Tag: bolton

Names of the Nineties: Saša Ćurčić

Saša Ćurčić, a volatile personality and gifted footballer, remains one of the first true instances of the Premier League boom and bust future

Nat Lofthouse: the Lion of Vienna and the gent of Bolton

It’s difficult to discuss Nat Lofthouse without resorting to clichés. His career and life, like so many of the players he shared the pitch with, seems so improbable when compared to modern…

Jay-Jay Okocha: so good they named him twice

Illustration by Akinyele Lexain Olalekan IT’S JANUARY 2004 and Bolton Wanderers are playing Aston Villa in the first leg of the Carling Cup semi-final. In the 80th minute, Bolton are awarded a free-kick…

The ethical quandary of supporting two teams

There’s a point that all addicts reach known as the moment of realisation. The point when amidst the mental fog a sudden ray of sunshine breaks through to provide clarity. Mine came…

The sad yet inspiring story of Stuart Holden

IT’S A RARE THING in football that a player who only appeared 30 times for a club becomes an unquestioned legend. But then again, Stuart Holden is rare and special altogether. He…

In praise of Sam Allardyce’s reign at Bolton Wanderers

As featured on Guardian Sport The Premier League doesn’t like upstarts. When a club from outside of English football’s elite declares itself fit to challenge the established order, they are hurriedly batted back…