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  1. Echoing sentiments above, cant express how emotional that all felt yesterday. FV, the current squad and Ian Evatt must have gone to bed last night thinking fuck me what a club this is. My dad said to my lads coming out that we've always been a family club and it couldn't be truer. We have always seemed to made a connection with players hence they always want to come back and speak about us warmly. (Bar the odd few ) On the back of nearly losing our club and the horrendous KA years, yesterday was the cherry on the top, and just makes you realise just how much we all had to lose. After a difficult few weeks it was great to put a smile on the old fellas face as well x
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  2. Embarrassed. It’s not my money, I just made the contact. BUT, it just reinforces the fact that this club is in the hands of bloody good folk who care and have a lot of class. Proud to be a Wanderer, indeed.
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  3. Right then, I watched it live on Sky. Frightened the life out of the missus and half the fucking estate when Sarce scored. Swigging Flensburgers like a madman then the second went in and it was over to celebratory Moscow Mules. Pissed as a rat by midnight singing out on my balcony with the BWFC flag on display (some on here have proof! 😄). Quietly sitting around recovering on Sunday, the dawn of realisation started to set in. Absolutely remarkable what the club has achieved. Not just the players, owners, management but most of all our magnificent loyal supporters. That Morecambe day was pivotal. As others have said, a few of the squad suddenly would have realised what this club means on that day. European Super League? Fuck off. BWFC are a prime example of what football is about and don't you ever forget it. Proud.
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  4. Update from Neils Daughter Hi Horwich! Just letting you and the rest of wanderers ways know that my mums fundraiser has hit £5,000! It wouldn’t have been possible without all of you, so thank you so much. My dad is currently with us at home, he’s stable but still end of life. He doesn’t seem to be wanting to go anywhere else anytime soon, which is just his stubborn self summed up 🤣🤣.
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  5. @Cheese i have to say this to you, this is a very hot topic which some people won’t put their neck on the line , you will have people who for whatever reason will disagree with the knee, or not understand the condemning of the boo, and you know what that’s fine, it’s a minority and they leave themselves open to interpretation with their opinions. As a black man who works in football I know I can come across very opinionated on the subject and I get people are probably sick of me defending the knee, and outside looking in I know there are people on here thinking blah blah blah yawn yawn change the record Rudy, but in all honesty I don’t care, it feels a little lonely sometimes fighting a battle which sometimes feels on your own. I get frustrated even got to a point recently where I’ve not wanted to post or even go to a game. I know I’m not on my own and I know I’m not the minority but I honestly can’t salute you and a few others( @DazBob @Casino ) , on here enough for speaking sense, and speaking up. That’s what keeps me on here that’s what keeps me going to games. Felt weird having to explain to my kid sister what the monkey emojis mean, why people have a problem with skin colour, it’s 2020 ffs Some of your posts on this topic have made me proud to be a Black Wanderers supporter. “Woke” “virtue signalling” or any other of that bollocks, that is just a way of people trying to shut people up on a topic they either agree with or are sick of hearing about. You’re alright by me, it would be my pleasure to buy you a beer. And for what it’s worth coming off Social media, ignoring it, get on with football, this is what got said to basketballer Lebron James in America a few years ago. A news anchor on Fox News told him to shut up and dribble, because apparently when a issue strikes you and you’re a highly paid sportsmen you’re supposed to just get on with your job and ignore any form of abuse like you’re a sportsmen first and human being second. And to the people who are Tired of hearing about it, good, it ain’t going away, we’re tired of dealing with it.
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  6. Happy’s daughter has just posted this on facebook 😢 Would just like to thank everyone so much for all the donations, we are absolutely over the moon. My dad can’t read or write anymore, so we have been reading him all your messages and he’s been smiling knowing how much everyone cares about him. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you ❤️
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  7. YKnow what I’m sick of having to make my point to people who will never change their minds As a black person I’m utterly embarrassed at some views on here, as a black wanderers fan I’m utterly ashamed at the small minority who decide to boo our own players over an anti racist stand Some people need to have a long hard look at themselves and their Stone Age views. I am fuckin done with the lot of it and I’m fuckin done with some of the posters on here
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  8. Just got back from the service. As them things go it was ok. WWs gets a mention. It was said that Neil was happy the site would continue. MickyD, Big City Girl, Smiley, Little Whitt, Victor Meldrew & Burnden were there. Farewell, Neil.
