Bolton Wanderers Club Profile
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Bolton Wanderers : Club Background
Name a professional footballing side that was formed by a religious institution, and you'd probably name Southampton, popularised as the Saints, as your first choice. A little more obscure is that of Bolton Wanderers, who took on the name of Christ Church FC (not to be confused with the Dorset town) in 1874. The name is literally as it suggests - they were a church side, formed by Reverend Thomas Ogden. Alas, their relationship with the clergy only lasted three years - they ended up in a dispute with him and so separated their links with the church by changing their name to Bolton Wanderers.
The name Wanderers was chosen due to the club's problems in its early years in trying to find a stable ground. They occupied three venues during their first four years of existence, and so it was chosen to represent their nomadic status. They played at Pike’s Lane during their early days but didn't make it as far as their famous Burnden Park ground until 1895 - the venue that was to stage their matches for the following 102 years until they moved to the Reebok Stadium.
Whilst they were trying to find a stable venue to play at, they became founder members of the Football League in 1894, with that providing the trigger to build Burnden Park and move in a year later. Bolton have never won the top prize in league football at any stage, up until 1964 they spent the vast majority of their years in the top flight. There were five relegations into the Second Division during that time, but on every occasion, they only needed one or two seasons to claw their way back into the top flight.
They won the FA Cup in 1923, 1926, 1929 and 1958, although probably their most famous moment came when they were on the losing side in an FA Cup Final. Having previously been on the losing sides in 1894 and 1904, they came up against Blackpool in the 1953 final. Now described as "The Stanley Matthews Final", it is rated as one of the all-time classics, albeit with the Trotters being the ones having to go home with the unwanted label of "plucky losers". They led 3-1 against the Seasiders, but a Stan Mortensen hat-trick and the wizardry of Matthews saw Bolton go down 4-3. The best ever FA Cup Final? Not if you live in postcode BL6, but for the rest of us, quite possibly.
Whilst Blackpool had Matthews, Bolton had Nat Lofthouse, scorer of 30 England goals between 1950 and 1958. His finest club moment came when he scored both goals in the 1958 FA Cup Final against Manchester United. His 452 appearances and 255 goals, scored across 14 years as a one-club man made him a Bolton legend, and he went on to become their assistant trainer, chief coach, caretaker manager, full time manager, chief scout, administrative manager, executive manager and finally club president. He was made a Freeman of Bolton and given an OBE, whilst the East Stand at the Reebok Stadium has been given his name. There is also a statue of him outside the ground, that was unveiled in August 2013.
Lofthouse's retirement from playing was shortly followed by the most fallow period in their club's history. The 1958 FA Cup win still stands as their last major piece of top flight silverware. In 1964 they were relegated to the Second Division, and unlike their previous five relegations, they struggled to find their way back. For the next 33 years they spent only two of those in the top flight, and in 1987 suffered the worst moment in the club's history - relegation to the Fourth Division - albeit for only one season.
It took them around a decade to work their way back up to the top flight. By that time there were other new things afoot in Bolton - a new ground. The 28,723 all seater stadium was opened in September 1997. Whilst there were plenty of grumbles at leaving their old ground behind, and moving to an out of town ground, that blow was softened by the fact that they had just won the second tier Championship title, taking them into the Premier League, and a 15 year stay that even included a couple of finishes good enough to get them into the UEFA Cup, including matches against Bayern Munich, Red Star Belgrade, Atletico Madrid and Sporting Lisbon.
However, in May 2012, they dropped out of top flight football, after being relegated on the final day of the season. The 2012-13 season saw them come close to making a quick return, as they missed out on the play-offs on goal difference. With parachute payments boosting their playing budget for three more years, they'll be expected to challenge once again, or questions will inevitably be asked of their players and management, with the club's pedigree expecting them to be at the very least in the top half of the table, if not higher by the end of the season.
