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Opinion: My Worst All-Time Bolton Wanderers XI

In a sister piece to last night's "Greatest All-Time' Bolton Wanderers XI, Chris takes a look at those who wore the famous white shirt with less distinction

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So you've had my All-Time Bolton Wanderers Greatest XI, and in the interest of fairness I thought I'd give you the alternate viewpoint, and detail the worst players in my 25 years of watching the mighty Whites.

So let's dive right in:

1) Kevin Rose

Now he only played 10 games for the club, but I remember Kevin Rose as being absolute dog shit. An away game at Nottingham Forest stands out in particular. I seem to recall losing 0-4, and I could be wrong but I think Stan Collymore scored a few that night. Rose was rubbish.

2) Danny Butterfield

The 500 year old Butterfield was brought to the club by his mate Dougie Freedman, and was a disaster. Indescribably slow, he remains the worst signing in recent memory, and therefore takes the right-back slot over other equally worthy candidates such as Steve McAnespie and John O'Kane.

3) Jimmy Phillips

With all respect due to Jimmy as a nice guy, and someone who has excelled as a coach, I was never a fan of him as a player. Somewhat timid in the tackle and indecisive on the ball, he put the fear of God in me whenever he backed off an onrushing attacker.

4) Fabrice Muamba

The former Arsenal and Birmingham City midfielder was a £5.25m signing by the Dark Lord himself. To give him his due, he was quite the athlete - the trouble is that we aren't in the business of athletics, we play football - and Muamba was just pretty terrible at the old football. A nice guy who suffered horribly on the pitch, but he really wasn't very good.

5) Gérald Cid

Sam Allardyce's final 'F you' to Phil Gartside, the French centre half joined from Bordeaux in 2007, and was a complete and utter disaster. His home debut against Everton still gives me nightmares - his error that led to a Yakubu debut goal was the sort of thing that you see on the parks at weekend. Completely inept. It's a miracle that he even made one appearance, never mind seven. Rubbish.

6) Abdoulaye Méïté

God he was shit. A former Marseille defender, the Ivory Coast international was signed by Sam Allardyce and was half decent for a couple of months before descending into farce for the remaining time at the club (Dorian Dervite - take note). He made 56 appearances for the club before being shipped out to West Bromwich Albion in 2008. One of the poorest defenders that I've ever seen, he had a total lack of any defensive nous, plus he looked dopey as owt.

7) Nicky Summerbee

Balding spanner-head Summerbee signed on loan from Sunderland in 2001, and in his nine appearances showed what a spineless and gutless weed he was. Your archetypal disinterested Billy Big Bollocks loanee, precisely no tears were shed when he fucked off back to his parent club.

8) Liam Trotter

I barely need to justify this, but the former Millwall man is the only member of the current squad who makes it onto this list - not for the want of trying......Liam Feeney - it has been a long time since I've seen someone who manages to make a relatively simple game look incredibly complicated. I pray that his time at the club comes to a swift end.

9) Johan Elmander

One of the poorest signings in the history of world football, who else but Gary Megson would extract precisely ZERO value for an £8.25m outlay? Signed from Toulouse in 2008, the Swedish 'forward' scored a mere 18 goals in almost 100 appearances before leaving for Galatasaray upon the expiry of his Bolton Wanderers contract. A total waste of space.

10) Grzegorz Rasiak

The Polish striker only played seven games for the club, but given that he was signed to replace the outgoing Nicolas Anelka, his joining the club can only be described as indescribable. Akin to letting your Ferrari go, and buying a Lada to replace it - the former Tottenham Hotspur striker was about as mobile as a telephone box, and carried as much goal threat as a banana. Dreadful.

11) John Salako

Signed on loan to help our relegation battles in the Premier League, the former England winger showed his soft underbelly in a series of weak and disinterested performances that culminated in the club losing 0-2 against Chelsea and the inevitable relegation that followed upon the referee's final whistle that fateful day in London.

So what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Let me know your thoughts below the line, as usual.