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Burton Albion is next on epic journey list

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

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VISITING all 92 league grounds is no longer a unique challenge – but walking to each and every one takes it to a whole new level.

Scott Mclachlan, 44, will arrive in Burton on Friday evening after walking more than 1,400 miles. And when he arrives at the Pirelli Stadium the following day will tick off number 58 on his list.

His epic journey began in August last year and has been non-stop bar a foot injury – caused by wearing unsuitable footwear – which forced Mclachlan to put his feet up for two weeks not long after beginning his quest.

The Portsmouth fan had previously been employed as an IT engineer in London before quitting his job to embark on something completely new.

Some might view Mclachlan’s life-changing decision as insane, but after raising almost £4,000 towards Prostate Cancern UK the Pompey fan has already achieved much.

“Late in 2011 I was thinking about which resolutions I could make to really make 2012 a year that would personally improve my life,” said Mclachan. “It was when I thought about how to get fit that my mind turned to perhaps doing something momentous and amazing.

“So in August I quit my job put on my walking boots to travel the length and breadth of the country between each and every football league ground. I wanted an adventure and something to change my life for various reasons.

It is not a task Mclachlan can do alone. And the 44-year-old is appealing to Brewers fans to help and perhaps even join him on his journey.

He said: “This is also an open idea and people are welcome to join me to walk stages or legs with me and help fundraise as I go. One aim is to have a fan or group of fans look after me when I reach every club and arrange my time at that club.”

Mclachlan has already taken in Old Trafford and an impromptu meeting with Sir Bobby Charlton. He said: “I spent 20 minutes with him which was fantastic and pretty much the highlight so far.”

Away from the glitz of the Theatre of Dreams it is his home town clyub that remains Mclachlan’s passion. “I love football, and I am a fan of Pompey.

I’ve supported my team since I was a child. Being born and raised so close to the ground its fortunes have been a big part of my life, even continuing while living away from the city for many years now.

“Football is a passion and I proudly work for the Pompey Supporters Trust in trying to secure Fans a say in how the club is run and we are currently working to buy the club.”

Mclachlan is now hoping a Good Samaritan will help him in his journey by providing accomodation on Friday (January 25) evening prior to Burton Albion’s clash with Barnet. Scott Mclachlan can be contacted on 07506458000. Alternatively email walkthe92project@gmail.com. or visit www.walkthe92.co.uk

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