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  9. right, my Ipswich story first off, I absolutely gurantee 100% swear on what's left of my folks lives that this is true, ask my brothers, or mates, if you ever meet them in the aftermath of the barry knight debacle, we're all licking our wounds on the bwfc rivals bit as was the norm them days, ipswich fans came on giving it the large, dirty northern c�nts, got what you deserved etc i took it personally so go for a mooch on their section loads of them on there "i'm a lifelong fan me, can't get tickets for wembley, gutted, beg beg beg" so I gets this idea I sign up a fake hotmail and rivals account called "portman_dave" go on there and say I'm a lifelong fan too, got 4 tickets but mate has dropped out, 2 going spare, I want them to go to REAL fans, no JCLs, so email me telling me why you think you should have them hour later i login to hotmail and i have loads of mails, loads spend my dinner chuckling to miself as I read how they met bobby robson on their 5th birthdy, pictures with terry butcher as a kid, you name it, they'd done it one bellend tries telling me he's that hardcore he went to Grimsby away on a Wednesday night with about 200 other hardy souls, his email account is @hull.ac.uk - clearly at Hull uni, clearly not that hardcore then one guy mails me this proper sob story - in the past 12 months his wife has left him, took the kids, lost his job, stuggling to make ends meet, couldn't get to the games that season so missed out on vouchers blah blah blah and leaves me his mobile number 07980 whatever so I have this other idea I mail him back and tell him he can have them for free, i'm quite affluent, his story touched me, I'll call you later with details I then mail hull uni lad and say "grimsby away, wow, that's commitement, they're yours mate if you want them, call me later on 07980 whatever" end of work I log back in, have mails from them both telling me i'm a right bastard I am and how could I do that to a proper football fans so I mail them both back saying "now you know how it feels to get shafted you cunts, come on you whites" had a massive wank right after, it felt good
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  10. Was Evatt an improvement on Hill ? Did we bring in decent players at start of last season ? Has Evatt tried to play good football ? Did we improve last Jan transfer window? Did we strengthen in summer ? For me all 5 are big positives, we are work in progress, Evatt himself is learning, but we are 100% heading in the right direction. Owners are great and increasing connection with fans. Evatt's interview after game yesterday recognised that the fans stuck with the team and him and that helped. It is hard to remember how far the club had fallen and the journey will be tougher and longer than some might like, look at Sunderland 30k for home games, never dropped as far as us but struggling to get out of this division. Instead of breaking our progress down to last 2-3 week look at 6 month gaps and we are moving very much in right direction. I back Evatt 100% to get it right in the longer run. I am equally sure that FV will back him and enable us to continue to progress. He will make mistakes and hopefully learn not to talk shit in interviews. At some point we may hit a level that he can not take us past but we are not there yet. Still do not think we have paid a transfer fee for a player, certainly not paying too wages in the division. The club seems to be in a good place and going in right direction get onboard and enjoy the journey it is miles better than last few years.
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  11. Stejay 👏👏 Ste has magaged to secure a £1000 donation from someone at BWFC who wishes to remain anonymous 👏👏 The donation will be made very soon BWFC have also donated some prizes for us to auction. We will post more info asap Here is the message Neils daughter has just sent me Oh my goodness Stu, we are absolutely speechless. Thanks do not even cover it, my mum is in tears. Please can you thank everyone for us, especially Stejay. We honestly can’t even comprehend how much wanderers ways have done for us in the past few days, thank you all so much 😢👏
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  12. My first grandchild just been born , little lad 5th generation Wanderer , what a wonderful weekend.
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  13. Folk about moaned about the club's perilous financial position for several of the past few years. They've complained about how badly managed the club was and now that the current owners are trying to run it as a business, they're getting moaned at too. I think Ms Brittan et al have sat down and considered it for a long time to work out what's the most they can charge without pissing too many fans off, whilst also selling them as cheap as they can realistically afford to. That's why they're more successful in business than most of us. (Obviously we've some senior captains of industry on here, so that bit doesn't apply to you) This year's ticket is cheaper than last years. Last years ticket price could have got me a cheap week away all-inclusive somewhere warm This year's price won't get you a weekend in a caravan. It's all relative. At the end of the day an adult and an under-18 can watch games for the combined pittance of £11.91. Jesus Christ, they might as well open the doors for free and fuck off home until the money runs out.
