David and Kathryn’s 92 club quest – Nearing the end of our adventure.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

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It has been just over five months since my last 92 club challenge blog and we are now approaching the home straight.

 

Just over three years since we visited our first ground on January 1st 2013 – and following last weekend’s long trip down to Exeter City – we have just 3 more games to attend before we will have seen a match at all of the current 92 Premier and Football League Grounds in England (and Wales).

 

You can view our progress map and details of the games we have seen here:

 

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So far we have travelled over 25,000 miles and spent somewhere in the region of £18,000 –  if you take travel, tickets, accommodation and food and beer into account! Worth every penny.

 

The Exeter game was actually our 91st ground as we lost Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town to relegation last season. A friend of mine commented that not many people will have specifically taken a flight into Devon for Exeter City v Newport County on wet Saturday in February but it seemed preferable to a seven hour drive and turned out to be a really good game.

 

This coming Saturday, it’s back in the motor and off to Blackpool v Bradford City at Bloomfield Road.

 

We encountered our first postponement earlier this month when our game at Bristol Rovers was called off just a few hours before kick-off. The disappointment didn’t last too long though as a group of Bristol Rovers fans we met at a new Micro pub called the Drapers Arms, took us under their wings, around a few bars and encouraged me to drink my first pint of cider in about 17 years! Surprisingly good actually.

 

We are looking forward to visiting Bristol again in March to tick off Rovers’ ground, meet up with ‘The Gas Army’ (as the Bristol Rovers fans call themselves) and enjoy another long weekend in what is probably our favourite city so far discovered on this adventure.

 

Highlights since my last update include: Visiting both Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge, seeing Sunderland win 4-2 at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium on a cold Wednesday night in South Wales (although Newcastle fan Kath disagrees) and managing not to be outed as a Norwich City fan inside Ipswich’s Portman Road – despite the best efforts of a friend of mine who joined us for the day. My footballing hero, Grant Holt, was also there on the bench for Wolves. I’m so happy he didn’t come on and score that day as I don’t think I would have made it out of Suffolk alive.

 

We are planning to finish our challenge on the 2nd of April 2016, watching  Norwich take on Kathryn’s Newcastle United at Carrow Road. – a relegation battle of epic proportions! It is looking like we are going to be able to get tickets.

 

No matter the result, it will be a fitting end to what has been a fantastic journey together and one that has seen us meet a host of lovely people and visit different places that we ordinarily would never think to go to.

 

One of Kathryn’s friends asked her what she gets for completing this challenge. It could be said that this club is possibly more suited to male football supporters as the answer to this question is a club tie! Her friend suggested we were mad and we’d be inclined to agree. However, in the words taken from a common chant from terraces up and down the country, I’d simply add: “That’s the way we like it, we like it, we like it!!”

 

If you would like to contact us about our 92 club quest, email:  david@persuasion-pr.com