Des Hinks

MINDDES HINKS

I am always delighted to follow those looking to do all 92 (or 93!) grounds. All the more so when they are raising money for charity too. Whilst my “claim to fame” was cycling to all the grounds, Des is looking to visit all the grounds, see a first team game AND beat a record.

I came across his challenge on Facebook and was intrigued to learn more. He says,

So this is a very geeky challenge I know (but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and it’ll raise lots of money for a great charity) but during the 2021-22 season, I’m aiming to set a new Guinness World Record for watching a football match at all 92 Premier League and Football League grounds across the country in the fastest time. (It’s actually 93 as I have to watch a game at Berwick Rangers as well, as their ground is in England.)

Starting at Molineux for Wolves’ 2-1 victory over Everton on Monday 1st November, I’ve ticked 13 grounds off so far, with 82 still to go. I’ll be finishing at a League Two ground on Saturday 7th May, which would be 188 days in total, beating the previous record of 189 days.

I’m also raising money for the mental health charity Mind during the challenge. Times have been difficult for everyone over the last couple of years, but even if you have a pound or two to spare, it’ll soon add up. If you’re donating, I’d like to say a huge thank-you in advance.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity. Here’s my page

Here’s to a world record in May!

COMPLETED GAMES 

Monday 1 November: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Everton (Premier League)

Tuesday 2 November: Crewe Alexandra 1-1 Doncaster Rovers (League One)

Wednesday 3 November: West Bromwich Albion 1-0 Hull City (Championship)

Friday 12 November: Bolton Wanderers 2-0 Crewe Alexandra (League One)

Saturday 13 November: Rochdale 2-2 Leyton Orient (League Two)

Saturday 20 November: Oldham Athletic 3-2 Port Vale (League Two)

Tuesday 23 November: Port Vale 0-1 Walsall (League Two)

Wednesday 24 November: Blackburn Rovers 4-0 Peterborough United (Championship)

Monday 29 November: Derby County 1-2 Queens Park Rangers (Championship)

Tuesday 30 November: Leeds United 1-0 Crystal Palace (Premier League)

Wednesday 1 December: Aston Villa 1-2 Manchester City (Premier League)

Saturday 4 December: Accrington Stanley 5-1 Fleetwood Town (League One)

Tuesday 7 December: Walsall 1-1 Crawley Town (League Two)

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If you want an idea of his style, here’s a graphic description of his travels.

A December Night in Walsall

Walsall 1-1 Crawley TownTuesday 7th December – League Two

World Record Attempt, Game 13

I’ve been stood at Bescot Stadium train station in the rain, for the last hour, freezing, desperately needing a shit to the point I’ve had to cross my legs to keep it in, with no trains running due to an obstruction on the track. (There’s gonna be another obstruction on the track in a moment, judging by the size of this turd I’m just about holding up me sphincter.) There was always going to be a night like tonight along the way, and here it bloody well is. Can’t even get home to Chester now, so got to find myself a hotel somewhere.

Game was absolutely abysmal. No offence to Walsall fans (or the 50 who came up from Crawley) but the atmosphere was like a reserve team game (there was genuinely absolute silence at one point at a break in play which was the eeriest thing I’ve ever heard in a football ground) and something other than a raindrop landed in my hot chocolate which wrote that off. I’m going to tug on heartstrings tonight, now’s the time to cheer me up and donate a few quid to Mind, who I’m raising money for, as I am actually about to shit myself.

I’m on £1,625 so far for a great mental health charity, come on chaps, help me get up to £2,000 tonight.

Here’s my page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/desmond-hinks

Des is off to my beloved Priestfield Stadium soon. I’m in hospital and unlikely to make the match but will introduce him to Justin and Gillingham Legends. Always nice to shake hands with old faces!

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