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Countdown to 2016/17 - 7 days to go

30 July 2016

Just seven days remain until Wanderers kick off their league campaign at home to Sheffield United

With the start of the new campaign now just a week away, Wanderers' official website continues its series of countdown articles profiling former players of the club.



David Lee
November 1992 – July 1997

Making his name with Wanderers’ local rivals Bury during the late 1980s and into the early 1990s, David Lee made over 200 appearances for the Shakers and even contributed with his fair share of goals during his time at Gigg Lane.

Enjoying a brief spell with Southampton during the 1991/92 season – a campaign which also saw him loaned to the Whites – his efforts during his temporary spell at Burnden Park earned him a permanent deal with the club soon after.

Going on to win promotion with the club on three separate occasions in 1992, 1995 and 1997, the winger turned out for the Trotters 192 times, finding the back of the net 19 times.

Bringing the curtain down on his time with Wanderers in the summer of 1997, he spent three years with the Latics coupled with a loan spell with Blackpool before winding down his career with Carlisle United and Morecambe.

Where is he now?

Firstly moving into coaching with Wigan following his retirement, he now oversees the next generation of talent as Wanderers’ Under-18s head coach.



Stelios Giannakopoulos
May 2003 – September 2008

A virtual unknown in England upon his arrival at Bolton back in the summer of 2003, Stelios had previously honed his talents in his homeland of Greece with a number of clubs.

Boasting the likes of Paniliakos and Olympiacos on his CV, the Little Greek made the move to the Reebok Stadium and helped the club to reach the final of the Carling Cup in his first season.

Then going on to ensure that the Whites qualified for the UEFA Cup on two occasions, he eventually departed the club in the summer of 2008 after helping keep the Trotters in the Premier League.

Spending a short stint with Hull City, the winger saw his gametime limited at the KC Stadium and moved back home to Greece in January 2009, with AE Larissa FC his final port of call before retiring.

Where is he now?

Also a seasoned international with Greece and a member of their Euro 2004 winning side, Stelios managed his former club Paniliakos briefly between 2012 and 2013.



Matthew Taylor
January 2008 – July 2011

Oxford-born, Taylor began his career with Luton Town as a youngster and went on to turn professional with the Hatters, proving himself a key player during three seasons with the club.

Attracting numerous suitors with his efforts, it was eventually Portsmouth who secured his signature in June 2002 with the midfielder going on to make over 200 appearances during his five-and-a-half-years at Fratton Park.

Famed for his notoriously impressive long distance strikes, his next port of call was the Reebok Stadium as Wanderers spent £3.5million to bring him to BL6 in January 2008 and 139 games later, he moved on to pastures new with West Ham.

His spell at Upton Park however wasn’t as fruitful as his previous clubs, with him joining Burnley on a free transfer last summer after the expiration of his deal with the Hammers.

Although injury curtailed his progress in 2014/15, Taylor figured prominently for the Clarets last term as they won promotion before departing the club this summer.

Where is he now?

The 34-year-old is currently without a club.



Other Bolton No.7s include: Bo Hansen, Bulent Akin, Chris Eagles and Liam Feeney

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