2004/05 season: The Road to Europe - Marching up the table in February

Sam Allardyce’s Bolton Wanderers finished sixth in the Premier League and qualified for the UEFA Cup for the very first time in their history.bwfc.co.uk takes a look through the archives to look back on a memorable season at the then Reebok Stadium.


Wanderers’ momentum in the Premier League showed no signs of abating and they completed the double over Spurs in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the Reebok. A goalless first half showed no indication of the drama that was to come.

Diouf’s spot-kick after the break was cancelled out by Jermain Defoe just after the hour mark. But late strikes from Tal Ben Haim and Kevin Davies sent Wanderers soaring to eighth in the table.

Wanderers enjoyed some capital gains next on their travels when Kevin Nolan’s only goal of the game saw Allardyce’s troops head home from Crystal Palace with another three points in their swag bag.

An uncustomary goaless draw was next on the agenda when Middlesbrough held the Super Whites at the Reebok Stadium. Suppose, you can’t win them all!

A first-half Kevin Davies goal lengthened Wanderers’ stay in the FA Cup when they put Fulham to the sword with a Fifth Round victory in front of their home fans.

St James’ Park saw Wanderers run of fantastic form come to a temporary halt when Newcastle United ran out 2-1 winners on a cold afternoon in the North East.

Lee Bowyer had put the Magpies in front just after half an hour only for Stelios to level before the break.

Keiron Dyer’s goal on the hour mark saw Wanderers fall to a frustrating defeat.

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