Date: 17th March 2015 at 9:58am
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Members of the MKDSA committee are due to meet a Walsall fan who is walking to Wembley Stadium for the Johnstone’s Painy Trophy Final between the Saddlers and Bristol City this weekend.

Graeme Brookes, a life-long Walsall fan, is taking on the grueling 138-mile walk to England’s home of football in memory of his late grandfather.

Graeme began his challenge from the centre spot of the Bank’s Stadium on Saturday during the half-time break between MK Dons’ League One tie against Walsall.

The 31-year-old used to watch the Saddlers with his grandfather, Ronald Brookes, who followed the team home and away for 83 years, despite being deaf and blind.

He passed away aged 91, having never seen his beloved team play at Wembley Stadium.

Graeme told Walsall’s Express and Star: ‘My grandfather was there when we beat Reading in 2001 but Wembley was being refurbished so it was held at Cardiff`s Millennium Stadium. He said he wished it was at Wembley and wanted to walk down Wembley Way so I decided to walk the whole way in his memory.’

Ronald’s grandson will walk for eight days along the Grand Union Canal to reach London and to raise funds for Walsall Society for the Blind.

And MKDSA committee members Carolyn Green and Dan McCalla are due to meet the fundraiser at Giffard Park in Milton Keynes on Wednesday morning at about 7:30AM, as he makes his way along the Grand Union Canal.