Month: August 2014
So we managed to visit several clubs overnight in between a few stops for some well needed sleep and within a few hours we had reversed the time deficit and were suddenly way ahead of where we planned to be!
Brentford and Fulham went off without a hitch and following a stop for a sleep in the car we were on to Chelsea and QPR.
As we were ahead a schedule we took the opportunity to have another kip in the motor before waking at 3am to begin the final part of our journey. It’s fair to say we were all absolutely shattered by this point but the knowledge that we were on target to complete the challenge within the allotted 92 hours had us in a great mood from the off!
This section of the challenge also saw us visit the grounds of four of the 92 in 92 challenge lads teams; Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham. So we we’re in a suitable jovial mood!
With the roads quiet all these visits went off without a hitch, all except Leyton Orient of course! My brother Dave had agreed to meet us at the ground at the ridiculously early time if 4:30am, however he got slightly lost on his way to the stadium! Matt and I worked out where he was and jumped in the car to drive round and collect him. Having found him with ease, we somehow managed to misplace the stadium and our 92 in 92 challenge colleagues!!! 15 minutes later and finally worked it out and were able to get our photo! Huge thanks to Dave for meeting us and for the much needed supplies!! Was great to see you and looking forward to having a beer with you later! (Club Woodham from midday!)
A quick stop at Dagenham & Redbridge and we had successfully managed to visit 91 of the 92 clubs in under 87 hours!! It’s been a crazy few days and the reality of it probably won’t sink in for us for a while. Thank you again for your support!!
So now, on to Colchester United!! The 92 ground of the 92 clubs….. let’s hope we make it before 11am!!!
Watch this space…
80 hours done, 12 to go!!
82 clubs down, 10 to go!!
Gillingham, Charlton Athletic, Millwall, Crystal Palace and AFC Wimbledon all successfully visited with minimal fuss!
Time for a well earned rest, see you in the morning, just 10 to go!!
Don’t forget, we’ll be at Club Woodham from around 12/12:30 tomorrow and it’d be great if you good be there to celebrate with us!
Good night for now!
A very enjoyable last couple of hours has seen morale rise again and we’re buzzing as we head into the final night of our challenge.
Mike drove us on to Southampton for a quick couple of photos outside the ground and we were soon on our way to Portsmouth with Nick at the wheel. We were particularly looking forward to the visit to Pompey as we were hoping to be allowed in to the ground for what would be our first pitch side photo of the day.
Despite us arriving 3 hours later than we had told them we’d be there, the staff at Portsmouth were very welcoming and we were soon escorted pitch side by security for a quick look around and a few photos. Having spent far far more time in the car today than any other day of the challenge so far, this was a hugely needed boost and very welcome break from the ford galaxy that has become our home over the last few days. Thank you to Pompey for welcoming us in.
We were then off to Brighton & Hove Albion for a visit we were all looking forward to all day. My brother, and creator of this fine website, Pat Scullion (Pman) had promised to meet us at The Amex with supplies of sweets and red bull! It was mainly the food and drink we were looking forward to but it was also pretty cool that Pman was going to be there…!
Bets had the unenviable task of driving us along the A27 during rush hour but to his credit he absolutely bossed it. We even found time to act the hero by coming to the aid of a young lady who’s car wouldn’t start. We rolled our selves up, pushed with all our might while they turned the ignition. It didn’t start, but hey, at least we tried. So, due to the rush hour delays and the fact we were so far behind schedule we assumed there was no chance of us being allowed in as originally planned and prepared ourselves for a quick photo and catch up with Pman. Pman had other ideas, arrived early and agreed with security to let us in for a photo by the pitch! A fantastic stadium and big thanks to the staff at The Amex for their hospitality.
And Pman, we really can’t thank you enough! A huge lift to see you (a shame it had to be so brief), thanks for sorting out the stadium access and the red bulls and sweets are going down a treat!! And thank you once again for all your help with this website, the logo, the shirts, and pretty much all the advertising design work for the 92 in 92 challenge. We’re looking forward to buying you some well deserved beers in Club Woodham tomorrow afternoon!!
