Youri Djorkaeff

Number 13
Youri Djorkaeff
Apps : 36
Goals : 7
Yellow Cards : 5
Red Cards :
Youri Djorkaeff is quite possibly the most repsected player the Reebok (or old Burnden Park) has ever seen turn out in a Wanderers shirt. Winner of World Cup and European Championships, he played for many years at the top level of Serie A. However a move to Kaiserslauten in Germany didn't go well and towards the end of last season they released him from his contract and he arrived at the Reebok as Wanderers readied themselves for the final run in. Two goals against Charlton and one during the rout of Ipswich helped Bolton earn the points they needed to survive. Since his contract at Wanderers ran out when the season finished, the expectation was he would return to the continental mainland to maybe finish his career in his native country. Instead he signed on for another year and now Sam Allardyce faces the challenge of mixing his considerable skill with Wanderers energy and commitment to form a winning combination.

Henrick Pedersen

Number 9
Henrick Pedersen
Apps : 30 + 3 as sub
Goals : 7
Yellow Cards : 1
Red Cards :
Henrick Pedersen was mostly MIA for Bolton last year after a promising start of season. Injury followed injury and he appeared jinxed. In the end he was never going to be fit to take part in what was likely to be a fairly fraught end of season for Bolton and was loaned back to Silkeborg (who had sold him to Bolton in the first place) as they also struggled against relegation. As his performances in pre-season games have been pretty decent, it can only be assumed the trip did him some good and he looks like a useful player, if only he can stay fit this time.



Delroy Facey

Number 19
Delroy Facey
Apps : 3 + 7 as sub
Goals : 1
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Delroy Facey is a young striker 'signed' from Huddersfield this summer. His fee has never been made public but was the subject of a transfer tribunal hearing between the two clubs - Delroy was out of contract but as he is under 23 Bolton still have to pay some form of compensation. While I have yet to see Delroy perform in a Wanderers shirt, it is perhaps a good omen that the last player Bolton went through this process with was Michael Ricketts...





Cleveland Taylor

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Cleveland Taylor
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Cleveland is one of the products of Bolton's suddenly productive youth setup. It is unlikely he will get any time in the premiership this season but may make an appearance in one of the cups if Allardyce's previous selections are anything to go by.








Jonathan Walters

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Jonathan Walters
Apps : 5 as sub
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Jonathan arrived from Blackburn Rovers youth setup over the summer. Apparently a very hot prospect, the rumour was he was sold to Bolton after a series breach of conduct rules at Ewood Park. Regardless of the truth of this, Walters made a big impression in pre-season games and, if further disciplinery problems donÕt put Bolton in the same position as rovers, it may be good luck he fell into the Wanderers lap.








Salva Ballesta

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Salva Ballesta
Apps : 1+ 5 as sub
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Yellow Cards : 2
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Salva arrived in the January transfer window from Valencia.








Pierre-Yves Andre

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Pierre-Yves Andre
Apps : 8 as sub
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Pierre-Yves arrived on a years loan from Nantes in the January 2003 transfer window.








Michael Ricketts

Number 17
Michael Ricketts
Apps : 13 + 9 as sub
Goals : 7
Yellow Cards : 2
Red Cards :
If football can be described as a game of two halves, then Michael's debut in the premiership could be described as a season of two halves. In the first half of the season Michael was electric, hammering premiership defenses with equal enthusiasm to the treatment he had given Nationwide defenses the previous season. Starting with a thumping strike on the opening day at Leicester, he went on to score against the best defenses in the league, including goals against Arsenal and Man United on their home grounds and looked down the premiership scoring table on the likes of Michael Owen and Alan Shearer. His strong, direct play earned him the reputation of 'The Emile Heskey that actually scores goals' and got him an England call up, along with a lot of speculation as to a move to a 'big' club, which rather contradicted itself when it turned out to a rumour he was leaving to go to Spurs (which never came to anything). Unfortunately by the time the call up came Michael's form had severly dipped and a mundane half in an England shirt against Holland, during which to be fair to him he got next to no service, caused him more harm than good. His confidence was shattered and his form faded. The second half of the season became a struggle, he scored few goals and was clearly finding it hard work. He was beginning to show a return to form late on but was never the force of nature he had looked at the opening of the season. However pre-season games have shown him back to something approaching his best before a niggling hamstring injury forced him to seek a an assessment by a specialist. Given he was clearly Bolton's best scoring threat last season, here's hoping it doesn't turn out to be a serious problem.
Michael Ricketts was transferred to MIddlesbrough for 3.5 million in January 2003.

Dean Holdsworth

Number 18
Dean Holdsworth
Apps : 5 + 4 as sub
Goals :
Yellow Cards : 2
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Dean Holdsworth has been through the ringer at Bolton Wanderers. Bought for 3.5 million by Colin Todd (He is still Bolton's most expensive singing even four years on) as a last ditch attempt to stave off relegation which failed, he was thought a waste of money by Bolton fans; a rather aged journeyman who was taking the money and (not) running. Strangely, his worst moment for Bolton started a change around which has led him to possibly be one of the most popular players currently at the Reebok. In the 1999 Fa Cup semi final (at 0-0) Dean put the ball over the bar from 12 yards out with the goalkeeper stranded. Bolton went on to lose the semi on penalties, one of three they lost that year. Yet Dean seemed to almost treat that miss as something he had to make up for, something he wanted to eradicate from memory. Since then his play has been generally good, his effort unquestionable and his contribution admirable, apart from the fact that he still doesn't really score enough goals. The ones he does score are greeted warmly though, none more so than the goal in the last 5 minutes that slipped under Sander Westerveld at the Reebok to give Bolton a 2-1 win against Liverpool that left them top of the premiership. That goal has done much to repay Bolton and it's fans for the wembley miss, to the point where when there was talk of him leaving the club in the summer the main reaction was sadness rather than relief.
Dean Holdsworth left the Wanderers to go to Coventry on a free transfer in December 2002.