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In the summer of 2013, Calvin Wade, a man with football in his blood and very little in his wallet, decided to embark upon an F.A Cup adventure that he and his father had discussed for over thirty years.
The idea was to head to a game in the Extra Preliminary Round of the F.A Cup and then follow the winners of each game, up and down the country, through every round, until eventually reaching the bright lights of Wembley and the F.A Cup Final.
It had been done many times before and has become even more popular in the last couple of years, but we had never done it. My Dad, a former FA Amateur Cup Final player back in the 1960s, decided he would come to some games (but was soon hooked and came to nearly all of them). We also met up with a groundhopper, Alan Oliver, at the first game and he came with us to every round.
We started at West Didsbury & Chorlton FC v Abbey Hey in Manchester and I won’t spoil the journey for you but not surprisingly we were taken all over the country not seeing any team more than three times.
The book has turned into a trilogy, as it was followed by FA Trophy and FA Vase books too, but this one is where it all started. Hopefully a great read for any football fans. It isn’t just about the football matches, it is about the friendships formed along the way.
With a foreword by former F.A Cup winning manager, Joe Royle, ‘Another Saturday & Sweet F.A’ seeks to show that Bill Shankly was right after all and sometimes football can be more important than life and death.