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Three footy-mad friends have completed their challenge of driving to all 20 Premier League stadiums in less than a day to raise money for charity.

James Watson, Tom Montgomery and Jamie Davidson covered almost 700 miles in a ‘reasonably priced car’, dressed as Top Gear’s The Stig.

Kicking-off their epic road trip at the home of football, Wembley Stadium, they completed their challenge by arriving at Ewood Park 22 hours and 10 minutes later, having pit-stopped at every top-flight ground in between.

They returned very tired, but with many stories to tell of their adventure. “Driving around London at 2am was an interesting experience,” said James.

“We passed sights such as the London Eye and Downing Street. We were surprised to find changes to the road system already in preparation for the 2012 Olympics, which our sat nav device didn’t recognise. Luckily we had walkie-talkies, so we could keep in touch with our support vehicle and navigate our way through London.”

Another surprise for the trio came when they bumped into Bulgarian midfielder Martin Petrov shopping with his parents in Bolton’s club shop. From Bolton they made the eight-mile journey to the DW Stadium, where they were delighted to collect a match shirt signed by Wigan captain Gary Caldwell.

James added: “Many of the Premier League clubs have supported our challenge and donated items, which we will auction to raise further money for our two chosen charities Mencap and Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.”

The penultimate ground on the marathon tour was Newcastle United’s St James’ Park, where the trio were in for the big thrill of being taken pitch-side and having their photo taken in the dugout just prior to Newcastle’s Carling Cup clash with Arsenal. “The atmosphere at St James’ Park just a few hours before kick-off was terrific,” said Jamie. “We were very tired by then, but that experience really lifted us.”

A champagne reception awaited the friends when they crossed the finish line at Ewood Park. Navigator Tom, who stayed awake for the whole challenge while James and Jamie shared the driving, added: “We were exhausted, but really proud of our achievement. We would like to thank all the Premier League clubs that have supported us during the challenge.”

The marathon tour was supported by James’ parents, John and Sallie Watson, the co-owners of Prestige Nursing East Lancashire, who used the event to celebrate their first year in business at the Blackburn Rovers Enterprise Centre.

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