Goal of the Season


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1997 - John McGinlay gets picked out by Per Frandsen's pass in the Wolves penalty area. And overhead kick would have probably been easier but that wasn't John's style - he nonchalantly takes the pace off the ball and as it loops over his shoulder, turns and volleys it past the keeper. Pure class. 

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1998 - Bolton are playing Liverpool at Anfield. Alan Thompson receives the ball back from Nathan Blake and spanks it from 20 yards. The ball is still rising when it hits the net and in fact subsequent detailed analysis of the trajectory shows it would in fact have reached orbit some 8 minutes later if the Liverpool net hadn't been in the way. This one was a candidate for Match of the Day Goal of the Season that year. Match of the Day, you remember that don't you...

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1999 - Two from Bolton's Danish contingent of the time that couldn't be split in the vote. This is just lovely football. Ricardo Gardner and Arnar Gunnlauggson work a free kick back to the edge of the area and Michael Johansen plants it in. It's dead easy this footy lark.

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1999 - and here's the other Dane, Per Frandsen rocketing one in from about 30 yards. It may not be as subtle but by God its just as beautiful.

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2000 - The year of Eidur Gudjohnsen. Two of his efforts beat everything else by miles and this one was the winner by a nose. Possibly down to the fact that the defender the ball whistles past as it heads for the net is ex Bolton player (and son of Bolton Ex Manager Colin) Andy Todd.

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2001 - We forgot to have a vote this year, so this is my personal favourite. Ricardo Gardner had looked like a crock the year before, his knee shattered and his career on the line. He came back better than ever and was arguably Bolton's player of the season. Given where he is, I can only presume he did mean to plant this past the keeper from 30 yards out. You've got to love the occasionally crazy legged fella.

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2002 was the year that Kevin Nolan went from 'prospect' to 'priceless'. 10 goals from midfield were as good a reason Bolton weren't relegated as any other. The goals at Anfield probably means most to him, but this goal means most to Bolton fans. 1-0 down to a Veron freekick, N'gotty and Ricketts conspire to drop the ball in front of Nolan at the edge of the area. His volley past the despairing dive of Barthez sent Bolton fans to the rafters.

Best Goal Ever


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Voted as such not only by Bolton fans but a large proportion of English football fans in general - probably all of those that can remember that far back. As you can hear from the soundtrack, even the commentator had no idea what Frank Worthington was going to do when he took the ball where he did. But we know now...