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Foot in Both Camps: Bolton Wanderers vs. Aston Villa

18 April 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Aston Villa at the University of Bolton Stadium this Friday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship.

With that in mind, takes a look at a selection of players who have played for both sides involved.

Gavin McCann

The tenacious midfielder spent time at Aston Villa from July 2003 until June 2007.

In that five year timeframe, McCann made over 100 appearances for the Midlands club, playing his entire Villa career in the Premier League.

Following his time at Villa Park, the former England international joined Wanderers in 2007 on a five-year deal.

He was a key figure in the Whites UEFA Cup years, scoring the sole goal in a 1-0 away victory against Red Star Belgrade. This was quite a pertinent goal, as Wanderers became the first English side to win in Serbia.

McCann finished his career with the Whites in 2011.

Now, he is on the academy coaching staff, aiding Nicky Spooner in working with Wanderers Under-18s.

Gary Cahill

Joining the Aston Villa academy in 2000, Cahill went on to make his debut for the Villans five years later.

Following positive loan spells at Burnley and Sheffield United on loan, along with over 30 appearances for Villa, then Wanderers manager Gary Megson signed the defender on a three-and-a-half-year deal in January 2008.

Following a successful debut in a 2-0 away victory against Reading, the centre-back went from strength to strength for Wanderers.

With over 140 appearances and 15 goals to his name during a four-year stay in BL6, the England international certainly left a positive impression on the fans before joining Chelsea in January 2012.

Gareth Farrelly

After joining the academy setup at Aston Villa from Home Farm in the 1990s, Farrelly made his debut for the side against Peterborough United in September 1995.

Fast forwarding to 1999 and the Irishman found himself initially on loan to the Whites, but it was made permanent soon after. 

He wrote himself into Bolton folk law, as he scored the opening goal in the First Division play-off final against Preston North End that saw the Whites return to the Premier League in a 3-1 victory.

Farrelly made 93 appearances and six goals to his name during a five-year stay at Wanderers.

Neil Cox

In 1991, Cox left his boyhood club Scunthorpe United to join Aston Villa for a reported fee of £400,000 which was a club record for The Iron at the time.

During his career at Villa Park, he came on for the final ten minutes of the 1994 League Cup Final against Manchester United, which the Villians went on to win 3-1.

After a stint at Middlesbrough, the former England U21 international joined the Whites in 1997.

He played in the 1999 First Division play-off Final for Wanderers against Watford.

Zat Knight

The former England international defender linked up with Aston Villa in 2007, after leaving Fulham for a reported £3.5 million to play for his boyhood club.

In his two seasons at Villa Park, Knight helped the Midlands club to finish in consecutive sixth placed finishes in the Premier League before moving to Wanderers in July 2009 on a three-year contract.

Knight made 191 appearances during his five-year stay at the University of Bolton Stadium, which involved a F.A Cup semi-final appearance at Wembley.

Alan Thompson

After leaving his boyhood club of Newcastle United to join Wanderers in 1993, Thompson went onto make just under 200 appearances for the club in a six-year stint in BL6.

With 42 goals coming whilst applying his trade for the Whites, the former England international was involved in the 1994/95 promotion to the Premier League.

A further medal coming in 1996/97 in the form of a First Division winners’ honour, as the Whites won the league with 100 goals scored and 98 points accrued and Thompson scoring ten goals in that campaign.

From Lancashire to the Midlands, as the midfielder moved to Aston Villa in 1998 and made over 50 appearances for the Villans in a two-year stay at the club.

Alan Hutton

Hutton moved to Aston Villa back in 2011, joining from Tottenham Hotspur on a four-year deal.

Since then, the Scotland international has made over 150 competitive appearances for the club, being a constant figure during his time at Villa Park and this season.

Whilst contracted to Villa, Hutton had a brief loan spell at the Whites in 2014, making nine appearances.

Jlloyd Samuel

The former Trinidad and Tobago international made his debut for the Villans in September 1999 against Chester City in the League Cup.