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|Bolton Wanderers : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Bolton Wanderers
|22/03/2014||Home||CHP||D||2-2||6344||Miller 33, Dawson 42|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Bolton Wanderers
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Bolton Wanderers : Club Statistics
Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||0
||Games Without A Home Win: ||0
|Games Without An Away Win: ||0
||Games Without Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||1
|Games Without A Draw: ||1
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||1
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||1
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||
|Away Results Sequence: ||W
||Overall Results Sequence: ||W
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Bolton Wanderers : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 0844-871-2932
Fax : 01204-673773
Chairman : Phil Gartside
Secretary : Simon Marland
Safety Officer : Rod Cross
Web Site / Programme Editor :
Manager : Dougie Freedman
Capacity : 28,723
Seated : 28,723
Covered Terrace : n/a
Record Attendance : 69,912 vs Manchester City, FA Cup Fifth Round, February 18th 1933 (Burnden Park).
Record Attendance : 28,353 vs Leicester City, Premier League, December 28th 2003 (Reebok Stadium).
Colours : White shirts, blue shorts, with reverse trim
Nickname : The Trotters, The Wanderers
Ticket Prices :
Away supporters are housed in the South Stand, which is a two-tiered structure situated behind the goal. The two tiers will seat up to 5,000 supporters, but Bolton sometimes allocate some of the lower tier to home supporters, giving an allocation of 3,000 when shared. The covering in the lower tier is slightly open to the elements, so if it's bad weather you may want to avoid the first few rows.
Advance tickets for this 2013-14 fixture can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:
Adults: £23.00; Over-65s and Under-23s: £16.00; Under-18s: £9.00.
On the day of the match itself, Bolton are not entirely helpful about what they want either home or away fans to do, but for their recent match against Reading, their fans were told that tickets would be available for no extra charge from Turnstile E on the South Stand. There is a caveat to that in that if you fall into any of the concessionary groups (whether pre-purchased or buying on the day) they recommend you carry suitable ID on the day of the game. If they see you as a borderline case, they may refuse admission at the concessionary price, or send you around to 'Bolton Central' - the main retail store at the Reebok which houses their main ticket office.
Disabled supporters are housed in the South-West side of the South Stand. You will pay the above range of prices depending upon your age. They state that Assistant tickets are available "on request" but imply that if you sit away from the disabled person you will be charged the going rate. For any special arrangements for disabled supporters, Bolton's ticket office is available on 0844 871 2932.
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Bolton Wanderers : Directions To The Ground
Bolton is situated on the north-west side of Manchester, just about inside the 'Greater Manchester' sprawl, but far enough outside for it to have its own identity. The ground itself is situated halfway between Bolton and Horwich, so don't try to follow signposts for Bolton town centre when heading to the stadium.
For 99.9% of supporters, you'll come into the ground via M61 Junction 6. You'll then just need the A6027 De Havilland Way, which will be sign-posted towards Horwich. The ground is on your left hand side within half a mile of leaving the motorway.
From the South: This will be the route that almost all Yeovil fans take. Head up the M6 and leave it at Junction 21a, heading onto the M62 towards Manchester. At M62 Junction 12, get on the M60 and within a couple of miles, follow signs for the M61 heading towards Preston. Ignore the signs for Bolton, and carry on to Junction 6, as above.
From the North: Leave the M6 at Junction 30 and join the M61. Continue until Junction 6, as above.
From the East/West: Harder to give specific advice on this, other than to say that you'll probably end up on the Manchester outer ring road of motorway systems. Get to where the M60 meets the foot of the M61 at Junction 14/15 then join the M61 and head up to Junction 6, as above.
Car parking is available at the stadium with the following prices: Cars: £6.00; Minibuses: £12.00; Coaches: £20.00.
There are five car parks at the stadium. Bolton designate Car Park A for away supporters, including their supporter coaches. This is situated at the South side of the stadium and is accessed via the A6027, De Havilland Way.
