Former Aylesbury United youth coach Steve Greenhalf will never forget the day he first saw a 10 year old Emmerson Boyce take the field.
“I asked the boys to bring some players along and one brought Em,” said Greenhalf.
“He turned up and we gave him a bib and just watched as he scored goal after goal in astonishment.”
Of course, since then Aylesbury’s born and bred ‘Boycie’ has become a centre half and most notably an FA Cup winning captain with Wigan Athletic on Saturday.
Greenhalf was there at Wembley Stadium for the 1-0 upset over Man City and said: “I was very punchdrunk with emotion. Just the thought that when that goal went in that he would be picking up the FA Cup. It was gobsmacking.”
“I’ve see him come along from the age of 10 and then followed his career through. He’s become a fan favourite at every club he’s been at. He’s such a nice guy and very easy to manage.”
Greenhalf managed Boyce for four years and took him along to Luton’s School of Excellence where he began his transition from striker to reliable defender.
Boyce said: “I can not speak highly enough of Steve for helping start off my career and to have him there watching on Saturday made it a well and deserved triumph.”
In the past he has told Wigan, Palace and Luton fans that they should thank Steve.