The former Southampton defender produced a series of outstanding attacking performances, helping Spurs remain on course to finish the season in fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League.

The Welsh international's marauding displays on the left flank have impressed many this season.

In April he had his most productive month this season netting the decisive goals in the consecutive 2-1 home successes over north London rivals Arsenal, and title favourites Chelsea, to claim his first strikes of the season. He also set up the equaliser against Manchester United at Old Trafford although Spurs eventually lost the match.

first time

This is the first time that Bale has won the Barclays Player of the Month award since entering the top flight when he transferred to Tottenham from Southampton in May 2007. He also becomes the first Welshman to scoop the prize since Ryan Giggs in February 2007.

The decision was made by the Barclays Awards Panel, which includes representatives from football's governing bodies, the media and fans.