Bolton Wanderers v Liverpool (31/10/2010) - Double Agents
Friday, 29th October 2010
YNWA looks at the careers of those who have played for both Bolton Wanderers and the reds ahead of our trip to the Reebok Stadium on Sunday.
Sammy Lee played 295 reds games, helping us to win two European Cups, four League titles, four League Cups and the FA Charity Shield. Bolton was his final club as a player, although he made just four first-team appearances while at Burnden Park. He returned to Anfield to join the coaching staff in 1992, remaining a great servant of the club until he left in July 2004 to join the England set-up full-time. However, he moved back into club football a year later, working as Sam Allardyce's Assistant Manager at the Reebok Stadium before having a fourteen-game spell in the hot seat, before leaving by mutual consent in October 2007, along with Frank McParland, who had been on the reds coaching staff from 1995 until joining Sammy at Bolton in the summer. Sammy returned to his spiritual home in May 2008 when he was named as Rafa's new Assistant Manager, a post he still holds under Roy Hodgson. Dave Galley also recently worked as a physio at the Reebok, and had two spells at Melwood.
Phil Neal was a true reds legend, netting 59 times in 650 games and winning countless honours. He became Bolton Player/Manager in December 1985, staying in charge until he was sacked in May 1992. He led them to the Freight Rover Trophy Final in his first season in charge, before the Trotters were relegated to the basement division the next year, but immediately bounced back into the Third Division. However, he could not lead them any higher, despite twice making the play-offs. He also helped them to claim the Sherpa Van Trophy in 1989.
George Kay started his career at Bolton, playing just three times before becoming the first Englishman to captain an Irish League club, at Belfast Celtic. He was later skipper of West Ham United as they lost to Bolton in the famous ‘white horse' FA Cup Final of 1923. He arrived at Anfield in August 1936 after five years in charge of Southampton, signing Billy Liddell, Bob Paisley and Albert Stubbins. He led us to our fifth League title in 1947, securing a unique quadruple by also claiming the Liverpool Senior Cup, Lancashire Senior Cup and Lancashire County Combination Championship Cup! He also led us to our second FA Cup Final three years later, when we lost out to Arsenal. Unfortunately, he had to step down due to illness in early 1951. Meanwhile, Bill Shankly guested for Wanderers during the Second World War.
Roger Hunt netted 286 goals in 492 reds games, helping us to win two League titles, FA Cup, Second Division title and FA Charity Shield. He moved to Bolton for £31,000 in December 1969, scoring 25 times in 84 games for the Trotters. Peter Beardsley spent four years at Anfield, netting 59 times in 175 reds games, helping us to two League titles, an FA Cup and two FA Charity Shields. He left Newcastle United for Bolton in August 1997 for £450,000, remaining at Burnden Park for fifteen months, getting on the scoresheet just twice in 21 games as they were relegated from the Premiership.
Nicolas Anelka signed on loan at Anfield from Paris St. Germain in December 2001. He netted five times in 22 reds games, but was not taken on permanently at the end of the season. He moved to the Reebok from Turkish side Fenerbahçe in a £8m deal in August 2006, and notched 23 times in 61 games before joining Chelsea for £15m in January 2008.
Outside-left Peter Thompson bagged 54 goals in 416 reds outings, winning two League titles, FA Cup and FA Charity Shield. He joined Wanderers for £18,000 in January 1974, after a brief spell on loan, spending four successful years there. Joe Hewitt struck 71 times in 164 reds games, and was our leading scorer as we won the title in 1906. He moved to Burnden Park in August 1910, but later returned to Anfield to join the coaching staff. Outside-right Dick Edmed signed from Gillingham for £1,800 in January 1926 and netted 46 times in 170 Liverpool games, joining the Trotters in May 1932.
Other recent double agents at the Reebok
Young midfielder Danny Guthrie spent the 2007/08 season on loan from Anfield with Bolton having played seven senior reds games. He made 35 appearances for the Trotters, notching his only goal on his debut, a 2-1 Carling Cup win at Fulham in September 2007. He left the reds to sign for Newcastle United for £2.5m in July 2008. El-Hadji Diouf struck six goals in eighty reds games following his £10m signing from Racing Club de Lens in June 2002. He spent one season on loan with the Trotters, before moving permanently in June 2005 for £4.5m to become their record signing. He bagged a total of 24 goals in 136 games for Wanderers, moving on to Sunderland for £2.5m in July 2008.
At the back
Bolton-born Ephraim Longworth played 371 times for the reds after arriving from Clapton Orient in June 1910, going on to be the first red to captain England. He spent eighteen years at Anfield, leading us to two League titles and our first FA Cup Final before joining the coaching staff. He had previously played for his hometown team. Half-back Johnny Wheeler signed from Bolton in September 1956 for £9,000 and netted 23 times in 177 appearances in our Second Division years, going into the record books for grabbing a four-minute hat-trick in a game against Port Vale in November 1956. He was appointed player-manager of New Brighton in May 1963, but did not take up the post, becoming Assistant Trainer at Bury instead, where he stayed until 1969.
Full-back Jack Tennant signed from Torquay United in May 1933 and failed to find the target in his 42 reds games, moving on to Bolton in December 1935. Reserves defender Mark Seagraves only managed two senior reds appearances, both in cup games in February 1986. He had a more successful time at Bolton, after signing from Manchester City for £100,000 in September 1990, playing 195 times. Jon Otsemobor had a brief spell on loan at the Reebok Stadium in early 2004, after breaking through at Anfield to appear six times for our first-team. However, he only played once for them, and is now playing for Southampton in League One.
Other double agents
Central midfielder Jason McAteer started out as a professional at Burnden Park, bagging fifteen goals in 145 games, including appearing for the losing side in the 1995 Coca-Cola Cup Final. He switched to Anfield for £4.5m that September, which was their record fee received until Anelka's move, going on to net six times in 139 reds games, often as a wing-back, before moving to Blackburn Rovers for £4m in January 1999. David Thompson joined Bolton Wanderers from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day in January 2007, but was released four months later after just eight outings. He had scored five times in 56 reds games before moving to Coventry City for £3m in August 2000.
Right-half Harry Eastham guested for Wanderers during the Second World War. His career was badly interrupted by the conflict, as he bagged four goals in 68 reds games after signing from Blackpool in February 1936, but he did help us to claim the League title in 1947 before joining Tranmere Rovers in May 1948. Joseph Keetley spent time with Bolton before arriving at Anfield via Accrington Stanley in November 1923. He could only make nine reds appearances, before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in May 1925. Dietmar Hamann was also briefly a Wanderers player in the summer of 2006 before moving on to Manchester City before the ink was dry on his contract.