Don't take a train to Bolton and expect to see a football ground outside the station. You actually want Horwich Parkway station, which is six miles away. When you get out at Horwich Parkway, you'll be pleased to know that you're only around 200 yards from the stadium.
The bad news is that trying to do Bolton and back inside a day from is an extremely long day. You're going to need to take either the 06:20 or 06:53 out of Yeovil Junction. Both involve either two or three changes, via one of Basingstoke or Waterloo/Euston and then via Manchester Picadilly or Stockport, getting you in at one of 12:24/13:13/13:24 depending on which route you take. You can get a later train but these are scheduled to get in at 14:13/14:24, meaning that if you miss your connection, or encounter any delays, you've missed kick-off. There's only one train back that you can catch, leaving at 17:28 which gets you into Yeovil Junction at 23:48 via Manchester Piccadilly and Basingstoke.
For Capital Glovers, you leave from London Euston, with a single change at one of Stockport, Preston or Manchester Piccadilly. Journey time is just under three hours going up, and just over three hours coming back.
Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.
Given the position of the ground, we can't think of too many reasons why you'd need a bus. However, for locals, Bolton offer a wide range of matchday shuttle buses covering 14 different routes from nearby towns such as Bolton, Bury, Swindon, Leigh, Farnworth, Chorley and Wigan. Head to the 2012-13 timetable for details on routes. A single fare is £2.00 whilst a return fare is £3.00.
There are four other general bus services that you can use in addition to the above football specials: 615 (Leigh to Bolton), 617 (Wigan to Bolton), 575 (Horwich to Bolton) and 505 (Horwich to Bolton).
A selection of Horwich taxi companies can be found here.
A selection of Bolton taxi companies can be found here.
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|Bolton Wanderers : Web Resources|
Bolton Wanderers Football Club
The main club website for Bolton Wanderers. The usual PTV chain site.
Supporters association website for London-based Bolton supporters, giving their travel and social plans.
A separate website covering the wider usage of the Reebok Stadium.
Voice Of Bolton
Independently designed website, detailing a fairly narrow focus of match previews, match reports and a few news items. A fair bit of detail behind each article makes this worth a read.
|Web Message Boards|
Probably the least busy of the Bolton message boards.
Bolton Wanderers Mad Message Board
The website itself is another unmanned franchise from the MAD stable, but the message board is used by Bolton fans. Open for reading, but register to post.
Although it describes itself as an "independent social networking forum" on the main website home page, the main purpose of this site is the message board. Multi-strand bulletin board style - open to read but register to post.
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Dedicated online section for Bolton Wanderers news, coming from The Bolton News newspaper. Updated daily.
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Bolton Wanderers : Food & Drink
The big advantage of Bolton's Reebok Stadium is that it's situated barely a few hundred yards off M61 Junction 6 (see above) and Horwich Parkway (see above). The big disadvantage is that the ground is situated in the middle of a large retail and business park on the edge of the town, which doesn't really lend itself to good pubs within walking distance.
The retail park houses exactly what you'd expect it to do - a load of chain-store fast food, restaurant and pub outlets - choose from Ask Italian, Bella Italia, Chiquito, Frankie and Benny's, a Harvester, KFC, McDonald's, Nando's, Pizza Hut, Subway and a Premier Inn. The snag is that a lot of the outlets that are more inclined to naturally appeal to football fans, have bouncers on the door, who will screen for away fans, even to the point of asking you to produce a season ticket or match ticket for a Reebok Stadium home section. As such, if you do decide to venture into the retail park, don't be too surprised if a number of the venues are out of bounds - we've listed the Horwich Park Inn (Harvester) and Scott's Bar, but suspect the latter is precisely the sort that will have the bouncers on the door.
