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Bolton Wanderers welcome club legends to Macron Stadium

19 March 2018

Bolton Wanderers were delighted to welcome a number of former players to Macron Stadium for the club's victory over Aston Villa on Saturday.

Tommy Banks and his son Lee, Doug Holden and his partner Margaret, Brian Birch and his partner Tracy, and Johnny Wheeler (not pictured) were all in attendance as Adam Le Fondre's first half strike sealed a valuable three points for Phil Parkinson's men.

Fellow former Whites stars Peter Nicholson and John Thomas were their hosts for the day as the quartet enjoyed the game from the Platinum Suite at Macron Stadium.

Johnny and Doug both played in the famous 'Stanley Matthews Final' when Bolton faced Blackpool in the 1953 FA Cup Final.

Doug also played in the Trotters' 1958 FA Cup victory over Manchester United along with both Brian and Tommy - the latter going on to represent England in the World Cup in Sweden later that summer.

Wanderers' victory over Aston Villa held significant important to Brian with the former outside right forward having made his Whites debut against the Villans in a 3-3 draw at Burnden Park when aged just 16 back in September 1954.

He also tasted victory for the first time when Bolton travelled to Villa Park the following year, Nat Lofthouse's brace sealing a 2-0 win, commenting that watching the Trotters run out on Saturday brought back many happy memories of both games.

Bolton Wanderers are always delighted to welcome former players to Macron Stadium for matchdays, as some of the club's greatest servants roll back the years and interact with Wanderers fans of all ages.


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