 11:04:45 02:12:08 + (1 day)
WBA V Sunderland 10:25:37 03:47:23 + (1 day)
West Ham V Burnley 11:05:48 03:39:02 + (1 day)
West Ham V Sunderland 11:24:01 04:08:07 + (1 day)

 

 

In summary there are a great deal fixtures which will cause a headache for committed away fans who use public transport. The final table shows fixtures who failed every test and therefore should only really be played at 3pm on a Saturday.

fixture
Bournemouth V Burnley
Bournemouth V Everton
Bournemouth V Liverpool
Bournemouth V Middlesbrough
Bournemouth V Sunderland
Burnley V Bournemouth
Burnley V Swansea
Everton V Bournemouth
Hull City V Bournemouth
Hull City V Swansea
Liverpool V Bournemouth
Manchester United V Bournemouth
Middlesbrough V Bournemouth
Middlesbrough V Swansea
Southampton V Burnley
Southampton V Sunderland
Sunderland V Bournemouth
Sunderland V Southampton
Sunderland V Swansea
Swansea V Burnley
Swansea V Hull City
Swansea V Middlesbrough
Swansea V Sunderland

 

If you think you or someone else would be interested in exploring the science behind this work, you should have a look at the Newcastle University degrees in BSc Geographic Information Science and BSc Surveying and Mapping Science.  These degrees have excellent employment prospects, lots of field and practical work and consistently high levels of student satisfaction. I myself am a graduate of the GIS programme

Championship Away Fans

The volume of a teams away following is often used as measure for the “size” of a club and is heavily debated amongst football fans. But their are many factors that influence this, not least their proximity to other clubs.

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Hartlepool Away Fans making 400-mile trip to Plymouth away to watch their side lose 5-0

With the Football league last week releasing statistics showing the average away attendance for each team playing in the championship (shown below), I looked at whether this was effected by the clubs accessibility to other clubs and how long fans were spending travelling.

Team Away Attendance
Leeds 2807
Middlesbrough 2515
Sheffield Wednesday 2510
Derby 2125
Burnley 1911
Birmingham 1779
Brighton 1658
Preston 1506
Wolves 1470
Nottingham Forest 1443
Hull 1393
Ipswich 1383
Bristol City 1263
QPR 1204
Huddersfield 1128
Blackburn 1106
Brentford 1073
Rotherham 1041
Reading 1040
Fulham 988
Bolton 911
Cardiff 748
Charlton 637
MK Dons 636

With Leeds being located in within fairly close proximity to a number of the northern teams, and Leeds railway station being well connected I wanted to look at the whether this contributed to their loyal away following.

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So I used the Google Travel API to look at the total time a football fan would spend travelling if they went on public transport to every away game. The results are below.

Team Time Spent Travelling
Cardiff City 6 Days 3 Hours 44 Minutes 14 Seconds
Brighton and Hove Albion 6 Days 1 Hours 23 Minutes 36 Seconds
Ipswich Town 5 Days 23 Hours 17 Minutes 34 Seconds
Middlesbrough 5 Days 21 Hours 25 Minutes 26 Seconds
Charlton Athletic 5 Days 11 Hours 18 Minutes 10 Seconds
Bristol City 5 Days 10 Hours 22 Minutes 50 Seconds
Hull City 5 Days 2 Hours 57 Minutes 20 Seconds
Fulham 4 Days 22 Hours 6 Minutes 38 Seconds
Burnley 4 Days 20 Hours 5 Minutes 32 Seconds
Reading 4 Days 19 Hours 58 Minutes 32 Seconds
Preston North End 4 Days 19 Hours 52 Minutes 22 Seconds
Queens Park Rangers 4 Days 18 Hours 44 Minutes 38 Seconds
Brentford 4 Days 18 Hours 13 Minutes 12 Seconds
Blackburn Rovers 4 Days 17 Hours 38 Minutes 16 Seconds
Huddersfield Town 4 Days 11 Hours 55 Minutes 58 Seconds
Bolton Wanderers 4 Days 11 Hours 17 Minutes 36 Seconds
Leeds United 4 Days 7 Hours 2 Minutes 12 Seconds
MK Dons 4 Days 5 Hours 1 Minutes 4 Seconds
Sheffield Wednesday 4 Days 4 Hours 30 Minutes 54 Seconds
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4 Days 0 Hours 30 Minutes 48 Seconds
Rotherham United 3 Days 23 Hours 23 Minutes 6 Seconds
Birmingham City 3 Days 19 Hours 59 Minutes 4 Seconds
Nottingham Forest 3 Days 18 Hours 12 Minutes 6 Seconds
Derby County 3 Days 17 Hours 41 Minutes 6 Seconds

