AN ARTIST has turned Bolton Wanderers long history into a unique map for fans to follow.

Mike Cochrane put together the unique design to look like a London Underground map, but it also follows the history of the Whites, with each line representing important events in a different decade, including players, managers, promotions, cup runs and how the team’s grounds have changed over the years.

The 50-year-old achieved his history degree at the University of Bristol and later went on to work in HR before combining his love of football and history into a viable business.

His map includes Bolton's four famous FA Cup victories in 1923, 1926 and 1929, as well as the famous 1958 win, which saw Wanderers legend Nat Lofthouse bag two goals as the team beat Manchester United in front of a crowd of 100,000 people at the old Wembley Stadium.

Mr Cochrane said: "Bolton struck me because I didn't realise the number of times they had won the FA Cup and, interestingly, they have played the most seasons in the top flight of English football without winning the league.

"When you go through the histories of these teams you find out all sorts of things that even if you support them you might not necessarily know."

This is only the latest in a long line of maps created by Mr Cochrane, including versions to represent Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic and both the England and Wales rugby teams.

He said it can take up to six weeks to complete each map due to the amount of research that has to be done beforehand.

But, Mr Cochrane says Bolton have thrown up some particular interesting trends, which he has noticed across other Northern clubs.

"Like a lot of industrial towns they were very successful and very popular 30 or 40 years ago," he said.

"But now, looking at the map, we can see the crowds going down.

"It just shows how things have changed in recent years.

"The other things I would say is that everyone associates Bolton with blue and white but they actually started in red and black when they were first formed in the late 1800s."

To see more of his designs, which can be bought in various sizes, with Bolton prints starting at £24 visit