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Foot in Both Camps: Bolton Wanderers v Walsall

4 January 2019

With Walsall coming to the University of Bolton Stadium in a FA Cup Third Round clash, took a look at players who have played for both teams involved

Michael Ricketts

The former England international started his professional career at Walsall in 1996, going on to make over 75 appearances for the Saddler before joining Wanderers in July 2000.

Following signing for the Whites for a reported £400,000, he hit the ground running for Sam Allardyce’s men by scoring 24 goals as Wanderers gained promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

His goal scoring form continued into the top flight of English football, which saw Ricketts earn an England call up.

He made his international debut against Holland, playing 45 minutes for his country.

Erhun Oztumer

Nicknamed ‘Turkish Messi’, the playmaking midfielder spent two years at the Saddlers, joining from Peterborough United in June 2016.

He scored on his debut against AFC Wimbledon in August of that season, scoring 15 goals in 41 league games.

The following season, he finished at Walsall’s top goal scorer with 17 goals in all competitions before joining Bolton in June 2018.

Making his debut for the Whites against Leeds United in the Carabao Cup in August, slotting home Wanderers only goal in a 2-1 defeat.

Chris Thompson

The midfielder came through the youth academy at Bolton before making his first team debut against Peterborough United in the League Cup in 1977.

He scored 20 goals in 81 appearances for Wanderers before being transferred to Blackburn Rovers in 1983.

Fast forward to 1991 and Thompson made three appearances for Walsall before retiring from the professional football aged 31.

Thompson tragically died aged 52 in his home in June 2012.

Keith Andrews

In 2004, the former Republic of Ireland international was sent on loan to Walsall from his parent club at the time, Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He scored two goals against Millwall and Ipswich Town for the Saddlers during his short loan spell at the League One club.

Following on from this and Andrews moved to Bolton Wanderers from West Bromwich Albion in June 2012 on a three-year deal.

With appearances and five goals to his name during his three years at the University of Bolton Stadium, Andrews finished his career at Milton Keynes Dons on loan.

Tom Barber

Playing in the early 1900s, the half back spent five years with Wanderers (1907 to 1912), scoring 14 goals in 107 appearances.

He was a member of the Bolton team that won promotion to the First Division on two separate occasions in 1908/09 and 1910/11.

Heading forward to 1921 and Barber had a short spell at the Saddlers in 1921.

Alan Boswell

Beginning his career in 1961 at Walsall, Boswell spent two years with the club whilst they played in the Second Division.

Following on from this, Boswell had a long stay at Shrewsbury Town, with a season at Wolverhampton Wanderers in between his tenures at the Shrews and Bolton.

The goalkeeper spent two years in Lancashire with Bolton (1969 to 1971), playing regularly in the Second Division under a mixture of managers.

Terry Wharton

A long serving Wolverhampton Wanderers player, Wharton had a short spell at Los Angeles Wolves in the USA before returning to England to play for Bolton in 1968.

He signed for a record fee of £70,000, replacing Francis Lee who had been sold to Manchester City.

With 110 appearances and 30 goals in his time at Bolton, Wharton left to join Crystal Palace in 1970.

With a season in South Africa in the middle of his time in England, Wharton joined the Saddlers for the 1973/74 season before ending his career at Kidderminster Harriers.

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 5-2 Walsall

5 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers progressed into the Fourth Round of the Emirates FA Cup as they defeated Walsall 5-2 at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

A hat-trick from Josh Magennis, along with a strike from Clayton Donaldson and an own goal from Jon Guthrie saw the Whites secure their place into the pot for the next round.

Team News

Phil Parkinson made five changes from his starting line-up against Hull City.

Marc Wilson and Gary O’Neil miss out through injury, with Luke Murphy and Pawel Olkowski coming in to replace them.

Yanic Wildschut, Craig Noone and Josh Magennis also make the starting eleven.

First Half

Walsall started the game off strong, with a corner into the danger area, headed towards Ben Alnwick’s net and cannoned off the crossbar with two minutes of kick off.

Shouts for a penalty came from the visitors, as Matt Jarvis jinked inside the area and went down following a challenge by David Wheater but referee Darren England waved away the protests.

The Saddler took the lead on 19 minutes, as a cross from Jarvis found the head of Andy Cook, who guided the ball past an outstretched Alnwick.

A speculative effort from Jarvis followed shortly after, however his half volley sailed wide of the mark.

Pawel Olkowski put a superb delivery into the box, finding Yanic Wildschut on the volley but the Dutchman couldn’t direct his effort past Liam Roberts.

