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Rose to feature on FA Cup final ball

16 May 2018

Mansfield Town striker Danny Rose will feature on this year's FA Cup final ball, for his goal against Shaw Lane in the first round of the competition.

Players from across the football pyramid who have scored in this year's contest will have their names etched into the 'Ball for All' for this week's final between Manchester United and Chelsea.

The names have been selected from goals scored in every round of this year's FA Cup, starting at the extra preliminary round, all the way through to the semi-finals.

Rose is one of the 137 names which will be included on the ball in Saturday's final, to be used in the 137th instalment of the competition's closing game.

The names stem from Liam Pullen of Chipping Sodbury Town, to Alexis Sanchez and Willian, from two of the Premier League's finest sides.

Pullen, who will present the ball prior to this week's final, 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 is going to be extra special.

"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, 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."

By the close of the season, the FA will have distributed a total of £14.6million in prize money to the 737 competing teams. 

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