YORK City striker Richard Brodie will be a VIP guest at this season’s FA Cup final after winning the E.ON Player of the Round award.

Brodie won 54 per cent of the online vote for the first round accolade after his two-goal blast dumped League Two club Crewe out of the competition.

His nearest rival was Bath City’s Chris Holland, who was a distant second with 19 per cent of the poll.

England ‘C’ international Brodie will now receive an E.ON Player of the Round trophy and two VIP tickets to the final, which will take place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 15.

The 22-year-old striker was nominated by former Hereford Cup icon Ricky George.

Former Minsterman Craig Farrell received the same recognition and prize for a quickfire hat-trick during the Bootham Crescent club’s 6-0 fourth qualifying round victory over Rushall in 2007.

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