Posts Tagged: doing the 92

Andrew Leeder’s Roots to the 92 – Part 1 of 3

ndrew (right), his mate Harvey (left) with Derek Spence, former Southend United and Northern Ireland international, who did the foreword for the book, in the middle, when Andrew meet up in a pub before Andrew's 92nd game at Blackpool in April 2016.

The achievement of doing the 92 can be completed in many ways. Some tackle it as a sprint, such as Ed Wood, aiming to complete the 92 (93) league grounds in a World Record Time. Sometimes it takes decades, such as with Southend United fan Andrew Leeder, author of the book “Roots to the 92” (get it, Roots, Roots Hall, home to Southend United, Roots to the 92…). In Andrew’s book, he details his experiences of the reaching 92 league grounds, confirming something all ground hoppers seem to love. The predictability of the unpredictable! We chatted to Andrew about his experiences and… Read more »

Ed Wood sets out to break the World Record for Doing the 92 (93)

Ed Wood Guinness World record attempt doing the 92 in aid of Prostate cancer UK

For most of us doing the 92 league grounds is a challenge that takes years, decades, even a life time. Now imagine completing the 92 well within a year…for the second time! Well imagine no more, that is what Ed Wood from Derby is setting out to do and in World Record time! We caught up with Ed to find out what, why and how… Groundsman: How long did the 92 take last time and how much quicker do you need to do it to reclaim the record? Ed: The original record was set at 264 days by Mike Jones… Read more »

Chris O’Keeffe joins the 92 club!

leeds elland road

It must be that time of year. Without having a new 92 club member for a while, we now have a much welcomed glut! With over 200 grounds to his name we caught up with Leeds United fan and groundhopper Chris O’Keeffe to find out more about his journey doing the 92. Groundsman: Firstly congratulations on completing the 92! Which was your final ground and did you commemorate the occasion? Chris: My final ground was Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park on 27 February 2016 against Notts County (1-0). Due to it being a 10 hour, 588 miles round trip drive from… Read more »

the 92 club – Andrew Chapman’s Journey!

Andrew with his son at Ewood Park

Today we catch up with Andrew Chapman, a passionate Plymouth fan who helps to run their Greens on Screen fan page, which is partially endorsed directly by the club.  On his journey into the realms of the 92 club, and where he learnt his love of football through is late dad, and is now passing on his love of football to a new generation. Groundsman: Firstly, congratulations on completing the 92!!! Which was your final ground and how did you mark the occasion? Andrew: Broadfield Stadium, home to Crawley Town took me to the 92. It was actually my team Plymouth’s second… Read more »

Cycling to the ’92’ and beyond

leeds united elland road

We all know that doing the 92 is a massive challenge. Forgetting the match the travelling is the journey. It is what takes the real effort and commitment. Now imagine doing this largely under your own steam! We caught up with Leisure Cyclist Steven Rittey to find more about his groundhopping exploits… Groundsman: Ticking off all 92 grounds in itself is a daunting challenge, but cycling to them must have been monumental! The first question has to be why? Steven: To be honest, I am still not sure why! I wanted to visit all of the grounds in the football… Read more »

Tim Dove flies into the 92 club

Cherry Red Records stadium the home of afc wimbledon

We catch up with blog veteran Tim Dove to reflect on his successful journey to join the 92 club. Groundsman: Firstly congratulations on completing the 92! Which was your final ground and did you commemorate the occasion? Tim: Thanks! Brunton Park on 26/09/2015. The league match was Carlisle United vs Newport County. I celebrated the occasion by having drinks and a meal with the friends that I watched the game with. Groundsman: What was the first ground you ticked off your list? Tim: City Ground on 14/02/1987. The match was Nottingham Forest vs West Ham United in the old… Read more »

Doing the 92 league grounds in 92 hours for Children in Need

Andy Matthews, Dan Frost, Robbie Bruce and Andy Hunt fundraising 92 in 92 for children in need

Doing the 92 league grounds is a marathon that will take most a life time to complete. Imagine then trying to do a whistle stop tour of the sacred 92 grounds in just 92 hours! Well that’s exactly what Midlands based quartet Andy Matthews, Dan Frost, Robbie Bruce and Andy Hunt are aiming to do. We caught up with Rob from the group to find out what, why and when… Groundsman: What inspired you to do the 92 in one go? Rob: In 2013, two members of the current team, Andy M & Dan, completed the 20 Premier League grounds… Read more »

Doing the 92 League Grounds in 72 hours for a good cause

doing the 92 in 72 hours route map

We all know doing the 92 is mammoth journey that over the course of a life time some won’t achieve, so imagine trying to get round all the grounds in one go! That’s exactly what Martin Lane, his mother and father in-law Sue and Dave Loder and family friend Simon Ward are attempting to do. We caught up with Martin before they set off on their adventure to find out when, why and how… Groundsman: How did the idea of doing the 92 come about? Martin: In my Mother-In-Laws Pub (where the best ideas come from!) with my Father-In-Law. We… Read more »

Taking a chunk out of the 92 League Grounds – 9 in 9 days!

When we caught a glance of Matt Libber’s tweet that he was over from America doing 9 of the 92 League Grounds in 9 days we had to find out more. The Groundsman caught up with Matt to find out more about this mammoth trip. Before we start, here’s Matt’s fixture list! QPR v Nottingham Forest FA Cup semi Wigan v Arsenal Swansea v Chelsea Reading v Leicester Arsenal v West Ham Blackburn v Yeovil Bradford v Peterborough Spurs v Fulham Chelsea v Sunderland The Groundsman: Firstly 9 games in 9 days is quite the effort! Have you recovered yet?… Read more »