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Duo will attend matches in every round, from Tow Law to Wembley
TWO North-East football fans are preparing for an epic nine-month journey from the heart of the Durham coalfield to the glamour of the FA Cup final at Wembley.
Andy Fury and Mark Tearney are starting their adventure on Saturday (August 17), when they see West Auckland visit Tow Law in the extra-preliminary qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The pair will then watch the winning team in the next round and follow each subsequent winner all the way to the final, at Wembley, on May 17.
They will be putting their experiences in writing for a book to be published next year – provisionally titled Pies, Peas and Dreams.
Comedian Mr Fury, 30, who has won several stand-up awards and written for Radio 4, said: “The cup final is possibly the most famous game in football but the road to Wembley has always been paved with joy, heartbreak and unhinged managers in ill-fitting hats. “The FA Cup is full of fantastic stories and this is a great opportunity to share some of them.”
The book will cover no fewer than 14 rounds of the competition and the authors hope to take a sideways look at the tournament, exploring the characters and histories of clubs and the towns they play in.
The authors promise a genuine fans’ eye view of the whole FA Cup experience. Accompanying the book will be a podcast, released after each game free of charge from iTunes and online, titled Cup Runnings.
This will offer fans a cheap and in-depth way to follow their journey.
The first episode will be available from Monday (August 19).
Mr Tearney, 34, from Gateshead, said: “Tow Law and West Auckland have a rich heritage in lower league football, so it’s a perfect starting point.
“It’s something we have talked about for quite a while, we shared a flat a few years ago and were always coming up with ideas like this.
“We are aware that we will probably end up having to go to Plymouth, or a midweek replay in Norwich.”
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