PREMIER League footballer Emmerson Boyce has broken Wigan’s Premier League appearance record.
The Aylesbury-born defender who went to Quarrendon School – now known as the Vale Academy – beat Paul Scharner’s 145-game record when he took to the field for his side’s 0-0 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday.
The Latics were held to a frustrating draw at the DW despite dominating for virtually the entire game, and remain rooted to the foot of the Premier League table.
“It was a big day for me, it’s a fantastic honour to break the record. Obviously it would have been nice to have marked it with a win, but I got a fantastic ovation from the fans and I’d like to thank them for that.
Speaking about the Villa game, Boyce told the Wigan Evening Post: “The performance was there and we had a couple of decent chances, but it just wasn’t to be. Obviously we’re all disappointed not to have got the win, but I suppose that’s three games unbeaten and that’s something we can build on.
“Villa are a top side – they have got internationals throughout their side – so it was an achievement to keep them quiet.”