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‘Magician’ Okocha Voted Bolton’s Best Player In Last 20 Years

‘Magician’ Okocha Voted Bolton’s Best Player In Last 20 Years

Former Super Eagles captain Austin Jay Jay Okocha has been voted by Bolton Wanderers fans as their best player to have ever played at the Reebok Stadium, now Macron Stadium.

The Reebok Stadium was built in 1997 but renamed in 2014 after Macron signed a naming rights deal with Bolton Wanderers. It is in celebration of the ground’s 20th anniversary that the poll was organised.

In the poll among Bolton fans, Okocha beat the likes of former Spain defender Ivan Campo and French forward Youri Djorkaeff.

“So good they named him twice, Jay-Jay Okocha’s impact on Bolton Wanderers Football Club has truly never been forgotten,” Bolton wrote on their website while announcing the results on Friday. “Moving to England for the first time with the Whites in 2002, the Nigerian magician’s four seasons spent with Sam Allardyce’s men saw him capture the hearts of not only the Bolton faithful, but football fans across the country for his silky skills and cheeky smile. Figuring for the Trotters on 145 occasions, he played in the Carling Cup Final – where he scored two unforgettable free-kicks in the semi-final first leg – and and also in the UEFA Cup.

“Another captain of the club too, those who were lucky enough to watch him in his prime will never forget the impact that Okocha had during his time at Macron Stadium and with that in mind, he has officially been named as the best ever player to grace our current home.”

Campo came in fifth in the vote, while Finnish goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is fourth. Djorkaeff was third and former England striker Kevin Davies, who played 400 games for the club, came in second.

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  • Beats me why this guy could not win the African Player of the year – a victim of football politics, perhaps.

    • Onimsi 4 years ago

      Issa hayatou said said it too. Guess he’s talking cos he’s no More in power

  • Adeshola 4 years ago

    “Jay Jay”…..simply the BEST..

  • Taiwo Evidence Ige 4 years ago

    Although he narrowly missed 1998 edition, I will continue to say it that Okocha was dubiously robbed of CAF POTY 2004 and I’m still waiting for the rotten can of worms of that year’s award to be blown open! Shame on all behind that!! Thank God Jay-Jay is not a loser after all. Congrats to the best midfield maestro Africa has ever seen.