We continued our journey with a visit to the most northerly club of the 92, Carlisle United. A quick photo and video outside the ground freed up some time to pop in to town to try and pick up a new cable to transfer the photos from the camera to the laptop. Thankfully we found a Cannon shop and a very helpful shop assistant (Joe Carlisle) who informed us we didn’t even need a cable, we could just put the memory card into to laptop and go from there.

The good news; we can upload photos again! The Bad news; we were too stupid to realise this and have over 100 photos to upload!!

But all in all, Carlisle was a success and we headed back down South to Morecambe. Smithy had the unenviable task of driving 62 miles down the M6, but the very picturesque scenery get us all entertained (seriously!)

The staff at Morecambe were very welcoming and invited us in for a quick tour and some photos pitch side, on the bench and in the boot room! We were actually amazed how impressive and modern the stadium was for a league 2 side. Although the changing rooms did smell about as bad as our car currently does!! Not good!

Then it was on to Fleetwood Town and we were again invited in to the stadium. An excellent tour and whistle stop history lesson was genuinely fascinating and we again came away impressive with the great facilities of the stadium and philosophy of the club. Derek at Fleetwood was even kind enough to give us a match programme and Fleetwood Town scarf! Our first gift and one that was greatly appreciated!

Things then started to turn for the worse! A painfully slow journey in rush hour traffic along Blackpool seafront drained morale and enthusiasm to the lowest it’s been so far! Went spent 30 minutes driving down the seafront wondering how on earth we’d enjoyed such brilliant lads weekends/stag dos in such a….erm…hole! Copious amounts of alcohol was the conclusion we came to.

On to Preston North End and a quick photo outside the ground and we were on our way. Morale is on the way back up and the banter is again beginning to flow!

Overall, a great day so far and we’re now all looking forward to heading to some more great clubs throughout the night.

A few pics from Morecambe and Fleetwood;

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So after going to what seemed like the end of the earth in Hartlepool, we made our way over to the two giants of the north east, Sunderland and Newcastle United.

Having organised a photo in the ground by email a month or so earlier, we thought we would be ushered in and out quickly. However the stadium manager gave us permission for a picture next to the pitch, on the subs bench and then in the home changing room! Once we sort out the camera lead situation (Jessops in Carlisle hopefully!) we will post the pictures! Even Betsy managed a smile in the home ground of his football teams rivals thanks to the great experience we had! We left there thinking we wouldn’t get access like that again…

Then we reached Newcastle….who then in turn gave us amazing access to St James’ Park! The PR manager took us down the tunnel (with the famous ‘Howay the Lads’ sign) to the pitch side, before allowing us photos in the home and away changing room! Smithy said it was like we had taken Betsy out for his birthday!!

Both clubs were fantastic and have given us unprecedented access to two of the biggest stadiums in the country. We’re now stuck behind a caravan on our way to Carlisle and are running pretty much on time. we’re all a bit knackered but we’re battling through until tonight when we plan to stop overnight!

We will keep you all updated with our efforts today, and keep your eyes peeled for all our photos which we will upload once we replace the lead we somehow managed to lose all the way back in Peterborough!

Speak soon,

The 92 in 92 boys

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The journey continues!

19 – Hull City

20 – York City

21 – Middlesborough

22 – Hartlepool United

23 – Sunderland

 

We crossed the Humber bridge on the way to Hull, much to the over excitement of Mike! A quick photo outside and on we headed to York. The tiredness has well and truly started to kick in now but an upside down pig in a shop window in York was greatly appreciated by the 92 in 92 challenge lads!!

The absolute legends, Margaret and Martin (Andrew’s auntie & uncle) met us outside York City’s ground with what can only be described as the best, and most needed, breakfast we’ve ever had! Huge thanks to Margaret & Martin, was great to see you and it provided a great lift when we were really starting to flag.

Then it was on to Middlesborough and Hartlepool for some quick photos outside the grounds, and on we went to Sunderland.

Sunderland kindly let us in to the stadium and could not have been more welcoming!! Was a brilliant experience and so much is that it deserves a blog post of its own!! Watch this space!!

We’re now on our way to Newcastle United to see if they can match the amazing hospitality of their neighbours Sunderland!!! No pressure!!!!

Finally, huge that’s to everyone who has sponsored and everyone who continues to do so. Every notification we receive that another do station has been made is a huge inspiration to us, so please keep them coming!!

4:40am, we’ve just left Scunthorpe United and are currently ahead of schedule.

Clubs completed so far;

  1. Southend United
  2. Ipswich Town
  3. Norwich City
  4. Cambridge United
  5. Peterborough United
  6. Leicester City
  7. Burton Albion
  8. Derby County
  9. Nottingham Forest
  10. Notts County
  11. Mansfield Town
  12. Chesterfield
  13. Sheffield United
  14. Sheffield Wednesday
  15. Rotherham United
  16. Barnsley
  17. Doncaster Rovers
  18. Scunthorpe United

Due to some technical difficulties* we’ve been un able to upload a lot of the photos taken at each ground, but hopefully we’ll be able to sort that out in the morning.

So far all is going well (ish). We have run in to some slight inconveniences so far;

  • Norwich City – unfortunately Norwich were playing at home in the league cup approximately one & a half hours before we arrived. This resulted in an big increase in traffic and very limited parking near the stadium, which meant we had to park up half a mile away and run to the stadium for a quick photo!
  • Leicester City – in the reverse of the above issue experienced at Norwich, we managed to arrive at Leicester 1 minute after the final whistle went in their match against Shrewsbury! This again meant we had to park half a mile away, only this time instead of running we fought our way through the several thousand disgruntled Leicester City fans who we’re leaving the stadium!
  • Leicester to Burton – one junction, junction 23, was closed on the M1. Absolutely typically, it was one the junction we needed!! After a brief diversion through some rather ‘interesting’ places, we were soon back on track.
  • Burton to Derby – yet more road closures!! Lots of resurfacing going on in Derby it would seem! But so good navigational work from Tony meant we didn’t lose too much time.

But apart from that pretty much everything else is going to plan. We’re really enjoying it so far, everyone’s done their share of driving and/or navigating with near perfection!! Several power naps and a brief stop at a service station has kept us all fresh and the adrenaline and banter is keeping us focused so far!

Mike is currently driving us to Hull (and back!?!) with Nick as his navigator and is looking forward to driving over the Humber Bridge. Matt and Tone are sleeping and Andrew is writing this blog for you all to enjoy!!

All in all it’s been a brilliant journey so far and we honestly can not thank you enough for all your amazing support. We’ll do our best to keep you all updated through this blog, Facebook and Twitter.

Hopefully some more more photos will follow soon!

14 hours in. 78 to go!

 

 

*scuzz may have misplaced the cable needed to upload the photos!!!