Newton Aycliffe v North Ferriby United

26/09/2015 – 3pm

2nd Round Qualifying 


After what was quite a drive to Newton Aycliffe I finally arrived along with my brother in time for the 2nd qualifying round of the famous FA cup.

This game was being touted as a ‘David v Goliath’ fixture with North Ferriby being clear odds on favourites. After seeing the performance at Brighouse I knew it wasn’t going to be as easy as the bookies suggested.

The first half was a high tempo battle and was a joy to watch. Aycliffe certainly gave it there all and didn’t look out of place in the slightest. It ended 0-0.

The second half was completely different. Whilst not as entertaining for the fans it was still a good battle and it was clear that both teams now had their own agendas. It was no surprise when the game finished 0-0 although there were some late chances!

It was along way for a goalless draw but still entertaining. I look forward to seeing the potential giant killing on Tuesday.

Match report from the Chronicle
The draw means that it’s a Tuesday night away in North Ferriby near Hull for the replay. I hope the traffic gods are kind to me and the M62 is clear!

Some more photos and videos from the day.



Brighouse Town v Newton Aycliffe

Sat 12/09/2015  3pm

FA Cup First Round Qualifying


Another trip to Yorkshire to see Brighouse for the 3rd time on this amazing journey. A love for pints, minty peas and pies welcomed me and my mates at the Commercial Inn / Railway pub once again pre-game. Thanks again to Trevor and the gang for making us feel welcome.
At the ground we saw a few familiar faces as well as some new ones. It was certainly a friendly place to be… I met up with Andy, part owner of Brighouse and Wayne Gibson – The towns all time leading goal scorer with 249 goals from 326 appearances. Prolific!

As always, whatever team is the winner from the previous round I will fully get behind and in true style (and after a few pints!) I was willing the Brighouse lads along. To be fair they gave it a good go but it ended up being a frustrating game for the home fans and Aycliffe were the ones to capitalise on their chances including one sublime effort.  This gave Aycliffe a historic victory in the FA Cup competition.

I’d like to say thank you to all those in Brighouse both outside and within the football club who have made my experiences so enjoyable. As discovered today my next trip is up to Newton Aycliffe for the tie against North Ferriby United.

During the game I met up with some of the Aycliffe fans and got chatting. I look forward to the next part of the journey! I also at the end of the game somehow ended up with this photo… Probably due to the added confidence of a few too Guinness!!! Thank you to the Aycliffe team for this beaut!

Thanks again to Brighouse once again for the experience and commiserations. Newton Aycliffe – see you at home in a couple of weeks!

Some more photos and videos from the day…

The famous pies.

 Quality staff 

Another FA Cup Journey man    


Atherton Collieries v Brighouse Town

Mon 31/08/2015 3pm

Result 1-2

FA Cup Preliminary Round (replay)

My first trip to Atherton to watch the Colls for the 3rd time. After another evenly contested game I must now say farewell to a club I have had such a good time with. Both home and away the game could have gone either way but it has fell in Brighouse Towns favour who I will now follow. That means a return trip to the already familiar Brighouse on the 12th September to watch them take on Newton Aycliffe in the 1st Round qualifying.
The conditions quickly deteriorated after half time and the heavens opened but thankfully there was cover in which the 200+ number crowd escaped from the incliment weather. 

Although the result and conditions certainly put a dampener on the day, the bar after the game was still a friendly place to be and allowed me to have a final pint and say farewell to some of the people I have enjoyed the journey so far with. Special mention again to Zach and Joe who have certainly made me feel like one of the gang!  

We clap off the Colls one final time…

And Brighouse Town who become my new team to follow.

And that’s it. Next round here we come.. Once again – it’s destination Brighouse.

A few more photos from the day….








Brighouse Town v Atherton Collieries

29/08/2015 – 3pm 

FA Cup First Preliminary Round

Result 1-1


Following the victory at Bootle I followed the cols to Brighouse for the first preliminary round of the cup. Deciding to make a day of it I was joined by my brother Tony and good friend Matt who offered up their time for a bit of moral support and a few beers.

We kicked things off at the railway pub in Brighouse which was so friendly. Special mention to Trevor who made us feel so welcome!


We arrived at the ground just before kickoff and the cols fans were fantastic once again and provided me with my first scarf of the journey. Thanks Joe!


The game itself was enjoyable and ended up 1-1 which means my first replay on bank holiday Monday. It was hard to walk away from the game though without thinking the cols should have probably snatched this one already.

Match report here by Zach Pierce..

So another great day out in a town I’ve never been before. Next stop Atherton who I will be watching for the 3rd time. It will be great to see their home though. Come on the cols! 

The winners will host Newton Aycliffe in the next round.

A few more pics and clips from the big day out…


The journey begins…. Bootle v Atherton Collieries

It’s the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup and Bootle take on Atherton Colleries. For some reason I find myself at the ‘Delta Taxis Stadium’ bright and early to begin what is going to be a tough challenge.

I have taken it upon myself to enter the magic of the FA cup at its earliest stage and follow through the winning teams from this game all the way to the final. My self set rules are as follows:

1. You must attend at the earliest stage of the competition.

2. Which ever team wins you will follow them on their FA cup run and get fully behind the team.

3. All games and replays along the cup run must be attended.

4. If at any time Blackpool FC are the winning team and they have a home draw then this project must be abandoned. #NAPM #OystonOut

5. Souvenirs, photos and blogs must be shared with the world.

And that’s it… Success will be judged on how much money I can raise for charity, how much fun I have along the way.

Anyway, back to today’s game….

Arriving at the ground it’s a little more busy than I anticipated.  At least 70-80. There is a buzz..

The teams are lining up…

Game kicks off


As part of this blog I’m not going to post a personal detailed review the games. This is all about the journey and the people I meet and the experience. I’ll link to match reports where available.

The result was 0-2 to Atherton Collieries and an interview with The Cols manager Michael Clegg can be found here:
The Cols fans seem a lively bunch and I did manage to speak to a few. They are certainly dedicated to the cause. The highlight for me has the be after the 2nd goal was scored when we all knew it would be the Cols going to Brighouse….

I really didn’t know what to expect for my first round experience but I certainly hope I carry on enjoying it like I did this one.

A few more photos and videos below