Everyone loves their postman don't they? Well, my postman (Malcolm) was the inspiration for my first book about the FA Cup which to my mind - you won't be surprised to hear - is the greatest sporting competition in the world. Or at least it used to be. Malcolm's club had just reached the FA Cup Final and he didn't stop smiling for weeks. It wasn't his first final. As a boy he'd gone to the classic 1970 FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Leeds, although he didn't support either of those clubs. But he could recall every aspect of the day, even though it was more than 35 years previously. And he had a story to tell. This planted a seed in my mind. What other stories did football fans have to tell. I knew the result of most FA Cup Finals since the war, I knew who scored and the famous anecdotes attached to players like Porterfield, Stokes, Charlie George and Mike Trebilcock. But I wanted to know more about the fans who were at these games. So I set about tracing them. I found fans scattered across the globe and some in my own town. The one thing that linked them is that they'd been to the FA Cup Final. And - win or lose - they all remembered the day. That was the inspiration for 'From Bovril to Champagne' which was republished as 'From Ronnie Radford to Roger Osborne' and its follow up 'From Barry Stobart to Neil Young.' Another reason I didn't mention is that I am a Charlton Athletic fan. The Addicks don't look like going to Wembley any time soon so the project was also to vicariously experience the joy (and pain) of the FA Cup Final through football fans lucky to have been there. I am also the author of two other books 'Charlton Athletic On This Day' and 'The Charlton Athletic Miscellany.'