Countdown to 2016/17 - 1 day to go

Wanderers' series of articles profiling former players who have worn a particular number for the club concludes ahead of tomorrow's season opener

With just one day left until the start of the 2016/17 season, runs the rule over three players who have worn that number for the club in recent years.

Keith Branagan
July 1992 – March 2000

Born and bred in the capital, Keith Branagan began his career with five successful seasons with Cambridge United in the 1980s before linking up with Millwall in 1988.

The shot-stopper however failed to hold down a regular starting berth with the Lions, enjoying brief loan stints with Brentford and Gillingham before linking up with Wanderers in the summer of 1992.

Branagan went on to play over 250 games for the club during an eight year stay, experiencing three promotions with the Whites alongside securing a solitary cap for the Republic of Ireland against Wales in 1997 before departing for Ipswich Town at the turn of the century.

Where is he now?

Retiring in 2002, he has since coached with Crewe Alexandra, Stockport County and Wanderers alongside a coaching role at Bolton School.

Steve Banks
March 1999 – February 2003

Starting out as a professional in the early 1990s with West Ham United and Gillingham, the London-born shot-stopper enjoyed four successful seasons with Blackpool before joining up with the Whites in 1999.

Restricted to just 39 appearances in four years at the Reebok Stadium – a spell which included loan stints with Rochdale, Bradford City and Stoke City – Banks joined the latter on a short-term permanent deal in February 2003 before moving to Wimbledon in the same summer.

Turning out for the final time in England for Gillingham the following year, Banks then moved north of the border where he spent four campaigns as a Heart of Midlothian player, going on to spend a similar spell with Dundee United before moving to St Johnstone.

Where is he now?

Leaving Scotland last year, Banks joined Blackpool as a goalkeeping coach in August 2015 before linking up with Bradford City in the same role a month ago.

Adam Bogdan
July 2007 – June 2015

Scouted by Wanderers as a promising 19-year-old in his homeland of Hungary in 2007, Adam Bogdan’s decision to move to Bl6 was one which ultimately reaped dividends for both himself and the Whites.

Honing his talents with Vasas as a youngster, the flame-haired goalkeeper settled into life as understudy to both Jussi Jaaskelainen and Ali Al-Habsi upon his arrival at the Reebok Stadium.

Loaned to Crewe Alexandra for a solitary fixture in 2009, Bogdan made his senior debut in a League Cup tie away at Southampton in August 2010 before being forced into his league debut somewhat unexpectedly just five days later following Jaaskelainen’s dismissal against Birmingham City.

Named as Wanderers’ Player of the Year in 2012, Bogdan remained as the Whites’ number one for much of the remainder of his time at Macron Stadium, with only injuries in his final season keeping him from recording a higher number of appearances before his recent move to Liverpool.

Where is he now?

Limited in his opportunities at Anfield, Bogdan recently joined Wigan Athletic on a season-long loan.

Other Bolton Number 1s include: Kevin Poole, Ali Al-Habsi and Ben Amos

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