Those of you who pay attention to STT will remember a feature we ran last year, encouraging you to patronise a cracking little blog we’d come across called Wick to Wembley where a man called Andy Ollerenshaw attempted to follow his local team from the preliminary qualifying road of the FA Cup all the way through to the final. That’s a journey of 16 games, covering almost the entire country, during which he saw crowds swell from an underwhelming 108 to a phenomenal 89,000.
It goes without saying that we feel that this is a great title, and an essential for any football fan. It’s well written in a friendly and down-to-earth colloquial style, charting the ups and downs that come with a modern day attempt to fulfil the classic Road to Wembley motif. Don’t believe me, then read the wise words of endorsement on the back cover:
“Excellent…worthy of your precious time. An attempt to regain a little bit of grass roots football magic. It’s a cracking idea; set your face to ‘smile’ and check out his exploits.”
What a beautifully constructed sentence, I should imagine that whoever wrote that was very astute, and certainly knows what he’s talking about. He’s probably quite good looking too, not to mention popular with the ladies.
Anyway, for more information and to actually buy the book, go here. £1 from the sale of each copy will be donated to the AfriKids charity, so if you won’t do it for yourself, do it for Africa. You don’t want people thinking you’re a racist do you?
Finally, if you enjoy Andy exploits in this book and are left gasping for more, check out his latest venture here. This season he is attempting to follow the non-league journey of the FA Vase, again from his local team Chertsey FC, all the way to the Wembley-hosted final. He has already seen his mighty Chertsey breeze past Oakwood and Hassocks, before succumbing to the behemoths that are Arundel, so join him again soon as the Second Round Proper kicks off November 15.