Two Dons super fans are gearing up to visit 32 football grounds in 32 hours so people can learn the history of their favourite team.
City men Bob Bain, 52, and Jock Gardiner, 53, will drive 500 miles to net their goal of boosting the funds for Aberdeen Football Club’s proposed heritage centre at the new Kingsford stadium.
The expedition follows on from the friends’ charitable project last year which saw them raise £8,500 while visiting all of the Highland League grounds in 18 hours.
This year will see Bob, Jock and Bob’s son Jonathan travelling round all the 32 football grounds in the Lowland and South of Scotland leagues.
Bob, who has only missed 22 games in the last 44 years, said: “We were overwhelmed by the support we received last year as we travelled around the Highland League grounds.
“It was an incredible experience and we knew that we had to top it if we wanted to raise more money for the heritage and learning centre at Aberdeen FC’s new stadium.
“The Lowland and South of Scotland leagues might not be as well-known as the Highland League, but they are both incredibly important for Scottish football.
“They’re a fantastic breeding ground for football talent that feeds into the Scottish Professional Football League, and provide a real sense of community in the south of Scotland.
“It’s great to be able to celebrate that, while also raising funds for our own beloved Aberdeen FC.”
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As an added bonus for the trip, Bob and Jock, who is a partner at the private equity firm Maven Capital Partners, also hope to train with the Scotland international squad at the Oriam Sports Performance Centre in Edinburgh during their journey after winning the top prize in a Scotland Football Supporters Club quiz at Pittodrie.
The journey is partly sponsored by accountancy firm Hall Morrice, with which Bob is managing partner.
Transport for the trip has been provided by Morrison Motors, Turriff.
Jock started supporting the Dons when he was a child living in the Lake District and would travel up to watch Aberdeen play.
He said: “The chance to step out on to the training pitch with the Scotland squad is a once in a lifetime for fans like us, so to be able to include it in the 32 in 32 challenge is absolutely amazing.
“As trustees of the AFC Heritage Trust, it’s really important to us to celebrate the history of the club – and of football across Scotland – in order to ensure an important part of the country’s sporting history is not forgotten.
“With planning permission now secured for the new stadium, we will ensure that the heritage of Pittodrie is properly celebrated at the new centre.
“On our tour round the grounds, we may be able to also visit a couple of sites where teams who have now disbanded used to play to keep their memories alive.”
The tour of football grounds for the two men will begin on June 3-4.
It will start at Kelty Hearts’ New Central Park and continue through Fife, the Lothians, the Borders, Dumfriesshire, Ayrshire and Lanarkshire before finishing the journey at Stirling Albion’s Forthbank Stadium.
Keep up to date by following #AFC32in32. To sponsor the duo visit afcheritage.org