So, having been boosted massively by the last two stadium visits we were overwhelmed to see the donations continuing to come in on the just giving page. Without wanting to sound over dramatic it really has been an incredibly physically and emotionally draining few days, and these donations are truly humbling. Little Havens Hospice is a truly fantastic charity, one which has grown very close to our hearts, and it’s overwhelming to have reached such high figures already. You’re amazing generosity is helping to ‘make everyday count’ for the children at Little Havens and is appreciated more than words can say.
We were then on to Crawley Town for a quick photo and on we go to Gillingham before heading in to London for the night.
Spirits are high and the banter continues to flow. Any low moments are soon dispersed with a classic one liner from one of the lads. It’s just banter…
Bristol to Exeter was a smooth journey that passed by without much incident and we were pleased to begin clawing back some of the time we lost overnight.
As the rest of the country began to wake, numerous messages from friends and family lifted our spirits immensely and we were invigorated with new found determination and optimism. Thank again for such amazing support, it’s made an immeasurable impact on our challenge. We honestly can’t thank you enough.
Unfortunately, the gods of traffic congestion seem determined to break our spirits! But our spirits shall not be broken!! Ridiculously busy roads from Exeter to Plymouth to Yeovil to Bournemouth have prevented us from making good time and we currently run a few hours behind schedule. But we march on to Southampton knowing time is still on our side and with confidence that we will still complete the a Challenge inside the 92 hours target. An excellent car seat rotation system is in place and we’ve all managed to get our heads down for some much needed sleep en route.
So, spirits remain high and venture on across the south coast.
The donations continue to come in so again huge thanks to everyone who has donated so far. And anyone who hasn’t donated… why not!?! Haha! Seriously though, it’s all going to a fantastic cause and any donation you can spare will go a long long way.
More updates to follow as and when we can but a lot of non driving / navigating time is being used to kip so apologies for any slow updates!
See you soon!
Flood, Sweat & Tears- from Reading to Newport via Hell
I was hoping to keep things brief this morning and just let you know we had made our time up and were heading back towards Essex. This is not the case. Not one bit!
We left Wycombe Wanderers and made it over to Reading with no problem. It was there things started to go rapidly downhill! We got to Oxford easily enough, but the stadium was pitch black and we struggled to get a decent photo. This however turned out to be the least of our problems as we set off for Swindon as Scuzz managed to get a good pic of the Kassam Stadium. As we headed west we were making good time and getting back on track. Then our night from hell started…
We made our way to the main road between Oxford and Swindon, only to find it was closed for roadworks! We got sent on the most ridiculous diversion of all time, which ended with me driving through country lanes with my full beams on for 12 miles!! After adding nearly 45 minutes to our journey we finally reached The County Ground. However as we pulled up we quickly noticed a few cars in the car park with their windows down passing things between themselves. We had only walked straight into what appeared to be a drug deal!!! After panicking more than our brush with the hooligans at Bradford, we sped off round the corner and found a tiny section of the ground where we hid from the dealers! After trying to avoid drawing attention to the flash on the camera we sped off out of Swindon still not quite believing our luck. If we never go to Swindon again we would be bloody delighted.
So on we pushed and again I dealt with more country roads as we headed deep into the Cotswolds and got a photo at Cheltenham. We knew we had to smash it to Swansea as we needed to make the time up…we decided it would be a good idea at 3am to get some Deckfast (a cross between dinner and breakfast. A bit like brunch but a stupid version).
After some dozing in the car (not by Smithy and Tony who were driver and navigator) we headed into South Wales, only for a biblical rain storm that certainly made smiths life a nightmare. With the help of his noble steed Tony the Baker they smashed the storm and got us to Swansea. We then drove to Cardiff in more rain but in good time…until we got their, when our weird night got even stranger.
Turns out the police were waiting for us there. Well not for us, but they had shut down Cardiff City Stadium! God knows what had happened, maybe Tony’s past had caught up with him! Anyway we managed to bargain a photo out of the security guard and darted to Newport.
