Doing The 92

My name is Steve Hall. I am a Brit who lives in Spain and who loves football.

In 2010 I cycled to all the 92 football league clubs in England and Wales. I set off in May and finished on 23 September 2010. I was met with almost universal kindness, hospitality and friendship.

Please check through the site to learn more about the project, the people involved and how you can also help and get involved.

Thanks

Steve

DoingThe92

92 Club Poster

2020/2021 Grounds’ Poster

92 Club Poster

I was delighted to get my annual email from xxxxx advising me of the launch of the new and much-updated 92 club poster.


The posters will be sent as from 30/9. Full details at www.footballgroundmap.com

Tick off the grounds you’ve been to with our 92 Club & National League poster – fully updated for the 2020/2021 season.

  • Tick off the grounds you’ve visited and track your progress towards completing the 92 Club and National Leagues
  • More detailed map, including all major motorways and more details on zoom circles
  • Double-sided poster, dual branded as 92 Club and Football Ground Map
  • New 92 Club additions – Holker Street (Barrow), Wetherby Road (Harrogate Town) and Brentford Community Stadium (Brentford)
  • New National League additions – LNER Community Stadium (York City), Boston Community Stadium (Boston United), Meadow Park (Gloucester City)
  • Data split up by divisions – track your progress towards completing each individual league
  • A1 wall poster 60cm x 84cm (that’s pretty big) made from 170gsm paper (that’s pretty thick)
  • Perfect for any dedicated football fan or groundhopper
  • A fantastic educational gift for kids

Introducing our brand new 92 Club and National League wall poster – fully updated with a brand new look for the 2020/2021 season.

The poster comes complete with a refreshed design and even more detailed team shirts. We’ve also split the list of clubs into individual leagues, so you can track your progress through completing each individual division.

Not only that, we’ve also added new star ratings to each ground, so you can see what our members think about the stadium and the atmosphere.

The poster is A1 in size (60cm x84cm) and looks great hung on any office or bedroom wall. It’s also a great educational resource for kids, helping them to learn about geography and the world around them, all based on a subject matter they’re interested in.

SIDE A: 92 CLUB

One side of the poster features all of the grounds in the 92 Club, including newcomers Holker Street (Barrow) and Wetherby Road (Harrogate Town), as well as Brentford’s new Community Stadium.

The 92 Club is fully updated with all of the promotions and relegations last season as well as all the new kits for 2020. This side features all teams and stadiums from the Premier League, Championship, League 1 and League 2.

The poster also features a detailed stats panel including essential information such as:

  • Team, ground and division
  • A beautifully illustrated shirt
  • Year opened
  • Ground capacity
  • Record attendance
  • % of footballgroundmap.com users who have been there
  • Atmosphere star rating from our users
  • Overall star rating from our users

SIDE B: NATIONAL LEAGUE

The reverse side features all 67 stadiums from steps 5 and 6 on the English pyramid – the National League, National League North and National League South. This year’s list of grounds includes new stadiums for York City (LNER Community Stadium), Boston United (Community Stadium) and Gloucester City’s return to Meadow Park.

Like the 92 Club side, the National League poster features a wealth of information, including:

  • Team, ground and division
  • A beautifully illustrated shirt
  • Year opened
  • Ground capacity
  • Record attendance
  • % of footballgroundmap.com users who have been there
  • Atmosphere star rating from our users
  • Overall star rating from our users

FULLY UPDATED FOR THE 2020/2021 SEASON

Our map has been fully updated for the 2020/2021 season. Changes include:

