Avid fans in football challenge

A group of 9 Rotherham and Sheffield based football fans are going to be travelling to all 91 football league grounds, plus Wembley, to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
A group of 9 Rotherham and Sheffield based football fans are going to be travelling to all 91 football league grounds, plus Wembley, to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
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Sometimes it is hard for football fans to catch a match – but a group of Rotherham United fans are not letting that stop a charity challenge.

The pals are hoping to visit all 92 football league grounds in just 92 hours, returning home in time to see the Millers kick off on a Saturday afternoon.

All proceeds from the ‘New York New York 92’ event will go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The challenge was inspired by organiser Stuart Burns’ brother Stephen, who was diagnosed with MND two years ago aged 31.

A special fundraising dinner is happening afterwards, featuring an auction of memorabilia.

Stuart said: “My brother has always been a keen footballer and, as children, all we seemed to do was play football.

“As a group of friends, we wanted to do something for him, or more accurately, for the people that now help him to live as good a life as possible and the idea for the challenge was born.

“We’ve already received a lot of support for the challenge, but with lots of planning ahead of us, we’d love to hear from anyone that wants to help us, no matter how great or small the contribution is.

“He has always been a passionate Rotherham United fan and followed them avidly for many years, so a football theme made perfect sense.”

So far, the nine-strong team has been plotting their route around the country.

The journey will run from March 25 to 29, starting and finishing at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium.

AFP Van Hire and Sales, which has offices in Rotherham and Sheffield, has donated the use of a minibus free of charge, and design studio Pink Polar has created a promotional banner.

Motor Neurone Disease is an incurable condition which leaves people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves.

The disease kills five people every day in the UK.

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