As we pulled into Newport (a town on a grimness level with Luton, Bradford and Burnley) we were relieved to put a long painful night behind us. But the travel gods were not done with us yet, and as Betsy pulled up to the gates we were stopped by more squads of police! Know idea what has happened to Welsh football but fair to say we were glad to sweet talk the copper into a quick pic and get the hell out of our neighbouring country!
We crossed the Severn and got to Bristol with no problems, so maybe things are looking up. We’re still amazingly in great spirits, Tony is still smashing his usual one liners, Smithy is still being rattled by things (chicken nuggets being sold in odd numbers by McDonalds), Scuzz is still doing his best David Bailey impression at each ground, Betsy is still entertaining us with his thoughts on the state of some places and I’m just happy to still be awake. Roll on Exeter…
Thanks to you all for reading and for your incredible unwavering support, it’s fair to say the love you have shown us on this blog, our Facebook page and twitter has kept us going through a trying 24 hours!! We are grateful and we are proud to be doing this on behalf of the fantastic Little Havens. Please continue to donate and help us get this target up to a level we could never have expected.
See you all tomorrow,
The banter continued to fly as we journeyed on to Northampton. A quick stop off at Sixfields Stadium for some photos that may raise some serious questions about our masculinity, and we were off to MK Dons.
We’ve seen some great stadiums, some average stadiums and some pretty damn poor stadiums, but Stadium MK is probably the most disappointing so far. There was almost nothing to signify that it was actually MK Dons stadium. So much so that we spent some time debating if it was a football ground or a hotel! After closer inspection it appears to be both. But it ultimately seemed a soulless stadium lacking any identity and we were swiftly on our way in search some grounds that might have a bit more character.
Smithy successfully negotiated some difficult driving conditions through some rather questionable areas and we rocked up at Luton Town’s Kenilworth Road. And it certainly had character!! Unfortunately at this point we were around 2/3 hours behind schedule so reception wasn’t open as we’d hoped, so we left the bin bag full of Luton’s kit outside with a little note from the 92 in 92 lads! Fingers crossed it’s there in the morning!! It’s fair to say the used, damp kit smelt worse than anything Tony or Mike have released on this journey, so we were very happy to see the back of it!!!
Stevenage was next and it was great to get a retweet of the photo from Stevenage player Charlie Lee. Thanks Charlie!! Top man!
Next stop was Watford and we were all having it large to Elton John’s Crocodile Rock as we pulled in to the stadium!! The below photo was in homage it big Elton himself!!
Many people have told us we each look like an absolute pianist, at least that’s what it sounded like…
The journey to Wycombe passed without much incident, a quick photo outside the gates (sadly we couldn’t get that close to the stadium) and we’re on our way to Reading.
61 stadiums down, just 31 to go! We’re getting near the business end!!
Thank you again for all your support and for following our journey so intently. It’s a great inspiration to know our friends and family are right behind us and enjoying the updates! We’re looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible on Saturday at Club Woodham (from about 12:30pm) so we can thank you all in person. Be there!
And let’s not forget what this is all for, let’s try and raise as much as we can for Little Havens Hospice. Spread the word and encourage everyone to donate to this superb charity.
It’s just passed midnight, so good night one and all! Sleep tight!
Good evening everybody ……..
We have just visited our 55 club and spirits are as high as ever !
We are 52 hours in now !
After leaving Wolverhampton Wanderer’s we headed to Walsall with Betsy at the wheel , we arrive at the ground with relative ease , we entered the reception , the bloke took us through the ground to the pitch to have a picture ! It was a cracking little ground , staff were top notch ……….
The hours and grounds are flying by , due to top banter and laughs , At one point laughter bought us to tears but looking back it was more like the stench in the car !
Moving on …..
At West Brom we parked outside the gate’s and posed (boy band esq) for a picture around our car ………..it brought back the glory days of Liberty ship !
Thanks to some Stella driving from Besty we are zipping though the Midlands nicely, however We do have time to observe that there are some strange life forms around here !
Reaching Villa , Which for the record is a quality ground , We decide to start mixing up our poses , So we tried to recreate the reservoir dogs pose ….. But as u will soon see from the picture we just looked like 5 very lost men …….Epic fail !
Mike kept up his record of not spotting a ground when he thought he saw Birmingham’s ground , it was In fact a boots shop !!