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From this it appears that there is very little correlation between the average away attendance and time spent travelling especially with Middlesbrough’s travel time and attendance being so high.

As a final thought I looked at using the travel times for ranking the teams be the number of “fan hours” spent travelling.

Team Fan Hours
Middlesbrough 40 Years 31 Weeks 3 Days 1 Hours 4 Minutes 50 Seconds
Leeds United 33 Years 0 Weeks 5 Days 23 Hours 55 Minutes 24 Seconds
Sheffield Wednesday 28 Years 41 Weeks 5 Days 4 Hours 39 Minutes 0 Seconds
Brighton and Hove Albion 27 Years 27 Weeks 0 Days 6 Hours 8 Minutes 48 Seconds
Burnley 25 Years 16 Weeks 6 Days 20 Hours 14 Minutes 12 Seconds
Ipswich Town 22 Years 32 Weeks 3 Days 5 Hours 54 Minutes 42 Seconds
Derby County 21 Years 39 Weeks 2 Days 20 Hours 37 Minutes 30 Seconds
Preston North End 19 Years 48 Weeks 0 Days 0 Hours 24 Minutes 12 Seconds
Hull City 19 Years 28 Weeks 5 Days 13 Hours 5 Minutes 20 Seconds
Bristol City 18 Years 41 Weeks 4 Days 6 Hours 38 Minutes 30 Seconds
Birmingham City 18 Years 35 Weeks 3 Days 8 Hours 19 Minutes 36 Seconds
Wolverhampton Wanderers 16 Years 10 Weeks 1 Days 10 Hours 36 Minutes 0 Seconds
Queens Park Rangers 15 Years 40 Weeks 1 Days 7 Hours 38 Minutes 32 Seconds
Nottingham Forest 14 Years 44 Weeks 5 Days 9 Hours 0 Minutes 18 Seconds
Blackburn Rovers 14 Years 18 Weeks 0 Days 19 Hours 22 Minutes 56 Seconds
Brentford 13 Years 51 Weeks 4 Days 14 Hours 3 Minutes 36 Seconds
Huddersfield Town 13 Years 46 Weeks 5 Days 20 Hours 10 Minutes 24 Seconds
Reading 13 Years 40 Weeks 0 Days 14 Hours 34 Minutes 40 Seconds
Fulham 13 Years 16 Weeks 5 Days 5 Hours 13 Minutes 44 Seconds
Cardiff City 12 Years 32 Weeks 0 Days 11 Hours 26 Minutes 32 Seconds
Rotherham United 11 Years 17 Weeks 3 Days 7 Hours 47 Minutes 6 Seconds
Bolton Wanderers 11 Years 8 Weeks 1 Days 16 Hours 13 Minutes 36 Seconds
Charlton Athletic 9 Years 28 Weeks 3 Days 23 Hours 52 Minutes 10 Seconds
MK Dons 7 Years 17 Weeks 2 Days 23 Hours 18 Minutes 24 Seconds

Football Travel Times

 

Following our blog post looking at the distances of football grounds from their nearest railway station, we had a think about other interesting football-related analysis that we could do. Having previously been a holder of an away season ticket, I thought that one interesting comparison might be to investigate which football fans would spend the longest on public transport to visit away games.

