Foot in Both Camps: Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End

Bolton Wanderers take on Preston North End this Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship at the University of Bolton . With that in mind, take a look back at some of the notable names to have played for both sides.

Sam Allardyce

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The former England manager started his playing career off at Wanderers in 1973. During his time with the Whites, he was a part of the 1977/78 side that gained promotion to the First Division.

He had a second stint with the Trotters in the 1985/86 season, before joining North End the following year.

Whilst with the Lilywhites, Allardyce won promotion from the Fourth Division and in the same season, the defender was named in the PFA Team of the Year for 1986/87.

With a brief caretaker role as manager with North End coming at the end of his playing career, ‘Big Sam’ took over as Whites boss in October 1999.

From there, Allardyce enjoyed an eight year tenure at the University of Bolton Stadium.

He took the club into the Premier League in 2001, beating this weekend's opponents at the Millennium Stadium in the First Division Play-off Final.

From there, Allardyce and his Wanderers side enjoyed a successful stay in the top flight of English football.

It was capped off in 2004/05, when the Trotters finished sixth and won qualification to the UEFA Cup for the first time in the club’s history.

Ricardo Gardner


Coming over to England after a successful World Cup campaign with the Jamaican national team in 1998, Gardner joined Bolton for a reported fee of £1 million.

From 1998 to 2012, the left-sided player made over 350 appearances for the Whites.

A notable achievement for Gardner during his time in BL6 was scoring at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup in 2007. It was his first goal for five years at that time.

Coming towards the end of his playing career, he had a short spell at Deepdale in 2011 on an emergency one-month loan as cover for then-manager Phil Brown’s team.

In the current day, Gardner manages the Jamaican Under-20 international team. 

Frank Worthington

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Scorer of one of the goals of the 1970s during his two year spell with Wanderers, in his second season at the club, Worthington was the leading goal scorer in the First Division, finding the net 24 times in 42 games.

Fast forward to the 1986/87 season meanwhile and the striker was a Preston North End player.

He was only a Lilywhite for a single season however, where Preston gained promotion from the Fourth Division.

Jermaine Beckford

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The former Jamaican international joined Bolton Wanderers from Leicester City on a two-year deal in July 2013.

Beckford had more success when he joined Preston North End on loan from the Whites in November 2014 however.

The frontman wrote himself into North End folk law by scoring a hat-trick in the League One Play-off Final against Swindon Town to gain them promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

Julian Darby

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Currently a first team coach at Bolton Wanderers, Darby started his career at the club in 1986.

In an eight-year playing spell, he made over 300 appearances for the Whites, in which he scored in the 1989 Associate Members Cup final against Torquay United at Wembley Stadium where the Trotters ran out 4-1 winners.

In 1997 however, Darby signed for North End and stayed at Deepdale until a move to Carlisle came about in 2000.

Nicky Hunt

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Coming through the young system 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.

The full-back signed on short-term deal for PNE in 2011, and was a regular during his brief time at the club.

Tony Philliskirk

The Sunderland born frontman had a very brief spell at North End in 1989, before joining Wanderers in June 1989 for a reported fee of £50,000.

After signing, Philliskirk scored 75 times in 182 appearances for the Whites and for two seasons running from 1989 to 1991, the striker finished as the club’s top scorer.

Michael Ricketts

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In July 2000, former England international Ricketts joined Wanderers from Walsall for a fee in the region of £400,000.

In his first season at the club, the striker shot onto the scene by scoring 24 goals in 47 appearances, earning the Whites promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

Furthermore, Ricketts earned a call-up to the England national side, making his debut against the Netherlands in 2002.

He then joined Preston in 2007 after leaving Southend United but with fitness an issue during his time at the club, appearances were few and far between.

However he came into his own for the Lilywhites against Ipswich Town that year, as his sole goal earned three points for then manager Paul Simpson’s side.

Barry Siddall

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Goalkeeper Siddall started off his career with the Whites in 1970 and stayed for six years at the club.

During such time, he won the Third Division under Jimmy Armfield in 1972/73 and made 158 appearances during his tenure with Wanderers.

He finished his professional career at North End in 1992/93.

John Thomas

In two spells (1980-82 and 1987-89) at the club, the forward scored 44 times in 110 appearances.

He top scored in the 1987/88 season for Phil Neal’s team with 22 goals in 43 games and from there, he had a one season spell at West Bromwich Albion before joining PNE for a reported £15,000.

He picked up the Player of the Year for the Lilywhites in 1985/86 and the following season, Preston stormed to promotion with Thomas ending the year as North End’s top scorer with 28 goals.

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