Football fans claim new world record after visiting all 92 league football grounds in just 72 hours

October 1, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

Four football nuts have claimed a new record after visiting all 92 Football League grounds in England and Wales in just three days – at an average speed of 34mph.

Old Trafford - Manchester United. One of the photos taken by Martin Lane, Simon Ward and Dave and Sue Loder as they visited 92 Football League grounds in the space of 74 hours (SWNS Group)

Old Trafford – Manchester United. One of the photos taken by Martin Lane, Simon Ward and Dave and Sue Loder as they visited 92 Football League grounds in the space of 74 hours (SWNS Group)

Martin Lane, his in-laws Dave and Sue Loder and family friend Simon Ward, criss-crossed the country going from every club from Accrington to York.

They clocked up 2,525 miles on a carefully-planned route, kicking off at 6pm on September 18 and finishing at 8.20pm on the 21st, a little over 74 hours later.

The four averaged an impressive 34mph, only halting for souvenir photos at every ground and fuel and toilet stops.

They timed it to reach London in the early hours of Sunday when traffic was at its lightest and whizzed their way around the clubs in the capital.

Their record attempt started in Cirencester, Glos., at Paternoster School where they are raising funds for new play equipment for a sensory garden.

St. Andrew's, Birmingham City FC (SWNS Group)

St. Andrew’s, Birmingham City FC (SWNS Group)

Martin’s nephew George Poole – who is also Simon’s godson – is severely autistic and attends the special needs school.

From there they went down the M4 for their first stops at Bristol rivals City and Rovers and then went on to Yeovil in Somerset.

Driving non-stop through the night, they reached Exeter and Plymouth before heading to south Wales for Newport, Cardiff and Swansea.

The four Swindon fans showed their club flag at every ground as they continued through the Midlands and on to Merseyside and Manchester.

The furthest north they reached was Carlisle and Newcastle before they turned towards Yorkshire.

As dawn rose on Sunday, they reached club number 46 Barnsley but were slightly over halfway through the 72 hours.

They continued down through the East Midlands, before hitting Cambridge and the long trek to Norwich and Ipswich and then reached London.

They managed to complete nine of London’s 13 clubs before dawn on Monday morning.

Hartlepool United FC (SWNS Group)

Hartlepool United FC (SWNS Group)

Finally, it was down to the south coast via Crawley, and a Monday morning jaunt from Brighton to Bournemouth, via Portsmouth and Southampton.

They finished off by returning to the M4 for Reading, Wycombe, Oxford and finally ended at their beloved Swindon, 2,525 miles later.

Martin, 42, said they hoped to complete the challenge a little quicker, but traffic on the last day slowed them down and they finished at 8.20pm on Monday, September 21.

The lab technician from Cricklade, Wilts., said: “It was amazing to finish. Unbeknown to us, there was a welcome party of around 60 people waiting for us at the end.

“Someone had also contacted the groundsman so the last photo was taken on the centre circle. It was quite special.

“The stadium I liked the most was Newcastle. They have a massive stand and with a statue in front. It was awe inspiring.

“Luton was the worst. It was old and down – it needs some TLC.”

Last year five fans from Southend, Essex claimed a record for ‘doing the 92 under 92’ after visiting all the grounds in 87 hours, 49 minutes.

One Call Stadium Mansfield Town Football Club

One Call Stadium Mansfield Town Football Club (SWNS Group)

Although Martin set a new record Martin he said their trip it was more about raising money for the children.

He added: “I looked on the internet, but I can’t find any records. Someone emailed me to say they had done in 88 hours. To have a record would be amazing.

“The kids at the school have been fantastic and everyone is very thankful.

“We met them all and took pictures when they left. It’s a great experience and the money should make a difference.”

They were given a car from a local dealer for their trip and have currently raised around #5,000 for school but hope to make it to #6,000.

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Full 92 (From midnight to midnight)

Day one:
Bristol City (Ashton Gate), Bristol Rovers (Memorial Stadium), Yeovil Town (Huish Park) Exeter City (St James Park).

Day two:
Plymouth Argyle (Home Park), Newport County (Rodney Parade), Cardiff City (Cardiff City Stadium), Swansea City (Liberty Stadium), West Bromwich Albion (The Hawthorns), Birmingham (St Andrews) Aston Villa (Villa Park), Walsall, Wolverhampton Wanderers (Molineux), Shrewsbury Town (New Meadow), Stoke (Britannia Stadium), Port Vale (Vale park), Crewe Alexandra (Gusty Road), Liverpool (Anfield), Everton (Goodison Park), Wigan, Man United (Old Trafford), Manchester City (Ethiad Stadium), Oldham (Boundary Park) Rochdale (Spotland), Bolton Wanderers (Macron Stadium), Blackburn Rovers (Ewood Park), Accrington Stanley (Crown Ground), Burnley (Turf Moor), Preston North End (Deepdale), Blackpool FC (Bloomfield Road), (Highbury Stadium) Morecambe (Globe Arena) Carlisle (Brunton Park) Newcastle (St James’ Park) Sunderland (Stadium of Light).

Day three:
Hartlepool (Victoria Park) Middlesbrough (Riverside) York City (Bootham Crescent) Hull City (KC Stadium) Scunthorpe United (Glanford Park), Doncaster Rovers (Keepmoat Stadium), Leeds United (Elland Road) Bradford City (Valley Parade) Huddersfield Town (Mac Alpine Stadium) Barnsley (Oakwell), Rotherham United (New York Stadium) Sheffield Wednesday (Hillsborough) Sheffield United (Bramall Lane) Chesterfield United (Proact Stadium) Mansfield Town (Field Mill) Notts County (Meadow Lane) Nottingham Forest (City Ground) Derby County (Pride Park) Burton Albion (Pirelli Stadium) Leicester City (King Power Stadium), Coventry (Ricoh Arena), Northampton (Sixfields Stadium), Peterborough United (London Road), MK Dons (Stadium MK), Luton Town (Kenilworth Road), Stevenage (Broadhall Way), Cambridge United (The Abbey Stadium), Norwich City (Carrow Road), Ipswich Town (Portman Road), Colchester United (Colchester Community Stadium).

Day four:
Southend United (Roots Hall Stadium), Gillingham (Priestfield Stadium), Charlton Athletic (The Valley), Millwall (The New Den), West Ham United (Upton Park), Dagenham & Redbridge (Victoria Road), Leyton Orient (Brisbane Road), Arsenal (Emirates Stadium), Tottenham (White Hart Lane), Barnet (The Hive), Watford (Vicarage Road), QPR (Loftus Road), Chelsea (Stamford Bridge), Fulham (Craven Cottage), Brentford (Griffin Park), AFC Wimbledon (Kingsmeadow), Crawley Town (Broadfield Stadium), Brighton and Hove Albion (AMEX Stadium), Portsmouth (Fratton Park), Southampton (St Marys), AFC Bournemouth (Dean Court), Reading (Madejski Stadium), Wycombe Wanderers (Adams Park), Oxford United (Kassam Stadium), Swindon Town (County Ground).

A montage of pictures showing the grounds which Martin Lane, Simon Ward and Dave and Sue Loder visited (SWNS Group)

A montage of pictures showing the grounds which Martin Lane, Simon Ward and Dave and Sue Loder visited (SWNS Group)

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