Come on The Latics! Wigan star Emmerson Boyce will become Aylesbury’s first-ever FA Cup winner if his team prevail in today’s final against Man City

Emmerson Boyce
Emmerson Boyce

The Wigan Athletic defender will be hoping to lead the side out at Wembley in the 2013 FA Cup final against the Premier League giants.

The cup final, watched by an estimated worldwide audience of 480 million people, will come as a welcome distraction from the seemingly endless threat of relegation hanging over the former Quarrendon School pupil.

Boyce’s side gave themselves hope of avoiding the drop with a vital 3-2 win over West Brom last Saturday but then lost 3-2 against Swansea on Tuesday leaving them three points adrift of safety with two games to go.

Speaking ahead of the final, ‘Boycie’ said just making it there in the first place was a career-defining achievement.

“It was a proud moment for me and my family, to have my my wife Lucy, kids Jayden, Kylan, and Amaya in the crowd (after the semi-final win over Millwall), my parents, brothers, sisters there supporting me at the famous stadium,” Boyce said.

“Leading Wigan out in there first FA cup semi-final and marking my 200th start in a Wigan shirt was a day I won’t forget in a hurry and to do it again for the final, with the history and everyone watching, will be a dream come true.

“I recently did an ESPN interview and they asked me to describe Emmerson Boyce and all I could say was, ‘Living the dream’.

“And that is as simple as it is. I am in a privileged position.

“I’ve had well wishers from Aylesbury to Barbados and New York and so many proud people and I cannot wait for the final.

“Man City is going be a hard game but we have also got plenty to focus on with the Premier League games before that,” he added.

Boyce’s proud family has arranged a coach to take supporters from Alfred Rose Community Centre in Elmhurst to Wembley, leaving at 1.30pm on Saturday for the 5.15pm kick-off.