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Foot in Both Camps: Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

11 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers take on Bristol City at Ashton Gate in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday afternoon. With that in mind, bwfc.co.uk take a look at a selection of players who have turned out for both sides.

Tony Caldwell

Playing during the 1980s, the Salford born forward played four years for Wanderers, from 1983 to 1987.

He made 175 competitive appearances for the Whites, scoring 78 goals for the club and topped the club’s goal scoring charts whilst at Burnden Park.

Following on from his time in Greater Manchester, Caldwell moved to Bristol City, where he stayed for the 1987/88 season.

Neil Danns

The Guyanese box to box midfielder joined Bristol City on loan during his tenure at Leicester City in November 2012 until January on loan.

He played nine times for the club, scoring two goals for the Championship side.

Fast forward to September 2013 and Danns signed for the Whites on an initial three-month loan deal, joining up with former coach Dougie Freedman.

Danns remained with Wanderers until June 2016, making 116 appearances for the club during his stay in BL6.

Nicky Hunt

Coming through the youth academy at Bolton, Hunt made his first team debut in 2000/01 as a substitute for Colin Hendry against Sheffield United on the final day of the regular season.

With 143 starts for the club in his nine years at the University of Bolton Stadium, he enjoyed playing in the UEFA Cup for the Whites, in addition to starting in the League Cup Final against Middlesbrough in 2004.

Following on from his nine-year stint at Wanderers, the right-back joined Bristol City on a two-year deal.

He went on to make eight appearances for the Robins.

Trevor Morgan

The centre forward had two spells with Bristol City, once in 1984 and again in 1987.

Referring to his second move, Morgan joined City from arch rivals Bristol Rovers for a fee of £10,000.

Morgan joined Bolton in 1987 from Bristol City, coming off the back of aiding them to promotion from the Third Division. 

The forward’s two season stay with the club was one capped off by winning the Associate Members Cup in 1988/89, where Morgan scored the third in a 4-1 victory over Torquay United.

Morgan currently manages the Bhutan national team, taking the role on in February 2018.

Bob Taylor

Taylor became a goal scoring menace for the Robins after signing in 1989, scoring eight goals in his first 12 games in his first season at the club.

His exploits in front of goal earned him the nickname of ‘God’ by a local fanzine, The Bountyhunter.

He helped City earn promotion to Division Two in his first full season there, with 27 goals in the league earning him the club’s Player of the Year for that campaign.

The forward left the club in 1992, to join West Bromwich Albion.

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.

Aaron Wilbraham

The target man joined Bristol City in July 2014 from Crystal Palace on an initial one-year contract.

He scored 21 goals in 44 competitive appearances in his first season at Ashton Gate, and played an extra two seasons for the Robins.

In August 2017, ‘Albie’ joined the Whites on a one-year contract. He scored just two goals for Bolton, but how vital they were.

His first goal came in the form of a last-minute equaliser against Sheffield Wednesday in March 2018.

His final bow came against Nottingham Forest on the final day of the 2017/18 season, where he started up top on his own.

With 86 minutes on the clock, Wanderers were set for the drop to Sky Bet League One, but David Wheater clawed an equaliser back leaving mere minutes left for the Whites to find a goal to retain Championship status for 2018/19.

Cue Aaron Wilbraham losing Tendayi Darikwa in the box and scoring a diving header to send the University of Bolton Stadium into rapturous applause. 

Mark Little

Little joined the Robins from Peterborough United in June 2014, after turning down a new contract offer at Posh.

The right back was a part of the City squad that won both the Football League Trophy and Sky Bet League One in his first season at the club.

He was a regular fixture in the Bristol City starting line-ups during his time at Ashton Gate, before joining Bolton in June 2017.

Little played regularly during the 2017/18 season for the Whites, notably starting in the final game of the season against Nottingham Forest where fellow former Robin Aaron Wilbraham scored the winning goal to keep Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship.

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Report: Bristol City 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

12 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers succumbed to a narrow defeat in the West Country following two quick fire strikes from Bristol City substitutes Matty Taylor and Kasey Palmer turned the game on its head after Will Buckley put the visitors in front.

