Bolton Wanderers v Leeds United: Away day proves happy hunting ground for Whites

Robbie Fowler celebrates his third goal against Bolton Wanderers.
Robbie Fowler celebrates his third goal against Bolton Wanderers.
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Leeds United have travelled to face Bolton Wanderers eight times in the last 20 years and the Whites can boast an impressive record, taking 16 points from a possible 21, plus one FA Cup victory, since a 2-0 win in December 1995.

Oliver Roby takes a look through United’s more recent trips to Wanderers.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27, 1995 – BOLTON WANDERERS 0-2 LEEDS UNITED

Leeds United followed up a 3-1 home win over Manchester United on Christmas Eve with a comfortable 2-0 win over the newly-promoted Wanderers. Sweden international Thomas Brolin opened the scoring on 40 minutes in this Premier League clash at Burnden Park, with David Wetherhall netting the second on 63 minutes to secure the three points.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 1996 – BOLTON WANDERERS 0-1 LEEDS UNITED

Valentine’s Day 1996 saw Leeds produce a solid display to come through this tricky fourth round FA Cup tie. Striker Rod Wallace scored a first half goal to ensure Leeds’ impressive 4-2 win over Derby in Round Three didn’t go to waste. United would eventually be knocked out by Liverpool at the quarter final stage after a replay.

SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 1998 – BOLTON WANDERERS 2-3 LEEDS UNITED

One of the more entertaining clashes between the two sides in recent years saw Leeds come away with a crucial three points. Alf-Inge Haaland and Gunnar Halle scored first half goals for the Champions’ League-chasing Whites, but their half time lead was halved by Alan Thompson on 56 minutes. However Bolton, who were staring at the threat of relegation, had their hopes of getting something from the game dashed by a Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink goal with five minutes to go, meaning an 89th minute goal from Mark Fish was only a consolation. Bolton would go on to be relegated on goal difference as the Whites finished fifth.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2001 – BOLTON WANDERERS 0-3 LEEDS UNITED

Robbie Fowler scored his only ever hat-trick for the club to hand Leeds the spoils in this Boxing Day clash. The former Liverpool man, who had joined the club for £11 million just a month earlier, opened the scoring two minutes in and doubled The Whites’ advantage on the 16 minutes. Leeds, who also boasted the likes of Rio Ferdinand amongst their ranks for the game, were comfortable throughout and Fowler completed his hat-trick on 89 minutes.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2002 – BOLTON WANDERERS 0-3 LEEDS UNITED

Leeds eased the pain of a 2-1 home defeat against Malaga in the UEFA Cup four days earlier with a second consecutive 3-0 win at the Reebok Stadium. Danny Mills opened the scoring for the visitors on 12 minutes before Robbie Fowler scored another 16th minute goal to stretch Leeds’ advantage. Jason Wilcox rounded off the scoring with 15 to go.

SUNDAY, MAY 2, 2004 – BOLTON WANDERERS 4-1 LEEDS UNITED

United hit the self-destruct button in this late season game with a performance which epitomised their sorry situation at the time. The game began well with Mark Viduka giving Leeds the lead thanks to a 27th minute penalty, but the big Australian was sent off just minutes later for a second bookable offence. The hosts took full advantage after the break with Youri Djorkaeff equalising on 47 minutes before giving his side the lead six minutes later. An Ian Harte own goal on 55 minutes ended any hopes of a comeback and Kevin Nolan struck on 78 minutes to add extra gloss to the scoreline. United would go on to be relegated a week later.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2012 – BOLTON WANDERERS 2-2 LEEDS UNITED.

In the first match between the two clubs for seven and a half years, two goals from Kevin Davies earned Bolton a draw against Neil Warnock’s in-form Leeds side. Davies opened the scoring on 14 minutes before Sam Byram equalised with his first league goal for the club on the stroke of half time. The 50th minute saw Luciano Becchio give Leeds the lead but Davies notched his second of the evening late on to rescue a point for the hosts.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 – BOLTON WANDERERS 0-1 LEEDS UNITED

Luke Varney scored the only goal of the game to hand Leeds their third consecutive away win. Varney struck in the sixth minute and, perhaps surprisingly, it was the first time Leeds had opened the scoring in a league match that season. Former Leeds man Jermaine Beckford was introduced on the hour but failed to trouble the visiting defence as Leeds moved into the play-off places, while Bolton slumped into the relegation zone.

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