The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IF ANY­ONE de­serves to put their feet up this af­ter­noon and en­joy the fi­nal, it’s Wal­sall fan Graeme Brookes.

The 31-year-old set out on his 140-mile char­ity walk from Wal­sall more than a week ago and is set to ar­rive at Wem­b­ley at 1pm to­day.

When The Foot­ball League Pa­per caught up with him on Fri­day af­ter­noon, the Sad­dlers fan had al­ready walked 112 miles, leav­ing him just 28 to go.

“It’s been long and tir­ing, but it’s not been as hor­ren­dously dif­fi­cult as I thought it was go­ing to be,” he said.

Graeme is hon­our­ing the mem­ory of his late grand­fa­ther Ron­ald, who didn’t al­low be­ing deaf and blind to put him off fol­low­ing his favourite team. How­ever, he never got the chance to see the Sad­dlers play at Wem­b­ley.

A Wal­sall victory to­day would put the ic­ing on the cake for long-dis­tance walker, Graeme.

“I’m a Wal­sall fan, so I’m a re­al­ist, but when we play the big teams we do well and there is a pos­si­bil­ity of a win,” he said.

He’s rais­ing money for the Wal­sall So­ci­ety for the Blind and has al­ready had pledges of £4,500 to­wards his tar­get of £5,000. For more info, see wal­sall­towem­b­ley.com or @wal­sal­l2wem­b­ley on twit­ter.

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