Football grounds challenge in memory of fellow Gulls fan Craig

Joseph Bulmer

Plenty of soccer fans have joined the '92 Club' by visiting the grounds of all the clubs in the Premier League and Football League - but Torquay United supporters Steve Campbell and Shane Burton are going a fair bit further.

They will soon tackle a week-long '115 Challenge' to take in the top five divisions, including the National League, of English football.

The duo will start at Plymouth Argyle's Home Park on October 16 and aim to finish, seven days and well over 2,000 miles later, at Torquay's Plainmoor stadium on October 23 when the Gulls are at home to King's Lynn Town.

It's all in aid of mental health charity MIND and Steve, manager of Newton Abbot's Pizza Cafe, explained: "It's in memory of a good friend of ours, Craig Robinson.

"Craig was a big United fan who died in January 2020.

"Our route basically goes up the left side of the country and down the middle and right, and the Pizza Cafe are helping us with the cost of petrol.

"We're going to take pictures at every ground, and we're trying to contact people for overnight stops."

Steve moved to South Devon in the late 1980s from the West Midlands, where he grew up as a West Bromwich Albion supporter.

"I went up to Plainmoor to see Cyril Knowles' first match in charge in 1987, we beat Wrexham 6-1 and I've been a Gulls fan ever since," he said.

"It's been a roller-coaster ride over all those years, that's for sure.

"I've always thought that the National League should be in any grounds tour, and that takes it up from 92 to 115 clubs.

"It would have been 116, but Macclesfield dropped out last year."

The pair have set up a 'justgiving' page - Steve and Shane's MIND115stadiumchallenge - and are hoping that fellow Gulls fans will join others in supporting their cause.