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Cost of being a fan.

It's a game of winners and losers - and not just on the pitch, according to a survey of how much it costs football fans to follow their heroes.

The biggest winners financially are fans of Birmingham City, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion who pay out the least to follow their teams around the country, the research Co-operative Financial Services (CFS) found.

Newcastle United fans are the top of a league of losers, with some shelling out more than pounds 2,000 a year.

Any fan that attends each of the Magpies' away matches will travel a total of 8,482 miles, equivalent to a round-the-world trip, the research found. For Newcastle supporters who travel by train it costs on average pounds 2,053, or pounds 957.07 in petrol for those who travel by car. Coach travel is the cheapest, but for Geordie fans it costs more than pounds 780 over the course of a season, more than any other Premier League club.

On average Blues fans pay pounds 543 less in rail travel.

West Brom4,478 miles; pounds 505.28 by car; pounds 642.80 by rail; pounds 244 by coachAston Villa .4,394 miles; pounds 495.80 by car; pounds 620.00 by rail; pounds 223 by coachB'hm City .4,354 miles; pounds 491.29 by car; pounds 620.00 by rail; pounds 218 by coach
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Nov 24, 2004
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