Today marks 11 years since Bolton faced European giants Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup.

It’s a night that will be fondly remembered by fans as Bolton defied all expectations and secured a hard-fought draw against the German side.

The Manager

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Gary Megson took charge of only his fourth match at Bolton. He named what was a second-string team, resting big-hitters like Nicolas Anelka, El Hadji Diouf and Jussi Jaaskelainen for the weekend visit of Middlesbrough.

This left a weakened Bolton side, struggling hopelessly for form in the league, with a mountain to climb.

The Opposition

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They faced a side of European superstars like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Frank Ribery, Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose. On paper Bayern should have cruised to victory.

The Match

But in football, matches aren’t won on paper and as Bolton’s Ricardo Gardner opened the scoring after just eight minutes, it was clear this game could have an unlikely result.

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Most of the game was a case of  Bolton sitting back and absorbing a copious amount of Bayern pressure.

Eventually Bayern overwhelmed Bolton as Lukas Podolski curled in a brilliant equaliser on the half-hour mark.

Moments after half-time and Bayern took the lead as Podolski netted again after a brilliant run from Ribery.

It was now hard to see Bolton leaving the Allianz Arena with anything to show for their efforts. Many fans feared the worst.

That was until the 82nd minute when Kevin Davies rifled in a beautifully struck volley to snatch a point from under Bayern’s noses.

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It may be over a decade since Bolton’s most historic match in Europe but the memory of holding Bayern to a draw at the Allianz Arena will undoubtedly live long in the minds of Wanderers fans.

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