Aylesbury hero and FA Cup winner Emmerson Boyce’s family said the Wigan Athletic star has put the town on the map for a good reason.
The former Aylesbury United player captained the Latics to a 1-0 win over Man City at Wembley Stadium becoming the first Aylesbury boy to ever lift the famous trophy.
But the joy for Boyce did not last as Wigan suffered relegation from the Premier League when they lost 4-1 at Arsenal on Tuesday night.
And dad, Melvin Boyce, who arranged for a bus to take more than 50 of the defender’s family and friends to the game from his old family home in Dunsham Lane, said he was deeply proud.
He said prior to the Arsenal game: “It was a really emotional day, no one gave us a chance. I said we would go to the game so long as he’s captain.
“They’ve only lost one match since he’s captained them. People were singing and dancing when they scored. I couldn’t speak afterwards.
“I couldn’t foresee this. It was a very proud moment and we are a very proud family.”
Mr Boyce said the secret to his son’s success was being hard on him and his siblings from a young age.
He added: “I was hard on all of them. I used to tell Em if he played badly. He didn’t like it but I did tell him.
Sister Stephanie said the euphoria from the day still hadn’t worn off and said Emmerson had text her following the game.
“For Aylesbury it’s good to have something good come out of the town. Aylesbury gets a lot of bad press and it’s nice to see us on the map for something positive. Everyone has been so congratulatory.”
Emmerson said of his parents that they ‘have always been supportive of me, thank you for all your support and encouragement’.
Stephanie added after the Arsenal match: “Disappointed for Em and his team mates but I know they remain absolutely committed to regaining their place next season.”