Yannick Bolasie is hoping to win the FA Cup this weekend not only for the glory and prestige, but also as a “special” birthday present for his dear old mum.
The winger’s momma, Yolanda, turns 54 on Saturday – the very day Crystal Palace and Manchester United meet at Wembley to contest the 2016 FA Cup final.
The day will no doubt prove to be especially poignant for Bolasie, whose father passed away at the start of the season.
My dad followed all parts of my career and these kind of moments, now it’s come and he’s not there.
Hopefully my mum will enjoy it because it’s her birthday and hopefully I can make it special.
Hopefully I can say the FA Cup [will be her present]. She’ll be more than happy.
She follows my football really closely and she is almost like my manager as well.
Well now we’re definitely rooting for Palace. An FA Cup sure beats a Milk Tray and a desperate bunch of flowers from the petrol station forecourt.
Anyway, Bolasie was spotted warming up ahead of last month’s semi-final against Watford wearing a special pair of boots that detailed the Palace man’s career path from the humble beginnings at his mum’s house in Willesden, right the way up to playing under the Wembley arch.
Explaining the thinking behind his custom design, Bolasie said:
On one side of the boot it had the journey from my mum’s house to Wembley, the road map highlighted in blue and obviously you can see the green and stuff.
On the other side of the boot it had the Wembley arch, that I could see from my mum’s bedroom, with a Palace flag on it, and just the Palace fans walking to Wembley Stadium.
Asked if he planned to wear the boots for the final itself, he replied: “No. I’ll probably stick with my trusted boots that I’ve worn all season.”
Oh. Okay. Fair enough, we suppose.