bwfc.co.uk continues its series of countdown-to-the-season articles profiling former players who have worn a certain shirt number for the club
Wanderers' special series of countdown articles prior to the new season continues with the number 23 taking centre stage in the latest edition.
August 1995 – November 1999
A journeyman in the game, Todd only hung up his boots three years ago before embarking on a coaching career with the 41-year-old currently serving as Newport County’s assistant manager.
Born in Derby, the defender began his career with Middlesbrough before moving to Burnden Park in 1995, playing in the top flight with the club and then helping Wanderers win promotion as champions just two years later.
Moving onto Charlton Athletic in 1999, he swapped the capital for Lancashire once more in 2002 when making the switch to Blackburn Rovers where he spent five seasons sporting the blue and white of the Ewood Park outfit.
Finally figuring for his hometown club in 2007 where he spent two seasons, a spell in Australia with Perth Glory followed with Todd then returning to England briefly with Oldham and Hereford before enjoying another move down under and finally hanging up his boots in 2013.
Where is he now?
Trying his hand in coaching at Linfield from 2014 onwards, Todd is currently assistant manager at Newport County alongside Warren Feeney.
January 2005 – May 2005
Boasting an impressive back catalogue upon his arrival in England having played for AS Roma on over 200 occasions throughout a seven year stint in Italy, French defender Candela unfortunately failed to live up to expectations during a brief stint with Wanderers.
Arriving at the Reebok Stadium in January 2005 on loan from the Italian outfit, he managed to figured in just ten league games for the club alongside a handful of FA Cup outings, with him unable to settle on English soil.
Returning to Roma that May, he made the permanent switch to Udinese where he remained for a single season before winding down his career with stints at Siena and Messina.
Where is he now?
Since retiring, Candela has been a dubbing actor and was also a contestant on a televised Italian dance competition called Ballando con le Stelle.
July 2009 – May 2012
A player whose time with Wanderers was ruined by injury, the Bolton faithful sadly never got to see the best of a player who promised so much.
Having started his career at Fulham in his native London, he spent eight years as a professional there after graduating from their academy, earning a name for himself as a reliable midfielder with an eye for goal.
Moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 2004, an injury sustained early in the campaign meant that his two years at White Hart Lane did not yield much game time, with him swapping the capital for the south coast in 2006.
Helping to keep Portsmouth in the top flight, he became a fan favourite amongst the Pompey faithful but despite the club’s best efforts, the lure of Bolton in 2009 proved too tempting.
Signing a three-year-deal with the Whites in July of that year, he started the season well but was sent off against Liverpool at the end of August alongside sustaining an knee injury in the same match which would ensure he never played for the club again.
Where is he now?
Loaned briefly to Bristol City in 2012, Davis hung up his boots that summer with the former England Under-21 international now a born-again Christian courtesy of Linvoy Primus’ influence during his spell at Portsmouth. He also works for Fulham FC as a columnist and commentator for their home games.
Other Bolton No.23s include: Dean Holdsworth, Mario Espartero, Danny Livesey, Idan Tal, Blerim Dzemaili, Joe Riley and Marc Tierney
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