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Iron to cover less miles in 2020-21

20 August 2020

United will put in less miles completing their Sky Bet League Two fixtures next season - 448 fewer than in the last campaign^ in fact.

Last season, Scunthorpe would have travelled 6,776 miles both ways in the 23 regular away league games, had the campaign reached its conclusion. 

In 2020-21 though, the team will travel 6,328 miles to complete their away fixtures. 

The Iron’s shortest trip next season will remain the same - against fierce local rivals Grimsby Town. Kevin van Veen scored the winner in the corresponding fixture last season.

EFL newcomers Harrogate Town** is the third shortest trip after being promoted from the National League, providing we're scheduled to play them when they return to their home ground, while United’s longest trip is now Exeter City following Plymouth Argyle's promotion to Sky Bet League Two.

Meanwhile, Mansfield Town remains as Scunthorpe’s second closest opponents, while Barrow's return to the EFL after almost 50 years away adds a 292-mile round trip to the chart. 

In 2020-21, there are eight teams in the league within a 100-mile radius, an increase of one following the relegation of Bolton Wanderers into the league.

Grimsby Town - 32 miles
Mansfield Town - 58 miles
Harrogate Town - 60 miles
Bradford City - 61 miles 
Oldham Athletic - 81 miles
Salford City - 86 miles
Port Vale - 95 miles
Bolton Wanderers - 96 miles
Walsall - 115 miles 
Tranmere Rovers - 121 miles
Cambridge United - 129 miles
Morecambe - 138 miles
Stevenage - 143 miles
Barrow - 146 miles
Carlisle United - 161 miles
Cheltenham Town - 167 miles
Leyton Orient - 174 miles
Colchester United - 184 miles
Forest Green Rovers - 186 miles
Southend United - 208 miles
Newport County - 211 miles
Crawley Town - 236 miles
Exeter City - 276 miles

2014-15 5,736
2015-16 5,270
2016-17 6,190
2017-18 6,530
2018-19 6,826
2019-20 6,776^
2020-21 6,328

^had the campaign been completed, the side would have travelled 6,776 miles

*please note, the figures are based on travelling to and from the Sands Venue Stadium on the shortest possible route

**should Harrogate Town still be playing at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium when we are allocated to play them away, the overall mileage chart will reduce by a 68-mile round trip

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