FORMER Wanderers star Gudni Bergsson played the final game of his career on this day in 2003.

Bergsson played the full match as the Whites recorded a vital 2-1 victory against Middlesbrough at the UniBol on the final day.  

Per Frandsen and Jay-Jay Okocha got on the scoresheet, while former Bolton striker Michael Ricketts was on target for the visitors to set up a nervous end.

But Sam Allardyce’s men managed to hold onto the lead and maintain their Premier League status at West Ham’s expense.

It was the first time Wanderers had secured a third successive season in the top-flight of English football in 40 years.

Bergsson joined the Whites in 1995 and made his debut in a 2-1 defeat against Liverpool in the Coca Cola Cup final.

The defender went on to spent eight years in the North West, winning promotion on three occasions.

Allardyce was unable to persuade Bergsson to continue playing for the 2003/04 campaign and he is now the head of the Icelandic FA.

The 56-year-old has fond memories of the Middlesbrough game and is hopeful Wanderers can continue their journey back up the divisions.

“It warms the heart to see this and the atmosphere,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

“Great goals from Per and Jay Jay. We got the spirit back now and let’s take this club to the top again.”

Bergsson was back at the UniBol earlier this season to represent a team of legends against Ian Evatt’s first-team squad for Gethin Jones’ MND appeal.

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