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  14. Happy Sunday folks. Its official we have our club back. Inject those videos of players arriving back last night directly in to our veins. Mad to think it wasn’t so long ago there were videos of protests and the club was as as divided and toxic as it’s ever been. We were all completely drained of the day to day, sometimes hour to hour drama and demise that was unfolding before our very eyes. Actually dreading match day and seeing it as a chore was killing even the most ardent of supporters. Well it’s all over now people, get your feet up today, take the dog out, have a beer or slam an extra sugar in your tea. Weve done it. I posted similar on twitter but My Dad has always said to me no matter what depths we sink to,we always,always come back. It’s in our DNA. It’s in our history. Enjoy it lads and lasses, it’s been one fuck off horrible journey. 10 years of utter madness but Bolton are back.
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  15. This season reminds me of the time phil Neal took us out of div 4, now as then we are a work in progress, we need stability for the next couple of years and continue to build, squad and club year on year, this is a long term project let’s give the manager & owners full support.
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  16. The Saturday night event was amazing ! Gethin did his family proud an his speech made the venue very dusty . Had the pleasure of talking to his younger siblings , who were happy but sad at the same time obviously. I dont think anyone is unaware of just how cruel a disease it is and fast one can deteriorate . The food was fantastic but the company was better . Henrik and Stelios were an absolute please to chat to , Stelios has worked with the Greek FA for a while , done all his coaching badges and is now looking for a job In England ...(HINT HINT) Mike Whitlow gave up his promotion medal for auction which was an amazing touch and I should have bought it but I was in the gents . Ricardo Santos is not as big as you think but probably the friendliest gentle giant you could meet. Probably a 28 inch waist but muscles on his muscles, very ready with the bear hugs too . Mashed by the end of the night. Alex Baptiste couldnt get enough of the fans and bought a round of Jaeger but he was probably the most drunk man the world has ever seen (no wonder he is on Dioralyte) Later after the doo and back in the hotel .... David Wheater , who is a fuckin huge unit , was a star ... let slip some stuff about Oldham , and his Massive regret about leaving Wanderers (at this point there were 3 people in the bar including me and him so no reason to doubt) last Orders at 02:15 ....the team came down at 02:00 and forced the bar to stay open until they said otherwise. Ian Evatt ...a man of very few words , maybe checking on the team , maybe not happy that one of his defenders told him to fuck off....but polite and happy to shake hands. Izzy ...delighted to be here . loving it but admitted he was blowing out his arse playing wing back , but he'll do whatever for the cause. Dapo really happy , enjoying his football , playing with a smile on his face , trying to not bite back when he gets kicked shitless cos it would let the team down , even tho he is frustrated as fuck at times. Gethin Jones....absolutely overwhelmed to the point of tears thru out the night , really cannot believe the support and whilst , and I agree, Everton lead the line in community endeavours , he is home. MJ Williams ...6'4" , quiet and considered until I went to bed at 03:30 ...who knows after that Harry Brockbank ......Mouth of the north lol , living his best life but nearly got the bar closed for not paying his tab. Liam Gordon .....5'6" , looks 12 yrs but an absolute gent who is happy to be involved , living it up but is sooooo small . Kieren Lee , didnt really want to be involved after the meal .....yes he is sexy but only an Oliver Hardy moustache away from looking like Adolf. Quiet and unassuming . Michael James , big bloke , caught me and some random talking about him at the bottom of the stairs , more than happy to have a chat with 2 pissed wrecks , great guy but didnt like my "joke" about speak of the devil and the devil appears.....said "Im not ken anderson " Finally Auntie Sharon .... A pure delight , in it for the long time , totally in love with the club ...no heirs and graces , loves to chat to anyone ...even me...really interesting to hear he take on social media and what it did to to the team at the start of last year . God fearing woman , in touch with her roots . We are lucky to have her , she believes in community and how a town revolves around it . passed down from her dad and grandad , just dont ask who she supports ! Hope this of interest , if not feel free to delete.!
