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Countdown to 2016/17 - 17 days to go

20 July 2016

The club's official countdown to the new season continues with just two-and-a-half weeks to go until Wanderers' season opener

With now only 17 days to go until the start of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One season, bwfc.co.uk continues its series of countdown articles profiling former players who have worn a specific shirt number for Wanderers.



Simon Coleman 
October 1994 – February 1998

A promotion winner with Wanderers during his four years at the club, Coleman’s professional career spanning over 17 years was certainly solid if not spectacular. 

The centre-half, who started his career with Mansfield Town in the mid-1980s, figured for Middlesbrough, Derby County and Sheffield Wednesday prior to linking up with the Whites back in 1994 for £350,000.

Unfortunately for Coleman however, a broken leg sustained in a tackle by Derby County’s Marco Gabbiadini in February 1995 ultimately ruined his time with the club as he was limited to just 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals.

Loaned to Wolves during the latter stages of his time at the Reebok Stadium, he was released in early 1998 with the defender moving onto Southend United where he racked up over a century of games for the Shrimpers.

Where is he now?

Ending his career with Rochdale at the turn of the millennium, he returned to his first club Mansfield to work within their academy before moving to work at Garibaldi College in Clipstone.



Quinton Fortune
July 2006 – May 2007

Spending just a solitary season at Bolton during the 2006/07 season, many had expected more from a man who boasted an impressive back catalogue in the game.

The South Africa international had begun his career with Mallorca before moving to Atletico Madrid where he was spotted by Manchester United who moved to bring him to England in 1999.

Unfortunately though, Fortune saw his opportunities at Old Trafford limited over his seven years with the Red Devils as he managed to feature in 138 games, many of which were from the bench and in various cup competitions.

Moving to Bolton in 2006 after being released by United, he played in just seven games for the Whites before departing BL6 at the end of the season and playing for Brescia and Tubize abroad between 2008 and 2009.

Linking up with Doncaster Rovers the following summer, he spent four months at the Keepmoat Stadium where he hung up his boots in January 2010. 

Where is he now?

He has since worked under former United teammate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager of Cardiff City’s development team until February of last year.



Ivan Klasnic
September 2009 – May 2012

A highly rated striker during the formative years of his career in his homeland of Germany, Klasnic certainly left his mark on the game prior to his retirement in 2013.

On the books at he likes of FC St. Pauli and Werder Bremen early on in his playing days – the latter of which he spent seven successful seasons with – the frontman spent two seasons with Nantes between 2008 and 2010, although the second of those campaigns was spent on loan at the Reebok Stadium.

Impressing during that stint, Wanderers turned that move permanent in the summer of 2010 and Klasnic went on to remain a Bolton player for two years, notching a number of important goals in the process.

Departing following the club’s relegation from the Premier League however, the Croatia international then enjoyed a season back in Germany with FSV Mainz 05.

Where is he now?

Returning to Macron Stadium for May’s Legends Match, Klasnic hasn’t played professionally since leaving Mainz three years ago.



Other Bolton No.17s include: Andy Todd, Michael Ricketts, Florent Laville, Matt Jansen, Danny Guthrie, Mustapha Riga, Benik Afobe, Rob Hall and Liam Trotter

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