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Countdown to 2016/17 - 5 days to go

1 August 2016

With just five days remaining until the start of Wanderers' 2016/17 campaign, bwfc.co.uk's countdown continues

There's a number of notable names in the latest of bwfc.co.uk's countdown articles, as the club's website continues its build-up to the new campaign.



Gerry Taggart
August 1995 – May 1998

Born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Gerry Taggart made the move over the Irish Sea in the late 1980s as he linked up with Manchester City.

Unable to claim a first team place however at Maine Road, the defender swapped Manchester for Yorkshire just a season later as he linked up with Barnsley where he became something of a cult figure at Oakwell.

Making over 200 appearances for the Tykes over a five year spell, Taggart was spotted by Bolton in 1995, with Wanderers paying £1.5million to secure his services, with the Irishman going on to help the club secure promotion on two occasions alongside scoring a goal that never was against Everton in September 1997.

Eventually departing for Leicester City where he spent six years with the Foxes, Taggart eventually wound down his career with Stoke City before hanging up his boots in May 2006.

Where is he now?

Spending time in coaching and management since retiring, he last held the position of chief scout at Doncaster Rovers, but resigned in October 2015 following the dismissal of Paul Dickov.



Bruno N’Gotty
September 2001 – July 2006

A man who was one of a number of players to arrive at the Reebok Stadium in the early noughties boasting continental experience, Bruno N’Gotty is a name which will forever remain in Bolton folklore.

Having started out in Lyon’s youth set-up, the Frenchman played over 200 games for the club before enjoying stints with Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Marseille.

It was with the latter however that he caught the eye of Wanderers, with the club initially bringing the former France international to Bolton on a loan deal before securing his services permanently in July 2002.

Playing his part in keeping the Whites in the Premier League, reaching the Carling Cup Final and qualifying for Europe, N’Gotty brought the curtain down on his time at the Reebok in 2006, moving to Birmingham City for a season before ending his playing career with Leicester and Hereford United.

Where is he now?

N’Gotty briefly came out of retirement in 2011 when he joined French 6th-tier side l'AS Lattes, while he now plays for amateur side ES Perols and helps with the coaching of their youngsters.



Gary Cahill
January 2008 – January 2012

Now vice-captain of the England national team, it seems almost impossible to remember the young centre-half who arrived at the Reebok Stadium some seven-and-a-half years ago.

A product of Aston Villa’s academy, Cahill struggled to break into the Villans’ first team with loan stints at Burnley and Sheffield United providing him with much needed game time.

January 2008 however saw Bolton take a punt on a then 22-year-old, spending £5million to bring him to Bolton – a decision which undoubtedly reaped dividends in the years to come.

Going on to play 147 games for the club in all competitions, Cahill honed a reputation as a goalscoring centre-half, with him notching 15 times for the Whites.

Where is he now?

Handed his first England cap in 2010, Chelsea moved to take the defender to Stamford Bridge in January 2012 with Wanderers allowing him to join the Blues where he has remained ever since.



Other Bolton No.5s include: Gudni Bergsson, Colin Hendry, Abdoulaye Meite and Tim Ream

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