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  17. Stockport fan in peace, good game yesterday both sides taking opportunities to shoot themselves in the foot our first being a gift, your 1st Hogan giving ball away after receiving it in acres but you ruthlessly punished us for it, the 2nd our keeper Ross has a mare should hold initial tame shot or at least push it wide or out for a corner and then should save the rebound but more than a hint of offside about it I'd say our 2nd was just about the pick of goals with least reason to find fault for, we dont really need the money but a replay is nice and it was more for us about giving hope of better things to come given our outlay we were utterly garbage under our previous manager and in reckon we did that and good to have fans and players all pulling in same direction again which wasnt happening after Gannon's departure There were moments where the difference in divisions showed but not enough from your point of view and thought we were good value all in all for the replay plus weve never lost at Reebok/Macron/Unibol whatever its called now! Dapo Adolayafan was the best player on pitch by a mile Finally thanks for the warm applause in the 18th min for George Thompson i know his family appreciated it and was emotional for them Be nice to get a good incentive in draw for either side get a good incentive to potentially earn 3rd round place I'd imagine replay be on TV only game i could see threatening that is solihull vs wigwam, am sure Mark Stott will reciprocate the favour with cheap ticket prices for the replay too and you'll get the uncovered railway end and 2 blocks of the popside which im sure wont have much trouble selling as there be no daft ,membership schemes! Ive only just got back from Bolton after becoming ill with i think food poisoning from dodgy kebab night before so missed minibus home and booked into Beehive Premier Inn for the night to essentially just s**t for hours in it, which was an unexpected end to a decent day out! Good luck for rest of season (replay excepted) and hope we join you guys back in EFL in not too distant future
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  18. Everyone of the players and staff were brilliant , when we left they all wished him a happy birthday, Ian had a chat with us. thanks to all for making it brilliant day.
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  19. I've been thinking about how I'd feel about Evatt if he managed a club that already boils my piss. Looks like a bastard, always talks up his side, tells everyone they're the best side in the division when they're 20th and then proves himself right, borderline arrogance, he'd be absolutely infuriating as an opposition manager. Absolutely love that he's our boss. As for Wigan, they're like dogshit. Didn't really spot it, somehow trod in it, can't get it out of the tread on your shoes so the stink of them is always around. I'm hoping this is one of the games that we click in front of goal, would be nice to shut them up. It isn't going to define our season though, the points will be worth no more than the points won at Ipswich.
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  20. Just ran it through VAR. He is actually just off.
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  21. Congratulations on winning the virtue-signalling award for today. I'm sure you feel such pride in your heart now having stood on the mountain top and bellowed out to the world about your purety. I would imagine everybody on here would be appalled about Elias Kachunga or any other person being racially abused whether by some moron on social media or in any other setting. Doesn't mean we all set out each morning to zealously prove our non-racist attitudes by hectoring and lecturing others at every opportunity and jumping on every bandwagon going. You prove you're not a racist by not saying and doing racist things in your everyday life. Being unsupportive of taking the knee does not mean someone is racist.... except of course in the simple minds of the vindictively woke, who are always on the lookout to massage their own vanity by making grand public gestures as to their untouchable virtue. As well of course as seeking to make out that the whole population is irredeemably racist apart from the chosen few in their sainted glory.
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  22. All season the wind up fuckers knock out 1-0’s, then balls up last weekend to give us twitchy bum holes all week and then produce that I fucking love you, you dick teasing, wind-up, chance missing, 4 goal scoring cunts tonight 😜😜 don’t care what level it is, this always feels as good. Thought I was gonna lose my old man this year and my lads are too young to really be into footy. Today I’ve seen them celebrate together like I never thought would happen, and it’s possibly/probably the only time it will happen. Ever. Ever. Buzzing like you can’t believe. Thank you BWFC. thank you
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  23. Funny how your green and gold shit died a death when they started to win things again. Something similar kicks off again when they've now won fuck all for years. Strange how all those Sky Reds and prawn butty twats never mentioned fan ownership to me when they were gloating about winning the PL for the umpteenth time and what a shit irrelevant club BWFC are just a few years back. I hate those Munich cunts as much now as I always have. And shame on those pinkos on here who've gone soft as shit regarding those utter red twats.