When we did locate Birmingham’s stadium , We Didn’t want to stick around Birmingham much longer so we took the picture and left !
We get to Coventry a bit behind schedule but smithy and mike still find time to pretend to be on the gladiator’s …….3……2…..1
Coventry is the home of our main sponsors RSL, so what better time to say a huge thanks for all their support and generosity, we couldn’t have done it with out you!!
Just wanted to say , Me and the rest of the 92 boys really do appreciate your tweets and Facebook messages ! Gives us a massive boost reading them !
So keep retweeting , leaving message and more importantly donating !
You have been outstanding and we love you !
I’m outta here
We are past the 48 hour mark and still going strong!
Our arrival at Crewe meant we had reached the 46th club on our challenge, which signalled the half way stage!!! We had some really lovely photos at crewe. Scuzz is quite the photographer! Up next was port vale. As we arrived at the stadium, a friendly gentleman greeted us by asking “are you here for the speed awareness course?” We were lucky enough to be joined in the stand by the manager, Micky Adams! We were lined up ready to have our photo taken when the following problems;
no memory card in camera.
Mike’s camera phone – no flash
smithy’s camera phone – pointing the wrong way so the club secretary taking the photo took a lovely pic of himself.
As you can imagine, mr. Adams thought we were a well organised group, stating “it’s like the blind leading the blind!” It was great to meet Micky and share some quality banter with him.
We went to stoke…it was grey. It rained. We left stoke.
Shoesbury tied into our route nicely and passed without incident before we went to wolves. It was an incredible stadium and we sat in the dugout for our photo. We were shown around by a very friendly American lady. She kept asking us “are you winning?” I’m not sure what we were meant to be winning but we all said “yes” anyway!
We’re still having an awesome time and are enjoying visiting some fantastic (and not so fantastic) grounds.
Keep the tweets and comments coming…. They really do help so much!!!!
Thanks for the donations….let’s see if we can get to £4500 by Saturday morning. It’s for a great cause!
Stand by for the next blog from Tony the Baker!!!
A successful start to the day has seen us visit Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, Everton, Liverpool and Tranmere Rovers.
We all feel suitably refreshed after a decent night’s sleep and finally being able to shower! A couple of coffees and red bulls and we were on our way to Bolton.
The sat nav continues to have a mind of its own but apart from that Bolton and Wigan were negotiated with minimal fuss.
Everton was one of the grounds we were most looking forward to visiting as they’d granted us permission for a pitch side photo and it didn’t disappoint. Lovely ground and it was great to have a quick look around, so big thanks to the staff at Everton for being so accommodating. Sadly Everton friend wasn’t there in his Ferguson shirt but we assume he’s still at the bar trying to buy Rodda a beer.
Then it was on to Anfield and we didn’t hold out much hope of being allowed in to take a photo as Liverpool hadn’t replied to any of the emails. Tony the Baker stepped up and thought he’d ask anyway, dropping in the classic line “well Everton just let us in” to put the pressure on! 5 minutes later and we were standing on the Kop taking photos! Amazing ground, steeped in history, so it was brilliant to be allowed in for photos on the Kop and pitch side. Great work Tbone and thanks Kevin at Anfield for showing us around. Amazing experience.
Then we were quickly on to Tranmere Rovers and 92 in 92 Challenge history was made! Mike finally said “look, there’s the stadium”, and it actually turned out to be the stadium!! Previous attempts have seen him think various buildings were actually ‘the stadium’, such as B&Q, a used car dealership, a tree and last nights emphatic “there it is” turned out to be a small house!! We’ll done Mike, you finally got one!!
We’re now on our way to Crewe and we’re absolutely buzzing after a good night’s sleep and a great start to the morning. The sponsorship continues to come in so thank you so much to everyone who is donating, it’s a real inspiration.
The comments, retweets and Facebook likes we’ve had so far have been brilliant, so please keep them coming as it’s proving a huge boost and raising a lot of laughs!
Thanks for all your support guys, we really appreciate it. We’re also open to suggestions for ‘funny’ poses outside grounds, so feel free to suggest some!!!