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Newcastle lead the Premier League jet-setters

Published on Jul 24, 2014 6:48 AM

LONDON (REUTERS) - By the time Newcastle United kick off their Premier League campaign at home to champions Manchester City in little less than a month's time, the squad would have clocked up an astonishing 24,687 pre-season air miles.

Globe-trotting West Ham United will not be far behind, while five other clubs would have covered distances in excess of 12,000 miles as they take their brands to far-flung destinations.

Gone are the days, it seems, when a few trips up and down the English motorways was as adventurous as it got for many of the clubs in the top tier of English football.

Whereas games against lower league clubs in England were once the norm, matches that provided much-needed gate receipts for the country's lesser lights, now it is all about the elite maximising revenue and trying to sell more shirts in South-East Asia, Australasia and north America.

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