Aylesbury’s Emmerson Boyce has made history after captaining Wigan Athletic to FA Cup glory against Man City with a 1-0 win at Wembley Stadium.
The former Quarrendon pupil has become the first footballer from Aylesbury to lift the FA Cup.
In dramatic circumstances super sub Ben Watson leapt majestically to head in from a corner late on to stun a 10-man City.
Pablo Zabaleta had seen red after receiving his second yellow when he scythed down flying winger Callum McManaman.
Former Aylesbury United player ‘Boycie’ put in a typically solid display and threw himself at every ball most notably in the final moments as the underdogs held out.
The threat of relegation may be hanging over Roberto Martinez’s side but the entire team showed their focus was on silverware as they flung themselves into challenges and broke quickly.
Carlos Tevez had the best chance of the half when he had keeper Joel all but beaten. However, the Argentine’s strike hit the Wigan man’s trailing leg and fortunately bounced over the bar.
Lucky as it may have been City themselves breathed a sigh of relief when they escaped a penalty after Roger Espinoza slipped through and took a tumble in the box.
McManaman had Gael Clichy in his pocket as he ran at the City defence in the 65th minute and it took a flying block from Blues captain Vincent Kompany to divert the Scot’s shot which was destined for the net.
Wigan took the game to City as McManaman continued to cause havoc down the wing and Shaun Maloney had his head in hands when his free-kick clipped the top of the cross bar. Not that it seemed intentional from the midfielder.
The dynamic of the game changed further when Zabaleta received his marching orders and then it was left to Watson to send Wigan and Aylesbury wild.
All that was left was for ‘Boycie’ to climb the famous Wembley steps and lift the FA Cup with Gary Caldwell.