The AA calls for more Boxing Day derbies as Sunderland, Swansea, Stoke and Liverpool face long journeys for festive fixtures

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THE AA is warning Sunderland fans travelling to Everton on Boxing Day to take care.

The motoring organisation has flagged up the long journeys faced by fans during this year’s festive clashes.

AA president Edmund King said: “The Boxing Day match is a firm favourite with many fans.

“This year, for some, it will mean having to forgo drinking late on Christmas Day and making an early start to get to the match on time, while for others it will be a quick bus ride to the game.

“It is a shame that the tradition of arranging games against local rivals has been lost as public transport is limited on Boxing Day.”

Sunderland supporters backing their side at Everton face a 170-mile trip to Merseyside.

Stoke City supporters have the longest trip in the Premiership, having to travel 194 miles for their match against Newcastle.

Swansea fans travelling from South Wales to support their team at Chelsea in west London must journey for 186 miles, while Sunderland supporters backing their side at Everton on Merseyside face a 170-mile trip.

Just two of the 10 away teams in the Premier League on Boxing Day are playing at grounds less than 100 miles away.

Liverpool fans have a journey of just 36 miles for their match at Manchester City, while the only derby match on the Boxing Day programme means Arsenal supporters need only travel nine miles to east London for their match against West Ham.