Football fan writes tale of FA Cup adventure

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A SOUTH Tyneside football lover is aiming to score a literary hit –after releasing a book charting the highs and lows of a nine-month FA Cup adventure.

Comedian Andy Fury and pal Mark Tearney took in every round of last season’s FA Cup – from the first preliminary stage through to the showpiece Wembley final – covering thousands of miles and joining crowds from 90 to 90,000.

The duo visited less glamorous footballing outposts such as Tow Law Town and West Auckland Town, as well as Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium and Everton’s Goodison Park, before concluding the epic quest with a double Wembley date for the semi-final and final.

Now, Mr Fury, from Hebburn, is reliving the journey in an e-book, titled My Cup Upset.

The book covers the trials and tribulations of life away from the pitch. It includes a fall-out with Mark ahead of the crunch cup quarter final between Arsenal and Everton – which has since been resolved – as well as meetings with England shot-stopper David James, former Liverpool and Newcastle midfielder Terry McDermott and Everton forward Graeme Sharp.

Despite being an avid Sunderland fan, the 32-year-old stand-up comedian secured a foreword from former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek.

Mr Fury said: “I’m really proud of the book. I just want people to enjoy it and the feedback has been positive so far. It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing.

“I am almost as proud of getting Pavel Srnicek to do the foreword. I am a big fan of 90s footballers and he is a great character.”

Mr Fury plans to get hard copies of the book printed for a stand-up tour of the grounds he and Mark visited.

•My Cup Upset by Andy Fury is available for £2.99 on Amazon and Kobo.

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