The Anonymous Widower

Is It Time To Get Even? – 92 Clubs By Public Transport Alphabetically in a Calendar Month

There’s an old saying about not getting mad, but getting even.

I’ve had a basketful of bad luck over the last few years, what with losing my wife of forty years and son to cancer and then suffering a couple of strokes. So perhaps now is the time to do something to wipe the slate clean and see if I can buy off the Devil who is bugging me. I had thought about perhaps doing something like riding my bicycle to Moscow, like Carol Thatcher did, but she is a lot braver and fitter than I am.

I’d much prefer to do something to raise money that for most of the time had me sitting in a comfortable chair and that at night allowed me to sleep most nights in my own bed.

The task, if I will accept it, is to visit all the 92 Premier and Football League grounds in alphabetical order in one calendar month, using only trains, trams, buses and Shanks’s pony. I thought about adding allowing bicycles and hitch-hiking, but I’m probably not up to the former yet and nobody ever does the second these days. Taxis are definitely out, except in an emergency.

I have created a spreadsheet of all the teams and it looks like it will be possible to do it in a 31-day month.

October, this year would be a good choice as on the 1st, Aldershot, who are second alphabetically, play Accrington Stanley who are first.  So hopefully, I could visit the match and then get a lift back to Aldershot on a supporters coach, just in time to get a train back to London and do Arsenal on the way home.

On the other hand there are some interesting days, where several clubs are close to each other both in alphabetic order and geographically or easier to get between. There are.

  1. 3rd – Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool and Bolton
  2. 15th – Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester City, Manchester United and then on to Middlesbrough
  3. 17th – Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Notts County, Nottingham Forest and then on to Oldham
  4. 21st – Rotherham, Scunthorpe, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and then on to Shrewbury
  5. 23rd – Swansea, Swindon, Torquay and then back to Tottenham.

Other than the Accrington-Aldershot match, there would appear to be games on the 15th at Macclesfield, the 22nd at Stevenage and perhaps it will all end on the 29th at Yeovil.

Obviously any money I raise will go to Liverpool University to help with research into pancreatic cancer. I will be setting up a page on Just Giving soon. Hopefully there are people who might like to sponsor the odd day.

At a first glance there are a few difficult teams.

  1. Bournemouth
  2. Bradford
  3. Colchester
  4. Coventry
  5. Crawley Town
  6. Doncaster
  7. Oxford United
  8. Plymouth
  9. Port Vale
  10. Shrewsbury
  11. Stoke
  12. Swindon
  13. Torquay
  14. Yeovil

Any help on buses or walking routes for these would be appreciated.  Lifts, although I’m grateful for the thought, are not allowed.

The irony is that I don’t think this would have been possible for me, until this year, as now Marks and Spencer’s now have stagetically placed pit-stops in many stations, where I can get wholesome gluten-free sandwiches to speed me on my way.

Here is a provisional schedule.

  1. 1st – Accrington, Aldershot and Arsenal
  2. 2nd – Aston Villa, Barnet and Barnsley
  3. 3rd – Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool and Bolton
  4. 4th – Bournemouth and Bradford
  5. 5th – Brentford, Brighton, Bristol City and Bristol Rovers
  6. 6th – Burnley, Burton Albion and Bury
  7. 7th – Cardiff and Carlisle
  8. 8th – Charlton, Chelsea, Cheltenham and Chesterfield
  9. 9th – Colchester, Coventry and Crawley Town
  10. 10th – Crewe, Crystal Palace and Dagenham and Redbridge
  11. 11th – Derby, Doncaster, Everton and Exeter
  12. 12th – Fulham, Gillingham, and Hartlepool
  13. 13th – Hereford, Huddersfield and Hull
  14. 14th – Ipswich, Leeds, Leicester and Leyton Orient
  15. 15th – Liverpool, Macclesfield, Manchester City, Manchester United
  16. 16th – Middlesbrough, Millwall and Milton Keynes
  17. 17th – Morecambe and Newcastle
  18. 18th – Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham Forest and Notts County
  19. 19th – Oldham, Oxford United and Peterborough
  20. 20th – Plymouth and Port Vale
  21. 21st – Portsmouth and Preston
  22. 22nd – QPR, Reading, Rochdale and Rotherham
  23. 23rd – Scunthorpe, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday and Shrewsbury
  24. 24th – Southampton, Southend, Stevenage and Stoke
  25. 25th – Sunderland and Swansea
  26. 26th – Swindon, Torquay and Tottenham
  27. 27th – Tranmere, Walsall, Watford, West Brom and West Ham
  28. 28th – Wigan, AFC Wimbledon, Wolverhampton and Wycombe
  29. 29th – Yeovil

September 3, 2011 - Posted by | Health, Transport | , , , , ,

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  1. A Great Challenge . . . an enjoyable time . . . bon voyage

    Comment by Steam Lover | September 3, 2011 | Reply

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  8. Macc, ManU and Man City, I would suggest a train from Macc into Manchester – I would have offered you lift but you say they arent allowed.

    If you can fit it into the day, I will offer to buy you to lunch at Dough Pizza in Manchester.

    Comment by liz | September 4, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks Liz. Not sure what’s happening that day, as a friend works for the owner of Manchester City at a high level in the Emirates. I’m probably going on to Middlesbrough early, so I can tick off another one in order.

      Comment by AnonW | September 4, 2011 | Reply

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