Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Spurs Record at Bolton

For the third successive match Tottenham face a relegation threatened side.  Spurs lost against QPR at Loftus Road while Blackburn showed no interest but Spurs can rest assured that Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium will put up greater resistance in a must win match for both sides with Spurs wanting the three points to secure their Champions League place for next season.

Travelling 'up north' has never has never been a favourite venue for any Tottenham team and the Reebok Stadium is a ground where Spurs have yet to win in the Premier League.  Their only win at Bolton during the league during the Premier League era was in season 1995-96, just prior to Bolton's move to their new stadium.  The only successs that Spurs have achieved at the Reebok was in a Carling Cup tie in October, 2004 which they won 4 - 3 after extra time (2 - 2 after ninety minutes).

Spurs' Away League Record against Bolton (inc. PL):
P 43  W  11  D  7  L  25  For  52  Ag  76

Premier League Record at Bolton:
P  12  W  1  D  4  L  7  For  13  Ag  23

Last Season's Result: 
Nov. 2010  PL  Lost 2 - 4  Hutton, Pavlyuchenko
Four days after their stunning win over Inter Milan in the Champions League Spurs were brought back down to earth with a bump at Bolton.  Kevin Davies scored twice, the first from an off-side position and the second from the penalty spot, as Spurs found themselves three down with fourteen minutes remaining.  A mini-revival saw Spurs score twice through Alan Hutton and Roman Pavlyuchenko, only for the home team to score late in added time.

Spurs' Last League Win at Bolton
March, 1996  PL  Won 3 - 2  Howells, Fox, Armstrong
Bolton were relegated at the end of this their first season in the Premier League but having earned their first away point  at White Hart lane in December, coming back from two goals down, they again showed fighting qualities in this match.  Spurs were three ahead with little more than a quarter of the game to go but they had to withstand a barnstorming finish from Bolton to secure the points.  David Howells had given Spurs an early first half lead before Ruel Fox and Chris Armstrong scored two goals in five minutes early in the second half.  Bolton's comeback could have been even better but for a last minute goal line clearance by Clive Wilson from a header by former Spurs player, Gudni Bergsson who had scored the equaliser in the game at Tottenham.

Spurs' Other Premier League Results at Bolton
Oct. 2009  PL  Draw 2 - 2  Kranjcar, Corluka
Bolton grabbed the lead after four minutes but Niko Kranjcar brought them level before the interval.  Davies scored his usual goal against Spurs in the second half but within four minutes Vedran Corluka scored with a header from a corner.

Jan. 2009  PL  Lost 2 - 3  Bent (2)
Half-time substitute, Darren Bent, scored twice in three minutes to bring Spurs level in the second half.  Spurs battling against relegation in Harry Redknapp's first season were a goal down at half-time.  Davies then added a second before Bent struck.  Three minutes from time Davies got his second from a corner leaving the Spurs manager furious at conceding another late goal.

Sept. 2007  PL  Draw 1 - 1  Keane
Robbie Keane gave Spurs the lead after thirty four minutes but within five minutes Bolton had drawn level through Campo.

Aug. 2006  PL  Lost 0 - 2
Spurs' season got off to the worst possible start.  Martin Jol's team simply weren't up for the match and Bolton made them pay for their lethargy with two goals in the first quarter of an hour from Davies and Campo.

Nov. 2005  PL  Lost 0 - 1
A Monday evening match which Bolton won with a goal after half an hour from Nolan.  Jermain Defoe 'equalised' almost immediately but was incorrectly flagged off-side. 

Feb. 2005  PL  Lost 1 - 3  Defoe
All the goals came in the second half.  Bolton went ahead with a penalty just after the interval but Defoe equalised with about twenty minutes remaining.  Two goals in the final three minutes gave Bolton the points with Davies scoring again.

April, 2004  PL  Lost 0 - 2
A goal in each half saw Spurs' poor run continue, having taken only five points from nine matches - with only three goals in the last eight games, one an own goal.

March, 2003  PL  Lost 0 - 1
A penalty in the final minute brought the points to Bolton.

April, 2002  PL  Draw 1 - 1  Iversen
Steffan Iversen gave Spurs an early lead but Bolton took a point with a goal twenty minutes from time.

Sept. 1997  PL  Draw 1 - 1  Armstrong
Bolton scored the first goal at their new Reebok Stadium after two previous scoreless draws.  They went ahead with a penalty after twenty minutes but substitute Chris Armstrong brought Spurs level in the second half and Ian Walker played a big part in Spurs taking a point from this match - described in one match report as 'the only Spurs player who can take any credit'.

A Long Time Ago:
Spurs won their first two League games at Bolton.  The clubs met in Tottenham's first season in the Football League in January, 1909.  It was a 2nd Division match which Spurs won thanks to a goal from Bobby Steel.  Both clubs gained promotion at the end of that season but when they met in the 1st Division in April, 2010 in the penultimate match of the season it was a relegation battle.  Spurs triumphed with two goals by Percy Humphreys and that victory saw Bolton relegated but Spurs survived by beating Chelsea the following week.  That result saw Chelsea go down with Humphreys scoring the winner against his former club.  Spurs then lost their next six matches at Bolton.


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