#ThrowbackThursday: Bolton 2-1 Birmingham City

  • May 01, 2014 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/9b5f1

Ahead of Bolton's game against Birmingham City on Saturday, we take a look back at a classic game between the two sides.

In last week's #ThrowbackThursday, we went back to January 2001 and Wanderers' 3-0 victory at Sheffield Wednesday in Division One. This week, we go back to May 9, 2010, and Bolton's 2-1 win over Birmingham City at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton started the day 14th in the Premier League, seven points clear of the drop zone, while the Blues were up in 9th as they recorded their highest ever finish in the division and best overall for 51 years.

Wanderers had won just one of their previous seven games, as they struggled to build up any sort of regular winning run under the new management of Owen Coyle - although he had saved them from relegation, which had looked likely at the turn of the year.

Bolton started the better of the two sides and were denied an early penalty when Fabrice Muamba, playing against his former club, went down under a challenge from Blues midfielder Michel inside the box. Matt Taylor was denied by Joe Hart as the ball bounced into his path, moments before Zat Knight struck the post with a cross that looked to be bending straight into the corner of the net.

Kevin Davies opened the scoring just after the half-hour, heading home from a Paul Robinson free-kick, as the hosts took a one-goal lead into the break.

James McFadden had an effort ruled out early in the second half as the Blues looked to get themselves on level terms and they were left to rue their misfortune on the hour, as Ivan Klasnic fired home from Vladimir Weiss' cutback.

Birmingham won a penalty with 15 minutes to go and managed to reduce the deficit, as McFadden tapped the ball home from close range after Jussi Jaaskelainen had saved the spot-kick from Christian Benitez.

Despite late pressure from the visitors, Bolton held on to claim the final day victory in a game which will be remembered for an on-field intruder who came dressed as Pamela Anderson's Baywatch character - C.J. Parker - and ran the whole length of the pitch to give a hug to the City goalkeeper, who understood the hilarity of the situation.

Bolton Wanderers: Jaaskelainen, Robinson, Cahill, Knight, Steinsson, Muamba, Taylor (Holden 66), Wilshere (Gardner 90), Weiss (Chung-Yong 65), K Davies, Klasnic
Subs Not Used: Al Habsi, Samuel, Ricketts, M Davies
Booked: Steinsson, Klasnic
Goals: K Davies 33, Klasnic 60

Birmingham City: Hart, Carr, Ridgewell, Johnson, Vignal, Bowyer, Larsson (Benitez 65), Ferguson, Michel (Fahey 74), Jerome, McFadden
Subs Not Used: Taylor, Murphy, Parnaby, Carsley, Mutch
Booked: Ridgewell, Johnson, Bowyer, Larsson, McFadden
Goals: McFadden 77

Barclays Premier League - 09/05/2010

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
C Chelsea 38 27 5 6 103 32 86 71
2 Manchester United 38 27 4 7 86 28 85 58
3 Arsenal 38 23 6 9 83 41 75 42
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 21 7 10 67 41 70 26
5 Manchester City 38 18 13 7 73 45 67 28
6 Aston Villa 38 17 13 8 52 39 64 13
7 Liverpool 38 18 9 11 61 35 63 26
8 Everton 38 16 13 9 60 49 61 11
9 Birmingham City 38 13 11 14 38 47 50 -9
10 Blackburn Rovers 38 13 11 14 41 55 50 -14
11 Stoke City 38 11 14 13 34 48 47 -14
12 Fulham 38 12 10 16 39 46 46 -7
13 Sunderland 38 11 11 16 48 56 44 -8
14 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 9 19 42 67 39 -25
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 9 11 18 32 56 38 -24
16 Wigan Athletic 38 9 9 20 37 79 36 -42
17 West Ham United 38 8 11 19 47 66 35 -19
R Burnley 38 8 6 24 42 82 30 -40
R Hull City 38 6 12 20 34 75 30 -41
* R Portsmouth 38 7 7 24 34 66 19 -32

* Portsmouth were deducted nine points for entering administration

Football betting site Betway

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
19 Rochdale 32 33
20 AFC Wimbledon 33 31
21 Tranmere Rovers 32 26
22 Southend United 33 16
23 Bolton Wanderers 31 11
View Full Standings >>

Poll

Who is Bolton's 2018/19 Player of the Year?
34.62% Gary O'Neil
19.38% David Wheater
18.92% Pawel Olkowski
9.27% Joe Williams
5.33% Jason Lowe
4.13% Sammy Ameobi
2.85% Josh Magennis
2.75% Mark Beevers
1.19% Jack Hobbs
1.01% Ben Alnwick
0.28% Andrew Taylor
0.28% Craig Noone