The Football League fixture computer has once again brought little festive cheer to a number of clubs with several clubs having to travel mammoth distances for their scheduled fixtures this weekend.

On the same weekend last season, The Football League cruelly paired Swindon Town with a long trip to Fleetwood Town in League One while in League Two, Accrington Stanley made the long trek to face Exeter City, Carlisle United travelled to South Wales to face Newport County and Plymouth Arygle faced the most gruelling trip of all as they were made to travel the length of the country to face York City.

This season, the fixture computer has again produced an evil schedule. The first Saturday of the New Year sees a Championship battle between Play Off contenders as Ipswich Town make a 508 mile round trip to play Burnley.

In League One, Bradford City face a 464 mile round trip to face Gillingham. If medals were awarded for loyal support fans of League 2 clubs surely deserve one this weekend.

The New Year weekend schedule has thrown up a horrendous set of fixtures with Plymouth Argyle set to embark on a 614 mile round trip to Ewood Park where they face a homeless Carlisle United side, Hartlepool United travel 560 miles to play Newport County and York City must travel 626 miles to contest a relegation 6 pointer at Yeovil Town.

Surely it’s about time that The Football League took more consideration over their organisation of winter fixtures.

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I am Dan Pentland a writer and reporter for The72 and Chelsea Presser websites and editor and owner of FAWSL Full-Time magazine. Regularly reporting from EFL matches, FAWSL fixtures and various internationals. Completed the 92 in 2015! Contact me on Twitter @danpentlandpcuk or via E-mail [email protected]

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