Fans who travel to all Watford away league games will claw back 122 miles next season due to promotion and relegation.

Obviously some supporters live away from the town but, using Vicarage Road as the starting point, the difference in the 23 away trips in the 2024/25 campaign compared to the one just gone will be 122 fewer miles to travel.

With Luton dropping back into the Championship, the Hornets now have one extra short journey next season, but that is offset by the relegation of Burnley, which is a 434-mile round trip.

Two of the three relegated teams are currently managed by former Watford head coaches: Rob Edwards at the Hatters, and Chris Wilder who is in charge of Sheffield United.

The Blades coming down from the Premier League balances out the loss of the lengthy away trip to relegated Rotherham.

The Division One Play-Off Final saw a good result for away travellers, with the 100-mile round trip to winners Oxford United far easier than a visit to the team they beat, Bolton Wanderers.

Plus a game at Oxford means a first league visit to the Kassam Stadium. The only time Watford have played there in a competitive game before was a League Cup tie in September 2020 when the Hornets won on penalties after a late Ken Sema goal earned a 1-1 draw.

It will be the first time the Hornets and the Us have met in the league this century: the last league game between the pair was a 0-0 draw at the old Manor Ground in March 1999 when Watford were on their way to promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Off Final at Wembley.

It’s also been a while since Watford fans had a trip to Portsmouth, with the two sides not having met since the 2011/12 season.

Watford won the home game 2-0 in November 2011 with Michael Kightly one of the scorers.

Portsmouth won the return game 2-0 at Fratton Park in January 2012, with Hornets keeper Scott Loach sent off eight minutes from time.

Fellow promoted side Derby lost both games to Watford when the sides last met in the 2020/21 season.

Joao Pedro’s superb strike was the only goal at Pride Park in October 2020, and the Brazilian netted again alongside Will Hughes as Watford beat the Rams 2-1 at Vicarage Road the following February.

Fixtures for the 24/25 season will be released at 9am on Wednesday June 26.