Bolton’s stars to take on Cork selection

WORLD CUP winner, Youri Djorkaeff, and Nigeria’s star midfielder, Jay-Jay Okocha, will, barring injury, be included in the Bolton Wanderers team to play a Cork selection on Wednesday of next week at Turner’s Cross.

Bolton have agreed to travel to play in Cork because it is a free week in the Premiership due to international matches. But the programme of games in the European Championship will not involve either Djorkaeff or Okocha, two of Bolton’s biggest stars.

The match is being organised by former Cork Celtic and Cork Hibs striker, Carl Davenport, a native of Bolton. He works in a scouting capacity for the Premiership club and the fact that Bolton manager Sam Allardyce spent time in the League of Ireland as manager of Limerick meant he was receptive to the idea of a game in Cork.

Davenport first played in Ireland with Cork Celtic in 1967. He moved to their great rivals, Cork Hibs, in time to help them win the League Championship in 1971 and he won all of the major trophies in his time in Ireland, including the FAI Cup and the now defunct Blaxnit Cup, which was contested by clubs north and south of the border.

Bolton confounded many critics by surviving in the Premiership last season and Allardyce has built up a formidable team.

They were unfortunate to have to face Manchester United at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season but they bounced back after that 0-4 defeat to draw 2-2 with Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

Plans for the match were revealed last night at a reception at Guinness House where Davenport said: “Bolton have promised to bring the strongest squad available to the manager. Because it is so early in the season it is a good opportunity for the manager to build their team-work and barring injuries, all of their stars will be here.”

Davenport paid tribute to Cork City for their willingness to support the promotion. He said tickets will be on sale throughout the city at €12 for adults and €5 for children.

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