In order to do this analysis we used the Google Maps Distance Matrix API (https://developers.google.com/maps/documentation/distance-matrix/ ) to calculate the time and distance you would have to travel on public transport between each football club, to arrive at 2pm on a Saturday. The locations of the football grounds were used as the start and end points for each journey since we obviously don’t know where supporters actually live!

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Below is a list of the 5 longest away trips between any pair of Football League or Premier League clubs. You could look at this as the nightmare FA Cup draw if you’re committed to going to the game, and the ones you really don’t want to be switched to a Friday night for TV coverage.

 

team1 team2 duration length
Plymouth Argyle Newcastle United 6 hours 39 mins 657.287Km
Plymouth Argyle Sunderland 6 hours 29 mins 647.920Km
Torquay United Newcastle United 6 hours 22 mins 620.825Km
Plymouth Argyle Hartlepool United 6 hours 13 mins 622.370Km
Carlisle United Plymouth Argyle 6 hours 13 mins 626.729Km

The 5 quickest are below – some of these would likely be quicker to walk!

team1 team2 duration length
Notts County Nottingham Forest 3 mins 1.126Km
Liverpool Everton 4 mins 1.654Km
Fulham Chelsea 11 mins 3.138Km
Walsall West Bromwich Albion 11 mins 9.997Km
Birmingham City Aston Villa 11 mins 5.831Km

In summary, you really don’t want to draw Plymouth away…

Football Ground Nearest Station Mark II

When I wrote the blog post “Settling a Coffee Break Debate – Football Travel Distance” It was done to do just that, settle a coffee break debate. Getting the Football Supporters’ Federation to share it came as an afterthought. In doing so the true power of the crowd was unleashed and we received several comments from fans pointing out minor errors in the results. Mainly missing railway stations or errors in the location of the football ground. As such I wanted to prove that the Geospatial Engineering group are nothing short of perfectionists and rectify these results.

Firstly I had to retrieve all the locations of railway stations in the UK. I did this by using the OpenStreetMap extended API and download all features in the UK bounding box that contained the tag “railway=station”. This gave me a selection of nodes and polygons. I generated centroids of the polygons and merged them with the nodes. As a few commenters pointed out the last piece of analysis didn’t include tram, light railway and subways. So for completeness I also carried out the same process on features marked “railway=tram_stop” (light rail and subway stations are included in “railway=station”).

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I then had to retrieve the locations of football stadiums. Again I used the OpenStreetMap extended API and downloaded all features that contained both “sport=soccer” & “leisure=stadium” tags. And likewise generated centroid of the polygons and merged with the points. However due to either the stadium not being tagged as such or simply not mapped out yet a few grounds were missing so in these places I have used the previous locations. I also had the problem that the openstreetmap features didn’t contain information on the club and the stadium name were in some cases slightly different to the names I had stored ( e.g. Emirates, and Emirates Stadium) so I had to do some fuzzy text matching to complete this mapping.

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Lowestoft fc’s ground is mapped out but Norwich City’s isn’t

Once I had the 2 new datasets it was just a simple case of calculating the nearest station/stop to each stadium and the distance between them. Again I achieved this by loading both datasets into PostgreSQL/PostGIS. Below are the full set of results. With the representing the distance from the centre of station/stop to the centre of the stadium, so not necessarily the distance a fan would walk. Also this does not take into consideration that the station or stop might not be open on match day.

 

