Aylesbury footballer Emmerson Boyce made history with Wigan Athletic as they sealed an FA Cup semi-final slot and a trip to Wembley for the first time in their history at the weekend.
Boyce, who confirmed his legend status at the club last weekend when he made his landmark 200th appearance for the Latics, put in a typically assured display as his team shocked high-flying Everton 3-0 at Goodison Park.
Wigan’s recent journey has been incredible. Just 20 years ago, they were relegated into the fourth tier of English football.
Now, they and former Crystal Palace and Luton fans’ favourite Boyce will be heading to the new Wembley for the first time since play-off heartache at the original Wembley against Gillingham in 2000.
The former Quarrendon School (now Vale Academy) pupil admitted appearing at the famous stadium will be fulfilling a lifelong ambition. The defender said after the victory: “What a result, fantastic team performance.
“Wembley here we come. I have been dreaming of playing there since I was a boy. I can’t wait!”
The game and result attracted a lot of attention on Saturday most notably from Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and Sir Alan Sugar. Ferdinand took to Twitter to reveal his surprise at the result, saying: “Wow Wigan 3-0 up before half-time, three goals in three mins … #CouponBuster for many!”
And former Spurs chairman Sugar said: “Everton fans seem a bit touchy. Sorry you are poor today. Wigan on fire.”
Wigan will play the winners of the replay between Millwall and Blackburn on April 13/14.