Bolton Wanderers: Ex Premier League Players

Where are these ex Bolton Wanderers Premier League players now?

Welcome to the Bolton Wanderers legends page – the gateway to information on ex players who have played in the Premier League.

In addition to information on ex players we have also added their Premier League statistics which include the top goalscorers, most appearances and also the club’s final league position for each year that they have featured in the EPL.



Gary Speed – Premier League Appearances: 535 | Goals Scored: 80

Gary Speed retired from playing in 2010 at the age of 41 and held the record for Premier League appearances until David James surpassed it. Read More..

Emerson Thome – Premier League Appearances: 152 | Goals Scored: 3

Brazilian centre-back Emerson Thome retired from playing in 2007 at the age of 35 after a season playing in the J-League with Japanese side Vissel Kobe. Read More..

Fabrice Muamba – Premier League Appearances: 167 | Goals Scored: 5

A well documented cardiac arrest whilst playing for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspuin March 2012 eventually led to Fabrice Muamba retiring from playing five months later after medical advice. Read More..

Youri Djorkaeff – Premier League Appearances: 78 | Goals Scored: 19

A fan’s favourite whilst at Bolton Wanderers where he linked up with fellow international stars Jay Jay Okocha and Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff called time on his career after a final swansong in the MLS with the New York Red Bulls. Read More..

Gerry Taggart – Premier League Appearances: 106 | Goals Scored: 9

A defender who was known for his passionate and committed performances, Gerry Taggart retired from playing professionally in 2007 after a brief spell in non-league football with Tamworth. Read More..

Stelios – Premier League Appearances: 139 | Goals Scored: 20

After a six year stint in the English Premier League, Stelios Giannakopolous returned to his native Greece with Larissa and retired from playing in 2009. Read More..

Nathan Blake – Premier League Appearances: 92 | Goals Scored: 23

Nathan Blake called time on his playing career in 2006 after a short spell playing for non league side Newport County. Read More..

Ivan Campo – Premier League Appearances: 172 | Goals Scored: 13

Having appeared in 124 Spanish first division games in seven seasons, and 190 official matches for Bolton Wanderers, Ivan Campo retired in 2009 after a short spell in Cyprus with AEK Larnaca FC. Read More..

Per Frandsen – Premier League Appearances: 134 | Goals Scored: 8

After appearing for Bolton Wanderers over 300 times, Per Frandsen finished his career at Wigan Athletic where he was forced to retire in 2004 after a cruciate ligament injury. Read More..

Alan Stubbs – Premier League Appearances: 212 | Goals Scored: 12

Bolton Wanderers and Everton defender Alan Stubbs was forced to retire in 2008 due to a recurring knee injury whilst playing for Derby County. Read More..

Gudni Bergsson – Premier League Appearances: 135 | Goals Scored: 8

Gudni Bergsson retired from football in 2003 after an eight year spell in the Premier League at Bolton Wanderers and a total of 270 league appearances. Read More..

El Hadji Diouf – Premier League Appearances: 243 | Goals Scored: 28

Never far from controversy during his Premier League career, El Hadji Diouf retired from playing in 2015 after a short spell in the Malaysian second division with Sabah FA.

Fernando Hierro – Premier League Appearances: 29 | Goals Scored: 1

Many people in the game were surprised when Real Madrid legend Fernando Hierro signed for Bolton Wanderers but he was persuaded by former team mates Steve McManaman and Ivan Campo.

Although he only spent one year at the club before finishing his playing career many of the Bolton faithful were appreciative of the fact that he always put in a shift and wasn’t just at that club for a last big payday. Read More..

Paul Warhurst – Premier League Appearances: 144 | Goals Scored: 13

Fondly remembered by Sheffield Wednesday fans for scoring 12 goals in 12 consecutive games, Paul Warhurst retired from his long playing career in 2007 after a spell at Northwich Victoria. Read More..

Kevin NolanPremier League Appearances: 401 | Goals Scored: 69

An important player for Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United and West Ham United, Kevin Nolan retired from playing in 2016 after a short spell as player-manager of Leyton Orient. Read More..

Gavin McCann – Premier League Appearances: 301 | Goals Scored: 12

Although Gavin McCann had a number of injuries throughout his career he still managed to chalk up over 300 Premier League appearances for three different teams.

His career was cut short in 2011 when he finally had to retire due to injury at only 33 years old. Read More..

Simon Charlton – Premier League Appearances: 236 | Goals Scored: 3

Simon Charlton retired from playing in 2007 once his contract at his last club Oldham Athletic had expired. Read More..

Jay Jay Okocha – Premier League Appearances: 124 | Goals Scored: 14

So good that they named him twice and reknowned for his skill, stepovers and technique, Jay-Jay Okocha finished his career in 2008 after a brief spell with Hull City. Read More..

Matthew Taylor Premier League Appearances: 325 | Goals Scored: 40

Former Bolton Wanderers and Portsmouth midfielder Matt Taylor retired from playing at the end of the 2018-19 season after two years playing in League Two with Swindon Town. Read More..

Dean Holdsworth – Premier League Appearances: 228 | Goals Scored: 63

After a long career at 16 different clubs, Premier League legend Dean Holdsworth finally hung up his boots in 2008 after dropping down the leagues to play non-league football as player-manager for Redbridge. Read More..

Kevin Davies – Premier League Appearances: 444 | Goals Scored: 88

Kevin Davies will always be fondly remembered by Bolton and Southampton fans as a no nonsense centre forward who always gave 100% on the pitch.

He retired from playing in 2015 at the age of 38 after two seasons with Preston North End, ending a 22 year playing career. Read More..

Henrik Pedersen – Premier League Appearances: 143 | Goals Scored: 22

Highly regarded by the Bolton Wanderers fans for his workrate and versatility, Henrik Pedersen retired from playing professional football in 2012 after returning to Denmark and spending his last years at former club Silkeborg FC. Read More..

Nicolas AnelkaPremier League Appearances: 364 | Goals Scored: 125

Often controversial, but a Premier League legend nonetheless, Nicolas Anelka retired from playing in 2015 after two seasons playing for Mumbai City who play in the Indian Super League. Read More..

Premier League Statistics

This table shows the players who have made the most appearances and the top goalscorers for Bolton Wanderers in the EPL.

Top EPL GoalscorersGoalsMost EPL AppearancesGames
Kevin Davies67Jussi Jaaskaleinan379
Kevin Nolan39Kevin Davies316
Matthew Taylor24Kevin Nolan261
Henrik Pedersen22Ricardo Gardner251
El Hadji Diouf21Ivan Campo172
Stelios20Bruno N'Gotty148
Ivan Klasnic20Henrik Pedersen143
Youri Djorkaeff19Stelios136
Johan Elmander18Gudni Bergsson130
Gary Speed14Gary Cahill130

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