Club Ground Name Railway Station/Tram Stop Distance (m)
Yeovil Town Huish Park Yeovil Pen Mill 4334
Oxford United Kassam Stadium Radley 4059
Wycombe Wanderers Adams Park High Wycombe 3761
Reading Madejski Stadium Reading West 3634
Shrewsbury Town New Meadow Shrewsbury 2575
Colchester United Community Stadium Colchester 2559
Scunthorpe United Glanford Park Althorpe 2500
Cambridge United Abbey Stadium Cambridge 2296
Preston North End Deepdale Preston 2243
Stoke City Britannia Stadium Stoke-on-Trent 2212
Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster 2159
Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium Burton-upon-Trent 2033
Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium Montpelier 2029
Swansea City Liberty Stadium Swansea 1978
Port Vale Vale Park Longport 1854
Northampton Town Sixfields Stadium Northampton 1831
Leicester City King Power Stadium Leicester 1755
Chesterfield Proact Stadium Chesterfield 1753
Liverpool Anfield Kirkdale 1753
Rochdale Spotland Rochdale Town Centre 1652
Stevenage Broadhall Way Stevenage 1603
Leeds United Elland Road Cottingley 1510
MK Dons Stadium:mk Fenny Stratford 1507
Crawley Town Broadfield Stadium Crawley 1488
Oldham Athletic Boundary Park Westwood 1430
Accrington Stanley Crown Ground Accrington 1403
Hull City KC Stadium Hull Paragon Interchange 1397
Wigan Athletic DW Stadium Wigan Wallgate 1359
Carlisle United Brunton Park Carlisle 1352
York City Bootham Crescent York 1290
Huddersfield Town The John Smiths Stadium Huddersfield 1263
Plymouth Argyle Home Park Plymouth 1252
Southampton St Marys Stadium Woolston Railway Station 1244
Luton Town Kenilworth Road Luton 1217
Fulham Craven Cottage Putney Bridge 1160
Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium Middlesbrough 1148
Nottingham Forest City Ground Nottingham Station 1147
Bristol City Ashton Gate Parson Street 1135
Bury Gigg Lane Bury 1131
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park Mill Hill 1123
Burnley Turf Moor Burnley Central 1108
Derby County Pride Park Derby 1051
Everton Goodison Park Kirkdale 1005
Swindon Town County Ground Swindon 994
Morecambe Globe Arena Morecambe 989
Bournemouth Dean Court Pokesdown 966
Bradford City Valley Parade Bradford Forster Square 907
Newport County Rodney Parade Newport 789
Birmingham City St Andrews Bordesley 760
Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux Wolverhampton railway station 759
Gillingham Priestfield Stadium Gillingham 753
Sheffield United Bramall Lane Granville Road / The Sheffield College 749
Notts County Meadow Lane Nottingham Station 739
Watford Vicarage Road Watford High Street 722
Crystal Palace Selhurst Park Selhurst 707
AFC Wimbledon Kingsmeadow Berrylands 684
Barnsley Oakwell Barnsley Interchange 682
Portsmouth Fratton Park Fratton 663
Southend United Roots Hall Prittlewell 651
Leyton Orient Brisbane Road Leyton 631
Peterborough United London Road Peterborough (NVR) 602
Barnet The Hive Canons Park 593
Dagenham and Redbridge Victoria Road Dagenham East 560
Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road Shepherd’s Bush Market 552
Rotherham United New York Stadium Rotherham Central 551
Norwich City Carrow Road Norwich 543
Blackpool Bloomfield Road St Chad’s Road 531
Brentford Griffin Park Brentford 494
Ipswich Town Portman Road Ipswich 494
West Ham United Boleyn Ground Upton Park station 484
Sunderland Stadium of Light St Peter’s 481
Mansfield Town Field Mill Mansfield 461
Cardiff City Cardiff City Stadium Ninian Park 449
Hartlepool United Victoria Park Hartlepool Railway Station 418
Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium Horwich Parkway 398
Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane White Hart Lane 392
Charlton Athletic The Valley Charlton 371
West Bromwich Albion The Hawthorns The Hawthorns 368
Millwall New Den South Bermondsey 362
Aston Villa Villa Park Witton 359
Arsenal Emirates Stadium Drayton Park 344
Walsall Bescot Stadium Bescot Stadium 279
Fleetwood Town Highbury Stadium (Fleetwood) Stanley Road 278
Crewe Alexandra Gresty Road Crewe 272
Brighton and Hove Albion Falmer Stadium Falmer 261
Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough Leppings Lane 258
Manchester City City of Manchester Stadium Etihad Campus 255
Chelsea Stamford Bridge Fulham Broadway 242
Coventry City Ricoh Arena Coventry Arena 185
Newcastle United St James Park St James 160
Manchester United Old Trafford Manchester United F.C. Halt 122
Exeter City St James Park (Exeter) St James’ Park 113

