Aylesbury’s Emmerson Boyce has been relegated from the Premier League with Wigan Athletic just days after captaining them to FA Cup glory.
The former Quarrendon pupil was unable to prevent the Latics from slipping to a 4-1 defeat at Arsenal as they became the first side in history to win the famous cup and be relegated from the top tier.
He said on Twitter after the game: “Absolutely gutted. So sorry to all the Wigan fans, that we could not get the win tonight. Thank you all for the fantastic support.”
But relegation should not overshadow Boyce’s achievements in becoming the first footballer from Aylesbury to lift the FA Cup when Wigan upset the odds to beat Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley Stadium.
Super sub Ben Watson headed a dramatic late goal to stun a 10-man city leaving the former Aylesbury United player to climb the famous steps and lift the cup.
He told The Bucks Herald on Tuesday before the Arsenal clash: “Overall the FA Cup final was a fantastic team performance, we went into the game confident and intent on causing City problems, the manger got the tactics spot on.
“It was an amazing honour to lift the FA Cup as captain. To lead the team up those famous stairs and to be presented with the cup has got to be the proudest moment of my football career.
“It was an amazing feeling. To look around the stadium and see the whole stadium full and to hold and lift the cup after so many famous people have held it before was truly amazing.
“All my childhood dreams of lifting the cup were just dreams until that special day, until that moment, it will live with me forever.”
He said he knew ‘Aylesbury would be watching’ and ‘I had to do everyone proud’.
The defender added: “And you know what, the little boy from Aylesbury has done all right, ha!”