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Wednesday 17 July 2013

On this day in 2003: Campo joins Bolton for good

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the popular Spaniard making his loan permanent

  • Campo played 172 Barclays Premier League matches for Bolton across six seasons

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day: 17 July 2003 - Ivan Campo makes Bolton move permanent

After spending the previous season on loan from Real Madrid and helping Bolton Wanderers to escape relegation, Ivan Campo, 29, made his stay in Lancashire permanent after his contract with the Spanish champions expired.

The Spaniard had played 31 times, scoring twice, during the Barclays Premier League 2002/03 season and had become a popular figure at the Reebok Stadium.

"Both parties have reached an agreement and we are happy to have agreed Ivan's services for the next three years," Sam Allardyce, the Bolton manager, told the club's website. "He was a key figure for us last season and will be vital for us next season."

That proved true as the versatile player featured in all Bolton's matches in the league, scoring double the tally of goals from last season. In the end, Campo stayed until 2008 at Bolton, where he played 172 league matches and scored 13 goals.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember when Ivan Campo made his Bolton stay permanent