December 5 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
A group of football fans who have set themselves the charity challenge of visiting all 92 league grounds in just 92 hours are facing a race against time as they attempt to reach the milestone.
Andrew Walker plus six of his friends are attempting to raise money for the Marie Curie Cancer Care, Macmillan Cancer Support and Help For Heroes charities by completing the challenge, which began on Saturday.
As of this morning they had reached their 67th ground, having just visited Vicarage Road, home of Watford.
Speaking from the road this morning, Mr Walker said he had been ‘overwhelmed by the amazing welcome at every stop’.
He said that while the M1 proved a tricky stumbling block, greetings of support and admiration for their efforts have been the primary reason for any setbacks, as the group want to make the most of the astonishing reactions across the football pyramid.
Mr Walker said he was particularly grateful for receptions at MK Dons, having been donated a signed shirt; and Morecambe, where the guys were treated to breakfast with manager Jim Bentley.
Meanwhile, at Goodison Park, home of Everton, they bumped into former England star and current under 21 manager Gareth Southgate, who was only too willing to stop for a photo opportunity with the guys.
Mr Walker has been raising money for Marie Curie Cancer Care in memory of his mum, Susanne, who passed away with Leukaemia in January last year.
Also taking on the challenge are Carrow Road season ticket holder Andy Blanchflower, and Paul Chamberlain, a staff sergeant in the Royal Corps of Signals who is recently home from a tour of Afghanistan. Alongside them are John Norton, from Trowse, Paul Clark, who teaches business studies at Langley School in Loddon, Mike Sherburn and Nick Dyson. Between them, the team have raised over £4,000 so far.
The challenge is set to end at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge at 2pm on Wednesday.
You can follow their journey on Twitter @the92in92hours.
Donate to their cause by texting “WED092 £5” to 70070 from your mobile phone. For full details, and other sponsorship options, go to www.the92in92.co.uk