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Newcastle Fans Start Epic FA Cup Journey On First Day Of Premier League Season!

8 years ago

The Sweet FA Cup.

An FA Cup run from Newcastle Benfield to Wembley – Guaranteed.

The FA Cup is 143 Years old and for many football fans, it remains the most exciting competition in the world.

While Saturday 16th August is the start of the high profile Premier League season, for teams in the lower divisions it is the Extra Preliminary round and the start, or end, of their team’s FA Cup Dreams.

For us it is also the beginning of our journey. Myself (Malcolm), my mates Wayne, Pete and Mac, as we are going to be following the FA Cup from that Extra Preliminary round..

We came up with the idea at the end of last season, wanting to get more involved with the cup but wanted it to mean something too.

So our journey starts with Newcastle Benfield v Penrith AFC (whoever wins that tie, Malcolm and friends will go and watch in next round, then the winner of that tie and so on). We would like to make clear we are paying for our own travel and costs and any monies raised will all go directly to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

I myself have even given up smoking so I can afford to commit to the challenge, at least one of us will be at every game, wherever it is! I was smoking 30 a day and know this is more important and it’s going to improve my health too!!

Sir Bobby launched his Foundation in 2008 to help find effective ways to detect and treat cancer.  It funds projects, including the clinical trials of new drugs, that directly benefit patients from across the North East and Cumbria and which contribute significantly to international research into cancer.

I lost my dad to cancer and Mac lost his dad and his twin sister, like so many people we all have reasons for wanting to support this cancer charity.

We’re all looking forward to spending time together watching the game we love and going to new grounds all over the country, capturing the energy, the excitement of this wonderful competition and at the same time rasing funds in aid of such a worthy cause!

There are 14 fixtures between August 16th until the final at Wembley on May 30th.

We will be keeping people updated with our journey on and via twitter @sweetfacup


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