Team News:

Phil Parkinson made two change from the side that beat Walsall in the Emirates FA Cup a week earlier with Sammy Ameobi and Craig Noone returning to the starting line-up at the expense of the injured Yanic Wildschut and Josh Vela, who was named among the substitutes.

First Half

Josh Brownhill had the first effort of note after ten minutes but his powerfully struck free-kick was successfully defended by the Wanderers wall.

The opening stages of the game were very much played in the middle of the park with neither side able to control possession for long spells.

The hosts won another free-kick in a dangerous area, when Luke Murphy brought down Callum O’Dowda thirty yards out. Again, Brownhill took the set piece and again the Wanderers defence held firm.

Andreas Weimann wasn’t too far away with a volley on the turn that went narrowly wide of Ben Alnwick’s left hand side.

The hosts were starting to find their feet and began to probe into the Wanderers box, but everything they threw was sufficiently dealt with by Wanderers.

Alnwick made his first save of the game 20 minutes into the contest when he got his foot onto Famara Diedhiou’s after the forward tricked his way past Pawel Olkowski to get a low shot on target.

A response came almost immediately from Parkinson’s men, when Olkowski got a cross off from the right hand side, but Noone’s header was always going over the bar and never troubled Niki Maenpaa.

Ameobi followed this up moments later when he broke into the Bristol half and charged towards goal, but his low drive lacked the power to trouble Maenpaa.

Fortune was on Wanderers’ side as the crossbar came to the rescue for them when Weimann’s deflected shot looped off Olkowski and on to the woodwork.

Diedhiou should have done better when he shook off the attention of Olkowski as his curling right footed effort was off target.

At the other end, a Noone free kick was met at the far post by the head of Beevers but Maenpaa came off his line to gather the ball comfortably.

Second Half

A bright start to the second half from the hosts saw Diedhiou head Weimann’s cross just wide after Wanderers failed to clear their lines.

At the other end, Lowe’s volley had Maenpaa on his tiptoes to catch the ball after the Wanderers midfielder was first to Beevers’ knockdown.

Diedihou missed a glorious opportunity from five yards to put his side in front after the ball fell into his path after O’Dowda’s header cannoned off the bar.

A timely intervention from the outstretched foot of Olkowski prevented Diedhiou from getting in on goal.

But Wanderers took the lead just before the hour mark through Buckley who guided in Ameobi’s cross after Noone won possession over on the far touch line.

Lloyd Kelly was attempting to let the ball roll out for a goal kick, but Noone slid into rob the ball from the full-back which allowed Ameobi to seize control of the ball and charged towards goal. His whipped, curling effort was then glanced in by Buckley who celebrated in front of the 600 plus travelling Wanderers fans.

The hosts responded by making a triple substitution with Palmer, Taylor and Dasilva repl being made, replacing Weimann, Kelly and Patterson.

And within minutes of the change being made Taylor equalised with a low shot that beat Alnwick at his near post.

The Wanderers keeper was pressed into action, making a diving save to his right to keep out Taylor's powerful effort.

From the resulting corner, the game turned on its head when fellow sub Palmer nodded the ball over the line.

A superb save from Alnwick, diving at full stretch to his left, prevented Palmer’s deflected shot from putting the hosts two goals to the good.

Noone’s left-sided cross found the head of Magennis but the big striker was unable to direct it effort on target.

Despite a late rally from the Wanderers, they were unable to find the equaliser.

Full Time

BOLTON WANDERERS: Alnwick, Lowe, Beevers, Ameobi, Buckley (Donaldson 77), Noone, Murphy (Vela 85), Olkowski, Magennis, Grounds (Dyer 85), Wheater (C).

Subs Not Used: B. Williams, Taylor, Hobbs, Wilson,

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Ticket News

No pay on the day for Bristol City clash

10 January 2019

Bolton Wanderers supporters will not be able to purchase tickets from Ashton Gate for this weekend's Sky Bet Championship clash with Bristol City.

The fixture is an all-ticket event.

Advanced sales are still available via the phone lines and in person at Bolton Central until 2pm on Friday 11 January, subject to availability.

After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.

Prices

Adults: £27
Over-65s: £24
Under-25s: £24
Under-22s: £21
Under-19s: £15
Under-12s: £10

Official coach travel however has now sold out.

How To Buy

Phone: 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)
In Person: Visit Bolton Central

 

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