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  1. It’s a long read, but some of you might be interested.. On Sunday 10th April 2022, my 81 year old dad, Dave Vickers, will embark on his last tour, having been the official BWFC Tour Guide for 16 Years. It was a never a job for Dad, more a hobby, a pleasure, a pastime which allowed him to recall treasured memories and indulge himself into the history of Bolton Wanderers. To the delight of many customers 1 hour tours often took a lot longer as he ensured every photo, every trophy, every room, every stand low and high into the gantry were visited and stories relating to their importance were shared with detail, knowledge and passion which took fans back in time to relive some famous nostalgic bwfc moments. Dad often used to receive thanks usually verbally and occasionally through cards and emails to the club. One example came from George and June Quinn. “Our tour guide was Dave, he made us feel very welcome and we were treated to the most friendly and interesting tour. All parts of the stadium we saw were most impressive which together with Daves vast knowledge and friendly manner, made it a very enjoyable and memorable day” (30/01/2008) Dads love of BWFC goes back 75 years, when as a 6 year old in 1945 he made his first visit to Burnden Park. He was taken by his dad, Jack Vickers, who has an extremely important claim to fame. Jack, while living next door to Nat Lofthouse on Thicketford Road, took Nat to his first ever Bolton game and from there Nats lifelong love affair with BWFC began. Dad has continued to follow the Whites throughout the decades recalling special memories from the teams of the 70s, the renaissance years under Rioch, the famous European visits under Big Sam and the exciting current Era as Ian Evatt looks to bring BOLTON back to where they belong. He has passed this BWFC passion down a further 2 generations and now attends the game with his son Craig and 3 grandchildren Jack, Adam and Charlotte. Dad will really miss sharing his love and passion of BWFC with others on his tours, but now is the right time for him to finally hang his boots up. Dad is looking forward to celebrating his retirement and tributes will be officially paid to him at a future game.
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  2. Well what a fucking experience that was. Feel like Ive just been to a parallel universe and back in the matter of 6 hours. Chaos in the stands, match suspended, last minute pitch carnage, a random punch up in their end, some old dude running about on the pitch on his own, racist abuse and tremendous stand against it, penalty saves, lads lay flat on their backs covered in blood, lads doing klinsmans on the pitch, lads being sick in the middle of a goal celebration, winds that strong goal kicks were going straight over the stands, torrential rain, blokes in shorts and T-shirts... Choose life Choose Bolton Wanderers.
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  3. And as for this tiresome bollocks about pathways in our last two tournaments, do people not realise theres a reason we got those pathways? We avoided groups of death becasue we won every single game in qualifying. What should Southgate do, say nah we want to play some big boys and ask for a harder route? We didnt waste fuck all, we got to the semi of a world cup and within 3 shit penalties away from winning the euros. We beat anyone put in front of us, and didnt lose a game in the euros. Fuck me we stumbled our way to a semi in italia 90 and euro 96, but folk wank themselves senseless over them. Think we need to get a petition going, we want our group changing for Qatar. We want Brazil, France and the harlem fuckin globetrotters first up, so all our negative Nellies cant moan the moment we lose a final.
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  4. Fuck me we lose one game without a full strength team against a team of shit houses who shithoused themselves half way through the last tournament and the knives are out. It was just one of them nights. Get a grip ffs. As for the booing mounts, maybe you should do some research on Hungarian politics and whats going on there before cheering on racists litte gobshites booing our players? Full blown Nazi movements are taking place over there. They subejected our own players with racist abuse at our last game there ffs. Their 3rd political party is making massive gains, they are currently trying to get bank holiday passed to honour men killed fighting for the Nazis. Them kids booing is utterly fucking frightening. They should have been there in shame, not celebrating the reason it was just kids in the first place. Racist little cunts.
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  5. See the holier than thou nob heads are out in force once again. Sitting there watching ifollow on your dodgy fire sticks slagging fans that were there. You're the fuckin M0ngs. Last minute goals on the back of an utterly shit game with 2.3k fans backing us all the way is why we do it. If you dont like it fuck off and watch Rugby or summet you sad cunts.
