Vital Football

Latest Bolton Wanderers News

20 Games That Marked the Reebok: No.9

20 Games That Marked the Reebok: No.9
In our look back at 20 of the biggest Macron moments, we look back at another European night.

It was February 2008, and our second European campaign was a nice antidote to the struggles domestically. After beating the Macedonians Rabtonicki in the opening round, a great group stage saw draws away to Red Star and incredibly, Bayern. We navigated a tough group, and in the last 32 were handed a very difficult tie, against Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

Atleti were fourth in La Liga at the time, and boasted some genuine quality, including a certain Sergio Aguero, on the bench that evening. We went strong, which wasn`t always the case in Europe, with January signing Matt Taylor making his UIEFA Cup debut.

We of course, have never lost a home European game, and we would win on this night. While we had chances earlier in the game, a huge moment was when Aguero came on for the visitors. He didn`t last long, his spit earning him a red card. And when a spitting offence leaves a team in a lurch, what irony it was when 15 minutes later, El-Hadji Diouf got on the end of a knock-down in the six yard box, and his shot beat Christian Abbiati. We held on for the 15 minutes to take the lead to Spain, and then went on to protect it for another 90 minutes.

We know how that European campaign finished. In a bit of a damp squib, with a much changed side doing a decent job in losing narrowly over Sporting, just days before Gary Megson`s grand plan backfired and we lost a crucial league game at Wigan. But that night against Atletico, personally, is right up there in my years of supporting Wanderers.

Writer:Anthony Hart
Date:Wednesday August 23 2017
Time: 10:56PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Bolton Wanderers Articles

Bolton Drop Points Again

This morning, we should be talking about a Bolton win and finally getting out of the relegation zone. But two goals in the last 15 minutes meant we yet again have dropped two points, for the fourth ti

Stats: Bolton Wanderers v Reading

All the stats from Bolton Wanderers (2) vs (2) Reading, Macron Stadium, 21 November Att: 13,113

Preview: Bolton v Reading

After another game unbeaten, we`re back at the Macron tomorrow night as we host Reading under the lights. This is the start of a potentially fruitful run of home games. Next month Barnsley and Burton

Bolton Keep Unbeaten Run Going

Bolton kept their unbeaten run going, now at six games, after a goalless draw with Preston last night

They were perhaps lucky to do so. It was a poor game for the neutral, and in the first

Archived Vital Bolton Articles

Vital Bolton articles from

Site Journalists

Anthony Hart
Editor email
Tom Bevington
no email
Tom Jenkins
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

October Player of the Month?
Suggested By:
Sammy Ameobi83%
Mark Beevers3%
Gary Madine7%
David Wheater7%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Bolton Wanderers Results (view all)

Bolton Wanderers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

1.El Cynico2
Write for Vital Football