Arsenal legend Bob Wilson to cycle to every Premier League ground for Willow

PUBLISHED: 14:00 27 February 2011 | UPDATED: 11:05 28 February 2011

Bob on his bike

Bob on his bike


HAVING played more than 300 professional games for Arsenal and provided match commentary on many more matches, you would have thought Bob Wilson has seen enough football grounds to last him a lifetime.

Bob, during his playing days, pictured at Highbury after winning the League and FA Cup Double in 1970/71

Well clearly not, for the Willow Foundation co-founder is setting off on a courageous 600-mile cycle, where he will visit not only every Premier League stadium, but also three Scottish grounds too, in a bid to raise £250,000 for his Old Hatfield-based charity.

Bob, who founded Willow with his wife Megs in memory of their daughter Anna, who died of a rare cancer aged just 31, said he is taking on the challenge to mark his 70th birthday later this year.

“Turning 70, I wanted to achieve something special in my 71st year with this 600-mile cycle. 70/71 is already a significant number for me as it was my greatest year in football – winning the European Fairs Cup in 1970 and one year later, the coveted League Championship and FA Cup ‘double’.

“Combining another big achievement some 40 years later with a chance to support so many young people living with serious illness means so much to me,” said the former Scotland international, who sets off on Monday, April 18.

Bob’s route

Day 1: Fulham - Craven Cottage, Chelsea - Stamford Bridge, West Ham United - Boleyn Ground, Arsenal - Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspur - White Hart Lane

Day 4: Birmingham - St Andrew’s, Aston Villa - Villa Park, West Bromwich Albion - The Hawthorns, Wolverhampton Wanderers - Molineux

Day 5: Stoke City - Brittania Stadim and Manchester City - City of Manchester Stadium

Day 6: Manchester United - Old Trafford

Day 7: Liverpool - Anfield, Everton - Goodison Park, Wigan Athletic - Dw Stadium, Bolton Wanderers - Reebok Stadium

Day 8: Blackburn Rovers - Ewood Park and Blackpool - Bloomfield Road

Day 11: Sunderland - Stadium of Light, Newcastle United - St James’ Park

Day 13: Glasgow Celtic - Celtic Park, Scottish National - Hampden Park and Glasgow Rangers - Ibrox

The tough cycle aims to highlight the difficult emotional challenges of daily life experienced by thousands of seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds and their families throughout the UK.

Money raised will go directly towards the Willow Foundation’s quality of life experiences, making a real and positive difference at a time when people need it most.

Backed by the Premier League, Bob will be starting in London at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, before heading north and eventually finishing at Ibrox, Glasgow Rangers’ stadium, on Saturday. April 30.

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