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Wednesday 02 October 2013

On this day in 1997: Bolton complete Holdsworth signing

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the striker joining the Trotters from Wimbledon

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

2 October 1997 – Dean Holdsworth joins Bolton from Wimbledon

Newly promoted Bolton Wanderers broke their transfer record for the third time in five months when they brought Wimbledon striker Dean Holdsworth to the new Reebok Stadium.

"Supporters will be delighted that we have been able to capture a player of his ability"
Colin Todd

Holdsworth had scored 58 goals for the Dons in 169 appearances in the Barclays Premier League and was seen as a crucial signing by Bolton manager Colin Todd.

"Supporters will be delighted that we have been able to capture a player of his ability," Todd said. "He has strength, gets in the box, has agression and he knows the Premiership well.

"He has been at the top for a number of years and he is still an exciting striker."

However, after scoring the winner against Chelsea in his third game, Holdsworth could only register two more goals for his new club that season as they were relegated.

Holdsworth spent five-and-a-half years with the Trotters, playing for them in two more Barclays Premier League campaigns before joining Coventry City in January 2003.

After finishing his playing career he went into management and is at present in charge of Conference South club Chelmsford City.

  • Dean Holdsworth makes his debut for Bolton in a 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa

  • In his first season Holdsworth was unable to prevent Bolton from getting relegated

  • However, he twice helped Bolton return to the top flight

  • The loyal Holdsworth became a firm fan favourite among Bolton supporters

  • The striker celebrates an equalising goal against Spurs with Kevin Nolan in April 2002

  • One of his final matches for Bolton was this visit to Arsenal in September 2002

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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 Dean Holdsworth moving from Wimbledon to Bolton