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ON THIS DAY: Wanderers lift the cup, Dobson returns and it's the end of an era

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Nat Lofthouse
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We delved into the archives to find out what was happening at Bolton Wanderers on this day in history.

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1926: WANDERERS lifted the FA Cup for the second time with a 1-0 victory against Manchester City at Wembley.

The game, watched by 91,447 people, was described by The Bolton Evening News as a “thrilling struggle” but as the Whites avenged their defeat in the 1904 final, even King George V agreed that they had been worthy winners.

“There was not a great deal between the teams in one of the hardest games, the quality of football being a credit” the report read. “His Majesty the King gave expression to the popular sentiment when, in handing the cup to Joe Smith at the close, he said he thought Wanderers just deserved their success.”

David Jack scored the decisive goal with just 12 minutes left to play. The build-up was described thus: “Pushed down the centre of the field by Jack, the ball was smartly turned out to the right wing by JR Smith as the City backs closed to prevent him going through himself.

“The wing-forward ran on a few yards, and just as McCoy was about to tackle him, Butler made a fast, low, centre, which tore across goal, and eluded everybody but Vizard. The Welshman’s coolness and judgement came in useful, for his apparently deceived the City players into the belief he would shoot. As they moved towards him, Vizard placed the ball all along the ground in front of goal. Cookson touched it but could not stop it, and with Goodchild thus thrown off his guard, Jack quickly forced the ball under the bar to score a well-got goal.”

1996: Martin Dobson, rejected by Wanderers as a teenager, returned to Burnden Park to help produce stars of the future.

The former England international, a derby rival during his successful days as manager of Bury, was appointed by Colin Todd as the club's first full-time youth development officer.

Responsible for finding and nurturing talent from Under-10s through the Wanderers School of Excellence, his ultimate job was to find and improve players who could challenge for a first team place.

Todd was convinced Dobson's appointment was a step in the right direction after what had been a difficult season.

"He knows the area well and he's respected and recognised," the Bolton boss said. "It is not something that will work overnight but it is essential that the club produced homegrown talent. Standards have improved in recent years on that score but we can't say we have produced very much ourselves."

Dobson was also looking forward to returning to Bolton after working as a freelance coach in the Burnley area for the previous few years.

"It's exciting times with the new stadium only 15 months away but youth development is something of a minefield," he said.

"There were around 108 schools in the Bolton area at last count, and I'll be writing to every one of them to outline my plans.

"We aim to do everything right and have the best people in place."

1964: The longest unbroken spell of top flight football came to an end at Wanderers as they lost 4-0 at home to Wolves.

The game had been moved from Saturday to a Friday night to avoid clashing with the local Holcombe Brook races and Bolton knew a win would prevent relegation.

Bolton's side was missing the creative talents of Freddie Hill, and Derek Hatton wore the number 10 shirt for what would be a dismal day.

Defeat against Wolves, followed by Birmingham's win against Sheffield United the following day meant there would be no more First Division football at Burnden until 1977.

1916: Frank Roberts scored his first hat-trick for Wanderers in a war-time fixture against Stockport County, won 4-2 by the Whites.

A prolific forward who scored 80 goals in 168 games, Roberts was suspended in 1922 for taking over licensed premises - which was against club rules. He left Bolton for Manchester City later that year but had it not been for the disagreement he would have almost certainly featured in the FA Cup wins of the twenties.

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