One of the club's most legendary players and a talismanic Brazilian midfielder feature in today's article
With just two weeks until Wanderers kick off their Sky Bet League One campaign, the club's official website continues its series of countdown articles profiling former players who have worn a specific shirt number for the Whites.
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Fabian de Freitas
August 1994 – August 1996
Signing for Wanderers in the summer of 1994 from FC Volendam, de Freitas was a virtual unknown upon his arrival in England. Despite that fact though, he undoubtedly left his mark on the English game during his two year stay with the Whites.
Notching nine goals for the club during that time, including a brace against Reading in the 1995 Play-Off Final at Wembley to secure the club top flight football, he brought down the curtain on his Bolton career in 1996 as he swapped England for Spain with CA Osasuna his next port of call.
Soon back on British soil with West Bromwich Albion in 1998 however, the striker enjoyed a similar record to his time with Wanderers whilst at The Hawthorns before winding down his career with short spells with SC Cambuur, FC Den Bosch and N.E.C.
Where is he now?
After leaving the latter, he retired from football and studied engineering having originally started with psychology. He now lives in Den Bosch in Holland and works as an engineer.
July 2003 – July 2013
A man whose name is synonymous with Bolton Wanderers with him having spent a decade at Macron Stadium, Davies’ efforts for the Whites will remain forever etched into the club’s history.
Scoring a hat-trick against the Whites in the fourth round of the FA Cup for first club Chesterfield in 1997, his exploits for the Spireites earned him a move to Southampton the following summer with Davies going on to spend a season on the south-coast before a big money move to Blackburn Rovers.
His time at Ewood Park was a test though, with him netting just once for Rovers before returning to the Saints at the end of the campaign. Finding himself in the wilderness somewhat at St Mary’s however, it was his move to the Reebok Stadium on a free transfer in July 2003 that kick-started his career.
Quickly endearing himself to the Bolton faithful, he made the number 14 shirt his own as he won the Player of the Year award three times during his ten years with the Trotters alongside captaining the club in the latter stages of his time at BL6.
His most notable moment of many however came in November 2007, with Davies’ equalising goal against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena earning Bolton a share of the spoils against the German giants.
Earning his solitary England cap against Montenegro in October 2010, he remained with the club until the summer of 2013 before joining Preston North End on a free transfer before hanging up his boots recently.
Where is he now?
Since retiring, Davies has been working predominantly in the sports media with various appearances as a football pundit.
July 2013 – July 2014
Despite spending just a season at the club, Moritz’s pedigree was clear to see through his exploits for Wanderers back in 2013/14.
Arriving at Macron Stadium boasting an impressive back catalogue which included spells with Internacional and Fluminense in his homeland of Brazil alongside stints at Kasimpasa, Kayserispor and Mersin Idmanyurdu in Turkey, the midfielder’s first taste of English football came with Crystal Palace.
Helping the Eagles win promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Off Final two summers ago, he linked up with Bolton and former boss Dougie Freedman at BL6 in July 2013 and although injuries limited his involvement for the most part, he still notched 7 times in 27 games for the Trotters.
Where is he now?
Moving to Mumbai City last summer, he enjoyed a stint with Pohang Steelers this year before agreeing terms with Buriram United in Thailand. His contract was recently cancelled with them however.
Other Bolton No.14s include: Michael Johansen, Gareth Farrelly and Gary Madine