Please Support Graeme Brookes

On March 22nd 2015 – Walsall Football Club will end their 127 year wait to make the trip to Wembley. They’re facing Bristol City in the final Johnstones Paint Trophy.

My grandfather Ronald ‘Ronaldo’ Brookes was a life long Walsall FC fan. He watched his first game in 1922. He was there for every relegation to every promotion for 78 years! The thing that made him that extra bit special was…

He was deaf and blind. Born deaf and losing his sight as a teenager – he didn’t let it beat him and it certainly didn’t stop him watching Walsall as much as possible, both home and away. He would have the game ‘typed’ on his hand using ‘deaf/blind manual alphabet’ by his son (my Dad) Paul and then as I got older, by myself too. However he could hear just about enough that when there was a loud cheer and he got vigorously shook – we had scored!

After finally getting to Wembley after 127 years, I felt it only appropriate to do something to represent Ronaldo and make his presence known on Walsall FC’s day of days.

This is why I am walking 20 miles a day for around 7 and half consecutive days until I walk down Wembley Way on Sunday March 22nd to watch the Super Saddlers.

Due to Ronaldo’s condition, he did need help and support throughout his life – particularly in his formative years and being a Walsall man his entire life, he received this from Walsall Society for the Blind.

Therefore to honour my grandfather and his love for Walsall FC and combine it to help raise as much money as possible for charity. I can honour his legacy by supporting a charity and by supporting the football club he loved the most!

To follow Graeme’s progress via his blog or to make a donation please go to
or at Walsall Society for the Blind, please quote Walsall to Wembley when donating.
Thank you