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Countdown to kick-off: Five of the longest away days in The Football League

2 August 2015

There are just five days remaining until the new Football League season begins, and fans will be travelling in their numbers in the hope that their club kicks off the campaign in style.

So today, we're taking a look at five of the longest journeys that Football League supporters will face during the 2015/16 season.

Sky Bet League 2

Carlisle United and Plymouth Argyle – 778.2 miles

It takes the most dedicated of fans to make the journey between Carlisle and Plymouth, with over 12 hours of travelling taking place for 90 minutes of football.

However, followers of the Cumbrians will have their loyalty pushed even further to the limit this month as they face a daunting Tuesday night trip to Home Park, with the Pilgrims making a more favourable Saturday afternoon visit up north to begin 2016.

Hartlepool United and Exeter City – 691.1 miles

Another north versus south clash pits Hartlepool and Exeter against each other, with the former making the trip down to Devon in September.

The Grecians then go to Victoria Park at the end of January, in a repeat of the fixture which saw Ronnie Moore's men retain their League 2 status last term.

Morecambe and Portsmouth – 585.6 miles

Morecambe will be looking for a change of fortunes this season when they make their third visit to Fratton Park.

Their two previous visits have given their away fans nothing to shout about, with Pompey recording 3-0 wins on both occasions.

In a division packed with long journeys, mentions must also go to Accrington Stanley and York, as well as Somerset-based Yeovil Town, who all face lengthy trips in matches involving the aforementioned clubs.

Sky Bet Championship

Brighton & Hove Albion and Middlesbrough – 631.2 miles

The biggest gap between two clubs in the Championship is, by some distance, the one that separates Middlesbrough and Brighton.

The travelling faithful can have no complaints based on recent seasons though – the home side haven't been victorious in this fixture for seven games, with Boro the last hosts to triumph back in December 2011.

It's not just up and down for long-distance trips in The Football League, though. Ipswich Town and Cardiff City face near-500 mile round journeys from east to west when they lock horns.

Sky Bet League 1

Fleetwood Town and Gillingham – 566.4 miles

The division has a somewhat northern look to it this term with Fleetwood sitting highest of the group, right up on the Lancashire coast.

Colchester United, Southend United, Swindon Town and Millwall all lie well south of the majority of League 1's clubs, but it's Kent outfit Gillingham who are the furthest away from Highbury, and both fixtures between the pair will take place on Tuesday nights this season.

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