[VIDEO] Quotes From The White Hot Reunion Dinner

  • May 01, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton stars from the White Hot era reunited on Sunday evening and here are a few quotes from that special dinner.

20 years since Wanderers defied the odds to knock Liverpool out of the FA Cup at Anfield, stars from the past got together for a one-off night at the Reebok Stadium's Premier Suite.

Speaking to BBC Late Kick Off North West - Bruce Rioch, John McGinlay, Andy Walker and others commented on what the win over Liverpool meant for the club at the time and how it helped put them where they are today.

John McGinlay

"To go there, keep a clean sheet and win 2-0, the icing on the cake was at the end with the Kop applauding us off. It was just fantastic."

Andy Walker

"We had a pretty decent team, terrific. John (McGinlay) was a great worker on the pitch and scored a lot of goals. We were lucky that we got a lot of decent service."

Mark Winstanley

"When we were at Burnden it was all one big happy family. It was a relatively small club, everybody knew everybody else. Hopefully it was the start of something for where the club is now."

Bruce Rioch

"They just needed another momentum, which we gave them with the addition of some different players and along the way we had some good cup results. It lifted the fans and brought a great spirit back into the club."

Tony Kelly

"We're here to celebrate what a great man he (Rioch) was. He put the footings in for all this and it's just gone on from there, and hopefully we'll be back in the Premier League next year. They're coming up on the rails nicely and I think Dougie (Freedman) will keep them going, and rightly so."

David Lee

"It's my job and Tony Kelly's job, and the academy's job, to bring the players through the system and put them into the first team and the manager is doing that. The mood in the camp must be very positive and confident, the players must be confident, and the results are taking them to where they deserve to be at this moment in time."

Having taken Bolton to the Premier League via the play-offs in 1995, Rioch knows what it feels like to taste the success of promotion through that particular route.

With Dougie Freedman's current side just 90 minutes away from securing a position in this season's play-offs, Rioch praised the work of the current manager and wishes his former club well in their pursuit of heading back to the top flight of English football.

"He (Freedman) has done a good job because he's taken them from a position where you thought they had no chance of getting there to a good position where they're now in with a shout of the play-offs. As we know from experience, once you're in the play-offs anything can happen so we wish them well and we hope they can achieve what they want."

The above quotes are taken from BBC Late Kick Off North West, which was broadcast on Sunday 28th April 2013. UK viewers can watch the episode in it's entirety below.

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