  • An update look with a new colour pallette
  • More detailed design including motorways and country boundaries
  • Dual branded as footballgroundmap.com and 92club.co.uk (our sister site)
  • All shirts updated for the new season
  • Stats fully updated from our 150,000 users
  • Leeds (Elland Road), West Brom (Hawthorns) and Fulham (Craven Cottage) promoted to the Premier League
  • Coventry (St Andrew’s), Rotherham (New York Stadium) and Wycombe (Adams Park) promoted to the Championship
  • Swindon (County Ground), Crewe (Gresty Road), Plymouth (Home Park) and Northampton (Sixfields) promoted to League One
  • Barrow (Holker Street) and Harrogate Town (Wetherby Road) promoted to League Two
  • King’s Lynn Town (The Walks), Altrincham (Moss Lane), Wealdstone (Grosvenor Vale) and Weymouth (Bob Lucas Stadium) promoted to the National League
  • New grounds added for Brentford (Community Stadium), York (LNER Community Stadium), Boston (Community Stadium) and Gloucester City (Meadow Park)
  • Bury (Gigg Lane) removed 🙁

Footballgroundmap.com is owned and created by Rob Clarkson, a 30-something football fan from the red half of Sheffield. He says, “I love football, especially away days.

I created footballgroundmap.com as a Facebook app in 2008. Originally intended to just cover the 4 main English leagues, the sites has grown to tracking almost 4,000 ground locations from every corner of the globe.

Keeping the site updated takes a lot of time and I hope brings pleasure to the thousands of fans who travel to away games up and down the country every week.

So, if you use the site and like what you see, feel free to click the Donate button and buy me a pint – from one football fanatic to another.

Cheers,
Rob”

Hibernian FC

Hibs 2020/2021 Home

I cannot claim to be an avid follower of football in Scotland so I apologise for letting this one slip through. They are the latest team to support the NHS by proudly wearing the logo of the health service on their chest.

I saw them against Rangers today (2-2, the first time Rangers had conceded a league goal in six months!) and looked up the story. Respect to Hibs.

Hibernian FC is today delighted to announce that the club will proudly bear the words “Thank You NHS” on the front of our new shirts when next season does get underway.

The club decided to take the opportunity to express the thanks of the entire Hibernian and football community to our magnificent health service for the heroic, selfless and dedicated efforts of its staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

The club has spoken to senior management at both NHS Scotland and NHS Lothian, our suggestion has been warmly received, and your club will be working in partnership with NHS Lothian and Hibernian Community Foundation to deliver a layer of meaningful communications, engagement and community service.

We are further delighted to announce that our first home league game will be “Thank You NHS Day” and we will welcome hundreds of NHS staff along as our guests.

The words of thanks will adorn our new home shirts, and supporters will be asked to pay the sum of £5 to have the transfer applied, with all profits being donated to our local NHS charity, Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation.

Our mocked-up picture shows how the new kit will look with the message applied. The kit is available now and the orders will be fulfilled when the strips are delivered to us in July.

The club is planning further fundraising throughout the season and expects to hand over a six-figure donation to the NHS charity by the end of the season. In addition, the club is donating a minimum of 100 tickets to NHS staff for all of our home matches, with fans being invited to participate in fundraising to help fund more.

Ronald Gordon, Hibernian Chairman, said: “In sport we celebrate our heroes and our stars. The NHS have shown they are our true heroes and our stars – they have valiantly cared for and nurtured us through the most difficult and challenging health crisis of our lives. Their efforts on behalf of all of us, which still continue today, have been magnificent and Hibernian wants to say thank you and celebrate them in the most meaningful way that we can.

“Additionally, we will be raising money and inviting NHS heroes to our games at Easter Road, and the club and our players will be working with our friends and colleagues at NHS Lothian to deliver a programme of health promotion and community service that will raise awareness and inform our entire community. I’m very proud, because this initiative speaks to the character and purpose of Hibernian Football Club.”

Scotland’s Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe FitzPatrick, said: “The dedicated NHS workforce are under unprecedented pressure as they deal with the impact of the pandemic. I welcome this excellent initiative by Hibernian FC, which will allow the club and its supporters to say thank you to the NHS. This generous gesture – which will be supported by further fundraising activity – will also see tickets given to NHS staff for home games, and a donation to Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation. As well as joining Hibs in thanking the NHS staff, I applaud the club for this wonderful idea – it highlights the positive impact football can have on a range of issues.”

