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Bolton Wanderers 2003

Kick off 10.45am

Thirty Bolton Wanderers fans arrived at the Reebok Stadium at 9am clutching their kit bags, all very nervous, but excited to be playing on their team’s hallowed turf.

After a tour of the stadium the players were taken into their respective dressing rooms and greeted by their captains, David Lee for the home team and John McGinlay for the away team.

After a warm up and team talk the teams were led through the tunnel and out onto the pitch. Lofty the Lion, Bolton’s official mascot was there, which made the game feel much more authentic, especially as he posed for the crowd and really got them going!

The game was very closely fought throughout, with the away team managing to stay ahead through most of it. The home team did play very well and managed to get another couple of goals before the final whistle, ending in a 7-5 win to the away team. “Super” John McGinlay captained his side to a win, but it was a really great game on both sides.

The man of the match title was awarded to Andrew Cummings, the goalkeeper on the home team, and John Jessop, number 14 on the away team.