Foot in Both Camps: Derby County vs. Bolton Wanderers

Over the years, various players have turned out for both Bolton Wanderers and Derby County. With the impending fixture coming up against the Rams, takes a look at players who played for both sides…

Nicky Hunt

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Coming through the youth academy at Bolton, Hunt made his first team debut in 2000/01 as a substitute for Colin Hendry against Sheffield United on the final day of the regular season.

With 143 starts for the club in his nine years at the University of Bolton Stadium, he enjoyed playing in the UEFA Cup for the Whites, in addition to starting in the League Cup Final against Middlesbrough in 2004.

During his time under contract with the Whites, Hunt joined Derby on loan in January 2010, to compete for the right back spot with Paul Connolly.

Coming in on an initial short term loan, Hunt’s stay at Pride Park was extended until the end of that campaign.

Francis Lee


Starting his career with Wanderers in 1960s, Lee spent eight seasons with the club and went onto score 106 goals in 210 games.

He top scored for the Whites in four of those campaigns, with 22 goals coming in 1966/67.

After an accolade-filled tenure with Manchester City, Lee went onto join the Rams in 1974.

He won the First Division title in 1974/75, as well as the Charity shield during his spell in Derbyshire.

John McGovern

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After leaving Hartlepool United, the midfielder joined Derby County to link up with former Pools management pair Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.

He was a major figure in the side that won the First Division in 1971/72, with McGovern playing in virtually every game that year.

The former Scotland international went onto have a trophy filled tenure with Nottingham Forest after leaving Derby.

Towards the end of his career, McGovern joined the Whites as player-manager in July 1982. He remained at the club for a further three years.

Andy Todd

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Joining from Middlesbrough in August 1995, the centre back made 107 appearances and scored three goals.

He didn’t leave the club without picking up some silverware, as the defender was in the squad that won the 1996/97 First Division.

In July 2007, Todd joined Derby County from Blackburn Rovers for a reported fee of £750,000.

In a two year spell, Todd made just over 30 bows for the Rams.

Jeff Chandler

The Republic of Ireland international made 211 appearances for the Trotters during the 1980s, scoring 48 goals in the process.

Chandler was a pivotal figure when under the guidance of John McGovern, who described the player as “the best player at the club” at that time.

After suffering a serious knee injury in the early part of the 1987/88 season, Chandler left the club to join Cardiff City for a season before retiring from playing.

In between his two stints with Wanderers, Chandler joined Derby County in 1985, making over 40 appearances for the Rams during his two year tenure at the club.

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