Wednesday was a sad day at the Reebok Stadium, but it is far better that it is a sad day than a tragic one. Fabrice Muamba announced his retirement from football as a result of his cardiac arrest in March when he collapsed on the pitch and his heart stopped for 78 minutes. And while it is sad that Muamba's career has to come to an end, he is said to be in good health and making a fantastic recovery, which is obviously of the upmost important.
On this day that Muamba steps away from football, he is trying to put a positive spin on thing. He tweeted "KEEP SMILING PEOPLE" and Lion of Vienna Suite is doing just that. There, Mark Yesilevskiy put together his five favorite Muamba moments from his time at Bolton Wanderers, which is headlined by a goal against Blackburn that sparked a Bolton comeback.
It took 65 minutes to break the deadlock in a hotly-contested match between Sam Allardyce's Blackburn Rovers and Owen Coyle's Bolton Wanderers. Muamba gathered the ball in the box, smartly cut it back, and then put it past Blackburn's Paul Robinson to put Bolton ahead. The lead wouldn't last as Mame Biram Diouf leveled it before a dramatic winner at the death from Stuart Holden.
So yes, it is a sad day, but it isn't all bad. Muamba is recovering well, he had a smile on his face and the Bolton faithful clearly will remember him fondly for not just this moment, but at least four more and probably many more.