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Greatest BL6 Players: 10-6

22 September 2017

As we head into the weekend, it's time to recap those who finished 10th-6th in our countdown of the best ever BWFC players to play at Reebok/Macron Stadium.

10th. Stelios Giannakopoulos

Arriving in Bolton in the summer of 2003, Stelios helped the club reach the League Cup Final in his first season and also won the European Championships with Greece in July 2004. Whilst at BL6 meanwhile, the attacking midfielder made almost 180 appearances for the Whites in all competitions, playing in the UEFA Cup on two occasions and scoring 28 goals.

9th. Fernando Hierro

A true great in the game, former Real Madrid man Hierro made the shock switch to Wanderers in 2004 after a season with Qatar outfit Al Rayyan. His first foray into England was to prove to be a successful one too, with the Spanish international turning out for Sam Allardyce's men on 35 occasions, scoring a solitary goal against Norwich City and helping the club qualify for the UEFA Cup before retiring at the end of 2004/05.

8th. Gudni Bergsson

A man who is still held in the highest regard by all associated with Bolton Wanderers, Bergsson's efforts for the Trotters will never be forgotten. Joining the Whites in 1995, he helped them win promotion to the Premier League in his first year at Burnden Park - a feat he managed on a further two occasions during his time at the Reebok. Come the end of his time at BL6 meanwhile, the Icelandic legend had played over 300 games for the club, many as captain.

7th. Kevin Nolan

Another former skipper of the club to make the top ten is midfielder Nolan who started out in the Whites' youth ranks as a teenager. Once he turned professional in the late 1990s meanwhile, there was no looking back and he played an instrumental part in the club's return to the Premiership and consequent seasons at English football's top table. After 345 appearances and 50 goals however, he moved onto pastures new with Newcastle United.

6th. Nicolas Anelka

Former Arsenal, Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City man Anelka arrived at Bolton Wanderers in the summer of 2006 looking to revive his career in England and he certainly did just that during his 18 months with the Whites. Scoring 23 goals in a season-and-a-half for Sam Allardyce's men, the striker's efforts caught the eye of Chelsea and in January 2008, he moved to Stamford Bridge. His efforts for the Trotters however have certainly never been forgotten, with his exploits earning him sixth position in our countdown.


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