Since I decided to do this massive walk challenge, my friend and I have been lucky in having some big supporters already such as Sir Ian Botham and Ossie Ardiles – see supporters page.
Also Jeff Stelling has invited us to join him on his last leg of his 4 walk in 4 days challenge walking from West Ham United FC to Tottenham Hotspur FC, via Millwall FC, Charlton Athletic FC and Arsenal FC.
I decided that I would do other clubs as part of my training and so decided to venture into London to do Fulham FC to Leyton Orient FC, via Chelsea FC and QPR FC.
As you can image starting at Fulham FC was very picturesque down by the Thames but for me it had more of a personal note, as I found out many years back that the late and great Johnny Haynes was in my family tree.
We did make contact and he kindly agreed to meet me in Edinburgh..Why there? Believe it or not this former England superstar and first £100 a week player was running a laundrette in Edinburgh.. It was sad as you cannot image David Beckham who was in same status as England legend ever working like this after football.
Sadly though, my excitement went when two weeks before I was due to meet him, Johnny got killed in a car crash.
My wall at home is a shrine to the great man as picture shows and so i was determined to start my London walk by saying hello to the man himself by visiting his statue.
So at Fulham FC I decided it would be only appropriate to start at his statue outside the ground on Stevenage Road.
I got a picture taken as i wanted to be inspired on my walk around the grounds and first off on my travels was Stamford Bridge.
As i walked along the planned route, the thought of Johnny Haynes working at a laundrette sadden me but made me more determined to do this walk, as now i started at my family member statue to finish in December and my friends statue, two great footballers of different eras.
London being London, it was very busy and many eyes were on my T Shirt so it was good to know people were looking and taking note. I got to Stamford Bridge to find many people looking round the stadium and security let me in also, to which i headed off to another statue. This one was off Peter Osgood who was one of Chelsea’s greats.
As old school I had to visit the original Shed End wall as i grew up watching Ipswich at Stamford Bridge and remembering the home end swaying with the Chelsea fans.
After looking round it was time to head off to Loftus Road, the home of Queens Park Rangers FC.. As I walked to Shepherds Bush, I did a little detour to pay my respects to the victims of Grenfell Tower.. Seeing the tower and remembering that harrowing sight off it being engulfed in flames was not good but I could not walk past without remembering all those that were affected.
I soon arrived at the Loftus Road ground and walked round but sadly no statue here but still time for pictures.
Now the big one and the walk back to Liverpool Street via Leyton Orient FC. On the way I took another quick detour again to this time visit the old BBC Television Centre.
When I finally arrived at Leyton Orient I stood there thinking how great their season has just been with promotion back to EFL.
Sadly as i write this, the awful news of Justin Edinburgh passing away means I won’t prolong on my visit to the O’s but would like to say how devastating it is that he was taken this soon. Rest in peace Justin, my thoughts are with all of his family.