British Footballers Go the Distance
21st June 2018
We crunch a lot of statistics at RIFT. It's why we're the UK's leading tax experts. As the World Cup warms up this summer, we've been taking a look at how far you have to go to play football at an international level.
A typical football match sees each player sprinting a full 5 miles or more. We're not counting keepers here, obviously - although that's still a very physical job. Glancing through the numbers for the last year, we've picked out a few British teams who've really gone the extra mile recently.
Which clubs clocked the most miles?
AFC Bournemouth, for instance, put an incredible 1,256km behind them in 2017/18. For comparison, that's almost as far as running from London to Vienna in Austria!
West Bromwich Albion came a close second at 1,247km. Down at the other end of the table, perhaps surprisingly, sits Manchester United. While still respectable, the 1,162km they travelled would only get them just shy of Minsk in Belarus.
Which players ran the furthest?
So much for the teams. Now let's look at the really fine details, where the real numbers get crunched.
You've got to go a long way to beat Burnley's Jack Cork, for instance. Sitting at the top of the heap for individual players, Cork ran 133km on his own in 2017/18. That's practically the full distance from London to Coventry.
When you get down to this level, there's actually not a massive difference between the top performers and the rest. Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucouré, for example, comes in second with 130km run.
Meanwhile, the 9th and 10th slots in the table are shared by Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi and Jay Rodriguez from West Bromwich Albion. They both ran 125km during play, only 8km short of the frontrunner.
RIFT go the extra mile for you
Of course, as a tax refund company, we've got a sharp eye for the small details. It takes close attention and encyclopaedic knowledge to make the most of a tax refund claim. That starts, naturally enough, with keeping accurate records of how far you're travelling.
Every mile you put behind you when you travel to temporary workplaces can count toward your tax refund claim. Remember – a tax refund isn't some kind of bonus or prize. This is money that, by law, ought to be back in your pocket. If you aren't keeping track of your work travel and what it's costing you, you're losing out to the taxman. Worse still, you're actively cheating yourself.
An average 1-year tax rebate comes to over £750, and you can even claim for the last 4 years. Get in touch with RIFT to turn your work mileage into cash back from HMRC and use our tax refund calculator to find out how much you could be owed.