Fundraising Ipswich Town fan set to visit 58 British football stadiums in four days!
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From Aberdeen to Arbroath, Stenhousemuir to Stranraer, Ipswich Town fanatic Chris Wade will be embarking on his own, unique pre-season tour this summer.
The east London-based Blue will attempt to drive to all 42 Scottish league clubs’ stadiums in just four days, as well as a further 16 English and Welsh grounds that were formerly home to Football League teams, such as Halifax and Wrexham.
Along with his pregnant girlfriend Becky Shaw, Chris is taking on the challenge to raise money for the Lullaby Trust, following the passing of their son, Tyler, last April.
No shirkers to hard work, Chris and his family raised around £5,000 last year for the same charity, visiting all 92 English Football League grounds in just four-and-a-half days!
“The aim is to visit all 42 Scottish League clubs, as well as 16 teams that used to play in the Football League, and the two teams that have been promoted to League Two, Mansfield and Newport,” said Chris, who will be setting off on the challenge on July 25.
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“We are going to be doing about 2,000 miles and we have to get to every ground in sunlight so that we can take a picture.
“We will be sleeping overnight in the car, at different service stations around Britain.
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“I am confident that we can complete the challenge but there is a bit of pressure on me as we have to be back on the Sunday so that Becky can go for her (pregnancy) scan at the hospital on the Monday!”
Last season’s challenge saw Becky, Chris and his dad, start at their east London base and work their way up the country.
However, the route did pose some severe examinations along the way.
“We arrived in London at 11am on our 2nd day and only managed to get to 11 clubs in the city before it got dark. We completed the rest of London as the sun came up the next morning,” said Chris, who has a four-and-a-half year-old daughter, Ruby-May.
One of the stadium’s Chris will be taking in this time round is the home of Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who are managed by Town legend Terry Butcher, which is situated in the Scottish Highlands, next to the North Sea.
“I planned my route a while ago but I may have to look at it again, having added a couple of extra English teams in,” said Chris, who plans to head up the west side of the country towards Scotland before coming back down on the east side.
“It would be nice to raise four figures although I am not expecting to raise £5,000 this time, as last year we held a charity night as well.”
To find out more about Chris’ challenge and to make a donation to the Lullaby Trust, go to: www.justgiving.com/tgs2013
Chris’ route - Ipswich, Newport, Hereford, Kidderminster, Wrexham, Chester, Macclesfield, Stockport, Gretna, Annan, Queen of the South, Stranraer, Ayr, Kilmarnock, St Mirren, Morton, Dumbarton, Partick Thistle, Rangers, Queens Park, Celtic, Hamilton, Motherwell, Albion Rovers, Airdrie, Clyde, Stirling Albion, Alloa, Dunfermline, Cowdenbeath, Raith Rovers, East Fife, St Johnstone, Dundee, Dundee United, Forfar, Arbroath, Montrose, Brechin, Aberdeen, Peterhead, Elgin, Inverness, Ross County, Stenhousemuir/East Stirling, Flakirk, Livingston, Hearts, Hibernian, Berwick, Halifax, Grimsby, Lincoln City, Mansfield, Boston, Rushden & Diamonds, Cambridge, Luton, home.