Clubs 74 – 77, Southampton to Crawley Town
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…