It’s been two years since former Bolton captain Jay Spearing brought an end to his Wanderers career after helping the team’s promotion push in 2016/17.
Now though, the former Liverpool midfielder is set to return to face his old club for the first time when Bolton take on Blackpool on Monday.
Not only does the game mark Jay Spearing’s return to the University of Bolton stadium but it’ll be the first time Wanderers have played the Tangerines since an EFL Trophy match in October 2016.
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After signing initially on loan, Jay Spearing became an integral part in the Bolton first team, save for a period out in the wilderness and a loan spell at Blackburn during Neil Lennon’s brief time in charge.
Over the course of five seasons, Spearing played a total of 173 matches for Bolton and his bossing of the midfield and eye for a tackle made him a key aspect in Wanderers’ side.
Eventually, the former Liverpool man was given the Wanderers’ captaincy and helped lead Bolton to promotion from League One in 2016/17.
However, after his contract expired that season, Spearing wasn’t keen on staying at Bolton, possibly predicting the financial mess that was to come.
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Since 2017, the midfielder has called the seaside town of Blackpool his home and has risen through the ranks of the Tangerines’ side to become captain over the course of his time there.
As things stand, Blackpool sit sixth in the League One standings and will no doubt be gunning for promotion come May.
This is arguably the toughest test Bolton have faced since Keith Hill took charge. Not only are the Seasiders gunning for promotion but they’re a relatively local club with history against Bolton and as a result, we can expect a fierce encounter when the sides meet on Monday.
Hopefully, the hard work off the pitch instilled by Keith Hill can push Bolton on to get their first win of the season but it’ll be a hugely tough ask.