In my previous article, I looked at the status Legend in general and how it has been used in reference to Owen Coyle. If you’ve missed my previous post – you can find it here: Who Is Considered A Legend: Part 1. Now, as I’m not old enough to have have seen either Sir Nat or Eddie Hopkinson play, I will pick a few players who I feel are deserving of the ‘Legend’ status from an era, from a time where I have been able to watch my beloved Wanderers.
Now, this will come as no surprise, a choice which is pretty standard among the fans who have watched Bolton over the years and have been lucky enough to see Scot play in a white jersey.
John, much in the same way as Eddie Hopkinson, is player whose stories are told to the younger fans by those that have had the privilege to see John play. McGinlay was at Bolton for five years, two of which he was joined in attack by Coyle. The reason why John is held of in such high esteem, it is down to his ability to score goals, and score goals he did!
He also holds the honour of scoring the final goal at Burnden Park. Although John isn’t in the same category as Sir Nat and Eddie Hopkinson, I believe Super John is deserving of being called a legend.
Next up is the current Captain and the most recent of the super family – Kevin Davies. A player who signed on for nothing, after an unsuccessful spell at local rivals Blackburn Rovers – who acquired Davo for a huge fee. Davies, not known for his goal scoring ability, has still netted more than 70 times for Wanderers. The main reason I class him as a legend is that he epitomises everything that I love about my club.
SKD is effective, has an extremely high work rate, not to forget hard as nails and feared by opponents. His goal at Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich in November 2007 (UEFA Cup) is one of my favourite memorys as a Bolton fan. At the end of this current season he will have completed 10 years as a Wanderer and at 36 looks to have no intentions of slowing down. Davo, along with his wife Emma, have set up a charity – Kids of Bolton, which benefits the local community.
Super Kevin Davies deserves the Legend status as he hasn’t only proved that on the pitch, but he’s also given so much back to the community – something which not many players/managers do.
My final choice is Sam Allardyce, not for his time as a player but more for his time as a manager.
This man led Bolton Wanderers to the Premier League by winning a Play-Off Final, a Cup Final in 2004, he also brought European football to the club, which pitted little old Bolton against the giants of Europe; such as Bayern Munich, Athletico Madrid, Marseille and Zenit St Petersberg. He also brought players to the Reebok that we could have only dreamed of, with the likes of Jay Jay Okocha, Ivan Campo, Fernando Hierro, Bruno N’gotty and my favourite player ever to pull on a Bolton Shirt Youri Djorkaeff .
I am eternally grateful for the times we had under Big Sam, and will forever hold Big Sam up as the greatest manager of my lifetime and a true legend of the club.
Other players I consider to be greats of my club without being classed as legends are Youri Djorkaeff, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Ricardo Gardner, Jay Jay Okocha, Andy Walker, Gudni Bergsson and Kevin Nolan.
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