Fundraising Felixstowe twins complete ‘92 in 92’ challenge at Portman Road

Felixstowe identical twins Chris and Stuart Daynes set a challenge of visiting all 92 English footba

Felixstowe identical twins Chris and Stuart Daynes set a challenge of visiting all 92 English football grounds in 92 hours this week to raise money for good causes. Pictured at Ipswich Town

After clocking up 2,500 miles driving around the country on just 10 hours’ sleep, two fundraising Felixstowe twins are looking forward to some well-earned rest this weekend.

Felixstowe identical twins Chris and Stuart Daynes set a challenge of visiting all 92 English footba

Felixstowe identical twins Chris and Stuart Daynes set a challenge of visiting all 92 English football grounds in 92 hours this week to raise money for good causes. Pictured at Ipswich Town

hris and Stuart Daynes, both 41, finished their challenge of visiting all 92 English football grounds in 92 hours at the home of Ipswich Town today.

They departed Colchester United on Monday afternoon but fell just short of their 92-hour target, arriving at Portman Road, their final destination, in around 94 hours.

But Chris said it was an “amazing adventure” and thanked everyone who donated after raising more than £3,000 – above their £2,500 target.

They were fundraising to help Felixstowe and Walton United build a new clubhouse and provide vital funds to the Crohn’s and Colitis UK Charity.

Chris and Stuart Daynes at Carrow Road, home of Norwich FC. Pic: Chris and Stuart Daynes.

Chris and Stuart Daynes at Carrow Road, home of Norwich FC. Pic: Chris and Stuart Daynes. - Credit: Archant


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Chris has suffered from Crohn’s disease, which affects the digestive system, for the last 25 years.

Both also volunteer at Felixstowe and Walton United, based at The Goldstar Ground in Dellwood Avenue, which has raised around half of the £70,000 it needs to put towards the construction of the £500,000 new clubhouse.

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Chris said: “Obviously we haven’t climbed Mount Everest or swam The Chanel, but it still feels like a huge achievement and adventure.

“We were racing in between each ground to try to keep on schedule but have unfortunately failed by a couple of hours. There were traffic jams and overnight road closures which you can’t plan for.

Chris and Stuart Daynes at The King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City.

Chris and Stuart Daynes at The King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City. - Credit: Archant

“But there has been an amazing response up and down the country. The clubs we visited during the day on the whole were fantastic. MK Dons gave us a tour of their stadium and we received around 25 items from clubs which we will auction off to raise even more money.”

The pair lived off “garage food” during the week-long challenge and went without any sleep for two of the nights. On one night, they slept in the car park at Huddersfield Town.

Chris added: “One of the other highlights was turned up at Brighton at 3am in the morning. We had let them know we were coming beforehand and they let us on to the pitch and even turned on the floodlights so we could take a photo.”

The brothers even found time to write daily blogs published on the Felixstowe and Walton United website and published each visit, with a photo, on Twitter.

Chris said: “The 92 in 92 challenge has only been done a handful of times, but by a gang of people in a van – not with just two people like us! It was a good challenge and we would like to thank everyone who has donated so far.”

People can still donate. Visit www.felixstowefootball.co.uk for details.

The football grounds they visited:

MONDAY

1. Colchester United

2. Southend United

3. Dagenham and Redbridge

4. West Ham United

5. Leyton Orient

6. Tottenham Hotspurs

7. Arsenal

8. Queens Park Rangers

9. Chelsea

10. Fulham

11. Brentford

TUESDAY

12. AFC Wimbledon

13. Crystal Palace

14. Millwall

15. Charlton Athletic

16. Gillingham

17. Crawley Town

18. Brighton and Hove Albion

19. Portsmouth

20. Southampton

21. AFC Bournemouth

22. Yeovil Town

23. Plymouth Argyle

24. Exeter City

25. Bristol City

26. Bristol Rovers

27. Newport County

28. Cardiff City

29. Swansea City

WEDNESDAY

30. Swindon City

31. Oxford United

32. Reading

33. Wycombe Wanderers

34. Watford

35. Barnet

36. Stevenage

37. Luton Town

38. Milton Keynes Dons

39. Northampton Town

40. Coventry City

41. Birmingham City

42. Aston Villa

43. West Bromwich Albion

44. Walsall

45. Wolverhampton Wanderers

46. Shrewsbury Town

47. Stoke City

48. Port Vale

49. Crewe Alexandra

THURSDAY

50. Liverpool

51. Everton

52. Wigan Athletic

53. Bolton Wanderers

54. Manchester United

55. Manchester City

56. Oldham Athletic

57. Bury

58. Rochdale

59. Huddersfield Town

60. Leeds United

61. Bradford City

62. Burnley

63. Accrington Stanley

64. Blackburn Rovers

65. Preston North End

66. Blackpool

67. Fleetwood Town

68. Morecambe

69. Carlisle United

70. Newcastle United

71. Sunderland

72. Hartlepool United

73. Middlesbrough

74. York City

75. Hull City

76. Scunthorpe United

FRIDAY

77. Doncaster Rovers

78. Barnsley

79. Rotherham United

80. Sheffield Wednesday

81. Sheffield United

82. Chesterfield

83. Mansfield Town

84. Notts County

85. Nottingham Forest

86. Derby County

87. Burton Albion

88. Leicester City

89. Peterborough United

90. Cambridge United

91. Norwich City

92. Ipswich Town

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