Tim Davison, Chief Executive of NHS Lothian, also welcomed the idea, saying; “This is a big-hearted move from Hibernian Football Club and I know that all our staff and patients will greatly appreciate the generosity and thoughtfulness of this wonderful gesture.  We are proud of our amazing teamwork at NHS Lothian too, so are delighted and grateful that a club with such strong local community roots should honour us in this way.”

Esther Robertson, Interim Chair of Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation, the official charity fund of NHS Lothian, said: “This is a lovely idea and will help us fund more initiatives to support the wellbeing of patients and staff during these challenging times. Our funds provide extras which core NHS funding cannot be used for, such as providing tablets to patients to help them keep in touch with loved ones while in hospital, providing recliner chairs in rest rooms for hard working staff and funding art activity packs to help reduce anxiety and boredom in patients while in hospital for extended periods. Initiatives like these make a big difference to patients and staff, particularly when the going gets tough.”

Leeann Dempster, Chief Executive, said: “Our front-of-shirt sponsorship is our most visible and valuable sponsorship opportunity and we thought this season of all seasons we needed to show our appreciation to the NHS. As Ron said, we want to say thanks and we want to help raise awareness and also raise funds for good health causes. We know our supporters will rally behind this in their thousands.

“The club and Community Foundation have a proud track record of working with NHS Lothian through our unique GameChanger initiative, and we will be combining to create a programme for matchdays and non-matchdays to help tackle some of the health and social issues we will see arise post-Covid-19.

“For the avoidance of any doubt, this initiative does not cost the public purse one penny. It has been helped enormously by a small group of supporters who supported us in the idea and we are grateful to them all.”

YOU CAN ORDER THE NEW HIBERNIAN HOME KIT NOW.

HIBS AWAY 2020/2021

Frank Worthington


Kim Malou-Worthington & Frank

I was delighted to see a post from Frank Worthington’s daughter on my Facebook yesterday. We have been FB friends for 10 years and it was wonderful to see a photo of her father looking so well. Many will know that Frank has been fighting that cruelest of cruel diseases Alzheimers for a number of years so I was pleased to hear from him.

As a fan on the terraces, Frank was always one of my favourites. He was a maverick and an entertainer. He was loved by the fans but despite scoring goals for fun, he only got eight England caps. Why? He was a Bowles, a Marsh, a Hudson, a Charlie George. Players beloved by the fans but “difficult” for managers. An easier option for them was a player more willing to fit into a structured formation. He was the antithesis of the dour defenders of the 70s and 80s, journeymen in an eight-man defence with cloggers determined not to lose but with scant regard to winning. He wanted the ball, up-front, and he wanted to entertain.

Many years later when I was planning my 92 club ride, a friend said as if by accident. “Oh, I know Frank Worthington. Would you like me to ask him to sign a shirt?” “Errrr, yesss!” Ann was concerned she might not tell the story well but there was no problem. As soon as Frank, heard about my journey he was, “Great, fantastic, what do I need to do?” Hero. 24 hours later … shirt signed and a note of best wishes from a true legend. Kim was kind enough to stay in touch and that led to yesterday’s photo.

I am an active member of a FB group about English Football in the 80s. We banter about a very difficult decade in the history of football in the UK – Heysel, Hillsborough, tiny attendances, regular violence and hooliganism.

I added the photo and as I write this, just over 24 hours later, it has attracted an incredible 1200 likes and no less than 280 comments. What is AMAZING is that there is not one bad word. Normally if a Spurs player is mentioned, Arsenal fans bleat that he was average and would never have got games in a better team or that when he moved on to York City he cost them their place in the cup etc. None of this at all. Every single post is a variant of “Great player, entertainer, destroyed us single handed, brightened up many a poor game etc.” This unanimity is unheard of among football fans.

