Two north-east football superfans have pledged to visit all 18 Highland League grounds in 18 hours to raise money to help create a museum.
Trustees for Aberdeen Football Club Heritage Trust Jock Gardiner and Bob Bain will be taking on the challenge in July to raise funds for a museum and learning centre at the Dons’ new Kingsford stadium.
The pair’s trail will begin at Cove Rangers’ new Balmoral Stadium and will take them 547 miles through the 18 different grounds in the Highlands, ending at Wick Academy’s Harmsworth Park.
Jock said: “As trustees of the AFC Heritage Trust, it’s important to us to celebrate the history and legacy of Aberdeen FC and its players.
“And what better way to recognise the club’s connection with the Highland League than by visiting all 18 clubs in one day?
“We hope that by making this pilgrimage to Highland stadia, we can highlight the amazing history of Aberdeen FC – and its Highland League connections – to raise much-needed funds for the AFC Heritage Trust museum and learning centre project.”
Bob added: “Aberdeen Football Club has a strong connection to the Highland League. Many players start their career in the Highland teams before ‘graduating’ to the Premier League with Aberdeen.
“It’s fantastic to be able to highlight that vital link.”
The AFC Heritage Trust works closely with the Dons to look after historical records and memorabilia connected to the team and its supporters.
The Kingsford Stadium was given planning permission last month.
Part of the plans include the creation of an AFC Heritage Museum as well as a memorial garden, a number of professional and community pitches, a store and a gymnasium.
For more information and to donate to the project, visit www.afcheritage.org
Members of the public can also follow Bob and Jock’s journey on social media by using the hashtag #AFC18in18