SAM ALLARDYCE and Jay-Jay Okocha turned back the clock at the University of Bolton Stadium by recreating their turf dance from 2003.
Big Sam defeated the Okocha and Bolton All-Stars XI against the current team in a charity match with the support of Gethin Jones fullback mother Karen, who has an MND.
Allardyce and Okocha danced together 18 years ago after Bolton beat Middlesbrough on the final day of the season to stay in the Premier League.
And the pair became tense again yesterday for the 13,000 spectators who watched a host of Wanderers heroes including Kevin Davies, John McGinlay, Ivan Campo, Jussi Jaaskelainen and Ricardo Gardner.
Wanderers fans on the ground and on social media fell in love with the dance after Okocha – who Bolton supporters said was ‘so cool they named him twice – scored the opener score of the match.
And the match also brought back unforgettable memories for the legends.
“It’s great to be back, I’ve got some great memories of this place and it will always be in my heart,” Okocha said.
Another former captain, Davies – who was instrumental in organizing the team of legends – added: “For us, it was like coming home.
“It was great to see all the players again, it was great to see all the fans, the staff again.
“We know we’re here to raise money and we think we made it over the weekend with the amazing support we’ve always had here.”
Current coach Ian Evatt came on in the second half and scored a hat-trick as the current Wanderers beat Big Sam’s All-Stars 7-4.
Before the game, Allardyce, who managed Bolton from 1999 to 2007 and led them from the Championship to the Uefa Cup, said: “It’s just been a dream, not just for me and the players playing together but even fans.
“I will never forget the atmosphere when ‘Reebok’ was full.
“It was the best time many of them have ever had and certainly one of the best times I’ve had – aside from being a player because nothing really replaces that. there.
“Those eight years were amazing.”
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https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4064994/watch-allardyce-okocha-dance-bolton-charity-match-mnd/ | Watch Sam Allardyce and Jay-Jay Okocha recreate the iconic dance from 2003 during a charity match in Bolton to raise funds for MND