There was a time, t so long ago, when the FA Cup really mattered. When fans would go to extraordinary lengths to get tickets for Wembley and the biggest clubs of the day saw the FA Cup as a 'must-have' trophy. The 1970s was a fantastic decade for the world's greatest domestic competition, encompassing David and Goliath finals, unique annual dramas and legendary goals by the likes of Ian Porterfield, Bobby Stokes and Roger Osborne sparking worldwide fan mania. Now From Ronnie Radford to Roger Osborne arrays the amazing first-hand stories of the fans inside Wembley - tales of love, tragedy, kinship and loyalty, all played out against a backdrop of pop music, films and news stories. This is a book t about players and celebrities but about true, dyed-in-the-wool football fans, many of whom regard their personal Wembley experience as one of the greatest - or worst - occasions of their lives.
Matt Eastley is the author of Charlton Athletic Miscellany, On This Day and the series: When the FA Cup Really Mattered. A corporate journalist and lifelong Addicks fan, Matt's childhood memories are dominated by trips to The Valley and the world-stopping cultural spectacle of Cup Final day. Matt still lives in hope of making the trip across London one May.