Settling a Coffee Break Debate – Football Travel Distance

NEW BLOG POST CORRECTING ERRORS HERE 

As I imagine happens at many work places the coffee break for the Geospatial group often brings up some lively debates. Whilst today’s debate itself wasn’t exactly lively it did pose an interesting question. Which football ground is the further away from a mainline railway station? The answer put out there Hillsborough. Not content with this guesswork I ran a simple piece of analysis. Luckily we have the football grounds from the work we carries out with the football tweets (previous blog & site) and the the railway stations from work carried out for ITRC (http://www.itrc.org.uk/).

Football League Stadia

Football League Stadia

 

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GB Railway Stations

Therefore all i had to do was look at the nearest railway station to each ground and calculate the distance between them. I did this by loading both datasets into PostgreSQL + PostGIS and performing a few simple queries.  The results are below: Whilst Hillsborough wasn’t the furthest it wasn’t far off.

Ideally we’d look at the distance along the UK road network and not straight line distance. But this seems somewhat overkill for answering this question.

Neil

 

Football Club Stadium Name Railway Station Distance (m)
Fleetwood Town Highbury Stadium Poulton-le-Fylde 7908.11125559371
Bury Gigg Lane Clifton 6660.52530406908
Sheffield Wednesday Hillsborough Sheffield 4531.43899643992
Yeovil Town Huish Park Yeovil Pen Mill 4305.2978740895
Oxford United Kassam Stadium Radley 4089.74370918289
Coventry City Ricoh Arena Bedworth 3965.19467363248
Wycombe Wanderers Adams Park High Wycombe 3796.07635929164
Reading Madjeski Stadium Reading West 3669.95693983928
Cheltenham Town Whaddon Road Cheltenham Spa 2983.6953569951
Dagenham and Redbridge Victoria Road Dagenham Dock 2598.82359490238
Colchester United Weston Homes Community Stadium Colchester 2573.12612621598
Scunthorpe United Glanford Park Althorpe 2568.65402852626
Shrewsbury Town New Meadow Shrewsbury 2532.86554400019
Cambridge United Abbey Stadium Cambridge 2371.65580933094
Preston North End Deepdale Preston 2220.26792889295
Doncaster Rovers Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster 2207.80263428059
Stoke City Britannia Stadium Stoke-on-Trent 2201.7962708601
Rochdale Spotland Stadium Rochdale 2098.43404250318
Burton Albion Pirelli Stadium Burton-on-Trent 2091.47360872247
Queens Park Rangers Loftus Road Kensington Olympia 2050.97406409029
Bristol Rovers Memorial Stadium Montpelier 2015.77067665531
Swansea City Liberty Stadium Swansea 1980.92022136336
West Ham Boleyn Ground Woodgrange Park 1929.54896518672
Macclesfield Town Moss Rose Macclesfield 1901.57512833285
Chesterfield B2net Stadium Chesterfield 1856.0814157692
Port Vale Vale Park Longport 1840.42432657788
Northampton Town Sixfields Stadium Northampton 1821.98141599042
Oldham Athletic Boundary Park Oldham Werneth 1808.16787682106
Liverpool Anfield Kirkdale 1738.52974959448
Leicester City King Power Stadium Leicester 1725.57185592057
Manchester United Old Trafford Trafford Park 1671.87218748047
Torquay United Plainmoor Torre 1667.13531194068
Stevenage Borough The Lamex Stadium Stevenage 1595.47056887281
Fulham Craven Cottage Putney 1586.58592171703
MK Dons Stadiummk Fenny Stratford 1555.74401416301
Crawley Town Broadfield Stadium Crawley 1483.25999132287
Tranmere Rovers Prenton Park Rock Ferry 1461.01057568374
Leeds United Elland Road Cottingley 1460.72706001557
York City Bootham Crescent York 1424.83761465897
Carlisle United Brunton Park Carlisle 1400.33683628771
Accrington Stanley Crown Ground Accrington 1386.80058458418
Hull City KC Stadium Hull 1372.8238336756
Wigan Athletic DW Stadium Wigan Wallgate 1354.71103755325
Barnet Underhill Stadium New Barnet 1331.81735155781
Peterborough United London Road Peterborough 1291.81586333005
Manchester City Etihad Stadium Ashburys 1283.26185362597