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  6. @Happy Wandererleft the site in a good place so any costs have been covered til now Day to day efforts of the site admin are free gratis but we do need to cover some hosting costs and other things that i dont understand we will set up a donation button, with all excess monies directed to Bolton Hospice ill update when @Zicogets his arse in gear
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  7. Bolton Wanderers Remembrance Group Joanne Mather · 1h · Dads - Al Mather funeral will take place next Friday the 8th of April. Als main request is for nobody to wear black. Casual wear only or Bolton Wanderers football wear. We will be leaving dad's flat in Bolton at 2.45pm onto overdale crematorium Bolton. The service be will at 3.15pm in the east chapel. We are expecting alot of people there and unfortunately the Chapel is small. We have arranged for speakers outside and it will be streamed for his friends who live around the world and those that cannot sadly make it. We will then be making our way to the vulcan Inn pub, 10 junction Road, Bolton, bl3 4lt to celebrate dad's life. Dad wants a disco/karaoke with no sadness to be had. He would like Ivan to lead the lads to sing a few football songs at his celebration. He also wants everyone to know that he's now at peace, no more pain and back with his grandad Joe, Alan paki parkin, franny and all the other lads We are just having family flowers, any donations you would like to make in memory of my dad you can do so clicking on this link below. The charity we have chosen is the charity my dad set up Bolton Wanderers Remembrance Group. The group helps people in all kinds of way in and around Bolton and right now me and my family during our bereavement in more ways than one I will be forever greatful to them. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart! http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/allanmather
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  8. See you on Saturday boys 😎
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  9. Really disappointed with yesterdays result. The performance less so, but still not good enough as Evatt said in both boxes. As some have alluded to the reaction reaches both extremes after wins/defeats, the reality is somewhere in the Middle. Santos isn’t currently the best centre half outside the prem, nor has he turned into someone who needs dropping/getting rid of. He’s made 2 costly mistakes in 9/10 games. Short memories if people don’t think he can recover and come back to have a good season. Without writing a thesis there’s similar disparity with views/opinions on Lee, Evatt, Kachunga, Sadlier, Transfers. If at the beginning of the season you thought we we were going to finish mid-table then you should be pleased with the current form If you had us in the play-offs, after a difficult start to the season and with less fancied teams ahead, then the next month should have us there/thereabouts. If, like me, you thought the depth and quality of the current squad, together with a good end to last season/good pre-season, had us challenging for the top 2, then yes we’ll be disappointed and concerned. But if you were that positive to have us challenging for automatics, then surely you can be positive/realistic enough to see that things could change; players form will improve, injured players will give us a boost, Evatt will soon find our best 11/formation to suit, possible transfer additions will add quality and concerns in both boxes will be addressed on the training pitch. So what I’m trying to say is cheer up, it’ll be reet 😄
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  10. Said it before and I'll say it again, don't often comment on the football side of the forum as I'm not as football knowledgeable as you lads (well some of you 😁) but as a season ticket holder since 14 years old I've been there for the wonderful 90's rise and European days and then stuck it out, same as you all, for the grind that has been the last several years. I won't lie, it has been a genuine grind at times but Evatt and this team have made me fall back in love with going to the game again. Consistently excited about the next game to come and its fucking ace. Loved today again, a real feeling of togetherness throughout the squad, staff, owners and fans. I know everyone thinks their club is the greatest, but you don't know the true ups and downs and love of a club if you've not been part of this!!! And yes, I've been drinking heavily since the game. Enjoy your victorious evening fellow whites!!
