WIGAN Athletic midfielder James McArthur's FA Cup winners' medal has been stolen in a burglary at his home.

Mr McArthur's medal and two wedding rings were stolen after thieves broke into his Wigan home between May 20 and May 26.

The Latics, one of Bolton Wanderers' closest rivals, won the cup in 2013 - in the same season they were relegated - and police are now appealing for information about the unusual theft.

The Scotland international said: "I am devastated about the burglary at my home.

“I am due to get married in the near future and this is an awful thing to happen to us before the wedding.

"If anybody has any information as to where my property is and can help the police return it to me, I would be very grateful."

Det Con Kevin Telford said: “Understandably, Mr McArthur and his family are devastated someone has broken into their private property and stolen their possessions.

“Not only has an FA Cup medal been stolen but two rings that were going to be used in Mr McArthur’s wedding have been taken.

They are of huge sentimental value to them and while the rings can be replaced, the medal is something that cannot.

“It is unlikely the offenders will keep hold of the medal and may try to sell it on.

"Obviously, it is unusual for such an item to come on the market so I would ask anyone who is offered the medal or who has any information as to where the items are, to contact police.”

Ben Watson scored the winning goal when Wigan beat Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley last year to secure their first major trophy.

Anyone with information can call police on 0161 8567259 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.