BOLTON WANDERERS 2 CITY 4
FA Cup 5th Round
18th February 1933
City Brook 3, Tilson
Bolton Milsom, Westwood
City Langford, Cann, Daley, Busby, Cowan, Bray, Toseland, Marshall, Tilson, Herd, Brook
Bolton Church, Duckworth, Finney, Goslin, Griffiths, Howarth, Edmed, Butler, Milsom, Gibson, Westwood
…Fixtures between the two teams had always attracted large crowds, but on this day 69,912 crammed into Burnden Park, the largest ever official gate.
Just before the kick-off a Wanderers official estimated the attendance at around 40,000, how wrong he was. From early morning City fans had converged on the town sporting their club favours and traffic around the ground was heavily congested, so much so that the City team needed a police escort and only arrived in the dressing rooms half an hour before the kick off.
The game was one to remember, for City fans at least. Bolton fielded a some what experimental side and gave a fighting performance, but on the day they were beaten by a better side.
City winger Brook cracked in a hat-trick as the Blues won 4-2 to win through to the last eight of the Cup.
Just for the record conscious among you, the gate receipts on the day were £5,091 – peanuts by today’s standards, but quite staggering in those days.
FROM AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE BOLTON PROGRAMME 17TH NOVEMBER 1979