THIS weekend marks the 150th league derby between Wanderers and Blackburn and the 163rd meeting between the two sides in all competitions.
Some memorable names have stolen the headlines for Bolton down the years – here we look at a few men who have proved derby heroes.
DAVID JACK Legendary striker who once bagged four goals in a 6-0 romp over Rovers in 1925. Jack – once the world’s most expensive player – scored more goals against Blackburn than any other Wanderers player, with a record of 12 in 12 appearances. RALPH GUBBINS His two goals against Rovers in the 1958 FA Cup semi-final booked a place at Wembley and were made all the more poignant by the fact he did not play in the final against Manchester United, memorably replaced by Nat Lofthouse.
FRANK WORTHINGTON Ian Greaves’ swaggering side clinched promotion back to the First Division thanks to a solitary strike from the flamboyant Worthington. ‘That’ goal against Ipswich might be better remembered, but this was surely his most important.
JUSSI JAASKELAINEN The Big Finn enjoyed perhaps the finest moment of his distinguished Wanderers career as he preserved a 1-0 win at Ewood Park by denying both Benni McCarthy and Jason Roberts from the penalty spot in the final five minutes of the game.
STUART HOLDEN Sam Allardyce, then in charge of Rovers, was still celebrating Mame Biram Diouf’s equaliser when 10-man Wanderers produced an amazing winner – Holden running on to Kevin Davies’s flick to score in the final minute.
DAVID WHEATER Emotions had been rife at the Reebok in the first game played after Fabrice Muamba’s collapse at White Hart Lane – but the midfielder watched Match of the Day from his hospital bed as team-mate Wheater scored twice to seal victory.