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Foot in Both Camps: Bolton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion

18 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on West Bromwich Albion on Monday 21 January in the Sky Bet Championship and with that in mind, take a look at players who have turned out for both sides involved.

Lloyd Dyer

Following a youth career at Aston Villa, Dyer joined West Bromwich Albion in July 2001.

He made his debut for the Baggies in the League Cup away at Wigan Athletic in October 2002 in a 3-1 defeat.

The tricky winger fought his way into the first team squad on a more regular basis and was a large part of the 2003/04 promotion back to the Premier League.

Fast forward to 2018 and 36-year-old Dyer signed for Wanderers in September 2018 on a short-term contract, making his debut against Blackburn Rovers in October 2018.

Sam Allardyce

The former England manager started his playing career off at Wanderers in 1973. During his time with the Whites, he was a part of the 1977/78 side that gained promotion to the First Division. 

He had a second stint with the Trotters in the 1985/86 season, before joining Preston North End the following year.

‘Big Sam’ took over as Whites boss in October 1999.

From there, Allardyce enjoyed an eight year tenure at the University of Bolton Stadium.

He took the club into the Premier League in 2001, beating this weekend's opponents at the Millennium Stadium in the First Division Play-off Final.

From there, Allardyce and his Wanderers side enjoyed a successful stay in the top flight of English football.

It was capped off in 2004/05, when the Trotters finished sixth and won qualification to the UEFA Cup for the first time in the club’s history.

In February 1989, Allardyce was hired as a player-coach at the Hawthorns by Brian Talbot and spent two years in the Midlands managing and playing for the reserve team.

Nicolas Anelka

A UEFA Champions League and European Championship winner by this time in his career, Anelka joined Wanderers in August 2006 on a four-year contract for a then club record transfer fee of £8million.

Only staying one season and a half with the Whites, the Frenchman dazzled the fans at the University of Bolton Stadium as he finished as top goal scorer for the club in the 2006/07 season.

His flair and finishing ability had the Wanderers support in awe, until he left to join Chelsea for £15million in January 2008.

Looking forward to July 2013 and following his release from Shanghai Shenhua, Anelka joined West Bromwich Albion on a free transfer and spent the 2013/14 season at the Baggies before having his contract terminated.

Barry Cowdrill

Cowdrill began his career at West Bromwich Albion, as he signed his first professional contract in 1979.

With a ten-year stint at the Baggies under his belt, the defender joined Wanderers in 1988.

During that time frame, he was a part of the 1989 Associate Members’ Cup winning side.

Fabian de Freitas

The Suriname born striker joined Wanderers in 1994, arriving from FC Volendam.

He lives long in the memories of Trotters fans far and wide for his heroics in the 1995 Division One play-off final against Reading, as he scored two goals in a 4-3 victory over the Royals to send Bolton into the Premier League.

With an intermediary stint at Spanish side CA Osasuna, de Freitas spent two years at West Brom before seeing out the reminder of his career in Holland with various sides.

Bob Taylor

Arriving from Bristol City in 1992, Taylor enjoyed a six year stay at the Hawthorns.

He enjoyed promotion from the Third Division in 1989/90 via the play-offs, in whcih he was the top scorer in the league with 27 goals.

Following a fruitful experience as a marksman in front of goal for the West Midlands side, he went out on loan to Bolton Wanderers.

Following loan spells at the Whites in 1998, this move became permanent in July for a reported fee of £90,000.

A total of 27 goals in 96 games followed for Taylor whilst at the Whites, gaining cult hero status in his early days on loan scoring Wanderers goal in a 1-1 draw against Manchester United.

He re-joined West Brom in the 1999/2000 season, where he contributed to getting the club into the Premier League in 2001/02, where Taylor was quoted in saying "I've got my beloved Baggies into the promised land".

Tyrone Mears

A Jamaican international full back, Mears joined Bolton in 2011 from Burnley – as he joined the club with Clarets midfielder Chris Eagles.

With his early Wanderers career blighted by injury, Mears made 32 competitive appearances for the club before moving to the United States to join Seattle Sounders – where he won the MLS Cup in 2016.

Currently, Mears is a West Bromwich Albion player after signing from Minnesota United in August 2018.

He has made nine appearances for the Baggies so far this season.

Abdoulaye Meite

Coming to BL6 from Marseille where he had previously won the Intertoto Cup and been UEFA Cup runners-up, Meite joined Wanderers in July 2006.

He spent two years in Lancashire before moving to West Brom for an initial fee of £2million.

The defender made 56 competitive appearances for the club before joining Dijon in June 2011.

Steve Parkin

Back in 1989, Parkin joined the Baggies from Stoke City, where he spent three season at the club in the Second and Third Divisions.

In present day, Parkin is involved as a part of the coaching staff at Bolton Wanderers, as assistant manager.

Since joining Wanderers in June 2016, Parkin has been involved in the club’s League One promotion in 2016/17.

Julian Darby

The former defender came through the ranks at Bolton, making an impressive 346 appearances during a seven year tenure at the club with 52 goals to his name.

