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Foot in Both Camps: Blackburn Rovers vs. Bolton Wanderers

20 April 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on local rivals Blackburn Rovers on Monday afternoon at Ewood Park in the Sky Bet Championship.

Per Frandsen


The Danish midfielder was brought to England from his native Denmark, when Wanderers acquired his services from FC Copenhagen in 1996 for a fee of £1.25 Million. Going onto make 157 appearances (25 goals) for the club during the first of two spells, he moved to Blackburn Rovers in September 1999.

After spending just a single season (1999/00) at Ewood Park, he returned to Bolton for a second spell, and made a further 150 appearances (14 goals) during a four year stay, before joining Wigan Athletic in June 2004.

Nathan Blake

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After beginning his career with home-City club Cardiff in 1990, he caught the eye in front of goal for Sheffield United, and in 1995 he moved to Bolton Wanderers. During just under three years with The Whites, he made 124 appearances (48 goals) before a £4.25 Million switch to Blackburn Rovers in October 1998.

Blake never quite found the same kind of form at Ewood Park, and in three years with the club he made 66 appearances (16 goals) before signing for Wolves in September 2001.

El-Hadji Diouf

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Brought to England by Liverpool after an eye-catching 2002 FIFA World Cup with Senegal, he moved to Wanderers in June 2005 after a successful loan spell at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Spending three years with the club, Diouf made 104 appearances (15 goals) after signing permanently. Following a stint with Sunderland, he signed for Blackburn Rovers in January 2009 for £2 Million and during two and-a-half years with the club, he made 62 appearances (4 goals).

Jay Spearing

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Currently with Blackpool in Sky Bet League One, Spearing's last involvement for Wanderers after a five year association with the club, was the captain the team to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in 2016/17.

Initially on loan at the University of Bolton Stadium from Liverpool, he signed permanently in August 2013 and went onto make 134 appearances (8 goals) from there onwards. During his time with The Whites, he had a loan stint with Blackburn Rovers during the second half of the 2014/15 season.

Colin Hendry

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An influential figure during his time with Blackburn Rovers, he had two spells at Ewood Park and helped the club to the Premier League title in 1994/95. Making close to 250 league appearances during an association lasting nine years, his brief time with Wanderers came after he'd featured for Rangers and Coventry City.

Arriving at the University of Bolton Stadium in 2001, the Scotland international helped the club to promotion to the Premier League in his first season.

Jason Lowe

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Current Wanderers midfielder Jason Lowe is just in his first season with the club, but he spent many years with Saturday's opponents, Blackburn Rovers.

Making his Rovers debut in January 201, starting in a 1-0 home victory against QPR in the FA Cup, Lowe went onto make 196 appearances (1 goal), before signing for Birmingham City in August 2017.

Adam Armstrong

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Armstrong could well line-up against Wanderers on Saturday afternoon - he signed permanently at Ewood Park from Newcastle United, after spending the second half of last season on loan with the club, helping them to promotion from Sky Bet League One.

The first half of last season was spent on loan here at the University of Bolton Stadium, and the England youth international made 23 appearances (3 goals), before joining Tony Mowbray's Rovers.

Jason McAteer

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McAteer began his professional career with Wanderers in 1992, and went onto make 145 appearances (15 goals), before a £4.5 Million move to Liverpool in September 1995.

After three and-a-half years at Anfield, he signed for Blackburn Rovers in January 1999 for a fee of £4 Million. During just over two and-a-half years at Ewood Park, he made 83 appearances (4 goals).

Kevin Davies 

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Blackburn paid £7.5 Million to sign Kevin Davies from Southampton in June 1998, but after making just 30 appearances (2 goals) in just over a year at Ewood Park, he returned to Southampton in August 1999.

In July 2003, he signed for Wanderers and the rest is history. Going onto spend ten years at the University of Bolton Stadium, he made 407 appearances (84 goals) before finishing his career with a spell at Preston North End.

Scott Sellars

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A player who had a significant impact with both clubs, Sellars made over 200 league appearances for Rovers during a six-year stay (1986-1992) following a move from Leeds United.

After a return to Leeds and a subsequent spell at Newcastle United, Sellars signed for Bolton Wanderers in 1995. During three and-a-half years with the club, he made 138 appearances (20 goals), helping the club to promotion to the Premier League in 1997.

Paul Warhurst

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Warhurst donned the kit of plenty of clubs throughout the leagues, and he signed for Wanderers in January 1999 on a permanent basis after a successful loan stint from Crystal Palace.

Prior to signing for Palace, he'd spent four years with Blackburn Rovers and was part of the Premier League winning squad of 1994/95. During his time at Ewood Park, he made a total of 74 appearances (4 goals).

