Date: 27th May 2008 at 12:07pm
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At the end of the season the media are only interested in the joy of promotion and the heartbreak of relegation. For real fans whose clubs are not involved in such matters, it is time to get the maps out and work out how much they have benefitted or lost out in terms of travel time to away games next season.

For Bees fans, this season has been very kind. While we have lost two local games in MK Dons and Peterborough to promotion (not that many will be sad to see these two relative giants out of our division), this has been more than cancelled out by the arrivals of Luton and Gillingham down from L1 and Aldershot coming up as Conference champions, all of which are barely an hour’s drive away or less. In addition, there is a potentially appealing seaside trip to Bournemouth to look forward to, as well as a visit to deepest Devon to see the Bees play at St James’s Park (not the big one!). The final, and least interesting, of the new arrivals is Port Vale.

As for other teams who have left League 2, Hereford, Stockport, Mansfield and Wrexham are unlikely to be missed by Barnet supporters, despite completing doubles over two of those clubs this season.

All in all, the Bees will have a 6,516 round trip to all the League 2 games next season, which is 326 miles less than last season.

All that is needed to be known now is where we are going first, which will be announced on Monday 16th June and will be announced on Vital Football immediately afterwards.