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Wick To Wembley? ... on the trail of the FA Cup by Andy Ollerenshaw
Softback.  148mm x 210mm.  192 pages.  8 full colour pages.   Price: £9.50 + postage.  Published: September 2008.  NOW AVAILABLE

Surrey Herald feature, 24 September 2008 (PDF)


Book Signing at Dartford Football Club, 27 September 2008 (16 Photographs)



The FA Cup is a national institution and senior clubs at every level of the football pyramid can enter the world’s oldest and most famous knock-out competition. Each season the FA Cup commences in the summer months, long before the kids are back at school.

At the beginning of the 2007-08 season Andy Ollerenshaw went to an Extra Preliminary Round FA Cup tie between Chertsey Town and Wick which heralded the start of a remarkable journey.

Wick to Wembley? is the story of that journey; 16 games and 2,354 miles from his local club to a Wembley FA Cup Final via Kent, Sussex, Teesside and Wales. It is a story of highs and lows, excitement and disappointment and of raw Cup football emotion that reduced grown men to tears.

At a time when the appeal of the FA Cup continues to be questioned, the 2007-08 FA Cup evolved into an unforgettable competition and author Andy Ollerenshaw was able to get close to some of the clubs and fans involved. From Cardiff to Weymouth and Dartford to Wolverhampton, ‘Wick to Wembley?’ testifies that the old lady is very much alive and kicking.

“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.”
Sniffing The Touchline.

“A most magnificent journey…from the very roots of English football right up to its peak.”
Dave Lee, Cambridge United website.

Wick to Wembley cover

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