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20 Years at The Reebok: The top five goals

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A look at the top five goals scored in 20 years at The Reebok Stadium

Bolton Wanderers v Aston Villa Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

It might not seem it, but Bolton Wanderers have now been at The Reebok/Macron Stadium for twenty years. Relegations, promotions and European campaigns have all happened since the move from Burnden Park.

Wanderers have gone on to play 486 competitive games at the stadium, scoring 705 goals in the process.

Last week, we conducted a poll to find out what was your favourite Wanderers goal from twenty years at The Reebok, with 25 to choose from.

Now, we're going to take a look at the top five, as chosen by you.

5. Mark Davies vs Blackpool - 2010

Owen Coyle had adopted a more stylish form of football for Bolton Wanderers during his tenure. Even though it became a factor to his downfall later on, Bolton were fantastic to watch during the 2010/2011 season. After thumping wins against Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United, Wanderers were on the fringes of the top four. Facing Blackpool, the Whites found themselves two down an hour into the game. Superbly, Wanderers fought back to claim a draw.

The equalising goal from Mark Davies was arguably the best team goal Bolton have scored in recent memory. It's the type of goal Arsene Wenger can only wish Arsenal scored.

4. Stuart Holden vs Blackburn Rovers - 2010

The majority for the 2010/2011 season was one to remember for Bolton, and Stuart Holden was the shining light in a terrific Wanderers midfield. Facing up against Big Sam's Blackburn Rovers in December 2010, Bolton took the lead through Fabrice Muamba in the second half. With just minutes left, Mame Biram Diouf looked to have stolen a point for the visitors.

What happened next, no Wanderers fan will ever forget. With the Rovers players still celebrating, Sam Ricketts knocked the ball up the pitch straight from kick towards Kevin Davies. SKD headed it down for Stuart Holden, who volleyed the ball past Paul Robinson to win the game for Bolton. Just superb.

3. Nicolas Anelka vs Arsenal - 2006

Bolton Wanderers were at their peak during the mid 00's. The wealth of talent the Wanderers possessed back then was brilliant. Up front for Wanderers during the 2006/2007 season was former PSG, Arsenal and Real Madrid striker Nicolas Anelka, who had arrived at The Reebok for a then record transfer fee of £8 million. It was November 2006, and Anelka still hadn't scored a league goal for Bolton.

Wanderers faced Arsenal, and that was all the motivation Anelka needed. Looking to get one over his former team, Nicolas Anelka opened his account for the season with a superbly struck effort from outside the box. Jens Lehmann could only stand there and watch it glide past him into the top corner of the goal.

2. Jay-Jay Okocha vs West Ham United - 2003

The Nigerian wizard had been a revelation in his first season at The Reebok. His seven goals kept Wanderers in the Premier League. One of his goals stood out among the rest though. In April 2003, Wanderers faced relegation candidates West Ham United in a proper six pointer. Knowing whoever lost was probably going to be the team to go down, it was a vital game.

Wanderers won the game in spectacular style, as Jay-Jay Okocha ran the length of the pitch, shook off the challenge of Joe Cole before rifling the ball into the top corner of David James' goal from well over twenty yards out. Just sublime.

1. Jay-Jay Okocha vs Aston Villa - 2004

The 2003/2004 season was a turning point for Bolton. Gone were the days of barely staying in the league. There was only was direction the Whites were heading. Thanks to the performances of Youri Djorkaeff, Stelios and Jay-Jay, Wanderers reached the 2004 Carling Cup Final (f****** Zenden).

The semi-final against Aston Villa will live long in the memories of every Wanderers fan. Bolton thumped Villa 5-2 in the first leg, with goals from Stelios, Kevin Nolan, Bruno N'Gotty and of course Jay-Jay Okocha. Okocha scored two free kicks, the second of which defied the laws of physics. Okocha managed to smash the ball into the near top corner. There are no words that could describe how special a goal it was.

So there you have it, the top five goals from twenty years at The Reebok stadium, as voted for by you.