THE night Bolton Wanderers knocked the holders, Liverpool, out of the FA Cup in their own back yard is acknowledged as one of the most comprehensive of all football giant-killings.
Memories of Wednesday, January 13, 1993, are cherished, not only by the 8,500 Wanderers supporters who witnessed the action live but by the thousands more who excitedly feasted on reports of the events of that magnificent performance that humbled the “mighty” Reds and silenced the famous Kop.
And one image, above all others, that captured the moment and will be forever associated with that third-round replay was the photograph that appeared on the front page of the following day’s Bolton Evening News.
Above the headline “WHITE HOT”, the heroes — goalscorers John McGinlay and Andy Walker flanking man of the match David Lee — are pictured arm in arm milking the applause of the 34,700 crowd, appreciative Liverpool supporters as well as ecstatic Wanderers fans saluting a magnificent performance by the Division Three “minnows”.
It was acknowledged as an iconic image and it became the most popular print order taken by the newspaper’s photographic department. Indeed, it became the first of a set of three marking the FA Cup exploits of the giant-killing teams assembled by manager Bruce Rioch, who guided Wanderers through two promotions from the third tier of English football to Premier League in just three years.
Now, The Bolton News is marking the 20th anniversary of that famous victory with the production of a magnificent poster of that iconic image captured under the Anfield lights.
The triumphant trio — McGinlay who headed Wanderers into the lead after just three minutes, Lee who ran the Liverpool defence ragged and was the architect of the 2-0 win, and Walker who sealed the victory with another header 11 minutes from the end — have autographed the image to provide a must-have memento for all Wanderers fans.
Reports of that win suggested: “Those who saw it will never forget it!” Thanks to “WHITE HOT”, the memory lives on.
You can buy the poster from The Bolton News offices on the ground floor of The Wellsprings in Bolton town centre, next to Victoria Square, for the amazing price of just £5.99, housed in a poster tube.
You can also order a poster by phone — call 0844 847 5822, at a cost of £5.99, plus £1.50 postage and packing to a UK address. Overseas postage and packing is £6.50.
The poster will also be available from selected Bolton newsagents from tomorrow.