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Eidur Gudjohnsen returns to the North West to play friendly at Radcliffe Borough

Former Bolton Wanderers striker Eidur Gudjohnsen is set to make a surprise return to the North West as Radcliffe Borough are the surprise hosts of a friendly between Club Brugge and Otelul Galati.

Ross Kinnaird

Club Brugge who will be competing in the Europa League this season, are currently on a pre-season fitness camp in the North West and were due to play Bury on 11th July, however the Belgian team pulled out of the friendly without explanation. Bolton based referee Mark Halsey has helped to set up the game against Romanian outfit Otelul Galati who made the group stages of the Champion's League two seasons ago and are also on a North West pre-season camp.

It now means that Radcliffe Borough's Stainton Park will host the match, which is a real coup for the club who play in the 9th tier of English football.

Gudjohnsen signed for Bolton Wanderers in the Summer of 1998 and scored 23 goals in 73 appearances over two seasons, becoming a key figure as the Whites aimed to secure promotion to the Premier League. However, an injury in the first leg of the 1999/2000 Play Off Semi Final against Ipswich Town ruled him out of the now-infamous second leg in which referee Barry Knight booked nine Wanderers players, sent two off and awarded Ipswich three penalties as Bolton lost 5-3. After this, Gudjohnsen left in a £4 million transfer to Chelsea.

Eidur went on to form a deadly partnership with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink scoring 50 goals between them. He spent 6 years at Chelsea before being sold to Barcelona for an initial €12 million. He played there for three years and has since had spells at Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, Stoke City, Fulham, AEK Athens and Cercle Brugge before joining Club Brugge in January 2013.

The match kicks off at 6.00pm on 11th July and tickets are available at £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for Under 18s.