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  24. Gather found ladies, Rudy has a story to provide a bit of nostalgia Started off being a wanderers fan as my granddad took me, all kids at school supported United even wore the kits, this was around the Cantona era, they were winning everything but never went I couldn’t understand supporting a team you would never go to watch especially when one was down the road Si many highs and lows Liverpool away, league cup final losses, reading play off final, relegation, promotion, Europe, 5-0 Its been an absolute rollercoaster. The last decade has been awful, seen the soul ripped out of my club and town, it’s been heartbreaking. Seeing us what seemed like minutes from going out of business was the lowest of the low, and I know people will say it’s only football, but it genuinely felt like one of the lowest points of my life. Sleepless nights wondering if my boyhood club would be around in the morning. Football had become a worry rather than an enjoyment. Enter Sharon and FV even under Keith Hill there was a little bit of optimism that we were in better hands, our youngest ever side made up of kids getting a 0-0 against professional opposition was an immense sense of pride. Ian Evatt was a breath of fresh air, I didn’t know much about him (turns out I’ve been on a course at the same time as him, small world) The way he spoke was energetic, @Casino said he was like Rioch, he was right, he’s honest, open to make mistakes and learn from them. You believe what he says, full confidence in him all the time. Even the worst results under IE I still believed he was the right man, he just needed time and support. He got that in abundance from the board, and was trusted to bring the right players in. The football we are playing now, the buzz around the town, the unity with fans is the best it has been since BSA. Every single player from Santos To Maddison has played a role this season and I’m so so proud of them all it feels like that Big Sam team, it feels like that promotion team. This is a big day in our clubs history, we are almost there, ready to dip at the finish line and bring it home. I have ever confidence that we will this afternoon. I hope I get the chance to bump into Sharon one day and say thank you for saving my club I’ll never forget it Can’t be there today because of work but if you’re going down, be safe have fun and have a beer or two for me THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING COYFWM!
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  25. Big Wednesday fan here. Kieran Lee has been one hell of a player for us. I’d actually say he’s been our best player since we got relegated from the premier league in 2000. Only problem is that we ruined him by overplaying him when he was injured. Had a bad hip injury that nearly finished him. A central midfielder that can do everything and makes the game look easy. He’s a box to box player that links the play between midfield and attack. At his pomp around 2015-2018 was one of the best players in the championship and could easily of played in the premier league. Often got unnoticed by other fans and the media but what a player he was. I hope he keeps fit for you guys and he shows off how good he is. His bad injury is a problem tho. Good luck to you guys and hope you get promoted this season.
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  26. Oh and however nervy we were early on, just who thinks getting on their backs is going to help Fuck off you cocks
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  27. Sarc can fuck off.
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  28. I have just received this message from Neil’s daughter Hi Horwich, I know you’ve seen my Facebook post but I just thought I would let you know directly about my dads death. He died at home holding hands with my mum this afternoon at around 12.45. I’ll let you know about the funeral arrangements once we know so you can let the rest of ww know. Thanks so much for all your kind messages on ww, my mum and I have been reading them. Xx
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  29. FV sorting out the shares, terminating Comley contract, and sorting out the 4 deals for Jones, MJ, Thomason, Lee. Getting their ducks in a row before January. Hopefully Chris Markham and Ian Evatt have their transfer targets lined up and ready to go. Be good to get Dapo's contract extended by a year or two, strengthen the squad at full-back, striker and attacking midfield. Couple that with Amaechi return, maybe Politic and or Darcy coming back from loan and an up-turn in form on the pitch, we should have a positive start to 2022. COYW
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  30. I think yesterday was a needed reality check for people. However no one should lose sight of how far we have come in last 18 months or so. From being on the brink of going out of existence we are showing we can compete in a league we just got promoted to, we have players who clearly what to be here and play for the club. A manager who wants to play attacking football and maybe most importantly owners who 'get it' and are constantly raising the bar for the club. I know people picking faults with certain players want the club to do well and that it is just how they express their support. But let's be honest this is the most exciting time to be a Bolton fan for a very long time. It will be a roller coaster but just enjoy the ride it is a million times better than it looked like not that long ago. There is pride back in the club let's celebrate that every week rather than worrying about the little niggles that will always be there
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  31. Rather than having an argument between ourselves how about someone try and reach out to powers that be at our club, I’m sure someone knows people at the club and get a message to Kachunga that he is a wanderer and we love him, and we all stand behind him and all our players regardless creed,colour or any other category.