With a short spell at Gillingham on loan during his stay at Villa Park, Samuel went on to make 189 appearances for the Midlands club, winning the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2001.

The left back left Villa to join the Whites in July 2007, signing a four-year contract.

With 83 appearances for Wanderers during a five-year spell at the club, he became a regular fixure in the side.

Tragically, Samuel lost his life in a car crash in May 2018, with the thoughts of everybody at Bolton Wanderers remaining with his loved ones.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Aston Villa

19 April 2019

Wanderers were defeated 2-0 by Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday afternoon, with goals from Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham confirming that the Whites will be playing in Sky Bet League One next season.

Team News

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

Ben Alnwick replaced Remi Matthews in-between the sticks, with Mark Beevers and Sammy Ameobi coming out for a deputising Harry Brockbank and Jack Hobbs.

First Half

The first chance of the game came to Glenn Whelan, as the Villa’s midfielder blocked shot fell to Tammy Abraham, whose effort was deflected out for a corner.

A huge chance for Villa followed, as Elmohamady’s cross to Anwar El Ghazi was turned wide by the midfielder from close range.

The Villa pressing style of football continued, as Tammy Abraham’s header at goal had beaten Ben Alnwick, only for debutant Harry Brockbank to nod the ball off the line at the last moment.

A well worked short corner routine between Jack Grealish and John McGinn saw the latter have his low drive on goal saved well by Alnwick just prior to the half hour mark.

Wanderers nearly opened the scoring through Clayton Donaldson, as the forward shot at goal from the edge of the area, stinging the gloves of Jed Steer in the Villa goal.

In added time, the Whites came close to scoring as Will Buckley’s close range effort from Brockbank’s cross, which was blocked by a Villa defender.

Second Half

Within two minutes of the second half beginning, Villa took the lead through Jack Grealish as the playmaking midfielder latched onto a Tammy Abraham cross at the far post to put Dean Smith’s side ahead.

The Villans came out with a vengeance, as El Ghazi nearly doubled their lead with a low effort from distance saved by Alnwick.

Just prior to the hour mark and Abraham had Villa’s second as he finished from close range, following Grealish’s well-timed ball across goal.

Shortly after Villa’s second, a penalty shout went up for the Whites as Clayton Donaldson went down seemingly by a Villans defender, but referee John Brooks waved away any protests.

Joe Williams went close on 73 minutes, hitting a first time shot from Callum Connolly’s ball across goal that just finishes wide of the mark.

Ahmed Elmohamady played a superbly weighted delivery into the box for second half substitute Keinan Davis to loop a header wide of the target.

With the clock winding down, Davis flicked the ball past an oncoming Wanderers defender in the box and fired his shot wide of the far post. A chance he will look back on and hoped to have done better.

Mile Jedinak had two attempts on goal with three minutes of regulation to play, but both his header and shot from 15 yards did not trouble the score.

Tyrone Mings followed up on the insistent Villa pressure, with a speculative effort from distance nestling into the arms of Alnwick.

A quick lay off at the other end from Oztumer to Connell, saw the latter’s shot fly wide of target.

Williams followed that chance up with a shot from distance, which crept wide of the far post.

Following this, Villa had the majority of the possession but the referee called for time on this clash.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Taylor, Donaldson (Oztumer 80), Buckley, Hobbs, Connolly, O’Neil (Magennis 45), J. Williams, Wheater (C) (Beevers 36), Brockbank, Connell.

Unused subsitutes: Matthews, Vela, Olkowski, Wildschut.

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Ticket News

Print your tickets at home for Villa fixture

18 April 2019

Tickets are currently on sale for Good Friday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Aston Villa at the University of Bolton Stadium with supporters being encouraged to use the Print At Home service to avoid matchday queues.

Phil Parkinson’s men take on the Villans at 3pm and supporters can purchase tickets in person at Bolton Central or online by clicking here using the Print At Home service.

Please note that tickets will only be sold to supporters who have a previous booking history with the club.

Hospitality packages for this fixture are also available and can be purchased by calling our Sales Team on 01204 673761.

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