Friends’ road trip to see 92 football clubs

Middlesbrough FC's Riverside Stadium as part of 92 leagues in 92 hours
Middlesbrough FC's Riverside Stadium as part of 92 leagues in 92 hours

THREE football-mad friends are on a charity mission to visit all 92 league clubs in just 92 hours.

Rob Ackroyd, Adam Carcas and Richard Gunther set off from the city at 3am on Wednesday morning and are expected back in West Yorkshire tomorrow.

Wakefield is believed to be one of the largest cities not to have a professional club, so the trio are making up for it by visiting everyone else’s grounds.

They have already taken in football clubs in the North East, Merseyside, Wales, the south coast and London and will finish at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell stadium.

They have taken it in turns driving and hope the non-stop trip will raise more than £500 for Cancer Research UK.

The idea was hatched up by Mr Ackroyd of Outwood and Mr Carcas of Normanton.

Yesterday Manchester United fan Mr Ackroyd, 25, said: “It has been tiring but extremely good fun.

“We have had a few breaks and about two hours sleep.

“I enjoyed going to Old Trafford, but Morecambe, Blackpool and Shrewsbury have been fantastic as they let us pitch-side and gave us donations.”

There are 92 professional football league clubs which make up the Premiership, Championship, League One and League Two.

For most of the stops the trio have only had time to take a picture outside the club’s grounds before dashing to their next stop.

They have been donated items from 13 clubs, which they will then sell on internet auction site Ebay to boost funds for the charity.

Arsenal fan Mr Gunther, 27, of Pontefract added: “This is something we have wanted to do for a while.

“I have been to quite a few of the Premier League stadiums before so I am looking forward to seeing the likes of your Yeovil Towns and Barnets.

“We chose the charity as it is something that means a lot to everyone.”

To sponsor them visit www.justgiving.com/football-league-mission.

Or follow their progress via twitter on @BeyondThe_Grove or on the hash tag #92grounds92hrs.