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20 minutes ago, BOWTUN BAKED said:

You roll this out every time! 😂

Though it doesn't & won't work on a cold February Tuesday night against the likes of Southend. When they do a discounted offer it's always at the wrong times, hardly going to get the juices flowing for a lapsed supporter is it?

 

I like the idea, chance for some families to get kids there who may not normally get took, fill the stadium up and hopefully entice more to come regularly. At least it shows the club trying.

It didn't help when the discounted games were that dreadful they still seemed expensive.

 

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Hi Smithills gent 

Bolton fans going into BarrowWays to troll them is one of the most embarrassing things I've ever heard of. How small-time have we now become?

Given the current climate I think it would be fitting to give the job to Phil Brown he would be our first black manager 🖤

7 minutes ago, ProfessorWoland said:

 

I like the idea, chance for some families to get kids there who may not normally get took, fill the stadium up and hopefully entice more to come regularly. At least it shows the club trying.

It didn't help when the discounted games were that dreadful they still seemed expensive.

 

In the Parky era the towns folk wouldn't  go if you paid them

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14 minutes ago, ProfessorWoland said:

 

I like the idea, chance for some families to get kids there who may not normally get took, fill the stadium up and hopefully entice more to come regularly. At least it shows the club trying.

 

I agree with you entirely, the point I was making is that when they try it , it is unfortunately the wrong games & the wrong times, that's why it doesn't work.

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After listening to the first podcast, I’m really impressed with Evatt. Down to earth, interacts well with players, has a good footballing philosophy and a winning mentality - in fact he’s all the things that Keith Hill wasn’t!

i really hope they get this deal over the line this weekend 🤞

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5 minutes ago, Mr Grey said:

In the Parky era the towns folk wouldn't  go if you paid them

Struggled for that chesterfield game

Only 23k excellent for league one but given our position and £5 anywhere in the ground I thought was poor

 

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57 minutes ago, BOWTUN BAKED said:

You roll this out every time! 😂

Though it doesn't & won't work on a cold February Tuesday night against the likes of Southend. When they do a discounted offer it's always at the wrong times, hardly going to get the juices flowing for a lapsed supporter is it?

It’s because it’s true. Surely a plastic Yorkshire man like thee can see this. 
 

most lapsed fans don’t go because there is more things to do in modern society and more football available on tv

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18 minutes ago, radcliffewhite1 said:

Struggled for that chesterfield game

Only 23k excellent for league one but given our position and £5 anywhere in the ground I thought was poor

 

poor? come on. you have some saying cheap tickets dont work but 23k for a game v Chesterfield (!) is a good effort given the competition around here i reckon .Pity team didnt turn up! same as that Grimsby game (25k?) shows can work if do it at say half term like the Grimsby game iirc. 

Anyway if Evatt can get us going reckon wed get 20k on at end if season with bit imagination from club.  Bollocks to Bolton At Home day tho :lol: 

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28 minutes ago, DomRepWanderer said:

Am I right in thinking that no appointment can be made until Hills contract runs out? if so that would explain the silence from  the club.

No; they’d just announce the new manager with a start date of the day after

It’ll only be the haggling we’re waiting on

 

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19 minutes ago, snowball said:

poor? come on. you have some saying cheap tickets dont work but 23k for a game v Chesterfield (!) is a good effort given the competition around here i reckon .Pity team didnt turn up! same as that Grimsby game (25k?) shows can work if do it at say half term like the Grimsby game iirc. 

Anyway if Evatt can get us going reckon wed get 20k on at end if season with bit imagination from club.  Bollocks to Bolton At Home day tho :lol:

Given the circumstances it was disappointing imo 

undefeated in 7 and 5 wins on the bounce prior

when you consider Peterborough game had slightly less and prices was full whack 

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49 minutes ago, radcliffewhite1 said:

Struggled for that chesterfield game

Only 23k excellent for league one but given our position and £5 anywhere in the ground I thought was poor

 

And it was 0-0 against the bottom side, already relegated and they were far by the better team. Hence none of them who paid the 5 dabs never returned.

Apparently Evatt was on charge of them for a few games, not sure if this was one of them.

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5 minutes ago, Mr Grey said:

And it was 0-0 against the bottom side, already relegated and they were far by the better team. Hence none of them who paid the 5 dabs never returned.

Apparently Evatt was on charge of them for a few games, not sure if this was one of them.

Out injured

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15 hours ago, desperado said:

Good post

Although the buy in for that generation (my eldest is 15) is arguably better than it was for mine (born 73).

Yes the decline through the last decade has been drastic, the club has been horrifically run and memories of the golden era are vague. But they’ve had the 2 seasons of last day glory going on the pitch, consistent home crowds above 13,000, a proud commitment of following your home town club in a world class stadium and a fantastic away following.

In the early/mid 80s at primary school it was hard admitting you were a Bolton fan. The best it got was a victory at home against Kevin Keegans Newcastle. It was grim.

But I’m convinced the harder you have it, the better it is when the tide turns. This generation are the same as us (born in the 70s) They are IN now, they are BWFC and there’s no turning back.

The excitement for this generation is that it just might replicate the 90s revival that we experienced. And I don’t care what any other fan in the world says it wouldn’t surpass being a Bolton fan. 

