So, all the LOV writers have been asked to give their greatest Bolton Wanderers XI. I'm only going to use players i've actually seen play, so that excludes legends such as Nat Lofthouse or Eddie Hopkinson. Even though i've been going to games since 1996/1997, i'm only 20, so can't really remember seeing John McGinlay, Alan Thompson or anyone from the late 90's era.
Here is my greatest Wanderers XI:
Goalkeeper: Jussi Jaaskelainen
The easiest decision of my XI. 530 games for Bolton, and was a key figure in the Premier League glory days. Jussi was also never shy of a spectacular save, and when I went to my first away game against Hull City in 2008, Jussi made a superb double save against Marlon King and Geovanni.
Right Back: Gudni Bergsson
Signed for a pittance, Gudni was the first Bolton captain I remember. Hard as nails and a real leader, and prolonged his playing career to help Bolton consolidate a place in the Premier League. Gudni scored 27 goals in 317 games, one against Barnsley sticking out among the rest.
Centre Backs: Gary Cahill and Bruno N'Gotty
Not an easy choice by any stretch of the imagination. During my time as a Wanderers fan, Bolton have had some fantastic centre halves. Players such as Florent Laville, Fernando Hierro, Radhi Jaidi and Abdoulaye Faye are all worth a mention, but I went with Bruno N'Gotty and Gary Cahill. N'Gotty was the first of the golden generation of Allardyce transfers. With a career spent at Lyon, Paris Saint Germain, AC Milan and Marseille, it's incredible to think he played for us. Just a brilliant centre back and did the best floaty free kicks, as seen below. It's a shame Bruno didn't get to finish his career at the Reebok.
Cahill had to be picked considering his achievements now. Signed for £5 million from Aston Villa, Cahill went from strength to strength. Whether it was last ditch defending or scoring the winning goal, Cahill had it all. Gary Cahill also became the first Wanderer to score for England since Nat Lofthouse himself. Cahill's gone on to win every domestic trophy possible and captain the England side, what a fantastic feat.
Left Back: Ricardo Gardner
I would of gone with Vincent Candela, but I recently saw some comments that weren't too favourable on his spell at Bolton, so it's club legend Ricardo Gardner. A converted left back, Gardner played 409 times for the Whites in a 15 year spell. Memorable moments include the goal in the Play off final against Preston, and a goal at the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich.
Defensive Midfielder: Ivan Campo
It would of been very hard to leave Campo out of my team. Initially a cb, Campo became one of the greatest holding midfielders the club has ever seen. Deciding after a loan spell he preferred living in Bolton rather than being at Real Madrid, Campo fast became a Wanderers hero, and was instrumental in helping the Whites reach Europe.
Centre/ Attacking Midfielders: Youri Djorkaeff and Jay Jay Okocha
A special mention goes to Per Frandsen, Kevin Nolan and Gary Speed, but I went for 'le God' Youri Djorkaeff and 'so good they named him twice' Jay Jay Okocha. Both brilliantly gifted players and arguably our best foreign imports ever.
Left Winger: El Hadji Diouf
It was between Stelios and Diouf, but I went for Diouf. One of my favourite players as a child, Diouf was a controversial yet brilliant player. It was Dioufy who scored the goal to confirm Bolton's top six finish, Diouf who scored Bolton's first ever European goal, and Diouf who scored the goal against Sunderland to keep Bolton away from relegation.
Right WInger: Kevin Davies
You can't have a greatest XI without Kevin Davies. The epitome of the Allardyce era. SKD came to the club with no expectations, and left a hero. He put the ball in the Munich net and captained the side to Wembley. Also gained a much deserved appearance for England. SKD is also Bolton's top goalscorer in the Premier League. It may look unorthodox to have SKD on the right wing but I had to have him in my side, and he wasn't displacing the striker.
Striker: Nicholas Anelka
Easily the best finisher Bolton have had for the last 15 years. I remember being on holiday in France when I was 11. I went to the local 'supermarche' and had a look through the French papers, and the back page was a picture of Anelka alongside the tagline 'Le Sulk' and a Bolton badge. I couldn't believe it. It was brilliant. Anelka may have only been a Wanderer for 18 months, but hit 21 Premier League goals. Anelka also signed a new contract six months before he left so the club would get a bigger transfer fee. Pure class.
Manager: Sam Allardyce
Had to be Big Sam. For what he achieved in 8 years and for getting one over Arsene Wenger, Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson on more than one occasion. From the bottom half in the Championship to Champions League chasers, Allardyce worked miracles. He signed international and world class talent, made Kevin Davies super and turned El Hadji Diouf from a delinquent into a cult hero.