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  32. Haha incredible how this is not a straight forward condemning of racial abuse. Sad stuff. Hope it isn’t a wanderers fan
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  33. The club sent him a card signed by the first team saying they are thinking of him, after I contacted them a few weeks ago.
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  34. After a decade of decline, we can finally say we're heading in the right direction with good owners. Two years ago we had to set up a food bank for staff. Administration and a 12 point deduction followed through no fault of ours and there was nothing fans, staff or players could do. The previous owners run away on a lavish island without a care and attempted murder of a football club. The first time in 3 years we completed our fixture list Today is our day. Today is the day we say we're on our way back. This season has been incredibly challenging. Sitting in 20th as of February. A winning streak like no other 40 minutes from promotion last week. This week has been horrible waiting, hoping, praying. No one has ever achieved promotion after being In the Bottom 3 after 5 games until today No one has ever been 20th in February and won promotion. No one had achieved promotion under a transfer embargo until Bolton in 2017. We have yet again achieved the impossible. I love you Bolton. My football club. #onourwayback COYWM! UTFW!
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  36. This is my favourite wanderers picture ever. Had the pleasure of being presented the greater Manchester schoolboys cup trophy after winning it as Captain at the Reebok, I was in absolute awe of him. Shook my hand gave me my medal and said “cracking header that fella” before passing us the trophy. One of the best moments of my life.
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  37. yes, some of our fans need to stop the 'whipping boy' obsession and our young lads will deliver. I hate negheads, they spoil the matchday experience. Was thrilled to bits today and if it carries on like this some of our injured lads will struggle to get back in, Cheltenham are a form team at the moment and we did a job, didn't get the full 3pts, but with our horrendous injury list we showed we can bring in hungry youth who are discipled enough to get something from a game and are eager more.
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  38. At the request of Neil’s family, can you please ensure that all donations to Wanderersways via old paypal links stop. We will be looking to keep Wanderersways open in Neil’s memory and future costs may need to be met one way or another. “Hi! my dads bank account is closing soon so please would you be able to stop the PayPal payments from ww into his account? Thank you so much for them for the past few months 😊”
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  39. In the same way we shouldn’t overreact when we lose, we shouldn’t get carried away with what finished as a comfortable win against a side that gave up. That first 20 was as poor as I’ve seen us, God knows what would have happened had they finished that easy chance early on. But that’s the kind of luck you need to take advantage of and we certainly did that. I really hope Kachunga, Gordon, Johnstone and Thomason can have the same impact Saturday and beyond - but I’m not convinced. And if they don’t I hope folk won’t turn on them, because it certainly won’t be from lack of effort. All 4 of them were great today and were the last off the pitch clapping the fans, it meant a lot to them, great to see. Amaechi had an interesting cameo, he covered every blade of grass in that last third of the pitch before he got his first touch to ironic cheers! He’s certainly got some skill, pace and talent. But again at the moment I don’t know if IE could replace him for Dapo Saturday and trust him from the start in a wide role which requires some tracking back. He’s still got a lot to learn and a lot of fitness to catch up on. Chuffed for Doyle - without his goal we could be talking a different outcome today Aimson and John both looked excellent today too. Overall a very pleasing evening, 3 goals, 3 points. Next few games certainly won’t be as easy as that. COYWM
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  40. Calm down you fucking tarts. Tonight was shit. Its not like we were heading to Wembley. Rotherham away was a wank draw so I’ve decided it doesn’t matter. Its a rebuild that’s hit a few snags but the foundations are still solid. Evatt gets my backing, certainly this season. Lets not turn into Tottenham fans please everyone.
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  41. Thirteen thousand. Thirteen fucking thousand. Let that sink in. Incredible support again. Can't begin to fathom how moved Gethin & his family must be. The Bolton family is alive & well.
