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Bolton legend Jay-Jay Okocha on return, dancing with Sam Allardyce and Wanderers career

Jay-Jay Okocha believes his time at Bolton Wanderers is up there with the best times of his career after turning out for the club again in a legends match.

The legendary Nigerian turned out for a Wanderers All Star team yesterday afternoon in a charity fundraising match to raise funds for the treatment of Bolton defender Gethin Jones’ mum Karen, who has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Okocha put the All Star XI team – managed by legendard Bolton boss Sam Allardyce – ahead in the first half from the penalty spot, before George Thomason, Nathan Delfouneso and Xavier Amaechi put the current Wanderers side in front at the break.

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Wanderers boss Ian Evatt came off the bench in the second half to net a hat trick, while Dapo Afolayan also netted for the hosts.

Chris Eagles found the back of the net twice, while John McGinlay netted from the penalty spot for the legends after the break in a 7-4 friendly clash.

And Okocha was pleased to be back at his old stomping ground and did not hesitate when the call came to play for his old side again and believes his time at Wanderers is up there with the best of his carrer.

He told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s great to be back. It brings back a lot of good memories. I had four fantastic years here and I’m delighted to be back.

“This is what we need to be doing for each other, when one of us needs help, we need to be there for him and I’m happy to be here, and like you rightly said, it wasn’t difficult for me to make the decision to come.

“It’s great to catch up with the lads and the manager as well. Those are times that are priceless to me and it’s great to re encounter that again. I cherish every moment that I spend here with my colleagues. I’m thrilled to be here.

“It’s up there because people celebrate success in different ways. For such a club, it was mas more than winning a trophy for us to steady the ship and the club and establish ourselves as a Premier League side.

“They were fantastic years that I had here and for me, it counts up there.”

Wanderers are in League One at present after winning promotion out of League Two at present and Okocha is pleased to see his old team going in the right direction again.

And there was a special moment in the game after Okocha scored, when he and Allardyce re-created their legendary dance moment, much to the enjoyment of the crowd.

He said: “We all are following the progress of the club and it’s good to see the club going up again, going towards the right direction and hopefully it will continue like that.

“It’s just reliving great memories. It was a bit pre-planned. It was fun, it was a fun memory and why not live it again.”

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