We have profiled three players who have played for both Bolton Wanderers and Mansfield Town.
We’ll start off with a member of the current first team squad to play for Mansfield Town, and that’s the experienced Alex Baptiste.
Coming through the youth ranks at Field Mill, Baptiste made his professional debut for the club in a Division Two home defeat to Barnsley in April 2003. Going from strength to strength during his time with the Stags, he racked up a total of 198 appearances (6 goals) for the club before departing to sign for Blackpool in July 2008 following Town’s relegation from League Two.
The 35 year-old is of course in his second spell with Wanderers and could feature against one of his former clubs this evening.
Arriving at Bolton Wanderers in December 1995 for a £750,000 fee from Newcastle United, Sellars was fantastic during the three and-a-half years he spent with the club.
Making his debut in a 1-0 Premier League defeat to Liverpool at Burnden Park, the winger scored on his next appearance – a 2-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers.
Scoring 8 goals for the club during his first full season (1996/97), he played a key role as Wanderers stormed to the Division One league title and promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt. He of course, scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win at Manchester City in April 1997 that saw Colin Todd’s side promoted at Maine Road.
After leaving Bolton in June 1999, he signed for Huddersfield Town and following two years with the Terriers, he joined Mansfield Town on a free transfer in March 2002. Remaining with the club until the end of the 2002/03 season, he made a total of 20 appearances (3 goals) for the Stags.
Whatmore enjoyed a number of spells with Bolton Wanderers and ranks in ninth on the club’s list of all-time top goal scorers with 121 goals.
Born in Ellesmere Port, the striker came through the club’s youth system and turned professional in 1973. Remaining with Wanderers throughout the remainder of the 1970s until signing for Birmingham City in 1981, he forged a potent partnership with Alan Gowling.
Going onto spend time with Birmingham, Oxford United and Burnley, he signed for Mansfield Town in 1984 and scored 20 goals in 72 league appearances before his departure in 1987. He went onto finish his career with spells in non-league at Worksop Town and Eastwood Town in the late 1980s.