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To The 92 Journey

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!

Day 1

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:

1. The Vitality Stadium

2. Home Park

3. St James Park

4. Ashton Gate

5. Memorial Stadium

6. Rodney Parade

7. Cardiff City Stadium

8. The Liberty Stadium

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.

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:

9. The County Ground

10. The Kassam Stadium

11. The New Lawn

12. Whaddon Road

13. St Andrew's

14. Villa Park

15. The Hawthorns

16. The Bescot

17. Molineux

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.

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

23. Anfield

24. Goodison Park

25. DW Stadium

26. The University of Bolton Stadium

27. Old Trafford

28. Moor Lane

29. The Etihad

30. Boundary Park

31. Spotland

32. Turf Moor

33. The Crown Ground

34. Ewood Park

35. Deepdale

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!

Day 4

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

42. The Stadium of Light

43. Victoria Park

44. The Riverside Stadium

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!

Day 5

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

48. The John Smith's Stadium

49. Oakwell

50. Hillsborough

51. Bramall Lane

52. New York Stadium

53. The Keepmoat 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!

Day 6

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

60. The Pirelli Stadium

61. The King Power Stadium

62. Coventry Building Society Arena

63. London Road

64. Carrow Road

65. Portman Road

66. JobServe Community Stadium

67. The Abbey 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.

Day 7

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:

68. Sixfields

69. Stadium MK

70. Kenilworth Road

71. Broadhall Way

72. Vicarage Road

73. Adams Park

74. The Madejski Stadium

75. Brentford Community Stadium

76. Loftus Road

77. The Emirates Stadium

78. Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

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.

Day 8

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:

81. Priestfield

82. The Valley

83. The Den

84. Stamford Bridge

85. Craven Cottage

86. Plough Lane

87. Selhurst Park

88. VBS Community Stadium

89. The Broadfield Stadium

90. The Amex

91. Fratton Park

92. St Mary's Stadium

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.