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Bolton set to wear special FA Cup kit in first round paying tribute to 1923 White Horse Final triumph

BOLTON captain Ricardo Santos is hoping the club’s tribute to the White Horse Final will put them on course for a galloping FA Cup run.

The Trotters will wear a kit celebrating the famous showpiece of 1923, in which they beat West Ham 2-0 in the first match at the original Wembley stadium.

Bolton Wanderers captain Ricardo Santos modelling the 1923 anniversary kit
Santos and vice-skipper Gethin Jones in the special shirts

That was played in front of an estimated 300,000 people – and Billy the white horse trying to control the crowd.

This season’s FA Cup final will mark a century since that famous match, hence Bolton’s kit tribute.

League One Wanderers are not expected to emulate Joe Smith’s 1923 side and win the trophy next June but hope to get past Barnsley at the University of Bolton Stadium on Saturday.

The shirts were modelled by Trotters stars including Santos, Gethin Jones and Elias Kachunga.

Wanderers also lifted the FA Cup in 1926, 1929 and 1958.

Current skipper Santos said: “We are all aware of the history of this great club and we’re proud to be playing our part in it.

“I think this is a fantastic way for the players – and the fans – to recognise our first FA Cup win.

“The photoshoot was good fun and I know the rest of the lads are looking forward to wearing the kit on Saturday.


“We’d love to emulate that team best we can with a cup run of our own and hopefully they can be a lucky omen and we can start with a win in these shirts.”

The match against Barnsley will kick-off at 2pm so it does not clash with the evening session of the Champion of Champions snooker, also being held at the ground.

The Trotters will make way for the potters, who will start at 7pm, meaning that even if the Cup tie goes to extra-time the crowd will have left.

Bolton captain Joe Smith (right) before the White Horse final

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