Alan Thompson - It was a pleasure to be back

Former England international delighted to turn out at Macron Stadium

Alan Thompson was grateful to get the opportunity to play at Macron Stadium once more in the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and Supporters’ Trust Legends Match.

The former England international scored the first ever goal at the stadium back in 1997, prompting an abundance of happy memories to come flooding back to the midfielder when he reunited with some of his former team-mates for the charity game.

Reflecting on the match after the final whistle, Thompson shared how much he enjoyed the occasion with

“When I drove off the M61, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up a little bit,” he said. “It’s been a long time since I played here but those happy memories people can’t take away from you. 

“It’s always a pleasure to come back. It was an unbelievable turnout from the fans. Likewise from the players, coming from far and wide. I’ve played here a few times since I left but today was lovely.

“I’ve seen a lot of faces that I haven’t seen for a long time. It’s great to see some people around the building who have worked here for years and put a lot into the football club. 

“A few celebrities turned up too. It’s been a good day all round, even the sun came out!” 

Thompson continued: “It was hard work out there. I was saying to Scott Green in the shower it shows how fit we must have been when we were young lads because that pitch seems one hell of a big pitch. 

“Obviously we’re a bit heavier and a bit older so it’s hard work but we got there in the end. 

“The supporters showed they’re right behind it and turned out in their numbers. It’s fantastic. They didn’t have to after a difficult season. 

“Hopefully the club will bounce back in the future with the right bit of stability, good management, good ownership and that can take them in the right direction.” 

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