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Foot in Both Camps: Bolton Wanderers v Hull City

26 October 2018

Bolton Wanderers take on Hull City at the University of Bolton Stadium this Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship.

With that in mind, bwfc.co.uk takes a look at a selection of players who have played for both sides involved.

Jay-Jay Okocha

So good they named him twice, Okocha joined Bolton in the summer of 2002 on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain.

From there, he went on to become a club legend at the University of Bolton Stadium, playing 145 times under the tutelage of Sam Allardyce, scoring 18 goals.

His trickery, ability to run with the ball and chaos opposing defenders to lose their footing was something that was admired by supporting Wanderers fans.

To see exactly what the great man was capable of, click the link below to experience the magic.

Following a spell in Qatar, the Nigerian international joined the Tigers to re-unite with Phil Brown for a single season in 2007/08.

Henrik Pedersen

Acquired from Silkeborg IF in July 2001 for a reported £650,000 and made his debut in a 5-0 victory against Leicester City, replacing Ricardo Gardner as a second-half substitute.

In his six year stint in BL6, the Danish international made 171 appearances for Wanderers, scoring 29 goals with his signature peacock celebration.

Following his departure from Wandereers in May 2007, Hull City signed the Dane as he spent one season with the Yorkshire club.

Aaron Wilbraham

Following a nine-year stay at Stockport County, Wilbraham made the permanent move to Hull City in 2004.

He aided the Tigers to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship, as Hull finished second place in League One with Wilbraham making 19 appearances in his one season there.

Jumping forward to August 2017 and the towering centre forward joined Wanderers from Bristol City on a one-year contract.

Making 27 competitive appearances for the Whites in the 2017/18 campaign, he scored two vital goals.

His debut goal came in the 93rd minute against Sheffield Wednesday, earning a point for Phil Parkinson’s men.

Then, on the final day of the season, Wilbraham scored the third and decisive goal against Nottingham Forest in a 3-2 victory that saw the Whites avoid relegation from the Sky Bet Championship.

Abdoulaye Faye

Joining from RC Lens on an initial loan in July 2005, Faye signed permanently for the Whites in December the same year.

Forming a solid partnership at the back with Ivorian Abdoulaye Meite, Faye made a total of 72 appearances under Sam Allardyce, scoring three goals.

After a spell with Newcastle United for the 2007/08 year, joining up with Sam Allardyce on Tyneside, Faye moved to Stoke City and West Ham United before joining Hull City in July 2012.

In his debut season, he played a pivotal part in helping the Tigers gain promotion to the top flight of English football.

Ralph Gubbins

Playing for the Whites from 1952 until 1960, the inside forward played 101 times for the club, scoring 18 goals.

Gubbins most notably stood in for Nat Lofthouse in the 1958 FA Cup semi-final, scoring two both goals to send Wanderers to the final, which they won.

Following his spell with the Trotters, he spent two years with Hull City. In that time, he made 45 appearances for the Tigers, scoring 10 goals.

Warren Joyce

Joining Wanderers as a youth player in 1981, the midfielder made his first team bow the year after and went on to make 221 appearances in a six-year stay at the club, with 21 goals to add to that.

After spells at Preston North End, Plymouth Argyle and Burnley, Joyce moved to Hull City on loan in 1995.

In July 1996, the move became permanent as the midfielder joined the Yorkshire side.

Two years on from signing and Joyce stepped in as player-manager for the Tigers.

From here, he manufactured what is known as “the Great Escape”, as Hull managed to avoid relegation from the Football League.

This, despite being rooted to the bottom of the table at the time of Joyce’s permanent appointment at the club.


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