Aylesbury’s Emmerson Boyce had an enjoyable end to a rollercoaster season when he scored a thumping header as Wigan bowed out of the Premier League on Sunday.
The former Quarrendon School pupil won the FA Cup last weekend but was then relegated on Tuesday night when his side failed to beat Arsenal.
In a dead rubber game against Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon, the defender rose highest to power home a header and get his side back on level terms after Darren Bent had put Villa ahead. Wigan’s record appearance holder is not known for his prolific goalscoring from defence throughout his career – but often pops up with the odd spectacular strike. But, ironically it was his second goal against Villa this season after a fantastic Van Persie-esque finish at Villa Park in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Boyce, whose future will undoubtedly be the source of much speculation given his proven Premier League track record, was muted in his celebrations.
The match ended 2-2 and Boyce, who was being cheered on by his family and friends from Aylesbury, thanked the club’s fans for their support. The humble star even found time to send a picture of him and his family to The Bucks Herald to thank us for our coverage of his historic season.
The match commentator paid tribute to the skipper after his goal describing it as ‘fitting’ that he should score a goal in their final Premier League game for at least a season.
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