Sports Tourist Challenge: Quest for ‘The 92’ – Mapping your way across the English Football League

‘The 92’ is one of the great challenges for Football fans and Sports Tourist’s – visiting all 92 grounds of every club in the English Football League. Considering the geographical spread of clubs across England and Wales, it is a difficult achievement and there are not many that have completed the challenge. What makes it even more difficult is the ever moving league structure, with two clubs replaced at the end of each season by promoted sides from the National League and new stadium’s being built.

Some say ‘The 92’ is only complete if you have watched a league match in the ground, however my criteria is simple: Watch any match in the ground (football or otherwise) or visit as part of a tour.


My Quest for ‘The 92’

I started tracking my quest for ‘The 92’ during the 2019-2020 season, using the brilliant 92 Club Football Grounds Collect and Scratch Off Travel Map by Maps International. Therefore for me, my challenge will be stuck in 2019 – I will attempt to visit all of the grounds on the scratch map whether the clubs are relegated or the clubs move. Situations such as Brentford’s Griffin Park being demolished, AFC Wimbledon moving from Kingsmeadow or Macclesfield Town being wound-up don’t help but I’ll find a way.

Visited (23/91*)

  • Arsenal – Emirates Stadium (23rd September 2014 – Arsenal 1 Southampton 2)
  • Birmingham City – St Andrew’s (14th April 2007 – Birmingham City 2 Southampton 1)
  • Brighton and Hove Albion – The Amex Stadium (28th August 2018 – Brighton 0 Southampton 1)
  • Bristol City – Ashton Gate (24th October 2007 – Bristol City 2 Southampton 1)
  • Bristol Rovers – Memorial Stadium (7th March 2015 – Bristol Rovers 1 Eastleigh 2)
  • Burton Albion – Pirelli Stadium (27th August 2019 – Burton Albion 4 Morecambe 0)
  • Charlton Athletic – The Valley (12th April 2008 – Charlton Athletic 1 Southampton 1)
  • Coventry City – Ricoh Arena (12th March 2016 – Wasps 36 Leicester 24)
  • Derby County – Pride Park Stadium (15th May 2007 – Derby County 2 Southampton 3, 4-3 on Pens)
  • Exeter City – St. James Park (12th August 2008 – Exeter 1 Southampton 3)
  • Leicester City – King Power Stadium (3rd April 2016 – Leicester City 1 Southampton 0)
  • Manchester City – City of Manchester Stadium (28th January 2007 – Manchester City 3 Southampton 1)
  • Manchester United – Old Trafford (2nd December 2012 – Stadium Tour)
  • Milton Keynes Dons – Stadium MK (31st October 2020 – MK Dons 1 AFC Wimbledon 1)
  • Norwich City – Carrow Road (5th December 2020 – Norwich City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday)
  • Nottingham Forest – City Ground (3rd May 2009 – Nottingham Forest 3 Southampton 1)
  • Portsmouth – Fratton Park (31st July 2005 – Portsmouth 0 Inter Milan 2)
  • Queens Park Rangers – Loftus Road (20th January 2007 – QPR 0 Southampton 2)
  • Reading – Madejski Stadium (22nd November 2008 – Reading 1 Southampton 2)
  • Southampton – St Mary’s Stadium (11th August 2001 – Southampton 3 Espanyol 4)
  • Watford – Vicarage Road (7th April 2009 – Watford 2 Southampton 2)
  • West Bromwich Albion – The Hawthorns (28th April 2008 – West Brom 1 Southampton 1)
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers – Molineux Stadium (4th March 2008 – Wolves 2 Southampton 2)

The eagle eyed amongst you may notice the majority of my visits were Southampton matches between 2007 and 2009 – the reason is simple, I was a student back then in Southampton and tickets were fairly cheap.


Not Visited (68/91*)

  • Accrington Stanley – Crown Ground
  • AFC Bournemouth – Vitality Stadium
  • AFC Wimbledon – Kingsmeadow
  • Aston Villa – Villa Park
  • Barnsley – Oakwell
  • Blackburn Rovers – Ewood Park
  • Blackpool – Bloomfield Road
  • Bolton Wanderers – University of Bolton Stadium
  • Bradford City – Valley Parade
  • Brentford – Griffin Park (Visited the outside of stadium prior to demolition in August 2020, will mark as a completed once visited the new Brentford Community Stadium)
  • Burnley – Turf Moor
  • Cambridge United – Abbey Stadium
  • Cardiff City – Cardiff City Stadium
  • Carlisle United – Brunton Park
  • Chelsea – Stamford Bridge
  • Cheltenham Town – Whaddon Road
  • Colchester United – Colchester Community Stadium
  • Crawley Town – Broadfield Stadium
  • Crewe Alexandra – Gresty Road
  • Crystal Palace – Selhurst Park
  • Doncaster Rovers – Keepmoat Stadium
  • Everton – Goodison Park
  • Fleetwood Stadium – Highbury Stadium
  • Forest Green Rovers – The New Lawn
  • Fulham – Craven Cottage
  • Gillingham – Priestfield Stadium
  • Grimsby Town – Blundell Park
  • Huddersfield Town – Kirklees Stadium
  • Hull City – KCOM Stadium
  • Ipswich Town – Portman Road
  • Leeds United – Elland Road
  • Leyton Orient – Brisbane Road
  • Lincoln City – Sincil Bank
  • Liverpool – Anfield
  • Luton Town – Kenilworth Road
  • Macclesfield Town – Moss Rose
  • Mansfield Town – Field Mill
  • Middlesbrough – Riverside Stadium
  • Millwall – The Den
  • Morecambe – Globe Arena
  • Newcastle United – St James’ Park
  • Newport County – Rodney Parade
  • Northampton Town – Sixfields Stadium
  • Oldham Athletic – Boundary Park
  • Oxford United – Kassam Stadium
  • Peterborough United – London Road
  • Plymouth Argyle – Home Park
  • Port Vale – Vale Park
  • Preston North End – Deepdale
  • Rochdale – Spotland
  • Rotherham United – New York Stadium
  • Salford City – Moor Lane
  • Scunthorpe United – Glanford Park
  • Sheffield United – Bramall Lane
  • Sheffield Wednesday – Hillsborough
  • Shrewsbury Town – New Meadow
  • Southend United – Roots Hall
  • Stevenage – Broadhall Way
  • Stoke City – bet365 Stadium
  • Sunderland – Stadium of Light
  • Swansea City – Liberty Stadium
  • Swindon Town – County Ground
  • Tottenham Hotspur – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Tranmere Rovers – Prenton Park
  • Walsall – Bescot Stadium
  • West Ham United – London Stadium (I along with many visited the Olympic Stadium in 2012 but not yet since it was converted to West Ham’s home)
  • Wigan Athletic – DW Stadium
  • Wycombe Wanderers – Adams Park

*The map I purchased in the 2019-2020 season only listed 91 clubs due to the unfortunate demise of Bury (which will make it slightly easier for me to complete).

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