Kevin Nolan

Number 15
Kevin Nolan
Apps : 18 + 16 as sub
Goals : 1
Yellow Cards : 5
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Kevin Nolan is hopefully the first product of Bolton's revamped Academy setup. He's not bad for a first try! Kevin has just about all the attributes for a good midfielder able to use the ball well and also hold his own physically with the best. If that wasn't enough he also scores goals both with his head and his feet including goals at bopth Old Trafford and Anfield last season. It also seems likely he will break into the England Under 21 squad if his progress continues. Regardless of that, if Kevin has as good a season this time as he did last season Bolton will certainly prosper because of it.


Per Frandsen

Number 8

Per Frandsen
Apps : 33
Goals : 2
Yellow Cards : 7
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Per finds himself in the strange position of being opne of Bolton's longest serving players, despite only arriving a few years ago. The tall dane is a fixture in the first team and known for long range shooting and free kicks - he scored two against Leicester on the openiong day of last season. He was in fact sold to Blackburn two seasons ago, a move which led to the resignation of then manager Colin Todd (and there is a large section of Bolton fans who believe he was sopld exactly to precipitate that) before being bought back a year later for £100,000 less than he was sold for. A decent piece of business if I ever saw one.

Paul Warhurst

Number 6
Paul Warhurst
Apps : 5 + 3 as sub
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Paul Warhurst is probably the most versatile footballer you could meet. It seems at one time or other for one club or another he's played every position from centre forward to full back. For Bolton he plays as a defensive midfielder in front of the back 4 with some success. However the simple fact is he doesn't play often enough. He has been on the injury list more than anyh other Bolton player I can remember, and has probablty missed more games than the rest of the side put together. He was given a one year contract extension in the summer but if his bad luck continues, that may be as far as his association with the club goes.


Stig Tofting

Number 29
Stig Tofting
Apps : 4 + 6 as sub
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Stig Tofting isn't only what you'd describe as combative, he looks it too. Short, broad, shaven headed and covered in tatoos, he's a fairly intimidating sight by anyone's reckoning. He managed to fulfil the midfield battler role quite well foir about four games last season, then got injured. His injury cleared up in time to play for Denmark in the World Cup, but now it appears he's injured again. Great. That and a forthcoming possible criminal prosecution in Denmark over an incident in a restaurant means we may not actually get to see very much of Stig for our money for a while.


Akin Bulent

Number 7
Akin Bulent
Apps : 1 + 1 as sub
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I have to be honest with you, I know very little about Akin Bulent. He arrived from Gatalasaray on a free transfer over the summer, carrying with him a very positive reputation and some champions league experience. However he was also carrying a knee injury that put him out of action almost immediately and won't in fact feature until the beginning of winter. So I can't really say much about him, because I've never actually seen him play yet.




Ricardo Gardner

Number 11
Ricardo Gardner
Apps : 29 + 1 as sub
Goals : 2
Yellow Cards : 6
Red Cards : 1
Ricardo Gardner is one of the best signings in the current squad in my opinion. He arrived from Jamaica in the wake of France '98 (where the Reggae Boys had impressed on a small scale) and it soon became clear he was the sort of player fans love to watch - quick, direct and never happier than when running at adefender with the ball at his feet. It also soon became clear he was going to need a while to adjust to the English game. But once he had whaat a player he became. Despite having to overcome a serious knee injury he remains one of the best reasons to watch Bolton whenever he's on the field.


Jermaine Johnson

Number 28
Jermain Johnson
Apps : 1 as sub
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Jermaine Johnson arrived via pretty much the same path as Ricardo Gardner and the possibility is he will be just as good. Possibly wiser after the experience of Ricardo's initial problems with English football, the management have only used Jermaine sparingly. However when he has turned out he has shown just as much skill, pace and aggressive running as his compatriot, particularly scaring the living daylights out of Arsenals(!) defense last season. Maybe this year we will see more of him. I for one am looking forward to it.



Jeff Smith

Number 34
Jeff Smith
Apps : 2
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Jeff Smith is something of a fairytale made flesh. Two years ago Jeff was doing a milk round and playing non-league football. He came along to a trial at Bolton and impressed to the point where he earned a temporary contract and in a couple of appearances, showed enough to get a permanent contract at the start of last season! And he doesn't look anything like Sean Bean! After spending mostof last season out on loan, the hope is Jeff will make a serious challenge for a few first team starts. And around the ground when he does so, into several thousand heads will pop the thought "Well if he can do it, maybe there's hope for me yet.." :)


Jay Jay Okocha

Number 10
Jay Jay Okocha
Apps : 26 + 5 as sub
Goals : 7
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JayJay Okocha's arrival caused much surprise follwing the world cup in Japan. JayJay was Nigeria's talisman in the tournament (not that they did that well..), a creative force they never really harnessed. His history at the top of the game is long - having been part of the Nigerian Olympic team that won the gold medal in 1992. So Wanderers fans wait with baited breath to see if he can provide the spark that was missing at certain periods of last season. Only the fact that he will be missing for Nigerian international fixtures darkens the horizon, as Wanderers who remember Mark Fish know how demanding an African international calendar can be.



Bo Hansen

Number 21
Bo Hansen
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Bo Hansen has never really settled at Bolton. Bought as a striker (a role he performed admirably for his former club) he has never managed to consistently score goals. In fact he has dropped back down the pitch and now plays largely as a hardworking midfielder when called upon. He does everything he can for the team when picked but with the arrivals of the summer you have to wonder how many games he is going to get this season.
Note : Bo Hansen was transferred to Mitdjylland in Denmark in August 2002.



Gareth Farrelly

Number 14
Gareth Farrelly
Apps : 8 + 2 as sub
Goals : 1
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Gareth Farrelly has never really been accepted by some parts of the Bolton crowd. There are some rather petty reasons for that, but recently it's been because in all honestly his performances haven't been good enough. He never seems to have adjusted to the Premiership as well as he did the Nationwide and as a result his performances and morale have suffered. Whether this means Gareth is destined to make his way out of the Reebok I'm not sure but if so, I would personally rather remember him for the excellent season's performances that led to Bolton winning the playoff final in Cardiff (in which he scored the vital first goal) raher than the struggle that last season turned into.


Nicky Southall

Number 20
Nicky Southall
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Nicky Southall hasn't managed to hold down a regular spot in the Bolton team. Shuffled around to fill in where gaps have appeared, he's played winger, fullback and midfielder. As far as I can see, winger is his best position but whether he gets a run there to prove it is up inthe air. He does have value as a squad player though and I fondly remember an absolute rocket of a shot that he scored with last season.
Note: Nicky Southall returned to Gillingham on a free transfer in December 2002.



Gerald Forschelet

Number 27
Gerald Forschelet
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Gerald Forschelet is another young french prospect yet to make a big iumpression on the Bolton team but from whome great things are expected. Reports from people who have seen him play reserve games suggest those expectations may possibly be justified.