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 By Chris Wright

Newcastle fan's ingenious way to get round travel costs for FA Cup clash

Facing a 500-mile round trip to watch his side play Oxford United in the fourth round of the FA Cup, one intrepid Newcastle supporter took drastic action in a bid to cut the cost of his journey.

After seeking the advice of a friend, thrifty Toon fan Johnny Haywood decided against paying an exorbitant amount for a single train ticket and instead purchased 56 separate "split" tickets to cover his gruelling trek.

Split tickets -- i.e, separate tickets for each leg of the journey -- are often cheaper than booking one ticket for the entire trip.

Indeed, the splits knocked a full £56 off the overall price but, as Johnny swiftly discovered, they can be a nightmare to organise as he and his girlfriend were left to juggle 28 tickets each!

Just to make matters worse; after all that, Newcastle went and found themselves on the wrong end of a 3-0 thrashing at Oxford, who play in the division below.

So, all in all, was it worth the £56 saved on train fare?

We suspect only Johnny himself can answer that.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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