A fan's dream come true as pair tours 92 clubs for charity

Herald Series: Richard Bungay, 11, and his dad Darren outside Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium. Picture: OX65801 Simon Williams Buy this photo Richard Bungay, 11, and his dad Darren outside Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium. Picture: OX65801 Simon Williams

A FATHER and son are to tour the stadiums of all 92 clubs in the Football League to raise money for charity.

Darren Bungay and his 11-year-old son Richard will travel 2,800 miles from April 3 to April 12 in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The pair, from Grove, will visit the likes of Old Trafford, Anfield and the Emirates Stadium, while also taking in Wembley Stadium and Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium.

Mr Bungay said: “We’re both keen football fans but my son in particular is a massive fan.

“He came up with the idea and he picked the charity because he saw a leaflet about it while he was having an allergy test in the doctor’s and thought it would be a good charity.

“We’ve always had a really great relationship and we do a lot of things together.

“Richard is really looking forward to it just being the two of us away for a week doing something exciting.”

The Swindon Town-supporting pair have previously raised money by cycling the Ridgeway path, part of which runs through south Oxfordshire.

Their next adventure will be during the Easter school holidays and they have already raised more than £1,000.

Radiation protection scientist Mr Bungay estimates the trip will cost about £350 in fuel and £220 in hotel accommodation.

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They will start their journey at Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium and will watch at least three matches along the way, including Swindon’s away match at Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic v Yeovil Town, before wrapping up the tour with Swindon’s home match against Brentford at the County Ground.

Their visits will be brief for most of the grounds but they have booked a tour of Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane and may add more stadium tours.

Mr Bungay, who will be leaving behind his wife Kirsty and seven-year-old daughter Erin, said: “It’s taken about five months to plan and it’s turned out to be quite expensive.

“The girls are looking forward to having the time to themselves but they will probably meet us in London for a day.”

St James’ Primary School pupil Richard, who plays for Addington Under-11s, said he chose the charity because he didn’t realise that young people could also get cancer.

He added: “I am looking forward to it because I haven’t been to many of the great clubs and I want to see the difference between the Premier League and Leagues One and Two.”

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