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  11. Ive honestly never known such an overreaction to about 3 kids throwing bottles of pop and James McClean having some screwed pie wrappers thrown at him after openly goading our fans in a derby match. Ive seen one smokebomb/flare. That isn't fucking trouble. Shit goes on like this at every ground in the country with any form of atmosphere. Talk about making an issue out of absolutely fuck all. Fantastic work by the club on these prices. This IL block issue shouldn't detract from that but fully grown adults, families and responsible season ticket holders being treated like naughty fucking school children is because a few kids act the goat 200 yards away is ridiculous. Who is Neil Hart to tell me I cant buy my son a season ticket next to me? Or warn my Dad about his behaviour? My Dads been a season ticket holder for kicking on 50 years yet this season hes been told he might not have seat if some kid throws a bottle. Like Ive said earlier Ive not any trouble in my block since it used to kick off with stewards re standing about 15 years ago, yet we are being told we are scum bags who need to behave or block is closing? Other clubs embrace their vocal support. Our club is alienating it and tarring normal fans with a litterally 6 people that have thrown things or set a smoke bomb off. Absolutely fucking pathetic. Thanks for cheap tickets but Id rather pay more and not be treated like a cunt.
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  12. Nah it’s ok to: Support the knee & not like what he posted Yet not want him strung up When I was a teenager I sung Munich songs and wore Bolton badges with red hands on. Now I think it’s a dick move Stop the petty point scoring you nobs Only on WW could an ancient racist comment by a player turn into folk trying to make a point against those who don’t like racism 🤦🏽‍♂️
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  13. Madison shouldve played. Rashford is shit and shouldve scored 7, he needs to concentrate on football not feeding kids. Southgate was way too defensive and shouldve played with no defenders and put a corner flag in nets. Southgate should stick to coaching instead of virtue signalling and being a puppet for the FA. He was clearly reading BAME weekly during that second half and the players rainbow laces made us kick the ball wrong. We are shit. Football is shit. Southgate is shit. Everything is fucking shit. Apart from gammon. Served by Alf Ramsey and Enoch Powel.
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  14. Rolled in at 4:30am. Lost 6 solid hours in the york with Mr H, Widness and Danny G. Went for train and station was closed. Not surprising as it was 2am. £80 taxi home. Bad books.
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  15. The amount of effort some people put into emphasising how much they don't care about women's football. Just watch something else instead 🤣 Great sporting achievement this.
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  16. Saturday was our Mansfield away when Seagraves scored... Dion Charles coming in Jan is the same as McGinlay. We've finally got some bollocks and the team look as together as Ive seen anyone. A proper unit who all back the gaffer. Sqaud depth second to none. Its happening Im tellin ya. 1993 all over again...
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  17. Even met my fucking hero. What a day.
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  18. I would like to place on record a massive thank you to all you Bolton fans who came to Chorley today I'm. The club didn't think you would turn up in the numbers you did. You were a really good crack and enjoyed your stories outside the club ,in the Duke of York and in town. Good on you for such a large support, I hope you have really enjoyed your day at our little non league ground. Thank you BWFC Supporters
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  19. Guilty as charged!
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  20. Grey = Putin: first of all piles in. Doesn’t go his way but continues by firing cheap shots and making unfounded claims. Rudy = Zelensky: holding firm with the weight of popular support behind him. Offering to hold talks with Putin. Dazbob = NATO: Standing up and making his feelings very clear. Mick Brown = Many Russians: of the red persuasion; hoping to transfer Putin somewhere else and replace him with something better. Marc505 = The US airforce*: flying around nearby, but you don’t hear anything from him. Who is Boris? * he’ll tell you which make and model.
