posted on Oct, 11 2004 @ 05:08 PM
The first Academy student to make the step into the first team squad, Nolan made his debut at just 17 in the 1999/2000 season.
He established himself in the first team in Bolton's 2000/2001 campaign in the Nationwide League First Division and made an impression with some
precocious displays. He got in the goalscorers list on his England U18s debut in November 2000 against Belgium. Throughout the season, he played 25
times for Wanderers and scored his first league goal against Crewe Alexandra in December 2000 as well as a double strike in the FA Cup against S#horpe
Instead of being just a prospect as he had been tipped to be, Nolan was a major part of Bolton's successful bid to avoid relegation in 2001/02. He
made 39 appearances, scoring 8 goals, including two in Wanderers' opening day drubbing of Leicester, and a late equaliser at Anfield, which meant so
much to former Liverpool fan Nolan, who had been rejected by the Reds earlier in his career.