Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Football: From Cedars Park to Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford, Anfield and beyond…

While his Cedars Park team-mates will be aiming to bag promotion to SIL Division Four in two weeks time, flying winger Tom Coe will be on the road clocking up miles rather than goals.
Coe, with work colleagues Lee Whitmore, Dan King and John Murphy from Axa, is looking to raise money for East Anglia's Children's Hospices by visiting all 92 Premier and Football League grounds in the 92 hours leading up to the Ipswich Town v Norwich City derby clash on April 21.
Coe and co had set a £1,000 target but are already close to that in their near-2,500-mile effort to help towards the £4 million-plus needed by EACH in 2011 to maintain the support they provide to children with life-threatening conditions and their families. It is also a charity which was close to the heart of one of the participant's fathers prior to passing away.
Coe said: "We are all Ipswich supporters and are challenging ourselves. We will be starting the trip at Carrow Road at 11.45pm on April 17 – 92 hours before kick-off – and plan to arrive back at Portman Road on the day of the game.  
He told TWTD, the Ipswich Town fanzine“It’s quite a challenge but should be a really good trip, we’d been planning to do it in our own time but thought we’d try and make it a challenge and do some good for charity from it.
“As we were coming into work one day, we were talking about all the grounds we’ve visited for away games and how the smaller clubs are often more interesting. That’s how we came up with the idea to visit them all, and from there it snowballed. I’m really looking forward to it!”
And he told the Evening Star“By the fourth day we will
 probably want to kill each other. So we’ll do whatever we need to do to keep ourselves amused.”
Full details of the route can be found at
They will be will providing updates through that site on their progress throughout the trip along with a blog of their travels.  
After Norwich, the foursome head south, picking up the Essex and London clubs before moving along the south coast to the West Country.
From there, they aim to travel up through the West Midlands and Wales before visiting clubs in the North West.
Then it's over the Pennines to the North East and back home to Portman Road via Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
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