Adam Boys has a whole story to tell but you won’t hear him shout it from the rooftops.
“I don’t really like caring,” he told Teesside Live.
It’s something he had to get used to this weekend. Yesterday, Marske United striker Boyce was a special guest at Wembley in the FA Cup Final, leading the players out with the game of the match. the reason? The 31-year-old Boro fan was this year’s FA Cup Golden Boot winner, scoring 11 goals in seven matches in the competition helping Marsky reach the fourth qualifying round, just one stage away from the first round. He was the only player to double in this year’s competition
It capped what had been a very impressive year, with Boyes scoring 46 goals in 48 games in all competitions and firing Marske into the Northern Premier League thanks to his final win over Stockton.
Boyes are happy to let his targets speak and never really shine the spotlight, but the glare has been a constant on the Teessider in recent days. There were national TV and radio shows, and on Saturday as a VIP at Wembley, Boyce was awarded the Golden Boot at Wembley Stadium.
“I don’t really like the fuss,” laughs the humble Boyce who lives in Buspick.
“When I was broadcasting on ITV news Thursday night, I had to go out for half an hour, and there was no way I could watch myself. I hate things like that!”
Boys wasn’t watching, but the kids at Hemlington Hall Academy, where he works as a physical education teacher, were. Such is Boyes’ down-to-earth nature, the kids at school were unaware of the amazing achievement of their PE teacher and when he went to school on Friday, the day after his TV appearance, he told the kids how much they liked them.
“I was like a celebrity,” Boyz laughs.
“They made me a book telling them how proud they were. It was great to be honest.”
However, this year’s FA Cup success is only one chapter in Boyce’s career story. Children at school, for example, do not know the fact that he was on trial at Manchester United, dined with Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney and was invited to Sir Alex Ferguson’s office.
Little do they know about his appearance with the England C side, which includes the country’s best players from outside the league.
They don’t know when he faced Jamie Vardy, and perhaps his teammates, unbeknownst to them, helped the Premier League striker move to Leicester City.
It all started for the York City Boys, who spotted him strutting on Teesside as a kid and signed him when he was thirteen. He made his debut for his team when he was 17 and led the finish line in the FA Cup Final when he was 18. The match ended in defeat but Boyce turned around and was signed by Scunthorpe, who was in the tournament.
While he was adjusting to the follow-up escalation, the manager who signed him, Nigel Adkins, left for Southampton.
“It didn’t really work out for me at Scunthorpe. When the principal who signed me this little rotten stuff left,” Boyes recalls.
He headed to Barrow, where he had two good seasons, before moving to Gateshead, and then Guiseley, where he went from professional to semi-professional and began working in schools. He then moved on to Bradford Park Avenue and Spinneymore before falling back two tiers last summer to sign Marsky, a signing that was hailed as “the biggest in the club’s history” on his website.
“It’s a huge contract for the club and shows how serious we are going forward,” said chairman Karl Jarrett.
“Carl was ringing me, and he didn’t think I’d come,” Boys says. “I promised him, but Darlington came for me and was freaked out thinking I was going there.”
Boise sure lives up to his Mount Pleasant bill!
It says all about Boyes’ modesty that when he tells his career story he mentions that when he was at York some “big clubs” were showing interest. Only when pressed does he tell the story of his trial at Manchester United.
“I went on trial and played with Gerard Pique, Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley and Danny Drinkwater, players who have gone on to have a good career,” he says.
“I went to a tournament with them and did really well and scored goals. Some people ask me about it now but for some reason I feel a little awkward talking about it. It was a great experience though. Ronaldo and Rooney were there. I sat having dinner with them in the canteen!”
“I was training with the U-21 team and the first team was training on the other side, but then everyone was having dinner together and I was sitting talking with Ronaldo and Rooney. They were healthy, they just treated you like a normal person. This is how it should be. I treat everyone really the same way, and I don’t really change for anyone.”
Met Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I went to his office and spoke to him,” Boyce recalls. “He was a nice guy. He made sure everything was fine and they treated me well, it was healthy.”
Boyes was only 17 years old, and according to the York Press at the time, Spurs and the Boroughs were keen, too.
York City coach Colin Walker said at the time: “The reactions and feelings from Manchester United have been very positive, but as it stands, Adam is still a York City player and it was a great experience for the boy. It’s all about an experience for the boy at the moment and I hope it continues to be a great experience for the boy at the moment. In my team next season because you can’t buy the experience he just had.”
Boyes did not join Manchester United but continued to represent his country, playing for England C team on three occasions.
“That was great,” he says.
“You are taken care of as if you were in the first team. All the equipment, and you stay in the best hotels. The first time I went to Malta, we stayed in a nice place there. Then we played against Gibraltar, and I played against Italy in Fleetwood Town.
“It’s a good level. Good players. It’s all the best from outside the league and you see a lot of players from outside the league who have continued to play at a higher level. Jamie Vardy is the most famous example, remarkably.”
This leads Boise to another story.
“I played Vardy in a non-league game,” Boyz laughs. “I think he got out of that game.”
“He got a hat-trick. Our defense was awful. I was in Barrow at the time. They hit us and there were a lot of scouts watching him. Leicester picked him up after that match. Our defense had a hard time against him. I remember he was very sharp.”
Boyes, with his experience outside of the league, added in recognition of how much Vardy’s career liked climbing.
He says, “He did it the hard way. To come at the level he has and go up and up, fair play with him.”
After dropping two levels last summer, the Boyes are starting to climb again on the back of Marske’s impressive upgrade.
He says: “I’m happy at Marski. It’s a great club, great manager, great group of players. Earth is five minutes from my house, we train in Aston which is 10 minutes from my house. I have Iove’s job. He’s perfect for me at the moment” .
At the age of 31, there is still plenty of time for Boyce to write more chapters in his career story. Just don’t expect him to scream from the rooftops.