Going through the thread was a particularly touching comment from John Charlton who went on play for England Schoolboys and then was signed by Arsenal. He mentioned a trick he saw Frank perform at Sunderland and how he practised it for days on end, time in, time out. I pinged John and he said he would be pleased to be quoted and sent a couple of photos of himself (below). Tragically, a serious injury killed John’s career but he still remembers Frank’s trick and how he practised, practised, practised.

John wrote, “Honestly, Steve, as soon as I saw the post I had to say… I have to attribute part of what I achieved to Frank Worthington… legend. Before the times of YouTube first time I saw a trick when Frank signed for Sunderland catching the ball on his neck. It inspired me to master the trick.. in doing so I then went on to appreciate the game even playing for England Schoolboys… something so small was an inspiration.

You had no You Tube see skills for fun or tricks… it sticks to this day. Inspired me no doubt.. the difference Who doesnt love a bit of magic and get you wanting to be able to do it? It’s about Frank … only the skill etc he impacted lives.”

Pognantly, John concluded, “If you can inspire one person you’ve done something amazing and he did.” What a great testimonial to Frank.

As John says, there were no 247 football channels but here is Frank at his best with perhaps the “Goal of the Century.”

“Even the ref applauded”


John Charlton – England Schoolboys
Steve Moran, Southampton

One of the members who was kind enough to comment on the post was Steve Moran who played with Frank at Southampton. He said that he played with Frank in, “Season 1983/84 Southampton runners up in First Division & semi-finalists in FA Cup! Frank Worthington led the line magnificently and, although he only netted 4 goals, his hold up play led to 25 goals for myself & plenty for David Armstrong & Danny Wallace! Frank was a legend & a gentleman! Love to him & his family xxxx.”

Meanwhile, Andy Hodkinson said, “I was privileged to share a dressing room at 3 clubs with Frank.Bolton, Tranmere and Stockport County. Brilliant player and an even better human being. Great memories.” He asked for his best wishes to be passed on to Frank.


So, there we are – some small signs of gratitude and appreciation of the TRUE LEGEND, an entertainer and a showman on the field and a gentleman off it. It only remains for me to wish Frank the health and happiness he deserves.

Karen Considine

Karen Considine on the Plains

Karen Considine

Penelope’s Route

Now, I know this feature is not about football but sometimes I read a story of a fellow adventurer and think, “wow.” I can’t claim to be a horserider but I could absolutely see me doing this – with not a football shirt or stadium in sight. In 1961 the intrepid Penelope Chetwode borrowed a mare, and set off on an adventure into the remote backlands of Spain. Her subsequent book “Two Middle-Aged Ladies in Andalusia” was given to me by my mother for my 15th Birthday. For 52 years I held onto the dream of retracing her steps, and in 2019 I rallied my courage and my two horses and off we set.

Penelope’s Route is an account of my journey across the same trails, mountains, plains and villages some sixty years later. In essence it’s an account of adventure on horseback; but it also examines the historical evolution of Spain’s rural communities. On my travels I meet some of the same people as Penelope, who remember her unique character and unusual expedition, but had no idea she had immortalised them in writing.

The English version of my book “Penelope’s Route” was published on 28th August 2020. You can order a copy here dream and my promise to the Andalusians who became my friends along the way is that they too can read my book in Spanish as “La Ruta de Penélope”.

I am therefore calling on fellow adventurers to help me financially to fulfil this final and critical element of the project; to translate Penelope’s Route into Spanish and fund its publication in Spain. Without the kind generosity of so many families and Town Halls who welcomed me and helped me in moments of crisis, the adventure would have been a non-starter. I am determined to give copies of the book to these wonderful hosts, and would be so grateful for your financial support in helping me achieve this.

Any contribution you are able to make in the name of adventure, culture, history and friendship will be deeply appreciated. Please click here for further details.

