11-year-old will visit 92 league sites with his dad
HARDCORE Swindon fan Richard Bungay, 11, and his dad are to tour the stadiums of all 92 clubs in the Football League while raising money for charity.
Richard and his dad, Darren, will travel 2,800 miles from April 3-12 in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust after the youngster said he wanted to do something for the cause.
They will visit the likes of Old Trafford, Anfield and the Emirates Stadium, while also taking in Wembley Stadium and Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.
Darren said: “We’re both keen football fans but my son in particular is a massive fan.
“He came up with the idea and he picked the charity because he saw a leaflet about it while he was having an allergy test at the doctor’s and thought it would be a good charity.
“We’ve always had a really great relationship and we do a lot of things together. Richard is really looking forward to it, just being the two of us away for a week doing something exciting.”
The pair have previously raised money by cycling the Ridgeway path.
Their football adventure will be during the Easter holidays and they have already raised more than £1,000.
Radiation protection scientist Darren estimates the trip will cost about £350 in fuel and £220 in Travelodge accommodation.
They will start their journey at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford and watch at least three matches along the way, including Swindon’s away game at Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic v Yeovil Town, and finishing up at Swindon’s home clash against Brentford at the County Ground.
Their visits will be brief for most of the grounds but they have booked a tour of Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane and may add more stadium tours.
Darren, from Grove, Oxfordshire, who will be leave wife Kirsty and seven-year-old daughter Erin at home, said: “It’s taken about five months to plan and it’s turned out to be quite expensive. The girls are looking forward to having the time to themselves but they will probably meet us in London for a day.”
St James’ Primary School pupil Richard, who plays for Addington U11s, said he chose the charity because he didn’t realise that young people could also get cancer.
He added: “I am looking forward to it because I haven’t been to many of the great clubs and I want to see the difference between the Premier League and Leagues One and Two.
“I am really looking forward to seeing Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium.”
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