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  42. Long time reader, first time poster. Thanks to Neil for creating a place that has been my go too for many many years for transfer, admin and all other news! RIP to a man who created a space where you can still feel the warmth and humour of the terraces despite being many miles away.
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  43. I have total patience mate. (Not saying "mate" in a condescending way either) I'm one of the only ones on here who's said to give Kachunga some time to prove his worth. Not sure where you've read impatience out of my post. Evatt and FV have my full backing and I'm not expecting overnight success, but it's quickly becoming apparent that we need fresh bodies in the building if we're going to progress to the next level. Some current players will also have to make way. I don't think that's impatient, it's just a fact. Couple more transfer windows and we'll hopefully be in a better place. I'm saying it's a positive that we have space in the squad and not too many lengthy contracts on the books so we can continue to add to the team. You could argue we are a better team than we're currently showing and we're just on bad form but we've had the same problems all season, not clinical enough and leaky in defence. Maybe that's the tactics, maybe that's the players but it needs fixing one way or another, and that will take time of course. In the context of the last couple of years I'm satisfied with where we're at and of course we're lucky to have escaped from administration and landed on our feet with a good owner, I'm grateful for that, but there has to be some room for criticism of either players or poor performances.
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  44. CFirst met Neil as I was selling White Love fanzine outside the West Stand. He approached me and asked where he could find the fanzine owner, Smiley. I pointed him over to the bandstand where he was. That meeting probably led to wways appearing in White Love in and attracting so many notrights That spell after that led to some great memories, especially for myself as a young fledging from Blackpool with limited match going options. Through this gaff I ended up on sportsman's dinners, miami fun busses and later on euro jollies, meeting some of the best people I know along the way and some now I speak to daily. All down to this place. I met Neil various times during those euro jollies, what a time it was for all of us. This place and organisation that went on for them made it completely. I know this place must have stressed Neil out at time, especially during the Megson and KA years, but I hope he could look back and see all the good that came out of the place, the friendships, the trips, the charities and the memories made for everyone and thought it was worth it. There wont be football forum like it anywhere else. Not a chance.
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  45. Gutted This place is his legacy Been part of my daily life for 20+ years Brought so many folk together And even a marriage Done us proud RIP Neil
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  46. Rog You are getting your forums mixed up again - we dont give a shite why the filth were shit - long may it continue
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  47. Its a valid question Traf that more agile minds than mine have struggled with but there are reasons so here goes. And yes it does piss me off. Firstly mate I am not my brothers keeper so the only actions I control are mine ( and even that is when the wife's finished ). My support is good, there Saturday, last night and I will be there going forward. 1.....Wigan as a Borough has 320,000 folk...at least a third of that are not Wiganers and never will be so the place ain't that big. 2...we came to the party late when allegiances have already been formed with other teams like Bolton in the Hindley area. These are predominantly old men and the younger end are now mostly Wigan. Add to that the glory hunters of Utd and Liverpool and its hard work. Wigan has a very young fan base so in time things will improve. 3....Blackburn, Burnley, Preston and dare I say it Bowton are 1 horse towns with no home grown competition. We have the rugby lot who dont like footy and won't come. So our gene pool is automatically halved. 4....lastly and most disturbing is we have a group of fans who only show up for a ruck. They were there in force on Saturday...I wish they wouldn't fucking bother at all. All kinds of incentives have been tried ranging from a free pie to a half time blow job off Miss Wigan with little success. Also every fucker has a dodgy stick these days. Sorry to ramble but you did ask.
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  48. BWFC owner Michael James has donated £1000. Thanks to Stejay for sorting this ❤️
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  49. and with that
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  50. Instead of thinking about this year’s direct debit as for a season ticket, which I can’t use, for me I just see it as a contribution to keep the club going until we can get back in the ground (at which point I’ll be paying for a season ticket). I know I’m in a lucky position where I can spare the 40 odd quid a month, but currently watching Bolton - even on a screen - is one of the few things that gives me any entertainment through the week, and getting back to games is one of the things that I’m most looking forward to. So if giving an effective charitable contribution for a year props the club up and means that it is possible, and there’s a club there on the other side to go and watch (and even better one that is doing well), then that will do for me.
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