COYFWM

That's a great post.  Yes, although I still enjoyed going to Burnden in the 80s because it was a good laugh, to the outsider it was grim.  Crowds were terrible, not inflated by season ticket sales like now, and yes the Newcastle game stood out hugely as a "top" result and atmosphere.  Ironic that the only other that came close was the previous home game, Sheff Wed 81-82 that kept us up.

Going through the 80s definitely made the 90s that much better, chalk and cheese, I was on cloud 9 most of the time, there's not another club in the UK you'd rather have supported than us.  For the last few years (post-Wilbraham), we've been about 90th in the list of clubs you'd rather support, joint with Macclesfield and just above Bury.

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1 hour ago, radcliffewhite1 said:

Given the circumstances it was disappointing imo 

undefeated in 7 and 5 wins on the bounce prior

when you consider Peterborough game had slightly less and prices was full whack 

Ticket sales for most games are about 2 or 3000 home fans.  For the Chesterfield game it was about 13,000.  Approx 500% increase for that game, how could that be disappointing?  There are only so many Bolton fans available to attend a game on a Saturday, I dont think we got a crowd of 23k in the last 20 years at Burnden (different times I know).

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5 hours ago, white noise said:

You need to listen to these podcasts, this guy seems like the real deal and when you have listened to these, I bet that you have a little tingle of excitement!

gave up and listened!

"if you want to play football recruit footballers"

im in! massively disappointed bow if he doesnt come.

plus it will be a long haul winning over the nobs at our place who moan and groan when we go backwards to keep possession! get it up! in the box! noooo wrong way! boot it up!

Bring it on though 

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3 minutes ago, Johnnyrotten said:

Ticket sales for most games are about 2 or 3000 home fans.  For the Chesterfield game it was about 13,000.  Approx 500% increase for that game, how could that be disappointing?  There are only so many Bolton fans available to attend a game on a Saturday, I dont think we got a crowd of 23k in the last 20 years at Burnden (different times I know).

Last 20 years of Burnden might be a stretch as presumably we had a few big ones in the late 70s? Once Normid was built then the capacity was much reduced anyway. Certainly had a few sell outs from the Rioch era though.

The Chesterfield crowd (and Grimsby to a certain extent) was cheap tickets coinciding with the team doing well. It’s been shown on so many occasions that unless you can get the latter right then there’s only a finite number of people wanting to turn up, regardless of the price. 

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13 minutes ago, Johnnyrotten said:

Ticket sales for most games are about 2 or 3000 home fans.  For the Chesterfield game it was about 13,000.  Approx 500% increase for that game, how could that be disappointing?  There are only so many Bolton fans available to attend a game on a Saturday, I dont think we got a crowd of 23k in the last 20 years at Burnden (different times I know).

Burnden Parks capacity was less than 23k anyway for many years up to leaving for many games we could have sold many more than the 21k or whatever it was

Blackburn had similar year after us in league 1 avg 12/13k and got 27k against oxford on an offer 

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2 hours ago, radcliffewhite1 said:

Struggled for that chesterfield game

Only 23k excellent for league one but given our position and £5 anywhere in the ground I thought was poor

 

Chesterfield had 668 fans on that day , if say that had been a premier league game and some team had brought 5000 with them , it would have been a near capacity crowd .

Reality is  our home attendance in the  premier league on a good day when the ground was virtually full never really got beyond 22-23000. 

To get beyond that is about more than money , its actually about engaging with "supporters" who have never really been in the habit of going on anything other than an occasional basis. 

Remember one of my daughters coming home from primary school pleading to go to watch Blackburn Rovers because several classes at school had been offered free tickets and all her friends were going  Her then school had a BL6 postcode same as our ground - never seen BWFC do that at her school. 

 

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8 minutes ago, Benny The Ball said:

Chesterfield had 668 fans on that day , if say that had been a premier league game and some team had brought 5000 with them , it would have been a near capacity crowd .

Reality is  our home attendance in the  premier league on a good day when the ground was virtually full never really got beyond 22-23000

To get beyond that is about more than money , its actually about engaging with "supporters" who have never really been in the habit of going on anything other than an occasional basis. 

Remember one of my daughters coming home from primary school pleading to go to watch Blackburn Rovers because several classes at school had been offered free tickets and all her friends were going  Her then school had a BL6 postcode same as our ground - never seen BWFC do that at her school. 

 

Funny you say that Blackburn for a few years have been trying the Bury area with flyers and free tickets for schools, fair play but can’t imagine many taking up the offer 

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2 hours ago, ProfessorWoland said:

One of the kids for a fiver games I nearly threw myself off the ESU.  Mercifully I can't recall which one.

The only reason I kept going was purely morbid curiosity if we could get any shite-er...I was so detatched by the end, ninety odd minutes of silent numbness invariably followed by a brief tirade of expletives, mainly aimed at Parky, on full-time.

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We are due an exciting manager after the dross we've been served up this last 10 or so years, don't think Hill would've been anywhere near the club had it not been an emergency appointment, with the money saved on transfer fees, we should be easily in a position where we buy Evatt's contract out.

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23k for division 3 fixture which was a shite 0-0 was a good crowd. 
 

Cheap tickets do work aw we doubled the crowd. Struggling to see how that’s a fail.

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