Leeds United: Fans will travel 5,500 miles to follow United next season

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Leeds United supporters will have to cover more than 5,500 miles in the forthcoming 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season.

There will be four Yorkshire derbies next season with neighbours Huddersfield Town providing the shortest round trip at just 32 miles.

Barnsley, Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday will be the other Yorkshire sides the Whites will face.

Leeds will travel across the Pennines to take on Blackburn Rovers, newly-promoted Wigan Athletic and Preston North End – managed by former United boss Simon Grayson.

The furthest north that United supporters will have to travel this coming season is Newcastle United.

The Whites took a staggering 6,000 fans to St James’s Park the last time the two teams met which was back in September 2013. Newcastle won 2-0 and both sets of fans were chanting the name of Gary Speed.

Leeds will also face midlands trips to Burton Albion, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Derby County and Nottingham Forest.

United’s longest trip of the season will be the 528-mile round trip to Brighton and Hove Albion. And the Leeds fans will be hoping they won’t have to make that particular marathon trek on a week-night in 2016-17.

Head coach Thomas Christiansen watches ohis players during training at Jenbach. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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