Ian Bolton

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Ian Bolton
Personal information
Full name Ian Robert Bolton
Date of birth (1953-07-13) 13 July 1953 (age 63)
Place of birth Leicester, England
Playing position Central defender
Youth career
19??–1972 Birmingham City
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1977 Notts County 70 (4)
1976 Lincoln City (loan) 1 (0)
1977–1983 Watford 234 (28)
1983–1984 Brentford 14 (1)
Kingsbury Town
1987–1988 Hayes
Chalfont St Peter
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ian Robert Bolton (born 13 July 1953)[1] is an English former professional footballer who played in the Football League as a central defender for Notts County, Lincoln City, Watford and Brentford.[2]

Bolton was born in Leicester[1] and began his career as an apprentice with Birmingham City.[2] He turned professional on joining Notts County in March 1972. He joined Lincoln City on loan in August 1976[1] and transferred to Watford in August 1977 for a fee of £12,500. He was described by manager Graham Taylor as the best signing he made and played for Watford, in both midfield and defence, as they climbed from the Fourth Division to the top flight.[3][4] His 'explosion' free kicks became legendary.[citation needed]

He moved to Brentford in December 1983, subsequently playing non-league football for Barnet and Kingsbury Town from whom he joined Hayes in 1987. After leaving Hayes he joined Chalfont St Peter.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "Ian Bolton (1976/77)". The Lincoln City FC Archive. Lincoln City F.C. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Ian Bolton". UK A–Z Transfers. Neil Brown. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  3. ^ O'Connell, James (24 September 2009). "Bolton Looks Back". Watford F.C. Archived from the original on 26 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "History: Great Defenders". Watford F.C. 24 June 2008. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bloom–Bossu". A–Z of Hayes FC. Hayes & Yeading United F.C. Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Flatman, Barry (30 November 2008). "Caught in Time: Watford reach the top tier in 1982 under chairman Elton John". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 6 November 2009. (subscription required (help)).