Mark Barker is on the ball for FA Cup final


BROCKENHURST’S Mark Barker will be out on the pitch in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday – but in name only.

The FA has put the names of 137 goalscorers from across the football pyramid onto the match ball for the big Chelsea v Manchester United showdown.

Barker is one of them, having scored twice in Brock’s 5-2 extra preliminary round victory over Wessex League rivals Team Solent at Test Park.

The ‘Ball for All’ initiative celebrates players from Step 6 of the National League System through to the Premier League, who all share the accolade of scoring in the world’s oldest domestic cup competition.

Brockenhurst have ordered a souvenir ball for long-serving winger Barker to keep as a memento of the occasion.

Liam Pullen, who scored Chipping Sodbury’s first ever goal in the FA Cup back in August, will carry the ball out at Wembley.

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