Forest Green Rovers may not have made it all the way to tomorrow’s FA Cup final at Wembley but that has not stopped them playing a role in the build-up to the marquee fixture.
Wembley Stadium has lit up its iconic arch in the colours of all 737 teams to play in the competition this season, including FGR's green, while Christian Doidge’s name emblazons the cup final ball.
In the build-up to the showpiece final which will be played at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, the stadium’s arch and big screen has been lit up to celebrate every one of the clubs, from the 370 who started in the Extra Preliminary Round in early August through to the two finalists who will be battling it out for the trophy this weekend.
The FA has also placed the names of 137 goal scorers from this season’s competition on the Nike Ordem V, cup final ball to be used at the 137th edition of the showpiece fixture.
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 goal scorer in the world’s oldest domestic cup competition, with top goalscorer Christian Doidge being represented having scored four goals in the competition this season, the winner against Macclesfield as well as three over two games with Exeter City.
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 goal scorer 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.”