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FLASHBACK - When Bolton Wanderers Last Faced Brentford

Almost 19 years ago to the day - Wanderers met today's opponents Brentford in League Cup action.

Jordan Mansfield

It is nigh on 19 years since Bolton Wanderers faced Brentford.

This afternoon's fixture is only the 33rd between the two sides since the initial meeting back in 1933 (that game ended in a 3-2 win for Bolton).

The 1995/6 season saw Wanderers win twice times against the Bees, with the club overcoming their opponents in a two legged League Cup Second Round affair.

That season was Bolton's first in the Premier League, earned following a fantastic 4-3 victory at Wembley against Reading.

September 1995 saw Brentford arrive at Burnden Park only to be sent back down the motorway with a 1-0 defeat following a goal from Dutch icon Richard Sneekes. I can't say I remember the goal myself but I bet it was a long range piledriver.

An attendance of just 5,423 perhaps tells it's own story about where Wanderers and their fans' priorities lay that year. Struggling in the league, respite came in the form of a pair of fixtures against Brentford.

The second leg was a 3-2 away win for the Whites, with goals coming from John McGinlay, Mark Patterson and Alan Thompson in front of 4,861 fans at Griffin Park. Wanderers would progress to the Fourth Round where they lost out on penalties to Norwich City after two goalless draws.

Wanderers would go on to be relegated that season after struggling to come to terms with the standard of play in the Premier League.

This afternoon's fixture has been a long time coming, and let's hope the result is the same.

COYWM.