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Wednesday 05 June 2013

On this day: Alan Thompson leaves Bolton for Aston Villa

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall the Bolton midfielder moving to Villa Park

  • Alan Thompson helped Aston Villa finish sixth in two consecutive Premier League seasons

  • Thompson was relegated with Bolton on goal difference in the 1997/98 campaign

  • The midfielder scored nine goals despite Bolton's difficult 1997/98 season

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

On this day: 5 June 1998 Alan Thompson moves to Aston Villa

Aston Villa completed the signing of midfielder Alan Thompson from Bolton Wanderers, who had just been relegated from the Barclays Premier League.

Thompson was an important part of a Bolton side who twice secured promotion to the top flight of English football, in 1995 and 1997, but could not prevent the Trotters suffering relegation on the final day of the 1997/98 Premier League campaign on goal difference.

Villa moved quickly to secure the services of the 25-year-old, who had scored 49 goals in nearly 200 appearances in all competitions for Bolton over five years. Thompson became a regular at Villa Park, making 46 Premier League appearances in two seasons, scoring four goals, as Villa secured two consecutive sixth-place finishes.

Thompson went on to spend seven years with Celtic and briefly played for Leeds United and Hartlepool United before returning to Celtic to work alongside Neil Lennon, the manager.

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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 Bolton midfielder Alan Thompson moving to Aston Villa