Felixstowe & Walton United stalwarts are gearing up for 92 football grounds in 92 hours

Chris Daynes (Driving Seat) & Stuart (passenger) parked where they hope the new clubhouse will sprin

Chris Daynes (Driving Seat) & Stuart (passenger) parked where they hope the new clubhouse will spring up - Credit: Archant

Two Felixstowe & Walton United stalwarts begin – and hopefully end – a tour of England and a bit of Wales next week when they take on a seriously tough challenge to raise money for two causes.

All those who are regular visitors to The Goldstar Ground will know the ‘twins of Dellwood’ as Chris and Stuart Daynes.

Chris is the facilities manager at the club while Stuart is the supporters club chairman, plus tea-hut operator in the luxury wooden hut just inside the ground.

What many may not know is that Chris has suffered from Crohn’s Disease, a debilitating illness, for the past 25 years and undergoes intensive treatment at The Royal London Hospital on a regular basis.

Between them they have decided to take on the huge challenge of visiting all 92 Premier League, Championship and Football League grounds in a testing 92 hours starting next Monday, the 18th, from The Goldstar Ground, with the first stop at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Stadium at 6pm and the last at Portman Road, hopefully by 2pm on Friday, April 22, before returning to the Goldstar for a Lemonade bonanza – both being tee total.

No surprise that it has been named the 92 in 92 challenge, 92 grounds in 92 hours, one car, two brothers and an investment in a major crisp manufacturer, the challenge increased by the fact neither drinks coffee!

It is a particularly daunting challenge for Chris but one he undertakes in the hope that a significant amount will be raised for Crohn’s & Colitis UK and of course the football clubs Development fund, plus raising the awareness of the disease.

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They were boosted by the first donation coming from West Bromwich Albion and Scottish international Darren Fletcher, who was diagnosed with the illness when a Manchester United player.

Many monetary donations and items of memorabilia have already been received in the build up to the big day and they will start their engine with the petrol paid for and more than £2,000 already in the fund.

You can read more about the challenge, development fund and the Crohn’s & Colitis Charity on the football club website where there is also a donation button should you wish to support two such worthy causes.

Go on, you know you want to!


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