Southampton St Mary’s Stadium Woolston 1242.27676803219
Plymouth Argyle Home Park Plymouth 1241.72387816119
Huddersfield Town The Galpharm Stadium Huddersfield 1223.89758310361
Luton Town Kenilworth Road Luton 1207.43855797424
Nottingham Forest The City Ground Nottingham 1190.56463654538
Bristol City Ashton Gate Parson Street 1118.57856017793
Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park Mill Hill (Lancashire) 1118.44597418967
Leyton Orient Brisbane Road Leyton Midland Road 1110.75176145117
Morecambe Globe Arena Bare Lane 1104.26121401745
Burnley Turf Moor Burnley Central 1099.33701322422
Sunderland Stadium of Light Sunderland 1055.4979571639
Sheffield United Bramall Lane Sheffield 1049.19338825299
Swindon Town The County Ground Swindon 1046.99266525118
Middlesbrough Riverside Middlesbrough 1039.53610939064
Derby County Pride Park Derby 1036.0030157922
Everton Goodison Park Kirkdale 1023.2951415739
Bournemouth Seward Stadium Pokesdown 948.719417631076
Bradford City Valley Parade Bradford Forster Square 887.461708978663
Newcastle United St James Park Newcastle 882.06576774756
Notts County Meadow Lane Nottingham 774.620214342908
Wolverhampton Wanderers Molineux Wolverhampton 765.334742248787
Birmingham City St Andrews Bordesley 739.514349756714
Gillingham Priestfield Stadium Gillingham (Kent) 739.141518305716
Portsmouth Fratton Park Fratton 723.641439892184
Watford Vicarage Road Watford High Street 723.345746538908
Newport County Rodney Parade Newport (South Wales) 698.880470762071
Blackpool Bloomfield Road Blackpool South 697.435988426917
Barnsley Oakwell Barnsley 682.917115524344
Crystal Palace Selhurst Park Selhurst 677.760455528003
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Chelsea Stamford Bridge West Brompton 669.65763374968
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Hereford United Edgar Street Hereford 641.878247423655
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Brighton and Hove Albion Amex Stadium Falmer 508.088645989644
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Brentford Griffin Park Brentford 469.248811545038
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Cardiff City Cardiff City Stadium Ninian Park 446.968827575298
England Wembley Wembley Stadium 444.804879003609
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Geospatial engineering in the Caribbean again!

As part of my work on the CARIWIG project I have been lucky enough to visit the Caribbean on 4 separate occasions. These, despite the speculations from my colleagues, have been work packed trips with the majority of my time being spent in a windowless heavily air-conditioned room. My latest trip saw myself and Phil James from Geospatial engineering visit Barbados where we took part in the CARIWIG training event (which took place in various windowless rooms).

We were there presenting the work that we have done putting together the CARIWIG portal which is a portal designed to let the user visualise, graph and download both historical and simulated future cliamte datasets, as well as allowing the user to run a number of simulations across the region. For slightly more information see here

Gridded data viewer on the portal

Gridded data viewer on the portal

 

Tropical storm model on the portal

Tropical storm model on the portal

 

Over the 3 days participants were introduced to the tools put together for the project and how they are run on the portal. They were then given time to use these tools to conduct their own mini case studies, with them then reporting their findings back to the group.

Overall the event was a great success with participants fully engaging with the tools put together and seeing their potential. And from a personal point of view, they liked the interface and found it intuitive. Plus there were 0 internal server errors, even when a entire room of people all ran the tropical storm model at the same time!

barbados

One of the nicest views on the island