A very special guest at Butts Park Arena on SundayDate: 08 September 2017 at 02:22 by Graham Wood
Two weeks ago, John Stancombe visited his 1,640th non-league ground, Sandbach Football Centre, the home of the North West Counties club Sandbach United. As a level of commitment to the distinctly football-obsessed pastime of groundhopping that is quite some milestone, but what makes this resolute 46-year-old extraordinary by any measure is that he is completely blind.
“This is my 10th football season being totally blind,” Stancombe says. “I haven’t been able to see since 2006. So when that happened, I sat indoors for a year and really didn’t do anything. I could no longer go anywhere and had to rely on someone else to help me.
John will join us on Sunday for our cup tie versus Tipton Town. We'll be taking good care of him, read his full story on The Guardian website.