Kevin Davies Set To Join Bolton's 400 Club

  • January 25, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Should he feature against Everton on Saturday, Kevin Davies will be making his 400th appearance in Bolton colours.

Since joining on a free transfer from Southampton in the summer of 2003, Davies has been a regular in the Wanderers side under the management of Sam Allardyce, Sammy Lee, Gary Megson, Owen Coyle and, most recently, Dougie Freedman.

After bursting onto the scene at Chesterfield, Davies would earn himself a move to Southampton in 1997, before joining Blackburn Rovers for £7.5million 14 months later.

He endured a miserable time at Ewood Park and returned to Southampton in August 1999, but failed to recapture the form that he found during his first spell at the club.

Despite a promising loan spell at Millwall in 2002, Davies failed to regain his place in the Saints first team and was released in the summer of 2003. A successful trial period with Bolton led to him signing a permanent deal at the Reebok Stadium, from which he has never looked back.

Davies won the club's Player of the Year award in his first season and scored in Wanderers' Carling Cup final defeat to Middlesbrough. He was a mainstay of the Bolton teams that qualified for the UEFA Cup in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and was named club captain in January 2009 - following the sale of Kevin Nolan to Newcastle United.

In October 2010, he won his first and only cap for England - as the Three Lions played out a goalless draw with Montenegro at Wembley Stadium. By representing his country, he became the oldest England debutant in 60 years - when Leslie Compton earned his first cap at the age of 38.

After a decade consisting mainly of highs, Davies was part of the Bolton team that dropped out of the Premier League on the final day of the 2011/12 campaign. Despite suffering relegation, the Wanderers captain signed a new 12-month contract at the club - ensuring he will complete 10-years of service at the end of the season.

Should Davies made his 400th appearance for Bolton on Saturday, he will become only the 21st person to reach the milestone - which was most recently achieved by Ricardo Gardner - ensuring he joins an elite club.

Below is a list of players to have represented Bolton Wanderers on 400 occasions or more:

578 - Eddie Hopkinson
575 - Roy Greaves
530 - Alex Finney
528 - Warwick Rimmer
527 - Jussi Jaaskelainen
518 - Bryan Edwards
512 - Ted Vizard
506 - Paul Jones
503 - Nat Lofthouse
499 - Roy Hartle
492 - Joe Smith
463 - Doug Holden
449 - Billy Butler
423 - Stan Hanson
422 - Steve Thompson
420 - David Stokes
412 - Freddie Hill
411 - Jimmy Phillips
410 - Ricardo Gardner
404 - Syd Farrimond

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