The Bolton Wanderers have named Austin Jay-Jay Okocha as the club’s best player to play in their Macron stadium.
The stadium was built in 1997 as the Reebok stadium, but the rights were sold to apparel company Macron in 2014.
Okocha beat former teammate Kevin Davies and French icon Youri Djorkaeff to win the award, which was to celebrate 20 years of the stadium.
“So good they named him twice, Jay-Jay Okocha’s impact on Bolton Wanderers Football Club has truly never been forgotten,” Bolton wrote on their website while announcing the results on Friday.
“Moving to England for the first time with the Whites in 2002, the Nigerian magician’s four seasons spent with Sam Allardyce’s men saw him capture the hearts of not only the Bolton faithful, but football fans across the country for his silky skills and cheeky smile. Figuring for the Trotters on 145 occasions, he played in the Carling Cup Final – where he scored two unforgettable free-kicks in the semi-final first leg – and and also in the UEFA Cup.
“Another captain of the club too, those who were lucky enough to watch him in his prime will never forget the impact that Okocha had during his time at Macron Stadium and with that in mind, he has officially been named as the best ever player to grace our current home.”
Campo came in fifth in the excerpted votes, while Finnish goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen came in fourth.