We did it!

And with time to spare!

87 hours, 49 minutes and 14 seconds after we left Southend United, we arrived at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium and finally completed our challenge.


We pulled in to the stadium car park and scenes of pure jubilation unfolded! It had been a very long and exhausting journey with minimal sleep, so the euphoria upon finally finishing was incredible. The emotions almost got the better of some of the taller, more vinegar bottle shaped members of the team, but we all took a moment to reflect on what had been an amazing journey and a challenge that had raised far more for Little Havens Hospice than we could have ever imagined. Our jubilant excitement was evident in the photos as we jumped around the car park like overexcited children at Christmas! We were way ahead of schedule so weren’t sure if we would be granted pitch side access for a photo due to the early time of day, but we wandered hopefully over to the reception. The gentleman on duty (presumably the stadium manager) had sat watching us dance around the car park like maniacs for the last 10 minutes so was a little confused as to what on earth we were doing! But after a quick explanation we were kindly escorted through to the changing rooms then down the tunnel to the side of the pitch. It was a great end to our journey and a fantastic way to sign off on the challenge, so big thanks to Colchester United for allowing us access.


As it stands, £5,151.84 has been donated on the just giving page so far, and with over £400 still expected to come in the final figure is likely to be in excess of £5, 700. An absolutely incredible amount raised, surpassing anything we ever thought possible, and all going to a truly fantastic cause in Little Havens Hospice. Thank you all so much for your overwhelming generosity, every donation goes a long way to making every day count for the children and families using Little Havens Hospice’s care and support. And for anyone reading this blog who has been thinking of donating but hasn’t quite got round to it yet, it’s not too late! Please visit www.justgiving.com/the92in92challenge to donate, anything you can spare will be greatly appreciated.

Overall it had been a gruelling but thoroughly enjoyable 88 hours and an extraordinary experience that will live long in our memories. The unique experiences of being granted pitch side and changing room access at numerous grounds was an absolute privilege, with fascinating grounds such as Anfield, Stadium of Light, Molineux, Crown Ground and Globe Arena to name but a few. We also met some fantastic people along the way (Port Vale manager Micky Adams in particular), so thank you to all the clubs and staff that granted us access inside the stadium and for being so welcoming and accommodating.


If you’ve been following this blog you will no doubt be aware that there were times when things seemed to go from the bizarre to the ridiculous, so much so that we thought that people would never believe us when we relayed the stories! From being caught slap bang in the middle a mass brawl between rival fans, to almost driving straight in to what appeared to be a drug deal! Not forgetting the police lockdowns at Cardiff and Newport, not having the memory card in the camera the one time we met a manager, or us becoming a courier service for Luton Town’s kit! There were so many ridiculous and hilarious moments that it is impossible to recount them all.

Spending the best part of 4 days stuck in a confined space with 4 other people would usually be quite a strain on any friendship, but we had such a laugh on the road that it was an absolute pleasure to complete this challenge with such a great group of mates. There were a lot of ‘you had to be there’ moments along the way but it’s fair to say classics such as “Flaptin Jack Sparrow”, “Steven Seagull” and “it was just banter” will be raising a laugh between us for months to come!! Not to mention if someone’s van’s off the road…


But there were also some moments when the lack of sleep and sheer exhaustion threatened to get the better of us, particularly in the last 24 hours when traffic seemed to be continually against us, and we genuinely began to fear that we may be unable to complete the challenge on time. But a combination of quality banter and the unwavering support and encouragement of our family and friends pulled us through and we always managed to raise a smile, even in the most desperate of times. We have said it a number of times, but the incredible support and encouragement we have received from friends and family throughout this challenge has been truly inspirational and somewhat overwhelming. It really did make an immeasurable difference to know so many people were following us every step of the way through Facebook, Twitter and this blog. We honestly can’t thank you enough.
And thank you to everyone who made the effort to come out and see us along the way; Margaret and Martin, Northern Si, Pman and Dave. It was great to see you all and thanks for the much needed food and drink supplies!

We would also like to again say a big thank you to all our sponsors for making this challenge a possibility.
• Thank you to RSL for their excellent contribution towards petrol costs and for their generous donation on the Just Giving page.
• Thank you to JMW for their great contribution towards accommodation costs.
• And thank you to Club Woodham for all their generosity and help with the charity night and for providing some much needed supplies for The 92 in 92 challenge!

We really appreciate all your help and support and couldn’t have done it without you.

A huge thank you also to the staff at Little Havens Hospice (Peter and Derek in particular) for all their help and support throughout this challenge. A phone call from Peter at Little Havens when we were just getting to the half way mark was perfectly timed and provided a great boost to spur us on for the second half of the challenge.

Over the next week or so we will be posting up our individual accounts of our amazing (and not so amazing) experiences whilst doing The 92 in 92 Challenge, plus we’ll be updating the Gallery with photos from every ground, so please keep an eye out on here, Facebook and twitter for when they are posted up.