To recognise that fact, a number of the pubs mentioned below are a fair distance from the ground - more so than we'd usually highlight. The Bee Hive and Barnstormers are two of the nearer pubs that are reported to admit away supporters (although inevitably such policies do change from month to month and sometimes based upon the opposition coming to town). The other option is Horwich town centre which is just about walkable at two miles away. There the Bowling Green, Original Bay Horse, Crown Hotel and Victoria and Albert make up a quartet of pubs all in a mini-cluster, which could be an option if you fancy a bit of variety. The Bob's Smithy Inn is another option, but be warned that it's a little too far to walk to the ground from.
Club Bar :
For those who can't bear the hassle of being turned away from pubs, alcohol is served inside the Reebok Stadium, although in "designated areas" - we presume that means that the stadium stewards will start grumbling if you start to carry your pint out of the area. Expect Carling, Worthington, Magners and even wine, although considering we're "oop north" it's not cheap - over £3.00 a pint. Apparently the stadium reserves the right to not sell alcohol for certain fixtures, although as we're low profile opposition, we're probably safe on that count.
Local Pubs :
|Barnstormers: This pub is situated is situated easily within walking distance of the Reebok Stadium in the Lostock Industrial Estate, which is on the opposite side of the road to De Havilland Way. It is reported to admit away fans despite its proximity to the stadium. Serves Black Sheep, Deuchars IPA and one guest. Fizz options are Tetley’s, John Smiths, Stella, Fosters, Carling, Kronenburg, Strongbow, Guinness and Kronenburg Blonk. There is lunchtime food served from noon until 2.00p.m. Sky Sports is available on one plasma screen and another big screen - also a children's play area and a smokers shelter. Opening hours are from noon until 11.00p.m. with a two hour extension on Friday and Saturday nights.|
Barnstormers, Lostock Lane, Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 4BL. Tel: 01204-691797. Map: Click Here.
|Bee Hive: This pub is situated at the east end of De Havilland Way - i.e. beyond the ground, when you reach the roundabout that joins with the A673 that splits for Horwich and Bolton. This is a 'Fayre and Square' pub - they used to be known as 'Two for One' pubs (on account of their meal offers) - you may recall them for incorporating the kids-friendly Wacky Warehouse areas within their pubs. As such you're dealing with a fairly bulk standard 'family pub' with cheap bulk-standard pub food, and bland drinks centring around Becks, Fosters, Stella, Strongbow and Guinness - no real ales at all. One big attraction to this pub is that they'll let you park in their car park for a £5.00 fee, which you can apparently get back provided you're spending more than that in the bar. They admit away supporters and it's about a ten minute walk to the ground from there, along De Havilland Way. Opening hours 11.30a.m. until 11.00p.m. with a two hour extension on Friday and Saturday nights.|
Bee Hive, 991 Chorley New Road, Lostock, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 4BA. Tel: 01204-692104. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Bob's Smithy Inn: If you're wanting somewhere a little bit away from the traffic and the supporters on a matchday, in more picturesque surroundings then this could be the one for you. In addition to being a typical pub, it also hosts the Old Forge Restaurant. It's a couple of miles North-East of the stadium, midway between Horwich and Bolton, and styles itself as a country pub. It serves six real ales, including Bank Top Flat Cap, Timothy Taylors Best Bitter and Tetley Cask, with three guests, and has been in the Good Beer Guide for 16 years. Food is on the pricey side - there is both a bar menu and a restaurant menu, but you can tell from what's on their menus that they're aiming at the higher end of the market anyway. Opening hours are midday until 11.00p.m. from Wednesday until Saturday. On Mondays and Tuesdays they open at 4.30p.m. whilst on Sundays they open from midday until 10.30p.m.|
Bob's Smithy Inn, 1448 Chorley Old Road, Bolton, Lancashire, BL1 7PX. Tel: 01204-842622. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Bowling Green: One of the quartet of Horwich town centre pubs that is worth visiting. The Bowling Green was taken over by new management in February 2012, and the reaction from the locals has been good across the internet, praising the new landlords for their style. CAMRA has given them a new entry in the Good Beer Guide for 2014, with four rotating guest ales and a real cider. In terms of fizz they do Carlsberg, San Miguel, Tuborg, Somersby Cider, Caffreys and Tetley's Smooth. There were suggestions that they were planning on doing lunchtime food, although their Facebook page doesn't mention this.|
