Ian Rush and Adam Boyes
Following this weekend’s Emirates FA Cup and Vitality Women’s FA Cup Finals, stars of non-league football Adam Boyes and Chloe Williams were presented with the inaugural Golden Ball Awards in partnership with Mitre as the top scorers in the respective competitions.
The awards were established to commemorate the top scorers in this season’s competitions, from the Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round and Vitality Women FA Cup First Round Qualifying.
Adam Boyes scored an incredible 11 goals for Northern Premier League Division One East side Marske United FC throughout the competition, with five coming in one match, and Chloe Williams had an equally impressive record, scoring 12 goals in four games for Liskeard Athletic and a remarkable seven in a single tie.
Faye White and Chloe Williams
Boyes and Williams were invited to Wembley Stadium connected by EE as guests of The FA to carry out the match balls on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May, and watch the respective Finals. Liverpool’s legendary striker Ian Rush, who scored a record five goals across three Final victories, presented Adam’s award and Chloe received hers from Faye White who was a winner of the competition on nine occasions with Arsenal.
The FA’s Director of Professional Game Relations, Andy Ambler, said: “The Emirates FA Cup and Vitality Women’s FA Cup give clubs and players across the pyramid the chance to test themselves and take on the very best. I’m delighted that we were able to introduce a top scorer award across historic seasons for both competitions. In Chloe and Adam, we have two worthy winners and in beating off some of the biggest names in football to claim their prize they’ve showcased exactly what makes these competitions so special.”
Baroness Sue Campbell, The FA’s Director of Women’s Football, added: “In what was an incredible weekend of football, featuring teams at the very pinnacle of our sport, we were thrilled that two top players from the lower leagues could have their thoroughly deserved moment in the spotlight. Hopefully this day will live long in their memories and inspire players at every level to believe that anything is possible.”