Finally, we would again like to express our enormous gratitude to everyone who has made this challenge possible and helped to raise such a brilliant amount for Little Havens Hospice; we really couldn’t have done it without you all.

So there you have it, all 92 clubs visited. For the rest of the season we can now, much to annoyance of anyone around us, smugly sit and watch any game in the football league and say “I’ve been there!” We’re pretty sure everyone will get fed up with it very quickly, but we’ll persevere anyway!

Much love and appreciation,

The 92 in 92 Lads

Mike, Matt, Nick, Tony and Andrew


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!

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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!

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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…

Good afternoon!

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!

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!

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!!!

So, yesterday evening we successfully managed a quick stop for photos at Blackburn’s Ewood Park before heading on to Accrington Stanley, the smallest ground of all the 92. We were running behind schedule so decided to jump out and have a very quick photo and then move on swiftly, however the stadium manager popped his head out of the office and invited us in for a pitch side photo! It was great to get pitch side at such a unique ground and we were delighted to be given a match worn Accrington Stanley shirt. The stadium manager also asked if we were going to Luton Town during office hours as Luton had left half their kit their when the two sides met recently. We laughed at what we assumed was a joke, but we were then shortly on our way to Burnley with half of Luton Town’s kit in the boot!! Lower league football at it’s finest!! image






Burnley was quite an experience. Then we were on to Bradford. Having learned literally nothing from our trip to Norwich the night before, we arrived at Bradford City 5 minutes before their game kicked off with Leeds United. With again an increase in traffic and nowhere to park, we chanced upon a parking space with a great view of the stadium in the background. After reverend Scuzz finally managed a reverse park, we went to exit the car. Before we could do so, a group of Leeds fans and Bradford fans took a dislike to each other and punches started flying 10yards away from our car!! A police riot van then screeched up next to us, blocking us in, and we sat ‘calmly’ in the car praying the windows remained intact and desperately trying to avoid eye contact with the brawling masses!!! We really couldn’t have timed our arrival any better! Credit to the police, who dispersed the incident swiftly, and we quickly jumped out, took a selfie and got the hell out of there as quickly as we could!! Next stop….. Leeds!








The Bradford / Leads area further impressed us when two young gentleman sped past us on motorbikes, weaved in and out traffic then drove straight over a roundabout (literally) and then were off at speed down a footpath. Nut jobs. What a lovely area, we were gutted to see the back of it… The great experience at Accrington and the fun in Bradford and Leeds had the spirits back up and banter was back in full flow. Huddersfield Town and Rochdale passed without incident and we headed on to Bury about an hour behind schedule. We were welcomed to Gigg Lane by the legend that is Northern Siiii!! Was great to see you mate and it gave us another lift when we were all absolutely shattered!! Cheers for the champers! Enjoying hanging out in Ibiza…!








Just Oldham and the two Manchester clubs to go and then we could have a well earned sleep in an actual bed. Bets called ahead and booked a hotel in Manchester and by this stage we all just wanted to get to the grounds as soon as possible and then get some sleep! The Sat Nav took this opportunity to start going crazy, maybe it needed sleep too?? But we eventually found all the grounds, and we’re delighted to be welcomed so heartily at the countries most successful club, Manchester Utd. Apparently tripods are forbidden

outside ‘the theatre of dreams’ and security quickly told us we weren’t allowed to take photos! Tony negotiated taking one whole photo, with the tripod and everything. We pushed or luck and took too photos and we’re practically chased back to the car and out of the car park! What a lovely club. In stark contrast to the incredible hospitality of some of the lower league and north east premier league clubs, Manchester United were much less accommodating. I guess success doesn’t breed class.








So a bit of a sour note to finish the night on but overall it has been a fantastic, once in a lifetime couple of days. So we headed to the prebooked Ibis Hotel. The sat nav was in full meltdown mode and we drove round the centre of Manchester for what seemed like an hour before we finally found the Ibis hotel. The pedantic condescending gentleman on reception quickly informed us we hadn’t booked with them and, having taken one look at us, assumed we were meant to be at the Ibis Budget Hotel a few miles away!! Unfortunately he was correct, so we paid £3 to get the car back out of the car park and headed to the budget hotel that was more in keeping with our appearance. We soon learned it was called budget for a reason! But it had beds and hot water, so it did the job!

We’re signing off for the night having enjoyed a successful evening visiting;

  • Blackburn Rovers
  • Accrington Stanley
  • Burnley
  • Bradford City
  • Leeds Utd
  • Huddersfield Town
  • Rochdale
  • Bury
  • Oldham Athletic
  • Manchester City
  • Manchester Utd

It’s been an eventful night, with unexpected ‘gifts’ from Accrington Stanley, excitement at Bradford vs Leeds, Manchester Utds fine hospitality, going to the wrong hotel and a guest appearance from Northern Si!!

A full blog will be uploaded tomorrow, but for now it’s good night from us.

Thank you all for your support, it really does drag us through the difficult moments!