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Celebrating Bolton Wanderers' Great Dane on his 50th birthday

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karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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The original Great Dane – Per Frandsen’s popularity among Bolton Wanderers fans is summed up by the fact he was voted into the all-time best XI for both Burnden Park and the new stadium.

As he turns 50 today we decided to take a look back at his move to Bolton and some of the magical moments he supplied in more than 300 games for the club.

Frandsen’s first campaign, played alongside Danish compatriot Michael Johansen, produced some truly spectacular results.

Colin Todd had set about rebuilding the squad after a disappointing show in the Premier League and brought in Frandsen and Johansen for a combined fee of £1.4million.

Frandsen’s reputation in Denmark had been one of a regular midfield goal-scorer and though a move to French football with Lille ended in disappointment after the club fell into financial problems, big things were expected when he landed on British shores – with the concept of foreign footballers still a relatively new one at Bolton.

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An international debut had come some six years earlier for Frandsen but he gained just two more caps and several Under-21 appearances before re-joining the fold in November 1996 for a friendly against France. With Bolton’s help, he won 20 caps in all, two of which came at the 1998 World Cup finals in France.

Frandsen made his Wanderers debut in a 1-1 home draw with Port Vale but just a week later he scored the only goal of the game as Todd’s side beat Manchester City in a memorable game at Burnden.

If Frandsen scored for the Whites, the chances are it would be an entertaining game – and his other strikes came in a 2-2 draw at West Brom, a 7-0 thrashing of Swindon, a 4-2 home win against Port Vale and a 4-2 victory at Bradford.

Wanderers chalked up a record 28 wins, 18 of which came at Burnden that season under Todd, scoring an incredible 100 goals. Their 98 points also stood as a record at the time – even if a draw against Tranmere Rovers on the final day denied them the coveted 100-point mark.

Post-Burnden, Frandsen’s worth to the Whites was arguably greater. He played well as the club returned to the top flight but after the narrow relegation, the play-off disappointment against Watford signalled financial issues and he was sold controversially to local rivals Blackburn Rovers for £1.75million. Todd resigned as a result.

Just a year later, Sam Allardyce managed to resign him for £1.6m and he became the fulcrum of a team which not only got back into the top flight, but also stayed there.

A goal on his second debut against Burnley set the tone for the season, in which he would end with eight goals and Wanderers would earn their place back in the big time.

Frandsen announced himself back on the big stage with two goals in the 5-0 demolition of Leicester City at Filbert Street on the opening day, but the frequency of his strikes slowed down as the Whites cemented their top flight status.

That said, his strike to open the scoring against Middlesbrough on the last day of the 2002/3 season - one of only two he managed in that campaign – may well go down as one of the most important in the club's modern-day history.

Frandsen suffered an agonising defeat against the same opposition eight months later in the Carling Cup final as his career with the Whites wound down.

He scored his last goal for the club in a 2-0 victory over Everton, and made his final appearance when coming on as a substitute for Youri Djorkaeff in the final-day defeat to Fulham.

The Dane then helped Wigan Athletic into the Premier League before a severe cruciate ligament injury which forced him to retire in January 2005.

Frandsen went on to work as a football agent in Denmark, until he was appointed assistant manager at HB Køge in June 2009, succeeding Tommy Moller Nielsen in the autumn of 2012.

He moved on to Brondby as youth coach in 2014 and then became manager of AB, leading the club back into the First Division.

A regular visitor to Bolton games, he has kept in touch with the club, and in June 2017 was made manager of Hvidovre IF.

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Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Fantastic player and right up there with my favourites from that era. We had some great players from Denmark and Iceland back then.

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Fantastic player and right up there with my favourites from that era. We had some great players from Denmark and Iceland back then.
What I'd give for such a player now.

Ten Bobsworth


Nicolas Anelka
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Fantastic player and right up there with my favourites from that era. We had some great players from Denmark and Iceland back then.
Very true. How did it happen and why did the source dry up?

The story of the Frandsen sale and Todd's resignation seems to have been largely glossed over.
It was certainly a pivotal moment in the history of BWFC so who authorised the sale? Was it put to the board? Were there dissenters?

Was it dissatisfaction over the Frandsen sale that resulted in Phil Gartside arranging a meeting  at the Chester Grosvenor with Eddie Davies and David Speakman, their recruitment as directors and investors and the replacement of Gordon Hargeaves as chairman of BWFC by PG?

Was this, in fact, the start of the deterioration of relationships between the club board and the BEN?

Natasha Whittam


Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Very true. How did it happen and why did the source dry up?

The story of the Frandsen sale and Todd's resignation seems to have been largely glossed over.
It was certainly a pivotal moment in the history of BWFC so who authorised the sale? Was it put to the board? Were there dissenters?

Was it dissatisfaction over the Frandsen sale that resulted in Phil Gartside arranging a meeting  at the Chester Grosvenor with Eddie Davies and David Speakman, their recruitment as directors and investors and the replacement of Gordon Hargeaves as chairman of BWFC by PG?