2020-2021 Continued

Brentford Away

Brentford Home
West Ham Home
West Ham Away
West Ham Third
Manchester United Third

Above, you see two third choice kits – West Ham’s and an absolute hideous monstrosity from Manchester United. It made me think yet again about the obscene commercialism of the kit business. Many teams now have three kits, marketed in the sure and certain knowledge that the third choice will rarely if ever be worn. Some teams even have “cup” kits to be worn in European games etc. I leave it to the reader to muse as to whether they want to spend over £200 on 3 or 4 shirts. Then, of course, there are the goalkeeper shirts and the “Leisure wear” shirts. Where does it end? How does the parent with two children who are massive football fans afford to buy them both all the shirts they want (not to mention the overpriced shorts and socks!)? Clubs, think long and hard. With the Covid 19 virus hitting hard, can your cash cow be milked this season?

Harry Kane


Harry Kane picks Haven House for Leyton Orient shirt deal

We are thrilled to be chosen as a charity beneficiary in Harry Kane and Leyton Orient sponsorship deal. 

Leyton Orient announce the club’s groundbreaking front of shirt deal for the 2020/21 season. Haven House Children’s Hospice will feature on the team’s away kit.

Cast your mind back to the 7 January 2011, when a young man joined The O’s on loan from across London. Making his first-team debut for Orient against Rochdale, he scored his first professional goal a week later in a 4-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday.

His career went from strength to strength; from PFA Young Player of the Year, through to winning the Premier League Golden Boot for two years running.

In 2017 he became Europe’s top goal scorer, breaking a seven-year dominance of Messi and Ronaldo, and the next year he won the Golden Boot for England at the World Cup – only the second player to do so. If you haven’t got it already, he wears the captain’s armband for the Three Lions.

It is with great pleasure we announce that Harry Kane has taken our front of shirt sponsorship for the 2020/21 season.

With approval given from the Premier League, FA and EFL, a first of its kind deal has been agreed which the club are extremely proud of. During these troubling times Harry wanted to support the club that gave him his first professional start and not only has he been so generous to the club, but he has also donated the shirt sponsorship to the following three causes.

Home Shirt – A thank you message to the frontline heroes
Away Shirt – Haven House Children’s Hospice
Third Shirt – Mind mental health charity.

This donation will enable the benefactors to receive hospitality, where guests of both Haven House and Mind can escape reality for an afternoon at the Breyer Group Stadium to enjoy The O’s in action.

The hospice will also receive huge coverage during the season, and we are pleased to announce that 10% of proceeds of each shirt sale will be passed to the charity beneficiaries.

Giving Back

“I was born and brought up only at a couple of miles from the stadium and I am really happy to have the opportunity to give back to the club that gave me my first professional start,” said Harry Kane on the sponsorship.

“This also gives me a platform to be able to say a big thank you to the many frontline heroes and charities out there who provide care and support during these challenging times.”

A True Role Model

“Well where to start,” said Danny Macklin, Leyton Orient Chief Executive. “What started with a simple idea has escalated into a very unique and emotive shirt sponsorship agreement.”

“When we discussed with the England captain Harry Kane and his team at CK66, we all decided that we wanted this to be unique.

“We wanted to say thank you for the exceptional hard work and dedication of the frontline heroes during this pandemic and also bring attention to the other charities out there who are suffering financial losses due to the pandemic.”

“We are in uncertain and worrying times across the world but thanks to their efforts we will get through this together.”

“Thank you, Harry, for your amazing support and generosity – you are a true role model for the modern game.”

Josh Stephens, Head of Commercial, said: “Further to Danny’s comments, I think every Orient fan has a soft spot for Harry and it’s fantastic that Harry is supporting three extremely worthy causes.”

“He is also supporting the club during these challenging times and we are extremely grateful to him and all at CK66.”

“As we all look forward to live football, I for one cannot wait until the O’s run out at the Breyer Group Stadium donning the ‘Thankyou frontline heroes’ message.”

Pre-Order Your Shirts Now

We’re delighted to say that all three shirts are available to pre-order right away – with three fresh and eye-catching designs. They will all be dispatched closer to the start of the 2020/21 season. 

To purchase yours, please visit the Leyton Orient online store by clicking here.

