A FOOTBALL-mad fundraiser who is visiting all 94 English league grounds in 12 months has snubbed a ticket for Arsenal on Saturday to watch Accrington Stanley for a second time.
That was after Stanley chiefs pledged to donate 50p for every fan through the turnstiles to watch the Reds take on Torquay United, to Children in Need.
Southend United fan Mark Corney is aiming to raise over ?2,000 for the appeal after racking up 20,000 miles on the roads since January in his Ford Fiesta.
At 3pm tomorrow he was due to be watching Premier League football at the 60,000 capacity Emirates Stadium, but he will instead be sampling the less grandiose delights of the Crown Ground.
Restaurant manager Mark, 34, has to travel to five more grounds before the end of 2009 to complete the ’Challenge 94’ but was happy to rearrange his busy schedule when Reds non-executive chairman Ilyas Khan made his pledge.
Mark, who watched Stanley’s home defeat by Lincoln City back in April, said: "I simply could not turn down this offer. I think it is fantastic that a football league chairman would write to me about this fundraising challenge I have set myself. Chief executive Rob Heys has also been in contact and also donated on my charity website back in April. I’m looking forward to coming back to Accrington this weekend and hope to speak with as many people as possible about my year so far."
Khan said: "Mark is a valiant man to have done what he has in the last year and most importantly, we want to be part of these things and not aloof from them. It’s a top class cause."
Mark added: "This will be the only club I visit twice all year. I don’t do second teams but I will certainly look out for Stanley’s results in the future."
You can help Mark in his challenge by visiting his website www.justgiving.com/markcorney