Wanderers' special series of countdown articles to the new campaign enters its final week
The number six takes centre stage as Wanderers' countdown to the new campaign continues ahead of the club's season opener next weekend.
July 1995 – May 1998
Best known for his spells with both Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, Chris Fairclough was a man who proved himself a stalwart at each club he turned out for.
Starting out at The City Ground where he spent seven seasons, he moved on to Tottenham Hotspur in 1987 for a brief spell before linking up with Leeds where he enjoyed the most fruitful spell of his career, winning promotion to Division One in 1990 and the top flight championship two years later.
Joining Bolton in 1995, he helped Wanderers secure their own place in the Premiership on two occasions during his three year spell, firstly via the play-offs and then automatically in 1997.
Continuing to play for three more seasons after leaving the Reebok Stadium, he turned out for Notts County and York City before retiring and returning to Forest in a coaching capacity.
Where is he now?
He is now Charlton Athletic’s youth coach.
July 2004 – January 2008
One of the game’s most notable names, the late Gary Speed is a figure whose impact on football will never be forgotten.
Making his name with Leeds United as a youngster, he proved his worth during his eight-years as a professional at Elland Road, eventually moving on to Everton in 1996 where he spent two seasons.
Joining Newcastle United back following his departure from Goodison Park, the midfielder continued to grow his reputation as one of the most reliable figures in English football – a tag which followed him all the way to the Reebok Stadium in 2004.
Making 138 appearances for Bolton in a four year spell, he brought the curtain down on his playing career in 2010 following a two seasons with Sheffield United.
Moving into management with the Blades soon after, he was given the role of Wales national coach soon after – a role which he held until he tragically passed away in November 2011.
June 2008 – August 2012
A product of Arsenal’s youth academy, Zaire-born Muamba was restricted to just two senior appearances for the Gunners, both in cup competitions, during his five years in North London.
Joining Birmingham City on loan during the 2006/07 season, he impressed for the Blues, making that much of an impression on the St Andrew’s faithful that he was named as their Young Player of the Year alongside earning a permanent deal with the club.
Despite signing a three-year deal with the Midlands outfit, he spent just one season there before Bolton came calling in 2008, paying £5 million to secure his services.
Proving himself an integral part of the Whites’ midfield, tragedy was to hit Muamba in March 2012 as he suffered a cardiac arrest during Bolton’s FA Cup quarter final clash with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.
An incident which united football, the midfielder fought against the odds to recover.
Where is he now?
Since retiring from the game, he has moved into the media and recently graduated from Staffordshire University with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism.
Other Bolton Number 6s include: Alan Stubbs, Paul Warhurst, Youri Djorkaeff, Jay Spearing and Josh Vela
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