David and Kathryn’s 92 club quest update a year on – and almost three years in

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Just twelve more to go: Dave & Kath

Just twelve more to go: Dave & Kath

 

It has been just over a year since my last 92 club challenge blog and we are now well on our way to having visited – and seen a match at – all of the current Football League and Premier League grounds. In fact, we expect to do so by the end of this season.

 

We visited our first ground on January 1st 2013 and when I wrote the last update, in August 2014, we were just about to visit ground number 53. Last weekend’s trip down to Southend United for the home game with Peterborough was our 82nd match and stadium, However, the relegation of Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town has meant that we lost two grounds and are therefore still on 80 visited with 12 to go.

 

At the end of September we are off to Old Trafford for Manchester United’s game with Sunderland and after visits to Brentford and Mansfield Town in October, we’ll be counting down in single figures.

 

 

 

You can view our progress map here:

https://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?msid=216208007733936294054.0004d9ed1fac3379c4b40&msa=0&ll=54.749991,-3.295898&spn=8.286843,23.181152&dg=feature

 

Highlights in the last year included a 4-3 thriller between Bolton and Watford that I can honestly say was the best game of football I’ve ever seen and being invited into the director’s lounge at Dagenham & Redbridge by a group of fans who worked at the local undertakers and who also gave us a lift back to our hotel. Not in a Herse might I add! We saw Manchester City play (not very well) in the Champion’s League, braved Millwall and saw Yeovil Town on a freezing evening between Christmas and New Year when the thermometer plunged to minus 5 just before kick off! We were greeted by club officials at Southampton and given scarves, saw Sunderland avoid relegation with a hard fought 0-0 draw at Arsenal and although not part of the 92 challenge, one of my best ever football experiences was to see my boys, the mighty Canaries, seal promotion to the Premier League at Wembley – what a day that was! We also watched Newcastle stay up the previous day in a pub in Oxhey, so Kath enjoyed the weekend nearly as much as I did!

 

We have met some real characters and seen some great games along the way and we worked out on our way back from Essex on Saturday, that we have been to nearly every county in the UK on our travels. We’ve also stayed in some cracking places – with some amazing pubs! Honourable mentions go to Derby, Ely, Bristol and the Bushey/Oxhey area near to Watford.

 

If all goes to plan, we hope to finish our challenge on the 2nd of April 2016, watching my team Norwich City take on Kathryn’s Newcastle United at Carrow Road. It seems like a fitting way to end what will have been an epic journey and it may also mark the first time that we sit in different parts of the ground!! I plan to write to Norwich to see if they can help us out but if anyone out there has a connection at the club or knows someone who can help us to get tickets, your assistance would be much appreciated.

 

Here’s to a great season!

 

If you think you might be able to help us or are interested in our quest, drop me an email at: david@persuasion-pr.com