Chipping Sodbury footballer has a ball at FA Cup final
For Liam Pullen, scoring Chipping Sodbury first ever FA Cup goal was memorable.
But it turned out that his strike led to an appearance at the cup final - albeit not with his team.
Liam was one of 137 goalscorers from this season’s competition to have their names printed on the Nike Ordem V Cup Final ball used at the 137th edition of the showpiece fixture.
The Ball For All celebrated players from Step 6 of the National League system through to the Premier League, who all share the accolade of being a goalscorer in the world’s oldest domestic cup competition.
Liam’s strike in the Extra-Preliminary Round was the club’s first ever goal in the competition. He shared space on the ball with Premier League footballers Alexis Sánchez and Willian, who both scored decisive goals for this season’s finalists.
Liam was also chosen to present the match ball ahead of kick-off at Wembley Stadium. He said: “To have played and scored in my club’s first ever Emirates FA Cup match back in August 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 was extra special. I was 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, said: “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 three thousand goals have been scored in this season’s competition, from all levels of the football pyramid and the 137 from across the country are representative of all who have contributed to this season’s competition.”