After months of planning, I took my love for Football to the next level by leaving Southampton on Friday 22nd October 2021 on a mission to visit all 92 Football League grounds. That's each and every ground from the Premier League, Championship, League 1 and League 2.
8 days and 2500 miles later I am now a member of the 92 club having visited all the grounds in the Football League. It was a fantastic experience seeing all 92 grounds including some incredible pitch side visits. My journey even made the paper!
After carefully planning our route, our journey began from Southampton at 7am on Friday 22nd October 2021, with the first ground being Bournemouth.
Day 1 was a very mile heavy day, covering 425 miles and visiting 8 grounds. The grounds that we visited on Day 1 included:
2. Home Park
4. Ashton Gate
A very successful first day left us ahead of schedule already. Our initial plan was to stay in Bristol, however managed to get both the Bristol grounds done and also all the Welsh grounds. As we were ahead, we instead stayed on the M4, not far from Swindon - which was the first ground on the list for Day 2.
Up early once again and back on the motorway for 7am, with Swindon being our first stop before we made our way up the country, to the Midlands.
Day 2 also saw us cover a lot of miles in the car, covering 350 miles and visiting 12 grounds. The grounds that we visited on Day 2 included:
11. The New Lawn
12. Whaddon Road
13. St Andrew's
14. Villa Park
15. The Hawthorns
16. The Bescot
18. The New Meadow
19. bet365 Stadium
20. Vale Park
Day 2 also saw us gain extra time and remain ahead of our schedule. We were planning on staying in Shrewsbury, however we instead stayed in a hotel in Crewe, which was the first ground on the list for Day 3.
Much like the previous days, we were again back on the motorway for 7am, starting off with Crewe Alexandra before we continued our journey up north, towards Merseyside.
Day 3 saw us cover a lot more grounds than the previous days, due to the proximity of them - we managed to cover 225 miles and 17 grounds. The grounds that we visited on Day 3 included:
21. Gresty Road
22. Prenton Park
24. Goodison Park
25. DW Stadium
26. The University of Bolton Stadium
27. Old Trafford
28. Moor Lane
29. The Etihad
30. Boundary Park
32. Turf Moor
33. The Crown Ground
34. Ewood Park
36. Bloomfield Road
37. Highbury Stadium
Day 3 also saw us progress further than expected. In our initial plan we expected to end Day 3 in Burnley, however we instead stayed in a hotel in Morecambe - which was 5 grounds ahead of the plan!
A personal highlight from Day 3 was the pitch side visit at The Etihad. I have been to Etihad to watch Saints many times, however being in the dug out with an empty stadium was very impressive!
Starting Day 4 with a visit to Morecambe, before continuing our journey up north to Carlisle. This was after driving to Barrow which is fair to say was out of the way!
During Day 4 we covered 350 miles and 9 grounds. The grounds that we visited on Day 4 included:
38. Mazuma Stadium
39. Holker Street
40. Brunton Park
41. St James' Park
43. Victoria Park
45. Wetherby Road
46. Valley Parade
Once again, we continued to push on and make great progress. We were expecting to end Day 4 and stay in Newcastle. However, we ended up in Leeds, which was 4 grounds further than expected!
Much like Day 3, Day 5 we covered less miles but a lot more grounds. We covered 235 miles and 11 grounds.
This day included a lot of grounds that I had not visited prior to this trip and was very much looking forward too seeing and having pitch side visits. Including Elland Road, Sheffield Wednesday and Hull City. The grounds that we visited on Day 3 included:
47. Elland Road
51. Bramall Lane
52. New York Stadium
54. Glanford Park
55. The KCOM Stadium
56. Sincil Bank
57. Field Mill
We managed to reach Mansfield just before it was dark and then stay the night in Nottingham- which was a great success. We were still ahead of schedule, which was great as we knew the next 3 days were going to be very full on. Lots more miles and grounds to cover!
Much like Day 1, Day 6 we covered a lot of miles but not as many grounds. We covered 435 miles and only 10 grounds!
This included the last of the grounds in the midlands before going out to Norwich and Ipswich. That was a very long drive! The grounds that we visited on Day 3 included:
58. The City Ground
59. Pride Park
62. Coventry Building Society Arena
63. London Road
64. Carrow Road
65. Portman Road
66. JobServe Community Stadium
Luckily we were ahead of schedule until now, as we fell slightly behind today - but remained on track according to our plan. We managed to get Cambridge done before it was too dark and then drove to Northampton where we then stayed the night.
During Day 7 we covered 275 miles and 13 grounds. This was a fun day, driving through London to reach the grounds was a challenge!
A personal highlight of Day 7 was a pitch side visit at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium... wow! The grounds that we visited on Day 3 included:
69. Stadium MK
70. Kenilworth Road
71. Broadhall Way
72. Vicarage Road
73. Adams Park
75. Brentford Community Stadium
76. Loftus Road
79. Brisbane Road
80. London Stadium
According to our schedule we once again did not gain any time, so it was a good thing we made up some time in the earlier days. We managed to get West Ham done before driving to Gillingham to stay the night ahead of the last day.
Our final day started in Gillingham at 7am and ended in Southampton at St Mary's at 5pm. Another hectic day driving through central London, however we made it and also managed to get some great pitch side visits.
During Day 8 we covered 205 miles and 12 grounds. The grounds that we visited on Day 8 included:
82. The Valley
83. The Den
84. Stamford Bridge
85. Craven Cottage
86. Plough Lane
87. Selhurst Park
90. The Amex
91. Fratton Park
Ending at St Mary's was a dream come true, becoming part of the 92 club 2500 miles. A journey that I will certainly never forget. I was then up at 8am the following day for Watford away with Saints.