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My Greatest Ever Bolton Wanderers XI: Rob

Rob selects his favourite Bolton one to eleven from the last two decades of watching the greatest team in the world

John McGinlay leads the line in Rob's Bolton XI
John McGinlay leads the line in Rob's Bolton XI
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Continuing our series of all-time Bolton Wanderers XIs, as discussed on LOVpod Episode 31, I put forward my favourite Bolton team from my time of watching the mighty Whites.

Goalkeeper: Jussi Jaaskelainen

It's impossible to look past Jussi for me. We signed him for a pittance, and he went on to make more than 500 appearances for the club and develop into one of the Premier League's best goalkeepers for several seasons. Jussi is in fifth place on our list of all-time appearances and the Jaaskelainen legacy lives on in the form of his son William, who plays for Wanderers' Under-18s side.

Right Back: Scott Green

This is a bit of a left-field shout, but I think right-back has always been a tough position to fill for Wanderers. The likes of Nicky Hunt, Steve McAnespie and Gretar Steinsson couldn't be considered for this, and I admittedly forgot about Neil Cox and Jason McAteer, who was fantastic for us. But for me, growing up as a Bolton fan my favourite right-back has to be Green. He got forward, he scored goals and as a kid I loved him. Green scored 25 goals in 227 league games for Bolton, and was part of the famous FA Cup clash with Liverpool.

Centre Backs: Bruno N'Gotty and Gudni Bergsson

Gudni Bergsson is an absolute given at the heart of a Bolton XI defence. The Icelander scored 22 goals in 270 league games for Wanderers - 13 more than he scored in 184 league games prior to joining Bolton - and retired at the club in 2003. Joining him I've gone for the one and only Bruno N'Gotty, the big defender was an absolute rock in the middle of Sam Allardyce's defence and is exactly the kind of player you'd love to have guiding any defensive unit.

Left Back: Ricardo Gardner

The Jamaican left winger / left-back was my favourite Bolton player and the first man have his name on the back of one of my Bolton tops. His goals against Preston in the Play-Off Final and against Bayern Munich, as well as that farewell video to Bolton fans see him go down in history as a Wanderers legend. He simply had to be in this side, albeit slightly shoehorned in at left-back.

Right Midfield: Stelios Giannakopoulos

Stelios was a key player in the Big Sam era, his goals were absolutely vital and he quickly became a fans' favourite. He scored 28 goals for Bolton in 178 appearances between 2003 and 2008, and the winger has frequently come back to watch the side since leaving - then apparently rejoined the club in a scouting role in January. Stelios was also in the Greek side that won the 2004 European Championships, which in itself makes him a bit of a hero.

Central Midfielders: Jay-Jay Okocha and Gary Speed

Jay-Jay Okocha is another shoe-in to any Bolton ultimate one to eleven. The man so good they named him twice is, if not the best, then easily the most skilful player ever to pull on the famous white shirt. The two free-kicks in the Carling Cup semi-final against Aston Villa, the screamer against West Ham, the famous flick over Ray Parlour's head - the list just goes on and on in Okocha's awesome moments. The perfect accompaniment to Okocha is Gary Speed, who could put his foot in, make tackles and then get up the other end and score goals. Speedo was fantastic for Bolton, and he remains sorely missed. Special mention in midfield goes to another Bolton legend Ivan Campo and Tony Kelly - who was fantastic entertainment as a young Bolton fan.

Left Midfield: Youri Djorkaeff

Although not a natural left winger Youri Djorkaeff simply has to be in any dream Bolton XI.The French World Cup winner added a touch of class to Allardyce's side alongside the likes of Okocha and Ivan Campo, scoring 20 goals in 75 appearances at the Reebok. If I was to pick a natural left-winger I'd have to go for Alan Thompson, who was a tremendous goalscoring wide man.

Centre Forwards: Kevin Davies and John McGinlay

Kevin Davies became synonymous with Bolton Wanderers during his time at the club, epitomising everything that we loved and opponents hated about the club. He kicked the hell out of opponents, scored goals now and again such as that goal in Munich, worked tirelessly for the team and for that I think the vast majority of Bolton fans over the last 20 years would have him in their side.

Alongside him I've gone for another true club legend in John McGinlay. Super John scored 101 goals in 192 league games for Bolton, and scored more than one goal every two matches throughout his career. The fact that he scored the last goals at Burnden Park make him even more of a Bolton legend.

Honourable mentions have to go to Eidur Gudjohnsen, Arnar Gunnlaugsson - who was actually quite good for us at times - and the one and only Andy Walker, who could have been great were it not for his injury struggles.

Manager: Sam Allardyce

Is there any contest for this role? Big Sam worked wonders at Bolton and it's likely no-one will ever repeat what he did for the club.