In 1988/89, Darby was a member of the Wanderers squad that won the Football league Trophy, scoring in the Final against Torquay United.

With a spell at Coventry City in between, Darby joined the Baggies in 1995 and spent two years with the West Midlands side.

Paul Robinson

This tough tackling full back joined West Brom in 2003 from Watford for an initial £250,000.

He won the club’s Goal of the Season award in 2005, with an injury-time header which equalised against Aston Villa away from home.

Furthermore, Robinson was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year alongside teammates Jonathan Greening and Kevin Phillips, with Albion winning promotion to the Premier League.

In July 2009, Robinson joined Wanderers on an initial loan move, reuniting with a former manager in the form of Gary Megson.

This deal saw Robinson joining on a one-year loan, with a two year permanent deal to follow immediately after.

He made 87 competitive appearances for the club in his three years at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Daniel Sturridge

Whilst at Chelsea in 2011, a young Sturridge joined Wanderers on loan in January 2011 until the end of the season.

He hit the ground running for the Whites, scoring eight goals in 12 games and producing terrific performances week in week out under Owen Coyle.

The England international had a short stint at West Brom on loan in the latter half of the 2017/18 season, playing six games.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-2 West Bromwich Albion

21 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers were defeated 2-0 in the Sky Bet Championship at the hands of West Bromwich Albion, with goals coming from Jay Rodriguez and Sam

Team News

Phil Parkinson made four changes to his starting eleven that went up against Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship.

David Wheater and Jonathan Grounds dropped out for Jack Hobbs and Andrew Taylor, with Josh Magennis and Will Buckley replaced by Clayton Donaldson and Gary O’Neil.

First Half

Almost straight after the whistle went in this half, Wanderers nearly went ahead after a Craig Noone cross found Gary O’Neil who nodded the ball across goal and just past the far post.

Seven minutes in and a gigantic kick up field from Sam Johnstone found in-form Dwight Gayle, who brought the ball down and fired towards Alnwick’s goal from the angle, but couldn’t find the target.

On the 16th minute, a high, looping cross from Andrew Taylor found Gary O’Neil at the back post, who managed to evade his marker before heading over the bar. There were claims on a penalty on the midfielder but the referee David Webb waved them away.

The visitors went ahead three minutes after this, as a Chris Brunt free-kick was headed back across goal by Ahmed Hegazi, leaving Jay Rodriguez to tap it in from inside the six-yard box.

Wanderers kept threatening throughout the half, as Gary O’Neil produced a curled cross into the danger area, but the Whites unable to capitalise on the tantalising delivery.

Luke Murphy nearly put the Whites back in this clash, with Clayton Donaldson teeing up the midfielder who just mishit his shot wide of the mark.

On the half hour mark, Pawel Olkowski expertly picked out Sammy Ameobi on the edge of the area, who shot at goal with pace only for Johnstone to tip it over the bar.

Dwight Gayle nearly doubled Albion’s lead six minutes from the break, as he struck a 30-yard free-kick that clipped the top of the crossbar. Inches away from a sublime goal.

Second Half

Phil Parkinson’s men came out of the blocks strong, as Jason Lowe latched onto a loose ball from a Craig Noone corner ball.

He turned and shot on the half volley, producing a fantastic diving save from Johnstone.

Ten minutes into the second phase and a Sam Field corner was met powerfully by Baggies defender Ahmed Hegazi, but his effort lacked direction and flew over away from goal.

Just past the hour mark, Noone produced a trademark delivery into the Baggies penalty area, that was asking to be finished off by a Wanderers attacker but nobody was able to get a touch on the football.

Wanderers continued to press forward, with Noone, Ameobi and Murphy all trying to unlock the door to the Albion defence for the leveller.

However with 15 minutes to go of regulation play, Sam Field latched onto a through ball which pierced the Wanderers defensive line before the midfielder poked the ball underneath Alnwick.

Craig Noone tried to rally a response, as he picked out Will Buckley at the near post with a cross but his midfielder partner could not steer the ball into Johnstone’s goal.

Three minutes of the 90 left when Josh Magennis managed to flick on a throw-in to Buckley, who hit a first time half-volley that petered just wide of the Albion goal.

Wanderers continued to press on until the very end but were unable to find a way back into this Sky Bet Championship clash.

Full Time

Wanderers XI: Alnwick (C), Taylor, Lowe, Beevers, Donaldson (Magennis 69), Ameobi, Noone (Pritchard 83), Hobbs, Murphy (Buckley 69), Olkowski, O’Neil.

Unused substitutes: Matthews, Wilson, Wheater, Connell

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Ticket News

Free concessionary upgrades for Monday's clash against West Bromwich Albion

18 January 2019

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with West Bromwich Albion can do so free of charge.

Available to supporters in possession of under 12, under 18, under 23, over 65 and over 75 season cards, fans are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult for Monday’s clash with The Baggies.

All adults wishing to use a concessionary season card simply has to present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium. No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this fixture. 

Tickets for the fixture remain on open sale and are available to purchase online & ‘Print at Home’ HERE.

Alternatively, tickets are also available over the phone on 0844 871 2932 or in person at Bolton Central.

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