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My Five Bolton Wanderers Cult Heroes

Chris takes us on a trip down memory lane

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Over the years and especially during the Sam Allardyce era, Bolton's footballing glitterati has included a number of iconic players, cult heroes to a degree but also fantastic players, you could maybe include Emile Heskey in this list moving forward especially if he helps get the team out of the current downturn in fortunes.

A good win against Rotherham on Saturday may brighten the mood and the trotters who are slight outsiders at 11/8 with Coral could well cause an upset. In the meantime though we take a look at 5 heroes from years gone by to put a smile back on your faces.


Augustine 'Jay Jay' Okocha

Without a doubt one of the best players to pull on a Bolton shirt, the Nigerian attacking midfielder earned a reputation throughout his career for dazzling opposition with his unique skillset. Also adept from direct free-kicks, while at the club he won Nigerian Footballer of the Year in each of the four years he was there (2002-2005).

Ivan Campo

The centre back who moved from Real Madrid was a rock in the centre of the Trotters' defence for six seasons. Initially starting his Bolton career on loan for a campaign, Campo made a total of 172 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals before moving on in 2008. Arguably one of the best defenders that Bolton have had since the start of the new millennium, he is fondly remembered.

Fernando Hierro

Another defender who made a move from Real Madrid at the end of his career, the Spaniard made 29 appearances for Bolton, even getting on the scoresheet once. A natural leader, he is still fondly remembered at the club and linked up with former Los Blancos teammate Campo while he was there.

Youri Djorkaeff

While the Frenchman was more prolific earlier on in his career, he still managed to score an impressive 20 goals in 75 appearances for the club between 2002-2004. Arriving at Bolton with a sterling reputation, he swiftly became a fan favourite and enjoyed a productive on-field relationship with Okocha during his time there.

Hidetoshi Nakata

Spending a season on loan at the club at the end of his career, the Japanese star was warmly welcomed to the club. Despite scoring just the one goal in his 21 appearances, he was still a big influence on the pitch and a key character in the dressing room.