Four stadiums in 24 hours challenge

The journey for Simon Cox, pictured, Chris Curry, Anthony Foreman, Malcolm Blackburn and Phil Goulding will start from the Bobby Moore Statue at Wembley at 7pm on Wednesday, October 15, before heading north to Hampden Park in Glasgow
The journey for Simon Cox, pictured, Chris Curry, Anthony Foreman, Malcolm Blackburn and Phil Goulding will start from the Bobby Moore Statue at Wembley at 7pm on Wednesday, October 15, before heading north to Hampden Park in Glasgow
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A team of football fans are hoping to be the first group to visit the international stadiums of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales inside 24 hours.

The journey for Simon Cox, Chris Curry, Anthony Foreman, Malcolm Blackburn and Phil Goulding will start from the Bobby Moore Statue at Wembley at 7pm on Wednesday, October 15, before heading north to Hampden Park in Glasgow.

The team will then take a ferry ride to Belfast to visit Windsor Park before flying to the Millennium Stadium in Wales.

The challenge, to be completed in the space of just 24 hours, will finally come to a close back at Wembley Stadium in London.

Mr Cox, who is taking part after visiting 92 football league stadiums in 92 hours for Help For Heroes last year, said: “We are really looking forward to this challenge and we would like to thank everyone who has assisted with the planning as well as our sponsors who have enabled us to take on the challenge. It’s going to be an interesting and exciting challenge as we take football stadium ground hopping to the international stage.

“I am delighted that both Chris and Anthony are taking on the challenge as trustees of the charity as well as CONIFA [Confederation of Independent Football Associations] vice-president Malcolm Blackburn who is flying in from the Isle of Man to join the team.”

All money raised by the fundraiser will go to Niamh’s Next Step, the Wellingborough-based charity run by Sam and Chris Curry after losing their daughter Niamh to childhood cancer neuroblastoma in May 2012.

Niamh was aged just five when she died.

Her parents wanted to continue raising cash and awareness about neuroblastoma after her death as a lasting legacy to Niamh and to help other families facing the heartbreaking fight against the aggressive cancer.

Longmarsh Car Van and Truck Rental of Wellingborough has signed up as a sponsor for the event and will be providing the vehicle to transport the team from Wembley to Hampden Park before heading off to Cairnryan for the ferry to Belfast.

Sponsorship has starting coming in with more than £700 already been raised by the Four Stadium Challenge, but the team would love people to sponsor them as they prepare to battle against the clock to get to each of the four stadiums in the space of a day.

To keep up-to-date on the challenge go to www.fourstadiumchallenge.co.uk or follow @fourstadiums on Twitter.

For more information about Niamh’s Next Step and its work go to www.niamhsnextstep.com.