Sam Allardyce may not have managed any of the world's elite clubs - or indeed won any trophies - but he has revitalised the careers of many star names and cult heroes.

Big Sam's career as a boss took off during his pioneering spell at Bolton Wanderers, where he spent years bringing together an eclectic mix of globe-trotters and journeymen, who had either lost their way or merely aged out of favour elsewhere, and somehow got them all to play to his unique tune that was continually branded overly physical and direct.

He took the club from the lower reaches of the Championship in 1999 to as high as fifth in the Premier League by the time of his resignation on April 29, 2007, just two games before the end of another impressive season, while he managed European qualification twice and also reached a Mike Riley-ruined League Cup final.

Since then, his formula for 'success' has never been anywhere near as appreciated as it was at Bolton although he's never tasted relegation and arguably left Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Everton in a better position than when he joined thanks to his 'fire-fighting' abilities. And he had a 100% record as England boss too!

All of the players featured in this painting had creativity, skills, flair and charisma in abundance to compliment the braun. If they could have all been brought together in their prime at exactly the same time, then the club's major trophy drought dating back to 1958 will surely have ended.


1. Guðni Bergsson (Defender) 1995-2003, 317 games, 26 goals.

2. Bernard Mendy (Right back/Right midfielder) 2002–2003 (loan) 21 games.

3. Jussi Jääskeläinen (Goalkeeper) 1997-2012, 424 games, 106 clean sheets.

4. Ricardo Gardner (Left wing back/Left winger) 1998-2012, 342 total games, 23 goals

5. Stelios Giannakopoulos (Right winger) 2003–2008, 137 games 20 goals

6. Fernando Hierro (Defender) 2004-05, 29 games, 1 goal

7. Bruno N'Gotty (Defender) 2001-06, 172 games, 7 goals

8. Iván Campo (Defensive midfield/centre back) 2002-08, 194 games, 14 goals

9. Jay-Jay Okocha (Attacking midfielder) 2002-06, 145 games, 18 goals.

10. Kevin Nolan (Midfielder) 1999–2009, 296 games, 40 goals.

11. Gary Speed (Midfielder) 2002-06, 139 games, 14 goals.

12. Eiður Guðjohnsen (Forward/Midfielder) 1998-2000 & 2014, 97 games, 32 goals.

13. Kevin Davies (Striker) 2003-2013, 407 games, 84 goals.

14. Nikolas Anelka (Striker) 2006–2008, 53 games 21 goals.

15. Youri Djorkaeff (Attacking midfielder) 2002-04, 81 games, 21 goals.

16. Sam Alladyce (Manager) 1999-2007




Bolton Wonderers

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