What Are the Closest Stadiums in the English League?


There is a grand total of 92 football league stadiums in the UK, including the Premier League. While some - like Carlisle and Plymouth - are separated by almost an entire country, others are within a stone's throw.

These close grounds make for some of the fiercest rivalries in the country. But they can also come in handy for a pub quiz, or if you're looking to 'do the 92' in record time. Here are the nine closest pairs of grounds in England's top four leagues...

9. Manchester United & Manchester City - 5.2 miles

In at nine are two of the country's best teams at present. Old Trafford, home of Manchester United, and the Etihad, housing their blue counterparts, are separated by just over five miles (5.2 to be precise).

8. Bristol City & Bristol Rovers - 4.8 miles

While their rivalry is on the backburner given that they haven't shared a league since 2001, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers' grounds are separated by just 4.8 miles. You can look here for plenty of slot games during your short 20-minute' journey across the city.

7. Arsenal & Tottenham - 4 miles

It was only a matter of time until London was mentioned. The city is home to 12 clubs in the top four leagues and Arsenal and Spurs are among the most familiar. Their stadiums are just four miles apart in the north of the capital.

6. Aston Villa & West Brom - 4 miles

Almost equidistant to Arsenal-Spurs are the grounds of Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion in Birmingham. Villa Park and the Hawthorns have just 4 miles between them.

5. Millwall & Charlton - 3.9 miles

Millwall's 90s move from the Isle of Dogs to the New Den may have took them slightly further away from Charlton. However, it wasn't enough to take them off the list. The Valley is still a mere 3.9 miles away from Millwall's home.

4. Sheffield United & Sheffield Wednesday - 3.8 miles

A trip of just 3.8 miles across Sheffield became a common occurrence during the noughties, when the two clubs spent a whole decade together in the Championship. Since then, they have been separated - and for one season united - by stints in League One and more recently, United's promotion to the top tier.

3. Aston Villa & Birmingham City - 3.5 miles

Congratulations Aston Villa - the only club to feature twice in the top ten. The 4-mile trip to the Hawthorns is pipped to the post by just 3.5 miles to the centrally-located Birmingham City. This triangle is particularly convenient when the three clubs share the same league - most recently in 2018-19, before Villa's play-off success.

2. Chelsea & Fulham - 1.9 miles

Back to London for arguably the most affluent pairing of grounds. Chelsea's Stamford Bridge and Fulham's Craven Cottage are separated by just under 2 miles (1.9 to be exact). However, it was only in the noughties that Fulham managed a long-term stint in the top flight alongside Chelsea, eventually being relegated in 2014, before returning for a year in 2018-19.

1. Liverpool & Everton - 0.8 miles

Due to Notts County's relegation in 2019, Liverpool's Anfield and Everton's Goodison Park are now the two closest stadiums in England's top four divisions. A short 0.8 mile trip across Stanley Park takes you from one ground to the other in the Merseyside city. In fact, you can even see one from the other.

The proximity is down to Anfield being Everton's original home, before an ownership dispute in 1892 saw them set up on the other side of the park. At the same time, Liverpool FC was formed to play at Anfield.



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