Day 35

The Bellingham Hotel, Wigan

Sometimes, just sometimes you know you are going to have a great stay in a hotel. Today is that day. I had finished with Wigan Athletic by 2pm and got to the Bellingham Hotel within 15 minutes. I had nothing confirmed until tomorrow’s BNI meeting which is even (joy of joys) being held at the same hotel. All good so far but it get’s better! The absolutely charming receptionist listened to what I am doing to support the bald, bad, bold Norwegian and watched Björn’s video from South Africa. She then (a) upgraded my basic room to a suite (!) and (b) miracled up a wifi connection for me. So HUGE thanks to TheBestOfWigan for organising the room in the first place and also to the Bellingham Hotel for their support. As I have no sponsor for today I am delighted to make them my sponsor of the day. It’s the least I can do!

So, I am now in my suite updating my blogs! All good stuff it is too. The director at Walsall heard about their fall from grace on my journey plan from my friend Graham Perry and he immediately offered to send a shirt. Thanks! Blackburn Rovers have invited me to Ewood Park and Bolton Wanderers sent me a detailed itinerary for tomorrow. Wow, they are really rolling out the red carpet. Before that, I had a super half-hour with Wigan Athletic’s Antony Clark. He did much more than pay lip-service to the project and promised to add us to the official Wigan website. Huge thanks!

Antony also gave me a potted history of the club and new stadium and as those of you who know me that is exactly the type of information I love. The club now share the DW Stadium (was JJB Stadium) with Wigan Warriors Rugby League and I passed their famous old ground (Central Park) on the way to the hotel. I had
been to Central Park many, many times and as well as watching some great duels between Wigan and Bradford Northern, I had even had the privilege of refereeing there! Although the DW Stadium is a superb state of the art venue, it was still a bit sad to see that Central Park is now a Tesco Supermarket! Progress?
So, after three days with Colin Weaver it is time to move on. I have had superb support from all the BestOf franchisees and thank them and their MD Andy Hurst and Chairman Nigel Botterill for the corporate support. Just having a local contact makes life so much easier.

I also caught up with Björn which is always a pleasure and as you can see from his blog the South Africa leg of his journey is proving extremely successful and he is gaining massive support for the refugees.

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