Yep, that's what I did, pretty much.A1 then over the Peaks and via Stockport. A two hour journey from Northants took eight and a half hours. I walked into the Burnden Paddock and stood on my 'normal' step with my mates at 7.25pm (after a protracted discussion with an orange warrior who told me that 'I couldn't go into that section as it was full'. His supervisor overruled him when he spotted the 1,000 yard stare coming into my eyes!)
I'd had nothing to eat or drink, other than a Mars Bar and a bottle of Pepsi all day. I got there though. And it was one of the best experiences of my life. I still get a lump in my throat every time that I drive past on the A666.
I had some great times at Burnden Park.