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Done the 92 questionnaire – ALAN & ANNETTE BIRKBECK

Alan & Annette Birkbeck
Alan 'Birdy' Birkbeck & Annette

  • How many grounds had you visited before you realised you wanted to do the lot?
  • Hard to say really - my intentions were, and still are, to complete the 92 grounds watching BLACKBURN ROVERS but with the international breaks I saw an opportunity to get grounds from lower divisions on my list. Iíve visited 83 with BLACKBURN ROVERS. Grounds visited not with BLACKBURN ROVERS are as follows 2017 May 6 Stevenage v Accrington, 2017 Sept2 Cheltenham v u21,2017 Dec 2 Forest Green v Exeter City, Stevenage,2017 Oct 07 Barnet v Coventry2017 Nov 29 Chesterfield v Man City u21,2018 Mar 24 Wycombe Wan v Port Vale,2018 Mar 30 Colchester v Luton, Mar31 West Ham v Southampton


  • Did you choose the last ground you were going to visit or did it just pan out that way?
  • No, never planned where to finish the 92 it just happened to be BRISTOL ROVERS


  • Did you have company for some or all of it – were you in competition with anyone else and what happened to them?
  • In the early years I did a lot of grounds with friends on coaches to away games. I got to 85 in 1988 but then clubs were coming in through lower leagues and moving to new grounds so I fell behind, mainly because I was trying to do it with one club BLACKBURN ROVERS. I remarried in 1988 and my wife has been to all the games I have attend apart from LINCOLN, which we will be doing shortly.(17TH APRIL 2018)


  • How many had you done when you thought ‘Right, I’m going to finish this now’?
  • Never really thought about it really, it just came to a point when talking to other supporters and getting a good friend to give up his time to drive


  • Obvious question but, best day out?
  • Been a lot of good days over the years, but winning the Premier League trophy at ANNFIELD must be up there with the best.


  • Did you manage to do more than one ground in a day at any point?
  • No but did 2 in 2 days - COLCHESTER then WEST HAM


  • Apart from non-League football at the moment, what does Plainmoor have that the Emirates never will?
  • The seashore, but it's that long ago I donít really know


  • Did you ever turn up to find the game wasn’t on, or that you’d gone to the wrong ground?
  • Yes quite a few times - CHELSEA 1965 travelled overnigh,t game postponed waterlogged pitch; QPR 1967 waterlogged pitch;games abandoned HULL CITY 1970, CAMBRIDGE 1992 and pre season game in Germany


  • Best/worst food on your travels?
  • Can't say I've had that problem


  • Do you still call ‘League One’ ‘Division Three’?
  • Yes, but not always


  •  Most and least welcoming hosts?
  • Not had a problem at most grounds - least welcome Burnley (DINGLES) & MAN UTD


  • Any bizarre incidents along the way. Any brushes with anyone famous/infamous?
  • Yes, believe it or not I met ART GARFUNKLE on WARRINGTON RAILWAY STATION in between gigs. He told me he was missing home and he was writing words to a song later to be called homeward bound. We talked about football but he didnít understand the travelling that fans did.


  • Now you’ve joined the small band of 92ers do you plan to keep visiting new grounds as they are introduced to the League, or do you consider it to be a one-off, job-done deal?
  • My aim, along with my wife and friends is to continue going to new grounds home & abroad for quite a long time


  • What was your memento/proof of each visit – programme, photo, ticket stub, badge?
  • Over the years I've been travelling I've saved programme, ticket stubs, some photos, & club badges wherever I've been, home and abroad.




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