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Weʼre raising £15,000 to "AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 GAMES" (Book) Taking my ball and jumpers for goalposts around the world to play footy and write about my adventures


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In a reaction to the greed, corruption and obscene amounts of money involved in the game I love, football, I am taking my ball, and jumpers for goalposts, (as I did as a child) and having a kick-a-about with people in villages, towns and cities around the world. Setting out in the spring of 2016, so far I have completed 27 games (Please see my blog at: The 80th game will be on the local recreation ground where I first played.

Football belongs to us, not the billionaires. It’s the worlds game. The peoples game. In my own small way, I aim to celebrate this fact by getting back to the sheer joy that kicking a ball about can bring. The games have taken place in 14 countries so far, including New Zealand, Japan, China, Vietnam, Colombia, Costa Rica, the USA and Cuba. The journey so far has been incredible. Taking my ball into the mountains, onto beaches, into village and city squares, I have been amazed by how quickly random strangers want to have a kick-a-bout with each other. Men, women and children (and the occasional dog!); people who have never played before in far off distant lands. Football truly does connect and unite people like no other sport.

Importantly, through interviewing players after these games, I have met some of the most humbling, inspiring and life-affirming people of my life. I feel compelled to tell their stories and highlight the incredible work that selfless individuals and organisations are doing out there to support their fellow human beings. Just incredible.

It is my intention to write a book about my travels and put together a show to take on the road featuring photos, videos and anecdotes of the people I have met and will meet. I hope to raise awareness of the many organisations out there helping people so that people may be inspired to support them. What started out as a kick-a-bout has now grown into something much more. I believe its a very powerful, positive story

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    • Alison Grimshaw

      Alison Grimshaw

      Jan 15, 2019

      Happy travels -keep on doing an amazing job😊x


    • Kath Huddart

      Kath Huddart

      Jan 7, 2019

      Safe travels ... can’t wait to see you on the Rec 👍🏼


    • Jason Ball

      Jason Ball

      Aug 12, 2018

      Keep up the good work Ste


    • Martin Folan

      Martin Folan

      Jun 27, 2018

      Steve, this is a brilliant idea, and we wish you all the bestMartin x


    • Amanda Rothwell

      Amanda Rothwell

      Dec 6, 2017

      Just a bit more to help you on your way x


    • anthony chadwick

      anthony chadwick

      Nov 12, 2017

      Best of luck Ste, you deserve all the support. A fahrasruc journey. See you on stacky rec 👍⚽️


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      Nov 11, 2017


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    Steve McCluskie

    Steve McCluskie


    I'm a 48 year old bloke from Rossendale Lancashire. I love travel, meeting people and the beautiful game. Around the world in 80 games combines all three and gives me the opportunity to write about the amazing places and people I meet along the way. Humbling and inspiring..

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