6 July 2018
Familiar foe await in FA Competitions
News of the 2018/19 FA Cup and FA Trophy draws
What do Eden Hazard, Paul Pogba, Cesc Fabregas, David De Gea and Horsham’s Toby House have in common? The surprising answer is that they are all likely to feature in this weekend’s FA Cup Final! No you’ve not missed an announcement that the Hornets have accepted a bid from Chelsea for last season’s top scorer. It is all part of the Football Association’s ‘For All’ theme for this season’s final that will see them champion not just the two finalists, Chelsea and Manchester United, but all 737 clubs who have taken part in this season’s competition.
To mark the 137th annual showpiece fixture, the FA has placed the names of 137 goalscorers from the 2017/18 knockout competition on to the Cup Final ball to be used at Wembley on Saturday, celebrating 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 competition. The selected names represent goalscorers from every round, from the Extra Preliminary through to the Semi-Finals, and also include a selection of the season’s most memorable and impactful strikes such as Will Griggs’ match-winning goal for Wigan Athletic against Manchester City.
Over three thousand goals have been scored in this season’s competition across the country, with the 137 randomly chosen players representative of all those who have made a contribution since the competition kicked off back on Friday 4th August.
Toby, who joined the Hornets during the summer from County League Loxwood, earned his moment of Wembley fame after scoring two of his three FA Cup goals in the Hornets’ 6-0 1st Qualifying Round demolition of Ashford United and was taken aback at the news. “Wow! What an honour!” said the twenty year old forward, who ended the campaign with fifteen goals in all competitions. “It’s great to have been able to add a little bit more history to Horsham Football Club, especially a big occasion like this. It would have been the icing on the cake if Arsenal had made the final”, he joked “but I’m overwhelmed by it and it’s something that I am extremely proud of.”
In addition to recognising Toby’s achievements, Horsham Football Club will also be featured when Wembley Stadium lights up its iconic arch and outer screen in the name and colours of every one of this season’s 737 participating teams.