Father and son visit every football league ground

Graeme and Jamie McNally with Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers
Graeme and Jamie McNally with Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers

A FOOTBALL mad father and son have finally completed their epic fund-raising mission to visit every league ground in the country.

Twelve-year-old Jamie McNally set himself the challenge of watching games at all 92 league grounds with dad Graeme to help raise funds for the Marina Dalglish cancer appeal.

And, now they have finally completed their two-year mission, they’ve raised more than £4,700 for the worthy cause.

Graeme said: “It was a simple idea at first because we’re both big football fans and we like watching games at different grounds. But when it started gathering pace we decided to do it for charity.

“We’ve kept a scrapbook with photos, ticket stubs and programmes from all our stadium visits and were delighted that the likes of Neil Warnock, Sammy McIlroy and Roberto Martinez agreed to have their photos taken with us.

“The cherry on top of the cake was meeting Brendan Rogers though. We’re both big Liverpool fans.”

Sutton High pupil Jamie ended up having to visit 95 grounds to complete the challenge though, not 92, because of relegations from League Two and promotions from the Conference.

But Graeme admits that the round-trips to London and the likes of Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Bournemouth and Brighton nearly finished them off.

Little wonder then that the duo left “local” games Everton vs Sunderland at Goodison Park and Liverpool vs Wigan at Anfield until last.

Graeme, a warehouse supervisor from Sutton Leach, who secured sponsorship for the challenge from his workplace Halewood International, added: “As we’re both Liverpool fans, we wanted to raise money for the Marina Dalglish appeal - and cancer is a disease which affects everyone at some point in their lives. That’s why we made Anfield our last stadium.

“All the clubs have been great to us though and we’ve raised a lot of money along the way. We might start travelling up to Scotland or visiting a few non-league grounds now - but we’re not going to set ourselves such an ambitious target this time!”

To sponsor them, go online at www.justgiving.com/jamie-mcnally