Doncaster boy tours 92 league grounds to help junior team

Mike Day and son Conall, aged 12, who are visit all 92 Football League clubs to raise money for  Edenthopre Juniors. Conall has previously been to been to about 15 clubs with his dad. Our picture shows them at home town club Doncaster Rovers.
Mike Day and son Conall, aged 12, who are visit all 92 Football League clubs to raise money for Edenthopre Juniors. Conall has previously been to been to about 15 clubs with his dad. Our picture shows them at home town club Doncaster Rovers.
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SOCCER-MAD schoolboy Conall Day is busy preparing for his holiday with a difference - visiting every one of the 92 football league grounds in England.

The 12-year-old from Thorne is embarking on the epic five-day road trip with his dad, Mike, next month to raise funds for his own team, Edenthorpe Juniors FC.

Mike Day and son Conall, aged 12, who are visit all 92 Football League clubs to raise money for  Edenthopre Juniors. Conall has previously been to been to about 15 clubs with his dad. Our picture shows them at home town club Doncaster Rovers.

Mike Day and son Conall, aged 12, who are visit all 92 Football League clubs to raise money for Edenthopre Juniors. Conall has previously been to been to about 15 clubs with his dad. Our picture shows them at home town club Doncaster Rovers.

They will be travelling thousands of miles in the challenge thought up by Mike, which will also satisify one of his own ambitions.

The club he supports, Grimsby Town, is no longer in the Football League, but that has not deterred him from visiting all the grounds, which will include Anfield, home of his son’s favourites Liverpool.

Mike, aged 42, said: “It’s just something different that will raise much-needed money for Edenthorpe Juniors.

“I’ve been to about 60 grounds in my time as a football fan and Conall is really into the different grounds. It has always been my ambition to ‘do the 92’ so this is my chance to finally achieve an ambition while at the same time generating funds for a junior club that has done so much for my son’s football development.

“We will be seeing some I’ve never been to and some clubs have new grounds since I went to see them. It will be a real marathon getting round them but I am hoping one or two will be playing a match when we arrive.”

But he definitely won’t be seeing his own team play.

“As a Grimsby Town fan for 42 years, I have seen the ups and downs of football and I am bitterly disappointed that I will not be visiting my beloved Blundell Park as part of the challenge.”

Mike has contacted most of the clubs and some of the big ones such as Manchester United and City and Everton have invited the pair inside to go on the pitch for a picture.

At others they will just take pictures outside for Conall to upload on the Facebook page he will be updating as his dad does the driving.

The long drive starts on Monday, August 13, at Glanford Park, home of Scunthorpe United, before the intrepid duo head to Hull and the North-east clubs, ending the day at Bolton Wanderers.

Day 2 takes them from Wigan Athletic down to Swindon Town before they take in the Welsh and south-west clubs on Day 3.

Day 4 will be clubs in the south and London, before the final day takes them through East Anglia and the final stop-off at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster on Friday.

Mike added: “I will be covering the costs of the trip, which I reckon will be £200-300 in petrol and £50 a night for accommodation. All the sponsorship we receive will go to the club and I am hoping it will bring in at least £500.

“Conall is absolutely looking forward to it, especially doing the running commentary as we travel between the grounds. It’s going to be a tight schedule but in my job as a sales manager I’m used to long hours behind the wheel.”

Mike is also running a separate competition for Edenthorpe members to guess the pair’s total mileage.

n Anyone wanting to make a donation can do so at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/92awaydays/86790.