Warhurst made 104 appearances for Wanderers, and he departed to join Chesterfield in October 2003.

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Match Reports

Report: Blackburn Rovers vs. Bolton Wanderers

22 April 2019

Wanderers were defeated 2-0 by Blackburn Rovers on Monday afternoon, with goals coming from Ben Brereton and Adam Armstrong for the home side in this derby day clash.

Team News

Manager Phil Parkinson made three changes from the side that started against Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship.

Mark Beevers and Luca Connell come in for the injured duo of David Wheater and Gary O’Neil, along with Craig Noone replacing Will Buckley.

First Half

Sammy Ameobi had the first chance of the match for either side, with a rippling drive from distance just finishing off target.

Five minutes in and Wanderers had a glorious opportunity to take the lead through Callum Connolly.

A perfectly weighted cross into the Rovers’ penalty area found the Evertonian free at the back post, but unable to direct his header into the back of the goal.

Wanderers continued to ramp up the pressure, with Harry Brockbank laying off Luca Connell, who hit his shot first from the edge of the area, with Rovers ‘keeper Jayson Leutwiler dealing with the attempt comfortably.

With 20 minutes gone, Blackburn had their first chance of the game as Jack Rodwell hit a 25 yard shot that narrowly missed Ben Alnwick’s goal.

Ben Brereton nearly had Rovers ahead, but a superb block from Jack Hobbs set about a Wanderers counter attack.

Craig Noone went on to set up Clayton Donaldson, with the Jamaican having two chances saved by Luetwiler.

However on the half hour mark, Brereton put Rovers ahead with a well-placed finish into the bottom right corner.

Former Wanderers loanee Adam Armstrong nearly put Blackburn two ahead shortly before half time, with his close range effort blocked by first half substitute Marc Wilson.

Substitute Luke Murphy almost had the Whites back in this clash in added time, with a thunderous shot from a speculative distance that was inches from sending the travelling fans into the break with a goal.

Second Half

First chance of the half came to Rovers’ Armstrong, as he shrugged off a challenge from Craig Noone before having his shot blocked by Andrew Taylor.

Ameobi responded for Wanderers with a fierce strike from distance that save Leutwiler spill the original effort before clutching at the ball on the second attempt.

But, with just five minutes of the second period gone, Rovers doubled their lead as Armstrong latched onto a rebound from Ben Alnwick’s save, and slotted the ball home.

Following the restart, Connolly almost instantly responded for Phil Parkinson’s men as his shot from close range was saved well by Leutwiler.

Armstrong was starting to have more of an impact on this clash, with another 25 yard attempt at goal stinging the gloves of Alnwick.

It should have been a third goal for Blackburn just past the hour mark, with a menacing cross into the danger zone by Joe Rothwell found a waiting Brereton from inside six yard, only for the forward to surprisingly sky his effort over the crossbar.

Craig Noone nearly had a goal back from Wanderers 11 minutes from time, with a shot from close to the halfway line that almost caught out Jayson Leutwiler.

At the other end, a superb run from Dan Butterworth ended with a shot across the goalmouth that was nearly turned in Brereton at the far post.

Butterworth cut inside the box moments after, culminating in a shot that was saved by Alnwick comfortably.

Elliot Bennett had an effort saved well by Alnwick minutes later, with a long range effort finishing the grasp of the Wanderers shot stopper.

A minute from the end of regulation time, a Joe Muscatt cross was flicked on by Clayton Donaldson to Craig Noone, who saw his effort sail just wide of the target.

Noone followed this effort up with a free-kick that failed to hit the target, which ultimately was the last significant moment of this clash.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Taylor (C), Beevers (Wilson 11), Donaldson, Ameobi, Noone, Hobbs, Connolly, J. Williams (Murphy 39), Brockbank (Muscatt 75), Connell.

Unused substitutes: B. Williams, Oztumer, Buckley, Magennis.

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Ticket News

Travel Club information for Blackburn and Nottingham Forest trips

18 April 2019

Bolton Wanderers would like to reiterate the need for supporters to book directly with the club's travel partners Tyrers for the Whites' remaining 2018/19 away games against Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest.

To do so, please call 01257 480 979 and press option two.

Coaches will be departing from the University of Bolton Stadium as usual, with a free drop-off at Bolton Interchange in the town centre on the return leg of the journey.

Travel is still available for Monday's trip to Blackburn Rovers, priced at £5 for bus or £11 for coach, departing at 12.45pm.

Bookings are meanwhile now being taken for the Trotters' final game of the season at Nottingham Forest, costing £20 per person with an 8.30am departure.

Bolton Wanderers would like to thank supporters for their assistance in this matter and constant support of the Travel Club.

Normal service will resume for the 2019/20 season.

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