#ThrowbackThursday: Sheffield Wednesday 0-3 Bolton

  • April 24, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Ahead of Bolton's game against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, we take a look back at a classic game between the two sides.

In last week's #ThrowbackThursday, we went back to April 2005 and Wanderers' 2-1 victory over Charlton Athletic in the Premier League. This week, we go back to January 20, 2001, and Bolton's 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Bolton started the day in 2nd place, seven points behind Division One leaders Fulham and two ahead of their nearest challengers - Blackburn Rovers.

Sam Allardyce's side had won 10 of their previous 12 games, including the previous three, and travelled across the Pennines looking for a first win at the famous old stadium since September 1982.

What followed put the rest of the division on notice, as Wanderers strolled to victory and maintained their pursuit of promotion to the top flight after a three-year absence.

Ricardo Gardner put Wanderers ahead with just 19 minutes played, before Michael Ricketts doubled the advantage five minutes before the break to put the visitors in complete control.

Ian Marshall came off the bench with 16 minutes to go and he added a third in the dying stages, making no mistake in beating Marlon Beresford in the Owls goal.

Bolton would go on to beat Scunthorpe United in the fourth round of the FA Cup the following weekend, but their form dipped throughout February and March as Allardyce's men went on a run which saw them win just twice in 13 outings.

Thankfully, their good start had given them a safety cushion and the Trotters qualified for the end of season play-offs with ease. Bolton finished 3rd that season, four points behind Blackburn Rovers - who joined Fulham in winning automatic promotion to the Premier League.

They may have made life difficult for themselves, but Bolton did go on to join them. After seeing off West Bromwich Albion over two legs, Wanderers ran out 3-0 winners over Preston North End in the play-off final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium to seal promotion in Allardyce's first full season in charge.

Sheffield Wednesday ended the campaign in 17th place, five points clear of the relegation zone in which they had spent most of their season.

Sheffield Wednesday: Beresford, Harkness, Haslam, Westwood, Lescott, Blatsis, Hendon (Morrison 46), Quinn, Booth (Ekoku 79), Sibon, De Bilde (Hamshaw 63)
Subs Not Used: Stringer, Bromby
Booked: Harkness, Hendon

Bolton Wanderers: Banks, Whitlow (Barness 41), Bergsson, Hendry, Warhurst, Elliott, Frandsen, Gardner, Nolan, Hansen (Summerbee 78), Ricketts (Marshall 74)
Subs Not Used: Wright, Holdsworth
Goals: Gardner 19, Ricketts 40, Marshall 88

Referee: G Stretton
Attendance: 17,638

Nationwide Division One - 20/01/2001

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
1 Fulham 27 21 4 2 65 20 67 45
2 Bolton Wanderers 29 18 6 5 49 23 60 26
3 Blackburn Rovers 28 16 7 5 45 28 55 17
4 West Bromwich Albion 29 16 5 8 39 32 53 7
5 Watford 27 15 4 8 48 36 49 12
6 Birmingham City 26 14 5 7 37 27 47 10
7 Nottingham Forest 28 14 4 10 37 32 46 5
8 Sheffield United 29 12 7 10 31 29 43 2
9 Burnley 27 12 6 9 28 30 42 -2
10 Preston North End 28 12 5 11 35 39 41 -4
11 Wimbledon 28 10 8 10 42 33 38 9
12 Portsmouth 28 7 13 8 29 32 34 -3
13 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 8 9 11 29 32 33 -3
14 Gillingham 28 7 11 10 37 39 32 -2
15 Crystal Palace 28 8 8 12 41 44 32 -3
16 Norwich City 28 8 8 12 24 34 32 -10
17 Barnsley 29 8 6 15 30 41 30 -11
18 Stockport County 29 6 11 12 38 48 29 -10
19 Grimsby Town 27 7 6 14 25 39 27 -14
20 Huddersfield Town 27 6 8 13 27 34 26 -7
21 Tranmere Rovers 27 7 5 15 28 45 26 -17
22 Sheffield Wednesday 29 7 5 17 30 51 26 -21
23 Queens Park Rangers 27 4 13 10 29 40 25 -11
24 Crewe Alexandra 27 7 4 16 22 37 25 -15
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Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Milton Keynes Dons 12 12
20 Accrington Stanley 12 11
21 AFC Wimbledon 13 9
22 Southend United 12 4
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 -8
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