Bolton Fan Nicky Hopes For Final Showdown

Last updated : 20 January 2004 By Mark Heys
Bolton Wanderers defender Nicky Hunt hopes to be able to sample the atmosphere of the Millenium Stadium should the club progress past Aston Villa in the Semi Finals.

The 20-year old right back has been one of the leading lights of the Bolton team this season having progressed through the clubs youth ranks and he says he hopes to return to the Welsh capital having been a supporter during the 2001 Play Off Final win over Preston North End to win the club their first major trophy since 1958.

"I went down to watch the play-off final - I was in the Academy at the time - and it was wicked, I really want to get out there and experience that magnificent atmosphere as a player. t would incredible if we could bring some silverware to Bolton as the town and the club would get a massive boost.

Westhoughton born Hunt says that being a local lad and a Wanderers supporter has helped him settle into the first team environment and build up a rapport with the Bolton fans and he is hopeful he can emulate the success that his heroes acheived during the 1995 Coca Cola Cup run by steering Wanderers to their first major final since that time.

"I have supported Bolton all my life and being a local lad the fans have taken to me. They have helped me settle in. The likes of John McGinlay, Owen Coyle and Jason McAteer were my heroes. I used to go to Burnden Park and watch every Saturday home game. There were eight of us who used to meet up" Hunt said