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WIGAN ATHLETIC PLAYER PROFILES

EMMERSON BOYCE
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  • EMMERSON BOYCE
  • DEFENDER

UPDATED 07:27 17th July 2012

Everyone’s favourite Bajan defender joined Latics in 2006 and his long service to the cause, dedication to the club and commitment on the pitch led to the much deserved Outstanding Achievement Award that he received in May 2012. 

This was down to breaking the club record for Barclays Premier League appearances when he played for the 146th time against Aston Villa in February 2012.

In what was a season to remember for the club, the former Crystal Palace defender had statistically his best season in a Latics shirt, scoring three times and matching that with three assists.
 
Defenders are not usually credited with spectacular goals but Boyce is a player that goes against the grain. Despite defeat to Fulham in April 2012, he stole the limelight when he hit a first time strike from 20 yards into the bottom corner of the goal. 

If that wasn’t enough, during the final game of the season when he bagged himself a brace, Boyce hit a volley to remember, hitting it first time with the outside of his boot and seeing the shot bend away from the keeper into the top corner of the net from outside the area.

In the 2012/13 season Boyce went on to break the barrier for 200 appearances in all competitions for the club and once again scored three Premier League goals, including a spectacular back heel against Swansea City, with two more goals against Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

His crowning moment of the season saw him captain the FA Cup winning team, lifting the cup with club captain Gary Caldwell.

The achievements the defender has made seem a long way away from his debut back in August 2006 against Newcastle United. 

Since then, Boyce has been dependable and adaptable, having played as a right full-back, left full-back, central defender and now in his new role as a right wing-back.

Before joining Latics, the Barbados international started his career at Luton Town but rose to prominence at his second club Palace where he won the 2004/2005 Player of the Year, beating off competition from Andy Johnson who scored 21 times that season.

You can keep up-to-date with the fan-favourite on Twitter by following @EmmersonBoyce.

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