Bolton Wanderers vs Leeds United: Stat Preview

Tony Marshall

The international break is behind us and in all honesty thank god for that. The proper action is back and we've got a busy few weeks following Leeds. We start with Bolton away, it promises to be a difficult encounter. To preview all the stats ahead of the game is the one and only Andrew Dalton.

So here we go again.

Back to proper football after the dull fest that was England!

On to Bolton, here's some stats to enjoy!

Did you know that when we played Bolton away in a rearranged FA CUP tie (more of that later) in season 95/6 it would be the last time that we wore the ill fated Blue and Green stripped top as the players admitted that they couldn't see each other! By the time we next took to the field away from Elland Road at Port Vale, we came out in a new all Yellow strip!

Did you know that we have worn a variety of strips away at Bolton since 1995? The green and blue strip was worn in our league game there in December 95, whilst in April 98, we wore the yellow and blue halves shirt and on Boxing day 2001, we wore all yellow, a year later we wore all blue and the day we were relegated from the top flight in 04, we wore the infamous navy blue shirt, in which we didn't win a game in! Finally last season were wore the blue shirt.

Did you know that we have appeared live on national TV on three occasions against Bolton Wanderers? The first came on 27th December 1995, (3 days after we had beaten you know who!), we won that 2-0 thanks to goals from Tomas Brolin (no joke) and a header from David Wetherall.

The second came on a Monday night in December 2002, when the vultures were circling round Elland Road and Terry Venables after we had lost the last four league games and been dumped out of the UEFA Cup by Malaga. Thankfully the real Leeds turned up and we won 3-0, however Premiership Plus were on show to see our live demise from the Premiership on May 2nd 2004 (my birthday). The least said about that the better!

There have been penalties awarded on our last four visits to the Reebok Stadium, with only two being scored. Back in 2001-02, Robbie Fowler who would later go on and complete a hat trick missed from the spot after Lee Bowyer was felled in the area. A season later and this time it was the turn of Bolton play-maker Youri Djorkaeff who saw his spot kick saved by Paul Robinson. Finally at the third time of asking Mark Viduka (who would later see red) scored from the spot in our ill fated game at the Reebok in 2004 and last season Luciano Becchio was successful in our 2-2 draw in Lancashire.

Did you know that our FA Cup tie away at Bolton in Season 95-96 remains our last game to be postponed twice?? Well you do now. The fourth round game was due to take place on January 23rd 1996 but was postponed due to snow, it was then rearranged for February 6th, only to be called off again this time for a frozen pitch. Finally at the third time of asking on St Valentines day it went ahead at the third time of asking!

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