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Pies at Morecambe FC 'are best'

Tom Dickinson eating pie
Mr Dickinson says he will be having a pie-free summer

A football and pie fan has named the pies at Morecambe FC the best in England after sampling the offerings from 91 of the 92 football stadiums.

Tom Dickinson, 22, from Harpenden, Hertfordshire, has only Bolton's pies to try but said the club would have to go a long way to take the accolade.

The pie fan spent £3,000 and drove the equivalent of going to Australia and back since his task started in August.

Mr Dickinson said he was looking forward to "a pie-free summer".

Quality test

"I do like pies but I'm not obsessed," he said.

"Some weeks I've had to go to six or seven games to get round all 92 stadiums and by the Wednesday I'm sick of the sight of them so I'm going to take a break from pies for a while."

Tom Dickinson's pie facts
Pies
Chicken balti as well as steak and ale pies are the most popular fillings across the stadiums
The average football pie costs £3
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have the most expensive pies at more than £4
A good pie is piping hot with lots of sauce and good chunks of meat
On average two pies a week need to be eaten to get round all 92 English stadiums in a season

The pie Mr Dickinson had at Morcambe's Christies Park Stadium was made by Russell Walsh of Potts Pies.

"It was steak and came with mushy peas and gravy," he said.

"It was a freezing night so it did the trick."

Mr Dickinson said that all of the 91 pies he has had so far had some quality to them.

"It was at Walsall though where I wasn't so keen on the pie as it was cold in the centre but that might have just been the one I had."

To pay for his task, Mr Dickinson saved up last summer by gardening, teaching guitar and living with his parents in Harpenden.

The avid football fan said he decided to tour the stadiums because he wanted to learn more about the clubs outside of the Premier and Championship leagues.

Mr Dickinson is now looking to turn his pie adventure into a book but he still has to eat his 92nd pie on 16 May when Bolton take on Hull.



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