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, including AFC Mansfield’s Nick Guest after his strike against Dunkirk in the 1st Qualifying Round.
The FA said, “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:
- 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.
Pullen, who will present the ball ahead of kick-off, said: “To have played and scored in my club’s first-ever Emirates FA Cup tie was a dream come true and was one of the highlights of my career to date.
“It’s an honour for my name to feature on the ‘Ball For All’ and to be asked to carry it out at Wembley Stadium ahead of the Final is going to be extra special.
- Chelsea v Man Utd
- Emirates FA Cup Final
- 5.15pm, Saturday 19 May
- at Wembley Stadium
- Winning club to receive £1.8m
- Live on BBC One and BT Sport 2
“I’m really looking forward to the experience and will be very proud to be representing all of the players who have scored in this season’s competition.”
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.