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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 December 2006, 17:15 GMT
Kevin Nolan column
Kevin Nolan

By Kevin Nolan
Bolton captain

First off, I'd like to apologise for not being around last week. The number of e-mails complaining about the absence of last week's column at least shows it was missed!

We had the midweek game against Chelsea, and then I spent most of Thursday in hospital having treatment on my finger.

You probably heard I dislocated it, and it was quite a bad one as the bone came out through the skin.

I can't really remember how I did it. I went in for a tackle, and I don't remember whether I was caught by Frank Lampard's boot, or whether I fell on it.

All I remember is that when I got up, the top of my finger was pointing off at an angle it shouldn't have been.

It's still sore now, and I have to have it dressed twice a day to make sure it doesn't get infected.

But what makes it even more painful is that I bought a new set of golf clubs on the Monday before, and I won't be able to use them for at least another eight weeks.

I've been keeping tabs on the cricket down under. I think since England won the Ashes last summer, that everyone has become a cricket fan, but I take an interest in all sports.

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce
The January transfer window is coming up and the boss might be tempted to try and freshen things up, but there's little point in asking me for any inside info

It was disappointing England couldn't see the second Test through to a draw, but I think the way it panned out showed just how good Australia are, and how good England were to beat them last summer.

Australia certainly dominated the first Test but maybe England can pinch a win in the third which will give them a chance going into the fourth.

I've met England skipper Freddie Flintoff a few times and he's a great lad. I wish him and the team all the best for the rest of the series.

England national teams have taken a bit of a battering of late. The rugby union team have had a bad run, the cricketers are struggling down under and the England football team have had a couple of bad results.

I don't think it's a question of England teams lacking backbone. Let's not forget that England won the rugby union World Cup not that long ago, and we won the Ashes back last summer.

But after you've won the top prizes in the sport, you can't keep that team forever and you have to breed the next lot to make sure you win it again.

I think we're in the process of doing that and certainly with the England football team, I think we're on the verge of winning a major trophy. We've got some of the best players in the world and it's a case of making sure we get it right on the day.

The defeat at Reading last week was disappointing, but it's far from being a blip. We've only picked up one win and a draw in our last seven Premiership games and that's wrong after the start we had.

West Ham at home gives us a good chance to get our home form on track. We've played all the teams that finished in the top four last season at home and beaten two and lost to two. What we have to do is reproduce our home form of last season and make sure we don't lose another game at the Reebok.

The January transfer window is coming up and the boss might be tempted to try and freshen things up, but there's little point in asking me for any inside info.

Generally, the players are the last people to know what's going on at a club - and that includes when the club want to sell you.

I've no interest in wanting to leave Bolton, I love the club, and the only way I would leave is if the club wanted to get rid of me.

I don't think players are too affected by who actually owns the club

But players are employees and commodities that can be bought and sold.

Unless a player makes a fuss about wanting to leave, it's entirely down to the club whether they want to keep a player or sell him, and the first intimation you might have of that is when you're told to go along to so-and-so club and negotiate your contract with them.

It's interesting to see that Liverpool could be the next club to fall under foreign ownership.

I've never been in a situation where the club has undergone a takeover, but by and large, I don't think players are too affected by who actually owns the club. The only thing that would impinge on them is if a new regime wanted a change of manager.

As far as Liverpool are concerned any new ownership might push them into the same bracket as Chelsea and Manchester United.

I still try and watch Liverpool whenever I can and I know all the fans are excited at the prospect.

Christmas is coming and the natural answer to the question: 'Kevin, what would you like?' is '18 points from the next six games!'

I'm part of a big family and Christmas is a major event. I love Christmas, I love giving presents and I love surprises, and I think my fiancee Hayley has got me a surprise.

I'm quite organised about my Christmas shopping. Around November I start to think about what I'm going to buy for people and tend to go out on one day and take care of my mum's and brother's, then other relatives on another, and Hayley's on another day.

I don't know where I'm going to hide them, though, as the house is full of presents people have bought for the baby.

I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all my relations, friends, team-mates and all the supporters who have bought presents for Jasmine. I think she's going to be the most spoiled baby ever!


Kevin, if you didn't play football, what other sport would you like to play professionally?
Charlotte Maxfield,
Horlock, Bolton

I wasn't too bad at tennis when I was younger. I enjoy playing regularly in the summer and in the winter as well. I had a friend who was really good and we played a lot. So I think I would have a pop at tennis.

Hi Kevin, great column, I was just wondering who is the prankster in the Bolton squad?
Hassan, England, Bristol

I'm one of them, I suppose, but not the main one. we have a few jokers. the biggest joke, because of some of the gear he wears, has to be El-Hadji Diouf. Some of his clothes are unbelievable and very bad.

Congratulations on the birth of your little girl. I wanted to know what the rest of the team said to you when you first showed up after becoming a dad?
Ade Brooks, USA

All the other guys were made up. I have had presents off everybody, and I'd like to thank them all. But they've also caned me in training. Whenever I moan about a decision or about something that's gone wrong, they all shout: "Ooooh, Kevin must have been up all night!"

Kevin, we've seen a lot of former sportsmen on TV reality shows recently. Would you ever appear on Strictly Come Dancing or any other show like that?
Matt Murdock, England

We were talking about this at the training ground only the other day. I wouldn't want to do it now, but in 10-15 years time I probably would. Strictly Come Dancing would be fantastic. I would probably be stiff and sore, but if it could improve my dancing that would be great. I don't think I would fancy going into the jungle, and I certainly couldn't see myself doing a Bush Tucker Trial. But you never say never to anything.

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