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  21. Speaking of taking the kids to the match - my daughter gave me her CV to proof-read a few weeks ago, and under the 'Personal Interests/Hobbies' section, she'd put "I love going to watch Bolton Wanderers with my dad and little brother". I am happy to admit I cried a bit. 🤍
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  22. Well what a day. Up at 7.00 , thought about knocking on for Jeep as I strolled past his gated abode. Early morning rattler from Howfen. Met Early Dart on the train , grabbed a coffee at Piccadily, plenty of Wanderers Fans mooching about waiting for the 9.30 to Shrewsbury. As soon as it turned up grabbed a couple of table seats , Ashbourne Street Market Stall , Pensioner (sputnik)Stan , Pinocheo's Dad , Grump Bat , Mr Smith, Woody and young Phileas Fogg in attendance. Train was packed but with mostly vintage fans . Boltons youth unwilling to get out of their pits at an ungodly hour. First pit stop in Shrewsbury was the Bulls Head , doors were shut but unlocked (schoolboy error from the landlord) . " Are you open ? " " I wasn't, but you lot look like you need a drink " Excellent beers flowed . Moved onto the ancient Three Fishes , after deciding to forego a Spoons breakfast. Turned out to be a good decision. Devoured double egg , home made chips and slices of delicious ham. Locals a friendly bunch went above and beyond welcoming us , within 40 mins Ashburner St got an invite to a swingers party. Moved onto The Wheatsheaf , as soon as we got through the doors the management locked the doors . ( Bolton's Youth had started to desend on the town). Turns out the pubs have a watts app group. We pitched up in a corner spot ( felt sorry for the couple sat trying to avoid eye contact whilst supposedly have a quiet Saturday meal ). A few man's best friends knocking about. Cockapoo named Lemmy. Couldn't resist it , whilst it's female owner was oh a toilet break offered the husband a fiver he accepted it !! The look on her face when she returned as he explained the situation was a joy to watch. Pub was in uproar . Turns out it was a neighbours dog. Fiver and dog exchanged again. Shrewsbury is a great drinking town but it's a bloody route march to the ground . On route found The Bell View ( cash only) , resulting in Early Dart negotiating how much of a pint he could purchase with the few coins in his wallet. (3/4 pint ). Onto the stadium, great atmosphere, Wanderers fans in full voice . First half both sides cancelled each other out . Not good but nice to achieve 0-0 at half time. Half time presentation on the pitch to the legendary Tony Kelly from the Wanderers Remembrance Group . A visibibly moved Mr Kelly a credit to our great club . The guy has been through a very tough couple of years. Bumped into Jeep and Mikkey D ( not the famous Motorhead drummer) Back to the football , Wanderers came out looking to attack more . Vela was being a nuisance all over the park for Shrewsbury. It was nice to see alot less passing the ball amongst our defenders and keeper. As the clock ticked on , I convinced myself that a draw was a good result. Then the ball smashed into the net , a sublime one touch followed by a rocket of a shot . The place went mental, players jumping into the fans . This is the moments we all live for . The rain sodden disappointments of Fleetwood and Accrington forgotten in an instant. Limbs everywhere at full time . Bumped into Mr Kelly as I walked out , the grin on his face once again proved " once in never out ". Back to the Bell View , walk back interrupted by a phone call from home , " have you bought a bloody dog ? " The joys of social media !!!!! Got settled into the Bell View . Soon packed with Bolton fans good atmosphere. Away Win , last minute goal , it doesn't get any better . Even Grumpy Bat had a smile on his face whilst in a Rocking Chair looking like a modern day Cyril Fletcher. Mr Smith had battled on for the day but was not ready for another route march to the station for the 7pm train. Not 1 taxi available in Shrewsbury. A few good souls stopped with him and eventually got the 9pm. The rest of us set off , arrived at the station. No sign of Ash !!! Looks like he took up the earlier invite !!! Train back was rammed but the journey flew by . Bolton Youth in great voice. Roll on next Saturday.
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  23. Ladies and gents, it’s with great pleasure that the rumours, whispers and smoke signals are really true. White Love fanzine is back after a 20-year hiatus. For those that remember us – happy days. For those wondering if we are some hot-dogging white-pillowcased supremacist recruitment site or dodgy internet knocking shop – yeah, we’ve heard all the jokes already. Times have changed and ‘White Love’ probably wouldn’t be the monicker we’d choose in this day ‘n’ age… but hey, its says what it means – white (as in Whites, Super-Whites, White Army, come on your White men) and love (who doesn’t love their hometown team?). Anyway, I’m digressing here… Back on point, the ‘zine is now a ‘site and instead of print it's now all digital. Launching on Monday 4th July. Independence Day for an independent fan site seemed just about right and gets us on-board with the masses ahead of the new season. ***NOTE TO SITE ADMINS: DON’T WORRY, WHITE LOVE IS NOT A FORUM/CHATROOM SITE*** That’s that then. Hope to see some of you over there. Oh yeah…. www.whitelove.co.uk
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  24. 2-0 Matty's gone AWOL so thought I'd step in. Mostly complaints about the ref to be honest.
