Caldwell scoops Player of Year award

Wigan Athletic's Player of the Year Gary Caldwell, flanked by second-placed Ali Al Habsi (left) and third-placed Victor Moses (right)
Wigan Athletic's Player of the Year Gary Caldwell, flanked by second-placed Ali Al Habsi (left) and third-placed Victor Moses (right)
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GARY Caldwell was last night named Wigan Athletic’s Player of the Year at a glittering ceremony at the DW Stadium.

The Scotland centre-back led his side to Premier League safety at Blackburn on Monday night, and made it 48 hours to remember by scooping the flagship award.

Voted for by the club’s supporters, Caldwell pipped last year’s winner Ali Al Habsi into second place, with wing wizard Victor Moses grabbing third spot.

“It’s the perfect way to end what’s turned out to be another memorable season,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“After a disappointing start, the team showed its quality by coming through at the end.

“I’m obviously delighted to pick up this award, but it’s all about the team and I accept it on behalf of my team-mates.”

Maynor Figueroa scooped the Players’ Player of the Year gong, with Shaun Maloney second and Moses again placed third.

“It’s incredibly humbling to be recognised by my team-mates,” said the Honduran.

“I have been made to feel so welcome by everyone connected to Wigan Athletic over the years, and to receive this award is fantastic.”

The Away Player of the Year, voted for by the club’s travelling support, was goalkeeper Al Habsi for another consistent campaign between the sticks.

Emmerson Boyce was honoured with the Outstanding Achievement gong for passing Paul Scharner’s Premier League appearance record, which now stands at 157.

Young Player of the Year was Development Squad midfielder Tim Chow, who only 12 months ago won the Michael Millett Award for Youth Team Player of the Year, and who recently penned his first pro contract.

Succeeding him as Michael Millett Award winner was teenager Ryan Meadows, while Fan of the Year went to Brian Sabin.

Unsurprisingly, the historic first victory over Manchester United last month was named the Performance of the Season.

And Latics legends Neill Rimmer and Matt Jackson were joint-recipients of the Community Achievement Award, for cycling all the way down to Norwich in March, raising thousands of pounds for the Emma Hoolin Appeal in the process.