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Twenty Years of Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok: Top 20 Moments Countdown - No.14-10

Two decades in the blink of an eye

General view of the Reebok stadium

Hope you enjoyed Part 1. You can read that by clicking here.

As we celebrate our 20th season at the Reebok I have decided to note down my top 20 moments at the ground.

14 - Jay-Jay Okocha v West Ham

In a huge game at the bottom of the Premier League, we took a massive step towards survival by beating West Ham - sending them spinning towards the Championship where they belong.

Nigerian wizard Okocha took on their midfield single-handedly and scored one of the best goals the stadium has ever seen and may well ever see.

So good they named him twice. Fantastic.

13 - The Aston Villa Semi-Final

January 2004 - Wanderers v Villa in the semi of the League Cup.

At the height of his powers, Sam Allardyce crafted a team of exquisite skill and no little power. We welcomed Villa to the Reebok and what was expected to be a tight game ended up being one of the most open and expansive game in the history of the ground.

Still remembered fondly to this day. More on THAT free kick later, by the way.

12 - Beating Atletico Madrid

February 2008 and Wanderers were flying. Qualification from the group stage led us to a home game against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, then boasting names such as a young Sergio Aguero, former AC Milan keeper Christian Abbiati, ex-Manchester United striker Diego Forlan and future Liverpool man Maxi Rodriguez.

An El-Hadji Diouf goal would send the 26,163 crowd home happy and create some memories that would last a lifetime.

11 - Saying Goodbye to Fernando Hierro

It was 15th May 2005 and ex-Real Madrid legend Hierro was heading towards the end of his last ever match.

Having served the Spanish giants with distinction, he had spent a year at Bolton Wanderers where he impressed everyone with his class and style.

Substituted on the 67th minute, he was given a send-off that such a footballing icon deserved and his legend remains just as strong today as it did twelve years ago.

10 - Stan Collymore v Andy Todd

Everyone loves a football fight and this was a goodun.

Stan Collymore, even then, was a complete knobhead which, incidentally, so was Andy Todd. I don't remember how this scrap began, but it was a great watch and we haven't seen anything like it since.