Jason Lowe delicately found Craig Noone with a ball across the Walsall area soon after, before the wide man fired towards the Saddlers’ goal but his shot finished inches over the crossbar.

A ball over the top found Saddlers attacker Morgan Ferrier through on goal, but Mark Beevers recovered well to make a well-timed interception.

Craig Noone began to make things happen for the Whites, putting a dangerous ball across the box to find Luke Murphy at the far post.

The former Leeds United man powerfully headed goal ward, but Roberts saved well.

Second Half

Wanderers came out after the break with a bit of menace, with Luke Murphy making a crunching tackle midway into the Walsall half that set away second half substitute Clayton Donaldson.

The Jamaican international jinked past one Walsall defender before having his shot blocked.

A clearance from Wanderers was blocked well by Walsall, who saw the deflection fall into their possession in the form of Morgan Ferrier.

The forward took aim at goal and tested Ben Alnwick, who saved well before grasping the ball at the second attempt.

Wanderers had the ball in the net five minutes prior to the hour mark, with Will Buckley firing home past Roberts but the referee had adjudged the winger to have handled the ball.

Saddlers’ Devlin crossed the ball deep into the area in a quick counter attack, finding Cook who beat Olkowski in the air but couldn’t beat Alnwick with his powerful header.

The Whites pressure got its just reward, with a corner ball finding Josh Magennis in the six yard area, who flicked it quickly to Clayton Donaldson to finish off from close range.

Wanderers soon after got the lead through Josh Magennis, as Donaldson’s shot was palmed out by Roberts straight into the path of the Northern Irishman to tap home from eight yards.

Phil Parkinson’s men doubled their lead with minutes, as a Craig Noone cross into the six yard area saw Donaldson latch onto the enticing delivery as it ended up in the back of the net, with it potentially coming off Jon Guthrie last.

Walsall responded with a goal of their own soon after, with their skipper Dobson firing past Ben Alnwick from all of 20 yards via a deflection. The Wanderers goalkeeper left helpless to stop the effort from going in.

Ferrier nearly found the equaliser with 17 minutes to go, as a Ferrier cross was flicked across the area by Cook, with Saddlers defender Guthrie inches away from tapping it in.

Jason Lowe played a precise through ball to Buckley, who took it in his stride before stinging the gloves of Walsall’s Roberts with a curling effort from just inside the area.

It was all action at this point in the game, as a deflected Olkowski cross found Buckley, who again smashed a shot towards goal with only the post saving the Saddlers.

Left back Luke Leahy saw the ball fall to him with 11 minutes left of this third round tie, but his half volley effort never troubled the Wanderers defence.

Wanderers had their fourth following this, as a fantastic Craig Noone ball into the front post found Magennis who nodded it home from close distance. Excellent from the target man!

Kieron Morris tried to spark the comeback for Walsall, with a strike from 30 yards finishing wide of the target.

Cook hit the woodwork for Dean Keates’ men coming into the final stages of the clash, with a volley from an acute angle firing off the bar.

Magennis became a hattrick hero with three minutes of regular time remaining as he stung the far post with a left footed effort, before valiantly following it up for his third of the afternoon.

Walsall kept playing to the end but it was Wanderers who sailed into the fourth round pot with a clinical display in front of goal today.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Alnwick, Lowe, Beevers, Vela (Buckley 45), Noone, Murphy (Connell 89), Olkowski, Magennis, Grounds, Wildschut (Donaldson 45), Wheater (C).

Substitutes: B. Williams, Little, Oztumer, Hall.

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Pay on the day available for Walsall FA Cup fixture

4 January 2019

Supporters will be able to pay on the turnstiles for Wanderers' Emirates FA Cup third round fixture against Walsall on Saturday 5 January.

Kicking off at 3pm at the University of Bolton Stadium, admission on the day of the game can be found at the following turnstiles: 

Please note that only the lower tiers of the University of Bolton Stadium will be open for this fixture to Wanderers supporters.

•           Nat Lofthouse (East) Stand Lower - Blocks K and J (for I and L)

•           Carrs Pasties North Stand Lower - Block M

Supporters wishing to sit in the Bolton Kia West Stand Lower can purchase their tickets directly from the Ticket Office at Bolton Central.

Visiting Walsall supporters will also be able to pay on the turnstiles at Block G of the Franking Sense South Stand.

Tickets will be available on a cash-only basis from 2pm onwards, while prices for the match are as follows:

Adults - £15

Over 65’s - £5

Under 18’s - £5

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