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Leap years and a Danish goalkeeper wearing glasses: Wanderers through the years

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
This week’s delve into the Bolton News archives…

Looking back on previous leap years there hasn’t been too much to celebrate for Wanderers.

Above was the last one, back in 2016, when Liam Feeney and Zach Clough celebrated the opening goal of the game against Burnley and Neil Lennon’s side looked destined for a much-needed win.

In Lennon’s own words, Bolton had become a “broken record” and they conceded two late goals via the Clarets’ record buy, Andre Gray, in the final stages to slip to another damaging defeat.

“Good sides,” read The Bolton News’ match report, “find a way to win. Those destined for relegation consistently find the quickest route to self-destruction.” Quite prophetic, given the circumstances.

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The 2004 Carling Cup final was played on February 29 - but we all know what happened there. We’d prefer to bring you a picture from the days leading up to the game, where Sam Allardyce’s side warmed up for the Millennium Stadium with a press day. Wanderers players (left to right) Kevin Nolan, Youri Djorkaeff, Nicky Hunt and Kevin Davies are snapped here. What do you remember from the build-up?

This week in Wanderers history

1912: Prior to the home game against West Brom – which was eventually won by Bolton by a score-line of 2-0 – Sam Greenhalgh refused to play out of position on the left wing and was suspended by the club for six weeks.

1958: A memorable FA Cup sixth round tie was played at Burnden Park as a great Wolves side were beaten 2-1 with goals from Dennis Stevens and Ray Parry. Stan Cullis’s team were virtually indestructible in the league and dominated the game – but Bolton held strong as the continued their march towards the final.

1959: Freddie Hill netted a hat-trick for Wanderers, including a penalty, as Bill Ridding’s side beat Chelsea 6-0. At the other end of the scale, they followed up the victory with a 4-0 defeat at Blackpool!

1971: A crowd of just 943 watched as Wanderers beat Danish side Freja 2-1. The visitors had a goalkeeper by the name of Bone, who wore spectacles, and the task of keeping the ball out of the net was made all the more difficult by the fact the game was played in a heavy snowstorm.

Guess the former Wanderer

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This week’s mystery man was in the dugout as recently as a decade ago - but Wanderers fans might not find it that easy to identify him.

A Welshman, he briefly took caretaker charge of the club, but is best known in football for his work in the Midlands, where he unearthed a number of top talents including Robbie Keane and Joleon Lescott.

Last week’s answer

Last week’s mystery man was Brian Kidd, who signed for Bolton back in 1980 and played for two seasons before leaving for the NASL.

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Andy Walker
Andy Walker
This is Chris Evans but I thought nobody was supposed to be interested in the past.

I was at the Wolves and Chelsea matches in 1958 and 1959 and the match in 1959 at Molyneux when we again knocked Wolves out of the FA Cup, Wolves being League champions in both seasons.

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