Was this, in fact, the start of the deterioration of relationships between the club board and the BEN?

Ted, why do you always look for the negatives in everything? No one gives a shit who sanctioned what, people just want to remember a very good BWFC player during some great times for the club.

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Will Snowy and Jock be in time?

Cajunboy

Cajunboy
Andy Walker
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Very true. How did it happen and why did the source dry up?

The story of the Frandsen sale and Todd's resignation seems to have been largely glossed over.
It was certainly a pivotal moment in the history of BWFC so who authorised the sale? Was it put to the board? Were there dissenters?

Was it dissatisfaction over the Frandsen sale that resulted in Phil Gartside arranging a meeting  at the Chester Grosvenor with Eddie Davies and David Speakman, their recruitment as directors and investors and the replacement of Gordon Hargeaves as chairman of BWFC by PG?

Was this, in fact, the start of the deterioration of relationships between the club board and the BEN?

Ted, why do you always look for the negatives in everything? No one gives a shit who sanctioned what, people just want to remember a very good BWFC player during some great times for the club.
I'm more concerned with Morecambe staying in League Two, then Boncey can have a day at the seaside next season.

Cajunboy

Cajunboy
Andy Walker
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Dick who?

Cajunboy

Cajunboy
Andy Walker
Andy Walker
Biggles was my hero.

I always fancied a seaplane but have ended up with an estate car.

Cruel world.

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Biggles was my hero.

I always fancied a seaplane but have ended up with an estate car.

Cruel world.
I always thought Biggles was gay. Him and Ginger had something special going by all accounts.

wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Biggles was my hero.

I always fancied a seaplane but have ended up with an estate car.

Cruel world.
I always thought Biggles was gay. Him and Ginger had something special going by all accounts.
It was pretty obvious in Chapter 3 of "Biggles Flies Undone"

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Biggles was my hero.

I always fancied a seaplane but have ended up with an estate car.

Cruel world.
I always thought Biggles was gay. Him and Ginger had something special going by all accounts.
It was pretty obvious in Chapter 3 of "Biggles Flies Undone"

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Cajunboy

Cajunboy
Andy Walker
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No! Biggles was a jolly good chap, straight bat and all that.

Never worked for the BBC.

Cajunboy

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I'm beginning to have my doubts now.

Ten Bobsworth


Nicolas Anelka
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Very true. How did it happen and why did the source dry up?

The story of the Frandsen sale and Todd's resignation seems to have been largely glossed over.
It was certainly a pivotal moment in the history of BWFC so who authorised the sale? Was it put to the board? Were there dissenters?

Was it dissatisfaction over the Frandsen sale that resulted in Phil Gartside arranging a meeting  at the Chester Grosvenor with Eddie Davies and David Speakman, their recruitment as directors and investors and the replacement of Gordon Hargeaves as chairman of BWFC by PG?

Was this, in fact, the start of the deterioration of relationships between the club board and the BEN?

Ted, why do you always look for the negatives in everything? No one gives a shit who sanctioned what, people just want to remember a very good BWFC player during some great times for the club.
I suppose I have an aversion to hogwash and horse shit. Some folk evidently love it and can't get enough of it. I don't. Is that unusual in your world?

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:No! Biggles was a jolly good chap, straight bat and all that.

Never worked for the BBC.
Hmm.

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

Ten Bobsworth


Nicolas Anelka
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Love The Thin Blue Line, Bonce. Much underrated imo.

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Very true. Some great characters.

Growler


Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Great business that summer, sold Claus Jensen for £4 million and brought in Per Frandsen for £1.6 million. Frandsen clearly the better player and a healthy profit.

boltonbonce

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Great business that summer, sold Claus Jensen for £4 million and brought in Per Frandsen for £1.6 million. Frandsen clearly the better player and a healthy profit.
Well done for getting this thread back on track. We'd somehow strayed into discussing Biggles and his possible inclinations.
Cajun needs to be taken in hand. (Not it the Biggles sense). He's in danger of getting out of control.

Ten Bobsworth


Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka
Rooting through some memorabilia, I came across this article published in the Independent in 2004.

The bits about Eddie Davies being a tax exile are pervasive nonsense. He moved to IOM to join Strix when he was a relatively young man and Strix was a small business operating from an old cinema building in Castletown. The bit about John Taylor resigning is also wrong. He retired at the age of 65 selling some of his shares at the same time.

The article is misleading in several other ways but does include some interesting information. Brian Scowcroft must have known that it was derogatory to describe ED as 'a tax exile' and it is noteworthy that he resigned from the board of BWFC around the same time that Per Frandsen was re-signed from Blackburn Rovers. He was the first of the old regime to step down completely. 

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Its also interesting that ED wouldn't talk to David Conn. I think it likely that he mistrusted journalists even back then and decided to give most of them a wide berth on the chip paper theory.
The trouble with the BEN was that it produced chip paper six days a week and it took its toll.

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