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6 March 2015

Defender looks back on memorable nine seasons and talks Wolves, Fulham and Swansea strikes as well as Stoke goal-line clearance.

  • Boycey pays tribute to Mr. Whelan in this week’s programme.
  • 35-year-old also looks back at goals that fans picked as his best on social media.
  • Emmerson credits Fitz Hall as the man behind his move to Latics.
Emmerson Boyce is this week’s main interview in the Wigan Athletic official matchday programme with the club legend reflecting on passing 250 league appearances for Latics, his best league goals and the reason behind his move to the club in the first place whilst he also pays tribute to Mr. Dave Whelan, the man who has made him feel so welcome since he arrived at Wigan Athletic in 2006.

Below is an extract from the interview with Boycey, and you can read the full piece, as well as much more in our special tribute edition to Mr. Whelan as he pulls down the curtain on 20 fascinating years as Latics chairman, buy purchasing a matchday programme on Saturday for just £3 or by clicking here.

‘As Latics legends go, Emmerson Boyce is right up there, a truly great servant to this football club and a player that has epitomised everything so special about the journey the club has taken – especially under chairman Dave Whelan.

Boyce passed the 250 league appearances mark for Latics in our last home fixture with Cardiff City and he spoke of his great pride following the game on reaching the special landmark.

“I didn’t realise it was my 250th league appearance; it’s been a long time and I’ve been waiting to play again so it’s great to reach a landmark like this one now,” the 35-year-old said.

“The result wasn’t good but personally it’s a proud moment for me to represent the club in so many league games.”

Boyce moved to Latics in August 2006 from Crystal Place, and made his league debut just over a fortnight later in a 2-1 defeat at Newcastle United.

The move came about thanks to Fitz Hall, who had just made the move from Selhurst Park to Wigan, with Boyce, who has since become a legend of the town, not just the football club, having no intention of moving up north.

“I remember signing for Wigan well; I got a phone call from Fitz Hall who had recently signed here from Crystal Palace at a time when I had no intention of coming up north – the weather forecast was always rain and I was cold in London, let alone up here,” Boyce explained.

“But Fitz spoke really well about the club; his time here had been good, although it was still early in his Latics career, he said he was enjoying it and the manager liked me at the time so really me signing here was down to Fitz.

“I haven’t looked back since!”

When he signed on the dotted line on that day in August 2006, could he have foreseen the journey he was about to take?

“As a footballer you always want to play as much as you can and have big dreams and ambitions but you never think that things like the FA Cup, Europa League and the Premier League journey will happen when you sign for a club like Wigan, at the time,” he added.

“To live this dream as a reality is magical; we’ve had many last day scares, we survived all those years in the Premier League and, in the year we were relegated we softened the blow in many ways with the success in the FA Cup.”’

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