Fundraising Trio Visit 92 Football League Grounds In 92 Hours

October 19 2016 – Staff from audio branding specialist PHMG have raised over £2,500 for charity after completing a whistle-stop tour of all 92 Football League grounds in under 92 hours.

(L to R) Alan Aspden, Kristian Hunt and Luke Walker at Middlesbrough's Riverside Stadium during their 92 in 92 challenge.
(L to R) Alan Aspden, Kristian Hunt and Luke Walker at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium during their 92 in 92 challenge.

Kristian Hunt, Alan Aspden and Luke Walker took on the football-themed endurance test in aid of Manchester-based charity Once Upon a Smile, covering 2,300 miles – equivalent to the distance between Manchester and Moscow.

They kicked off the challenge at The Alexandra Stadium, home to League Two club Crewe Alexandra, and completed their goal at Old Trafford, just half a mile from PHMG headquarters.

The three-man team travelled as far south as Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park and as far north as St James’ Park, the home of Newcastle United.

Hunt, who is Client Services Director at PHMG said: “It was a tough task as we had to keep travelling almost continuously throughout the 92 hours, grabbing sleep when we could while someone else was driving.

“But, as football fans, it seemed like the ideal opportunity for us to raise money for such a worthy cause. We are all impressed by the great work done by Once Upon a Smile and wanted to do our bit to help.”

PHMG has already held several fundraising events in aid of Once Upon a Smile this year through the company’s official charity the PHMG Foundation. These included a football match where a team from PHMG took on the Once Upon a Smile all-stars, including Owen Coyle, Cell Spellman and Jake Quickenden.

The PHMG Foundation has already raised £26,000 for a series of good causes throughout 2016 and is working towards a target of £30,000 by the end of the year, which will be matched by an equivalent donation from PHMG.

Burnley Win Promotion

A 1-0 win over QPR at Turf Moor following a 1-1 draw on the South Coast between Brighton and Derby means that Burnley have returned to the Premier League at the first opportunity.

Whoever will go up with them will come down to a last day clash at the Riverside Stadium between Middlesbrough and Brighton (Saturday noon, Sky Sports 1)

Back on Friday.

Post Coming Later

There won’t be a post this morning due to technical difficulties with my front door overnight. The lock broke and despite some excellent help from a local locksmith, my wife and I didn’t get into the house until 2am…

Game Of The Evening: Burnley v Middlesbrough

Tonight’s slate features an important game between the top two that will have implications for the top three.

Any of the leading contenders that make a mistake over the next couple of weeks will probably find themselves in the playoffs rather than watching them so this is a massive game for Burnley and Middlesbrough.

The Clarets are on an eleven game unbeaten streak at Turf Moor, which means that they’re due to be beaten there soon. They’ve done well in Lancashire against the other candidates for promotion though: three wins and a draw so far, but it’s their defence that’s been impressive recently. Burnley have kept nine clean sheets in that eleven game streak and haven’t conceded at home since a late Danny Batth equaliser against Wolves last month.

After three straight away defeats last month it looks as if Boro have got back to winning ways again, although it was touch and go at Bolton on Saturday. However, since losing at Bristol City in January, their away defence has looked vulnerable as the leaders have only kept two clean sheets in eight road trips since then and have conceded two at Blackburn, Charlton and QPR, which isn’t that impressive. Although Boro have lost at Hull this season, their struggles on the road this season have come at teams that have been trying to avoid relegation than those looking to win promotion: they’ve won six of their eight games against the other clubs currently in the top six. Burnley can’t afford to ignore that record.

Head to head in Lancashire (league only): including Burnley’s 5-2 win in November 1971, each team has won three of the ten meetings at Turf Moor but the Clarets haven’t won on their home patch since April 2001, which was also the last time they scored against Boro in front of their own fans.

Verdict: a draw would suit Middlesbrough, but if that happens and Brighton beat QPR then there’ll only be two points between the top three going into the weekend. This is Burnley’s penultimate and toughest home game of the season and after a lack lustre performance at Bolton on Saturday, I’d imagine that Boro will want to bounce back.

Two more games to keep an eye on:

Bolton v Charlton

The irony here is that if Bolton win, in all likelihood they’ll be taking Charlton down to League One with them.

Sheffield Wednesday v MK Dons

I can’t see MK Dons winning at Hillsborough – that would be a first – especially as Wednesday have been dominant at home against teams in the bottom half of the table this season. Furthermore, the hosts have only lost once at home since the end of August: there’s a possible weird, end of season result here but I don’t think it’s going to happen. That’s even though the Dons need a win to postpone what looks like an immediate return to League One.

There’ll be an update later.