Emmerson Boyce will complete a unique Wembley hat-trick this summer after it was confirmed the Community Shield will return to the national stadium.
Premier League champions Manchester United will face Boyce’s FA Cup winners Wigan on August 11, the third time Boyce will have played there in five months.
The season curtain-raiser was held at Villa Park last summer because of a clash with the London Olympics but returns to its traditional home with a 2pm kick-off.
Aylesbury hero Boyce, who used to go to Quarrendon School and play for Aylesbury United’s youth team, led his side out at both the FA Cup semi-final against Millwall and the final against Manchester City, which they won against the odds 1-0 – VIDEO: see his FA Cup parade celebrations.
And should Boyce remain at relegated Wigan this summer he will complete a hat-trick of Wembley appearances ahead of the new season.
Not only do Wigan have a 46-game Championship season to contend with, but they will also be in the Europa League for the first time in their history.
Both sides will be led out by new managers on the day.
David Moyes has succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford while Wigan have appointed Owen Coyle after Roberto Martinez became Moyes’ replacement at Goodison Park.
FA general secretary Alex Horne said: “Wigan provided a fairytale ending to this season’s FA Cup final, which was fitting in our 150th anniversary year.
“It will be great to welcome them back to Wembley.”