Trust Board member starts epic journey for cancer charity
A Pompey Trust Board member has set off on Sunday on a walk which will take him to all 92 league grounds over the next eight months to raise fund for prostate cancer research.
Scott Mclachlan left Fratton Park with his trusty rucksack and a flag signed by wellwishers at 9.30am accompanied by friends and supporters. His first stop will be St Mary's stadium, home of Southampton, the arch-rivals of Pompey.
'I have have split the jouney into nine legs, to make it more manageable psychologically, although I will be walking all the time,' he said.
'I think the enormity of the challenge will really hit me once I get off the ferry on the other side of the water in Gosport. I will be on my own then. I am looking forward to it, but I will be a bit apprehensive too.
On his trek round the country, Scott is being put up by friends and other football fans.
'The response has been tremendous from everyone. In the next couple of weeks I am heading along the south coast after Southampton to visit Bournemouth, Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth.
'Bournemouth wanted me to try to make their home game on Tuesday night, but that would be pushing it a bit much.
'I will be spending Christmas in Hull, which I am looking forward to. I will finish the journey in March 2013 at Brighton.'
Scott is raising money for Prostate Cancer UK. Football is mainly dominated by male supporters and one in nine are likely to be affected by this disease. It is also the Football League's charity for the coming season 2012-13.