Bolton Wanderers Squad Profiles

February 26, 2004
By John Brewin
(Archive)

Bolton Wanderers Squad

  • Jussi Jaaskelainen
    Age 29

    A real bargain find for the Trotters when he joined the club in 1997 from Finnish club VPS Vaasa.

    He has developed into one of the best keepers in the Premiership, with his agility and shot-stopping winning him the Sky Sports keeper of the season in 2001-2.

    Missed the Play-Off Final in 2001 through injury but is a certainty to play.

  • Kevin Poole
    Age 41

    At 41, Poole is now a fully-fledged benchwarmer having been a much-travelled keeper at Aston Villa, Northampton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool, Leicester and Birmingham.

    Jussi Jaaskelainen's fitness has seen him make just three appearance in Bolton's colours since joining them in 2001. Already has a League Cup winner's medal, having been an unused sub in Leicester's triumph over Middlesbrough in 1997. Boro might dread his appearance on the Cardiff pine.

  • Anthony Barness
    Age 32

    A Londoner who began his career at Charlton before joining Chelsea in 1992. He never reached his potential as the club looked to foreign stars. He eventually rejoined Charlton before moving to Bolton in 2000.

    Not a regular first-teamer, he was initially loaned out to West Ham in January before an injury crisis saw him return to Bolton the very next day. Hopeful of the bench at best.

  • Simon Charlton
    Age 33

    A player's pro who has made himself a Premiership fixture when many would have expected him to be usurped, Charlton was the club's Player of the Year in 2002 and remains a fixture at left-back.

    Fulfilled a similar unsung role at Southampton for whom he notched up 137 games and at Birmingham from whom he joined the Trotters in 2000.

  • Bruno N'Gotty
    Age 33

    Experienced former France international who has played for Lyon, PSG, AC Milan and Venezia. Another of the Allardyce loan brigade when he first joined the club in January 2002 before becoming a permanent fixture in the summer for a nominal fee.

    Rock-solid, he has missed only one league match all season for the Trotters. Has Cup-winning form, having lifted the French Cup in 1995 and scored the winner in the 1996 European Cup Winners' Cup Final the following year while a PSG player.

    Ivan Campo (MichaelSteele/GettyImages)

  • Ivan Campo
    Age 30

    Of crazy hair and ungainly appearance, Campo may look like 'comedian' Alan Davies but has become a firm favourite at the Reebok with his hard-working style at the base of midfield.

    Initially signed as a defender some rocky performances there saw him redeployed in midfield and he has been a success there for Sam Allardyce.

    A Spanish international who has played at Alaves, Valladolid, Valencia and Real Mallorca, he was signed from Real Madrid, for whom he played five seasons and won a Champions League medal in 2000.

  • Nicky Hunt
    Age 21

    Young prospect who has made the right-back spot all his own with some solid displays in a great season for the Trotters. That's despite having a torrid time on his first full league start at Old Trafford where the skills of Cristiano Ronaldo left him dumbfounded.

    Recovered from that to make himself an almost certain starter on Sunday.

  • Emerson Thome
    Age 32

    Solid defender who belies most of the Brazilian archetypes for a 'no nonsense' approach that has made him popular at each of his four English clubs.

    Initially a Ron Atkinson Sheffield Wednesday signing from Benfica in 1998, 'The Wall' was flogged to Chelsea in the summer of 1999. Again his solidity won him fans at Stamford Bridge before Winston Bogarde arrived and, strangely considering the Dutchman's disappearing act, the Brazilian was shown the door and a move to Sunderland.

    Injuries hampered him in the North-East before he was given a free transfer to the Reebok in the summer.

  • Kevin Nolan
    Age 22

    A product of Liverpool's academy who was rejected by his hometown club before moving down the East Lancs Road to Bolton at 17. He made a swift journey to first-team affairs in 1999 at Charlton.

    Had a great 2001-2 but a poor follow-up season and has only recently returned to the form that saw him as one of the Premiership's most promising players.

    A real goal threat as the club's leading scorer this season, he is an all-action player who will cover every blade of Cardiff grass if he can.

    Youri Djorkaeff (RossKinnaird/GettyImages)

  • Youri Djorkaeff
    Age 36

    Few players have a medal cabinet like this Frenchman of Polish origin who is a World Cup and European Championship winner and had a much decorated career in France.

    His legs may be ageing but he still possesses the guile to trouble any defence.

    This looks to be his last season at Bolton, who he joined in February 2002 from Kaiserslautern, and he will want to leave Lancashire with another gong to add to his collection.

  • Stelios Giannakopoulos
    Age 30

    A possible injury doubt for Sunday with a leg injury that has troubled him in recent weeks, the Greek international's skills have made him a popular performer at the Reebok.

    Has Champions League experience, having been a member of an Olympiakos side that won seven championships in a row.

  • Per Frandsen
    Age 34

    In his second spell at the club, having briefly defected to Blackburn at a time of financial woe for Bolton, the Dane is an adopted Boltonian, having first signed in 1996.

    A hero of Bolton's 100 points First Division Championship in 1996-7, he was one of the few bright spots in their relegation campaign of the very next season. His sale to Rovers in September 1999 forced manager Colin Todd's resignation and Frandsen didn't have long for Ewood.

    A set-piece specialist, he returned in the summer of 2000 and carried on as if he hadn't been away.

  • Jay Jay Okocha
    Age 31

    The jewel in the crown of Bolton and one of the Premiership's box office heroes, his skills and foibles make him a favourite not just in Bolton but across Soccernet's readership. His Soccernet profile is usually amongst our 'most sent' top 25.

    Just back from the African Nations Cup, where he was top scorer, the Nigerian captain will be a marked man in Cardiff but has the tools to trouble any defence.

  • Ibrahim Ba
    Age 31

    French international who joined Sam Allardyce's cut-price foreign legion in September 2003 after being cut from AC Milan's squad in the summer.

    Made his name at Girondins Bordeaux before joining the rossoneri in 1997 for £8m.

    Loan spells at Perugia and Marseille followed before he was shown the San Siro door. Not a regular performer this season, he will struggle to make a Cardiff appearance.

  • Henrik Pedersen
    Age 29

    Strong-running workhorse with an eye for the vital goal if not prolific, Pedersen has settled in at the Reebok after being initially loaned back to Denmark's Silkeborg in his first season at the club he joined in July 2001.

    Has had to settle for a place on the bench when Sam Allardyce chooses to adopt a 4-5-1 formation. The return of Okocha should see him granted that very role.

    Kevin Davies (RossKinnaird/GettyImages)

  • Kevin Davies
    Age 27

    Another player for whom Allardyce has rescued their career, Davies was persona non grata in Southampton's FA Cup Final appearance in Cardiff last May.

    This time he will be starting the game as reward for his best season since his first spell at Southampton won him a £7.25m move to Blackburn in 1998.

    Will also want to right the wrong that Middlesbrough gave him when as a young Chesterfield player he was defeated in the FA Cup semi-final.

    Serves as the target man ahead of a five-man midfield.

  • Javi Moreno
    Age 30

    Another man from Allardyce's own version of 'Scrapheap Challenge', the Spanish international's career has faltered since a big money move to AC Milan from Alaves.

    Best known on English shores for his two goals in a thrilling 5-4 Alaves loss to Liverpool in the 2001 UEFA Cup Final.

    On loan from Atletico Madrid, whom he joined in 2002 after a pallid spell at the San Siro. Yet to score in a Bolton shirt and can best expect a place on the Cardiff bench.


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