2020 -2021 Part 3


The season is nearing (hopefully!) and the shirts keep coming through!
Brighton and Hove Albion

Who better to tell us about Brighton’s new shirt than my friend and fellow Hispanophile, Russ Pearce. Russ is a huge Brighton (and Real Betis) fan living in Spain.

“In recent years, blue and white stripes have been the combination of choice for Brighton and Hove Albion. For the 2020/21 season they have decided to break with recent tradition and have released a first kit which is predominately blue with white pinstripes running down the front. It has divided fans like Marmite! Younger fans cannot believe the stripes have been abandoned, whereas older fans will recognise it as a homage to the FA Cup finalists of 1983. Sadly, that season and that kit also saw the end to their only other stint in the top flight of English football!!

Modelled here by Brighton fan and author of www.anythingbutpaella.com in Spain, you’ll see the white collar rather stands out. Worn with the button undone it’s fine, but few fans like the buttoned up version comparing it to a girl’s blouse!!! The new kit made a successful debut with a victory at Burnley to close out the 2019/20 season.”

Anything But Paella – A Different Side of Spainanythingbutpaella.com

Norwich City

Relegated from the “Top Flight” at the end of 2019/2020, they will be promotion candidates again such is their yo-yo existence.



Leyton Orient

I think the shirt designs are fine but much more important is the story behind it. It is far too good a story to be squeezed into a blog post like this, so please see the Harry Kane post.

Blackburn Rovers (VERY unofficial)

… and don’t forget to keep your sense of fun during these challenging times.
This T-shirt was sent to me by a Blackburn Rovers fan. Their neighbours Burnley finished in the top half of the Premiership but let’s not get facts stand in the way of local rivalry!

Manchester United 2020 – 2021

I am struggling to know what to say about my beloved Manchester United’s shirt. The pluses are that it is red and the sponsor’s badge is not that of a betting company. Apart from that …..

Predictably there are multiple new shirts to be lapped up by eager rich buyers from Korea to the Cook Islands. All at www.ManUtd.com

European Football Stadiums Poster

The brand new European Football Stadiums Poster
20% off with code EURO
NEW European stadium poster – out now!Order the new European football stadium poster today! And save 20% with code EURO.Our brand new A1 poster features all UEFA nation stadiums with a capacity of more than 40,000. From Villa Park to Valencia, Old Trafford to the Olympiastadion, this brand new map charts the biggest and best stadiums that Europe has to offer.The poster is printed on high quality 170gsm paper and includes a number of statistics, beautifully illustrated shirts and the ability to physically “tick off” the grounds you have been to.This is an essential purchase for any European groundhopper and looks great on any bedroom or office door or wall!All posters include FREE UK delivery. Payments taken by PayPal or credit/debit card.

Click here – with 20% off using code: EURO

2020 – 2021 continued

….and still they keep coming. Here a few more of the new offerings for 2020 – 2021. The good, the bad and the ugly! You decide which is which!





Spurs Home 2020 – 2021

Spurs Home 2019 – 2020. Spot the difference?

Drawing inspiration from the 85/86 Away Kit, adidas have reworked and revamped the classic lime green number, to create a strip that is sure to be a hit when the champions take to the road.

The 85/86 season saw Danny McGrain captain his Celtic side to a 5-0 victory at Love Street, sealing their first league victory in three seasons in front of a euphoric travelling support in Paisley.

This is what away days are all about. It’s moments like these that we never forget. It’s games like this that go down in history.


West Ham Away 2020 – 2021

2020 -2021

Well, I guess nobody has any real idea when the “next” season will start. As I write this on 16th July the 2019/2020 season still has not finished!

Nevertheless, the new shirts are coming through apace and I picked up a couple of interesting ones.

Leyton Orient

Leyton Orient Home
Leyton Orient Away
Leyton Orient Third

Celtic

Celtic Home

FC Barcelona

Barcelona Home

Newcastle United

Newcastle United 2020-2021