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Flashback: Wanderers' FA Cup fourth round memories

29 January 2016

A look back at some of Bolton's most memorable FA Cup fourth round encounters

With Wanderers set to pit their wits against fellow Sky Bet Championship side Leeds United in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup this weekend, bwfc.co.uk takes a trip down memory lane to relive some of the club’s most notable games at this stage of the competition.


1) Grimsby Town 0-2 Bolton Wanderers (January 8, 2000)

A season which saw Wanderers make it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition where they suffered a heart-breaking penalty shoot-out defeat to Aston Villa, Grimsby Town were just one of the sides to fall at the feet of Bolton 16 years ago.

Securing a fourth round berth courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Cardiff City at the Reebok Stadium, the Trotters travelled to Blundell Park almost three weeks later with victory on their minds.

And win they did, with goals from Eidur Gudjohnsen and Bo Hansen on target to secure a two nil win and a trip to Cambridge United.



2) Oldham Athletic 0-1 Bolton Wanderers (January 30, 2005)

Ricardo Vaz Te scored the only goal of the game as Wanderers built on their third round win over Ipswich Town with victory over Oldham at Boundary Park eleven years ago this month. 

The Portuguese youngster hadn’t scored for the club previously but bundled home with just nine minutes on the clock against the Latics to secure progression for the Whites.

Making it all the way to the quarter finals of the competition that season, Bolton eventually bowed out against Arsenal at the Reebok Stadium.



3) Wigan Athletic 0-1 Bolton Wanderers (February 16, 2011)

Wanderers secured the bragging rights for their fans as they overcame the challenge of local rivals Wigan Athletic in their FA Cup fourth round replay at Macron Stadium.

After the initial fixture had finished in a goalless draw in late January, Bolton made the short trip to the DW Stadium just over a fortnight later with a trip to Fulham just four days later the prize for the winners.

It was to be Bolton’s night however, with Ivan Klasnic’s second half strike proving decisive as the club made it all the way to the semi-finals of the competition where they were beaten by Stoke City.



4) Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Swansea City (January 28, 2012)

Bolton came from behind against Swansea City at Macron Stadium to progress in this competition four years ago.

Having seeing Luke Moore open the scoring for the visitors just two minutes before the half time break, Wanderers were back level on the stroke of the 45 with Darren Pratley notching his first goal for the club against his former employers.

In the second period, it was left to Chris Eagles to score the winning goal and ensure that the Trotters went marching on, all the way to the quarter finals against Tottenham Hotspur – a game which saw Fabrice Muamba collapse on the field due to a cardiac arrest.



5) Liverpool 0-0 Bolton Wanderers (January 24, 2015)

Despite eventually being defeated in the replay of this fixture, Wanderers certainly impressed in front of the television cameras by holding Liverpool to a goalless draw at Anfield a year ago this month.

Pitted against the Reds courtesy of a 1-0 win over Wigan in the previous round, Adam Bogdan was the hero for Bolton against his future employers with the Hungarian coming to his side’s rescue on Merseyside in what was a solid team performance.

And although Liverpool eventually ran out 2-1 winners at Macron Stadium after coming from behind in the clash, there is no doubting that Bolton’s FA Cup exploits last term earned them recognition across the UK and beyond.





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