Two Tyneside football fans will be spectators at Skrill North club Hednesford Town’s game against Ebac Northern….
…..League side West Auckland Town this Saturday as they continue their mammoth nine-month journey to FA Cup glory.
Andy Fury, 30, and Mark Tearney, 34, started their quest at Tow Law Town in mid-August’s Extra Preliminary Round and are following the winner of each game they see all the way to the final at Wembley in May.
The pair’s exploits are being recorded after each game in podcasts and a photo-blog that can be found on their website at www.cuprunnings.com.
The `Cup Runnings` adventure reaches Keys Park after visits to Harrogate, Whitby, West Auckland and Tow Law.
West, who remain unbeaten this season, have featured in every game the duo have seen so far.
The County Durham side thumped Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division high-flyers Skelmersdale United 5-0 in the last round and have notched up an impressive twenty-one goals in their six FA Cup ties to date.
West’s hosts, Hednesford, will be a much sterner challenge. The Pitmen currently top the Skrill North and will be hoping for a long cup journey of their own.
Andy, a stand-up comedian from Hebburn, said: “We’ve seen West Auckland six times now so we’ve grown very fond of them but we’ve also met some great characters from every club we’ve encountered. Not only have we spoken to players and managers themselves, we’ve also spoken to managers’ dads and players’ grans. I don’t ever remember seeing John Motson do that.”
Mark, a civil servant from Gateshead, added: “Hednesford is about as far as we could be expected to travel at this stage of the competition so `Cup Runnings` is really starting to feel like an adventure now. The petrol costs are starting to rack up but it’s well worth it for the stories we’re collecting.”
When their journey is complete, Andy and Mark will be penning their stories in a book, titled `Pies, Peas and Dreams`, which is to be released next summer. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.