Fairford Town feature on FA Cup final matchball

THE FA has placed the names of 137 goalscorers from this season’s Emirates FA Cup on the Nike Ordem V, the ball to be used in the 137th Final.

The ‘Ball For All’ celebrates players from Step 6 of the National League System through to the Premier League, who all share the accolade of being a goalscorer in this season’s competition.

The names included represent goalscorers from every round, beginning in the extra preliminary round through to the semi-finals and also include a selection of the season’s most memorable and impactful strikes.

Among the names on the ‘Ball For All’ are:

Lee Smith, Fairford Town captain who scored in the extra preliminary round against Longlevens
Liam Pullen, whose strike in the extra preliminary round was Chipping Sodbury Town’s first-ever goal in the competition.
Noah Keats, whose goal in the fourth round qualifying helped Truro City become the first Cornish side to reach the first round since 1969.
Will Grigg, whose strike against Manchester City sealed a famous fifth round victory for League One Wigan Athletic.
Alexis Sánchez and Willian, who both scored decisive goals for this season’s Finalists.

Andy Ambler, The FA’s director of professional game relations, added: “One of the most special things about the Emirates FA Cup is that a goalscorer in the extra preliminary round shares the same accolade as some of football’s most famous names.

“Over 3,000 goals have been scored in this season’s competition, from all levels of the football pyramid, and the 137 goalscorers from across the country are representative of all who have contributed to this season’s competition.”

At the close of the season, The FA will have distributed a total of £14.6m in competition prize money to the 737 competing teams.

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