EMMERSON ORLANDO BOYCE
Was the Captain of Wigan Athlectic FA Cup winning team in 2013
I was once asked in an interview to describe Emmerson Boyce in my own words. My answer was simple, "Living the dream"
Simple words but true.
Football Club History
Aylesbury United Juniors 1990-1995
Luton Town FC 1995-2004
Crystal Palace FC 2004-2006
Wigan Athletic 2006-2015
Blackpool Football Club 2015-2016
Barbados National team Captain 2006-Present
I started off playing football at the tender age of 10 years old, playing for my home town team Aylesbury United Juniors. I began as a striker, believe it or not, before being moved to play in defence when I signed for Luton.
As an apprentice, I was part of a very good youth development programme. The highlight was reaching the semi finals of the FA Youth Cup, losing to a very talented Leeds United side.
I made my first team debut in the Auto windscreens Shield as a 17 year old against Walsaw. I then made my league Debut against Lincoln City. The following season I scored my first goal, against Bournemouth at Kenilworth Road. In my 9 years at Luton FC I helped the club to get promoted to Division 2 before leaving on a free in 2004 to join newly promoted Crystal Palace.
I made my Premier league and Crystal Palace debut on August 14 2004 against Norwich City. My time at Palace saw me make 77 league appearances, however the first season for me was both enjoyable and frustrating. A training ground accident left me with a broken metatarsal which prevented me from playing for the rest of the season. As a frustrated spectator I was unable to help Palace to avoid relegation.
The following season I was back playing and made 42 appearances and scored my first goal in a 2-0 win over Coventry City in November 2005. Palace narrowly missed out on promotion after losing in the play-off. In 2006 I collected Crystal Palace Player of the Year award, which takes pride of place along side my Luton trophies of Players Player of the Year, Supporters Player of the Year and Internet Player of the Year.
In the summer of 2006 I completed a one million pound move to join Wigan Athletic FC, where I made 34 league appearances in my first season. Injury struck again in the 2010/11 season which restricted my play however, I was able to return to play and contribute to Wigan Athletic's Premiership survival. A last minute tackle saw me clear the ball off the line, which helped secure Wigan a 1-0 win in the final game of the season. The season of 2012/2013 was bitter-sweet, which saw Wigan Athletic become FA Cup winners, however just a few days later we were relegated from the Barclays Premier League.
Despite relegation, May 2013 was one of the proudest moments in my football career. Claiming my place in history as the first ever Barbadian and Wigan Athletic FC captain to walk up the famous Wembley steps and lift the FA Cup Trophy, after beating the highly acclaimed Manchester City FC 1-0.
Following my FA Cup success, the 2013 season has continued to provide many more historical events for myself as a proud captain and for Wigan Athletic FC as a club. A trip back to Wembley for our first ever Charity Shield game, against Manchester United, saw us lose the game, but nevertheless it was fantastic to have the opportunity to step back onto the famous turf once again. That year, we also played our first ever European game, away to Belgium side Zulte Waregem and the DW Stadium was then to play host to Slovenian side Maribor. We also faced Rubin Kazan of Russia in the group stage before narrowly missing out on qualification.
Throughout my 8 years that I have been with Wigan Athletic FC, I have been lucky enough to have played over 250 games and I currently hold the most Premiership league appearances in the club's history.
Captain of Barbados National team, 2008-Present
I was extremely proud in making my debut and representing Barbados national team in the 2010 World Cup qualifier game against Dominica on 26th March 2008. I have been privileged to be rewarded with the captaincy arm band for the games against Guyana and Trinidad in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
As a gesture of my continued support for my national country, I wear the Barbados sweat band with pride in every game I play in. I am very keen to support Barbados football and other sports on the island and I am currently working on a project in Barbados that will benefit the younger generations. I also hope to open an Emmerson Boyce foundation which will focus on working and assisting other organisations directly, in Barbados.
I am the proud owner of Bajan Elite football team which is based in Barbados and my intention is to make it a brand name worldwide in the future, with the motto;
Join the Elite and help turn dreams into reality
In addition to my national Barbados support, I do my best to support other great causes. Currently, I am Ambassador of two major charities, Street Soccer USA and Joseph's Goal. I am honoured to have an active role with both of these.
This is a charity which helps tackle homelessness in the USA through sport. Over the last 4 years I have been supporting this great cause and every year I have participated in the annual Streetsoccer USA charity soccer game and the NBA star Steve Nash showdown charity event.
This is a Wigan-based charity set up to increase awareness of NKH, a rare life-limiting disorder, and to raise funds for research into treatments and eventually find a cure for this disease. Carrying Joseph out in the FA Cup final was a scene that touched and captured the hearts of millions of people around the world. He will always be our lucky mascot and that moment will live with me forever.
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