Two teachers set to cycle to Scottish football grounds in aid of charity

Anthony and Alan show off their tops designed by a pupil at Webster's High School
Anthony and Alan show off their tops designed by a pupil at Webster's High School

Two teachers from Webster’s High School, Kirriemuir, are all set to take on a 1,000 mile challenge from Fort William to Arbroath on Thursday, June 27.

Anthony Smith, a maths teacher and Alan Taylor, a physics teacher, have been in preparation for the challenge for the last six months.

Just over 32 years ago, Anthony completed a sponsored cycle event whereby he cycled solo to all the 36 Scottish football league clubs of the day. It took a total of seven days to complete the tour, averaging around 100 miles a day.

On the final leg of the journey from Dundee to Arbroath a few of his friend cycled in convoy to Gayfield Park, Arbroath.

Six months ago, Anthony put the idea to Alan Taylor he wanted to re-enact the tour.

Alan agreed and they decided to bring the idea up to date by including visits to the 12 SPL grounds, 30 SFL grounds- including Glebe Park - as well as the 18 Highland league clubs.

Their motivation for the challenge is to raise money for a school exchange with Litein High School in north west Kenya.

The pair came up with a motto for their challenge - ‘round the grounds for a pound’ - with an S6 pupil at the school designed a logo for the event.

Anthony said: “If people are of a mind to sponsor us we thought they might consider a pound as a small token of our efforts.”

In order to plan the event, 60 football clubs were contacted and asked if they would acknowledge their visit by donating a football strip and a signed autograph sheet of their current squad.

The intention is to send a rainbow of coloured strips to the pupils at Litein High School, who love football. One club donated 25 mini kits that have been earmarked for an orphanage catering for children affected by HIV.

Anthony and Alan will leave a card at each ground to mark their visit and record the exact time of their arrival.

The journey is scheduled to start on June 27 and will take the pair as far north as Wick and South to Stranraer. It is expected to take two weeks to completed.