Forewords by Richard Lee, Alan Dowson, Ian Selley & Martin Tyler
Every season, adults, who should know better, set out on wonderful journeys of discovery to reach the land of their childhood dreams on the hallowed turf of Wembley. On this quest, they travel up strands, following the winners, to strange grounds in extraordinary lands. Most fall by the wayside, but a lucky few reach their ultimate goal; to see the champions lift The FA Cup.
Having accidentally been sucked in to this murky world, The Long Way is a story of one man’s optimistic plan, and total obsession, to complete this pilgrimage the hard way. Avoiding well trodden paths, he resolved to tackle the climb to the summit by longest feasible route. The Long Way: an endurance event in the land of the beautiful game.
Influenced by a sport mad Grandfather, Ashley fell in love with football at an early age. Since then he’s travelled the world, seeking out new experiences and intimate sports stadia. Still waiting to score the winner in The FA Cup Final, his day job is something far nobler, but ultimately less exciting.
“Ashley's wonderful adventure sums up the enduring enchantment of The FA Cup.” Martin Tyler (Commentator)