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  25. £440 fine, and promise to be a better role model going forward. I am I do And I will
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  26. It always has been and always will be The Reebok
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  27. 👍👍 Zico mentioned last night on the phone about him switching to the same web design and host that the supporters trust use, in between bits about his next holiday round the Caribbean.
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  28. Send Trafford back to City, send Connolly back to Liverpool, get rid of Kachunga, get rid of Sadlier, get rid of Santos and Bakayoko, close the club shop, sack Ian Evatt, demolish the stadium, send Afolayan to prison, burn all your shirts, melt down Nat's statue, bomb Horwich Parkway and drown Lofty the Lion. It's just not good enough.
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  29. cba reading through a load of reactionary comments about today. We played really well for 35 mins then imploded in 2 minutes and never got going again. Simple as that. We will be fine
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  30. Just seen the squad roll through Terminal 2, unashamedly had to get a selfi with Baka. Didn't see any new secret players though.....
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  31. Have not posted on here for a good while , but log on most days to have a mooch and keep myself up to date. Have to say I find this shirt quite fascinating and have never seen one before and thanks for posting It did get me thinking You see far from being small time, Alexander Howden Group came into existence in late 1984 when Alexander Howden Insurance Brokers changed their name. So the earliest this shirt dates from is December 1984 I worked in the Insurance Industry from the mid 80s through to early 90s and knew of them Even in the mid 80s they were a decent size outfit - in 1986 for example -quick check at companies house - turnover was £55 million So whilst yes it could have been a kit for some obscure game they sponsored , or maybe they bought a batch of our shirts, given the timing - our kit changed again as someone has pointed out at the start of the 1985/6 season when we renewed sponsorship with HB Electronics- could it have an alternative explanation ? Could it be one of a batch mocked up for Howdens as we were at the time in discussions with them as potential sponsors ? The club was in deep financial trouble at the time, desperate for cash and was always on the lookout for new opportunities - mean to say they did the normid deal just 12 months later I dont have an answer , but throw this up as a possibility because 12 years later in 1997 with turnover over £100 million Alexander Howden Group changed their name again - to one most people are familiar with particularly as football shirt sponsors - AON Limited How different our history may have been had they sponsored us back then and we had never got into bed with Normid - we could still have been playing at Burnden Park ! Anyway - its pure speculation but I do hope someone can give us a definitive answer on this shirts origin BTW http://www.historicalkits.co.uk/Bolton_Wanderers/Bolton_Wanderers.htm is a useful source of information on our kit & sponsors
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  32. Think you and Mr Feelgood are confusing this place with Twitter and the gaggle of cranks that make shit up for attention and likes off spotty teenagers with pictures of dapo on their bedroom walls. This place has been going 20 years, most cunts know eachother and simply pass bits off info about as they receive. You want to start calling long time posters out for stuff they share then I suggest you both fuck off to Bolton Nuts or twitter with the rest of the other cranks.
