‘92 Plus 1’ coming to Exeter

Charity fundraiser passing through Devon on Tuesday

The ‘92 Plus 1 Challenge’ will be coming to – and promptly leaving from – Exeter City Football Club early in the morning on Tuesday 15th October, in aid of charity Help For Heroes.

Former and current World Cup, European Cup, and FA Cup winning footballers, along with big names and leading clubs in the football world, are supporting the 92 Plus 1 Challenge. 

The fundraisers are currently in the process of completing a unique football fans’ first of visiting all 92 League clubs in top flight football sandwiched between the two England internationals games.  Roy Hodgson’s men beat Montenegro 4-1 on Friday and the race is on for to clock in at all of the Premier and Football League clubs before arriving back at Wembley in time for the Three Lions’ vital clash with Poland on Tuesday.

They are scheduled, with military precision, to arrive at St James Park at 8.12am on Tuesday morning, making the home of the Grecians number 86 on their list.  Yeovil becomes their next port of call and, all being well, they should arrive at Wembley by 6pm that evening – meaning all 92 grounds will have been ticked off in a 92-hour period.

Simon Cox, Darren Young (RAF), Mark Burns (RAF) and Mike Peters left Wembley Stadium after England’s game against Montenegro last Friday to take on the immense challenge to raise money for Battle Back, the sports rehabilitation initiative of Help for Heroes.

Simon Cox, 92 Plus 1 Challenge founder, said: “We cannot thank enough, those who have stepped forward to help us. We have received amazing support from some of the top people in the game including Sir Geoff Hurst, Peter Shilton OBE, Ray Stubbs, Micky Hazard and Dean Ashton as the challenge captures imagination of football fans everywhere.

"Members of our team have served in the forces for over 30 years and know how much good the funds raised for this charity will help those who have served to protect us.  From a football fan’s view, it’s an absolute honour to be involved in this challenge and we are asking football fans everywhere to follow our progress and contribute to our cause. 

They have been joined on parts of the challenge by former professional footballers Micky Hazard (former Spurs, Chelsea and Swindon Town legend), Daryl Sutch (former Norwich City defender), Trevor Benjamin (former Leicester City and Jamaican International), Barry Hayles (former Fulham and Jamaican International), Shaun Teale (former Aston Villa and Tranmere defender), Paul Gibbs (former Brentford, Colchester, Plymouth and Torquay defender) and Wayne Fereday (former QPR, Newcastle and Cardiff City winger).

You can donate to their cause through their website at www.92plus1.co.uk, and you can follow their progress on Twitter through @92plus1.