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Everton To Play Bolton

Blues to visit the Reebok Stadium in the FA Cup fourth round.

Everton To Play Bolton

Everton will play Bolton Wanderers away from home in the FA Cup fourth round.

The Blues discovered their opponents on Tuesday evening after the Trotters won their third round replay against Sunderland 2-0.

David Moyes’ team, who eased past Cheltenham Town in the previous stage, will travel to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday 26 January, with kick-off at 3pm.

Games between Everton and Bolton were a regular on the fixture sheet up until Wanderers’ relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season.

However, you have to go all the way back to the days of Mike Walker and the 1993/94 campaign to find the last time the two clubs did battle in the world's oldest knockout competition.

In a third round tie at Burnden Park, as was then Bolton's home, Paul Rideout's 44th-minute opener was cancelled out by an early second-half leveller from midfielder Mark Patterson. Barry Horne later saw red, but the Blues clung on for a replay - only to suffer a 3-2 defeat and bow out in front of an expectant 34,000-strong home crowd.

Ironically, it was a future Everton captain who played as great a role in the defeat as any, Alan Stubbs notching the 84th-minute equaliser that cancelled out Stuart Barlow's brace and forced the extra-time period in which former Wanderers boss Owen Coyle grabbed the visitors’ winner.

Prior to that Everton suffered FA Cup defeats to Bolton in 1953 and 1935, and you have to go all the way back to a 3-1 third round replay success in 1908 to find the Blues’ last cup success over the Lancastrians.

Everton’s last Premier League visit to the Reebok in November 2011 resulted in a 2-0 triumph with goals coming from Marouane Fellaini and Apostolos Vellios.

Everton officials are liaising with Bolton. Further information regarding tickets for the fourth round tie will be published on evertonfc.com on Wednesday (January 16).

Minik HansenWonderful! Reebok Stadium is just perfect for the next round. COYB NSNO IMWT.

Wednesday 16th January 01:15 Report Comment
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