Bowling Green, 175 Lee Lane, Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 7JD. Tel: 01204-460308. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Horwich Park Inn: This is a Harvester Restaurant situated partway between the Horwich Parkway railway station and the Reebok stadium. As it's part of a chain we'll assume that you know what to expect in a Harvester - family friendly pub-restaurant style fodder - very middle of the road and a bit predictable. Opening hours 11.00a.m. - 11.00p.m. Monday - Friday. Opens two hours earlier on Saturdays and Sundays although that appears to be to serve a 'weekend brunch'. The location of this pub may well mean that it is off limits to away supporters, even if it is marketed as a restaurant rather than a boozer.|
Horwich Park Inn, 1 Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 6LB. Tel: 01204-698877. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Original Bay Horse: One of the four Horwich town centre pubs - this one dates from 1777, characterised by small windows and low ceilings. It's known locally as the Long Pull. Serves Bank Top Flat Cap, Coach House Gunpowder Mild, Lees Bitter, Moorhouse's Pride of Pendle plus guests. There is pool, darts and Sky Sports on TV. No food. Opens from noon until 12.30a.m. on a Friday and Saturday. Other days are 1.00p.m. until midnight, except on Sundays which is noon until midnight.|
Original Bay Horse, 206 Lee Lane, Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 7JF. Tel: 01204-696231. Map: Click Here.
|Scott's Bar: This is a very modern-themed sports bar situated between Horwich Parkway railway station and the Reebok Stadium. Very much aimed at the younger clientele, with Sky Sports big screens and very typical pub food (burgers, breakfasts, curries. Plus the drinks selection is your usual Tennents, Magners, Strongbow, Becks, John Smiths - all on fizzy tap - and a selection of cocktails and brightly coloured WKD-style stuff. Opening hours are 11.30a.m. until midnight, with an hour extension on a Friday and Saturday night. It's location, and likely audience tend to point strongly to this one being a 'home' pub in a big way. Blag your way in if you think you can do it, but don't be too churlish if the big bad bouncers say no.|
Scott's Bar, 2 Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 6LB. Tel: 01204-469510. Email: email@example.com. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|The Crown Hotel: The significance of this Horwich town centre pub out of the other trio is that it serves food at lunchtime. Whilst the others are just drinking houses, the Crown does pub lunches. They also have a games room with darts and pool available. They've been in the Good Beer Guide for 12 years, which shows consistency to an extreme. Children are welcome at lunchtime, but only if you're eating. Beers are Holt Mild, Holt Bitter and guests. Opening times are 11.00a.m. until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, closing an hour earlier between Monday and Thursday. On Sundays they open from midday until 11.30p.m.|
The Crown Hotel, 1 Chorley New Road, Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 7QJ. Tel: 01204-690926. Map: Click Here.
|Victoria and Albert: One of four pubs situated in Horwich town centre, around two miles from the ground. This one serves up six different real ales, centring around the local Blackedge Brewery, along with a number of guests. They were Bolton CAMRA's Pub Of The Year for 2012 and 2013, so no doubt that the beer here is well served. They also do cask cider. Only snag is that they don't do food. Opening hours are 4.00p.m - 11.00p.m. Monday - Thursday, 4.00p.m. - midnight on Fridays, then noon until midnight on Saturdays, and noon until 11.00p.m. on a Sunday.|
Victoria and Albert, 114 Lee Lane, Horwich, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL6 7AF. Tel: 01204-770837. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
Probably low. You might get away with it if you watch plenty of Coronation Street and can put on a convincing Jack or Vera Duckworth.
Don't drive into Bolton town centre and expect to find the football ground!
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Bolton Wanderers : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
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Other Points Of Interest
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
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