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  33. Watching this beats watching any other team
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  34. Great final away day . Sun shine and the Rattlers ran on time . Up early 6.09 from Bolton. Ashburner St worse for wear ( only left the Bee Hive at 01.00hrs). The Shark , poised to tick another ground off ( done well over 92). Darwens finest and "arry" in tow . Pinocheo's Dad +1 , Happy Bat, (retirement suits some folk), Woody and Mr Smith . Smooth change overs at Crewe and Birmingham saw us arrive 9.50. Taxi to Spoons . Full English with black puds ( with English mustard) St George's Day !!!!!. 11.45 Mr Wood and Embankment taxi to Deya Brewery, fantastic venue, brilliant beers .Plenty off here in attendance. Back into the centre ( those taxis made some cash off us ). Met up with Sputnik ( better half in tow at Old Restoration.( needs knocking down crap ale) . Onto the Kemble Brewery pub once again choca with W,ws posters. Great to finally meet Vera Lyn insisted on a pic with Ashburner St . Jeep holding court in one corner of the pub and Swedish Al in the rear with "our boys" ( his description not mine) . Hopefully he will return to the fold next season at some point . Fantastic pub will definitely visit again. Last game so no rush to the ground( 1 more for the road) , wandered there with Jeep. Arrived 15.16 , had to bloody knock on . Enjoyed the game , great to see faces young and very old . Sorted a lift back to the station for Mr Smith so missed their goal. Into the Midland ,bit of banter with young barmaid noticed a guy checking on me " is that your boyfriend ?" She replied " no its my bloody dad " Squeezed onto the platform for the 18.00., AHM in full attendance. Back to Brum , made the connection train . Unlike - Jeep , Mr Smith ,Shark , Bat , Ashburner St . Very unprofessional arriving on the platform as the doors shut !!!! Back to Bolton, nipped into the Achari ( best curry in Bolton) . Taxi to Howfen ( White Lion ) to watch Tyson swing that upper cut . GOOD Night !!!!!!! Roll on next season. It's going to be mental . Keep safe through the summer . Away days ,it's what we all do and we luv em !!!!
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  35. If I was stupidly rich I'd buy it just to take it to the centre of Buenos Aries & rip it to shreds & then burn it. Junked up, cheating twat.
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  36. To go with our season tickets next season we have a new 6 X 4 flag for my grandkids
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  37. The moment you stop going apeshit for a last minute equaliser (whoever it's against) is the moment you should give up following the football.
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  38. Blimey. my lad was in tears at 88mins. For the simple fact he’d put all his heart in to us scoring, it’s his first proper season. He’s been to Sheff Weds and Accrington prior to today. He was upset cos all game he just had the hope we’d do well, it got too much for him, I tried to say “mate it’s 0-0, we’re not bloody losing, take that as a good thing” then boom,89 mins he was in floods saying it’s the best he’s ever felt and wishes he could relive that moment again and again. absolutely fantastic. Some faces knocking around today too! thought we grinded it out and would’ve taken a point, fucking hell im still buzzing what a fucking goal,
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  39. You don't build owt by going through the management roundabout every 18 months! I hate current society/impatient social media kids! They think they're experts whilst barely having a pube & never even had a sticky finger! What is wrong with the here & now immediate success culture? & don't get me started on the pathetic online troll ironic mentality that the kids think they can put on the terraces. It's about time the older generation pointed out to these pricks that 'Wanky Wanderers ' isn't a song ,it's a retort. As amusing as 'passing sidewards & backwards everywhere we go' is, it certainly isn't backing the team. As for 'Dion Charles tweets what he wants' isn't actually that amusing when he could be banned for us for many games, for something he did many teams ago. I'm sick of it & I won't be putting up for it anymore. I'm going to stand in the middle of those k&f's cocks from now on & clipping ears 👂 til they understand. It's not support, it's fookin pathetic. Feel free to join me until we eradicate it.
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  40. Hi everyone @royal whitehas introduced me to this forum so thanks for that mate. I think a few of you already know about my next fight, but if not I would just like to introduce myself. My name is Alex Murphy, I'm 21 years old and I'm 3-0 as a professional boxer but most importantly I've been a Bolton fan for my whole life, my next fight is at our stadium in the premier suite on the 30th July which is an absolute dream come true for me. I'd love to get the whole club behind me for this next fight and for the rest of my career, you can message me for any info. I really appreciate all the support I've already had from the fans and look forward to hopefully meeting more of you soon.
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