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BWFC_LOVE

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  1. I’d completely understand if Aimson wants to move on. I know he’s spent a fair amount of his career in the NW, but he’s not from round here. He’s not going to take Rico’s place in the centre of a three, which is where he is best suited in our shape. Toal will be expected to surpass him in the pecking order come the end of the season. Jones is much better suited on the right of a three, and now we have both Johnston and Iredale who can both fill in on the left of the three, whereas we didn’t have such depth last season. I actually rate him very highly from a defensive perspective. Seems to be one of the fan’s scapegoats. Perhaps because he isn’t as good on the ball and our play slows down a bit when he’s in possession. Probably more because Bolton fans love to pick someone out. 🙄 Barely puts a foot wrong for me, and is a better goal threat than Santos. He is more than capable of finding somewhere to play regular football at this level IMO. I just hope all of this doesn’t come back to haunt me tomorrow night.
  2. Midweek replay. We had more fans then them (obviously). Don’t remember the draw at ours beforehand mind.
  3. Any excuse to post our ridiculous H2H record against them. Which was annoyingly dented in the 6-3 debacle. I’m expecting a decent following there in a few weeks as I expect lots will see it as the first away of the season.
  4. Was referring to the goal specifically; whenever the club takes requests for old goals, I’ve asked for this one ages without response. There’s definitely a black hole when it comes to looking for goals in that second season at the Reebok. Completely agree though. Frandsen was a magnificent servant for us. Definitely makes my favourite Bolton squad, perhaps even first XI.
  5. Doesn’t get spoken of enough for me.
  6. I don’t remember him getting any stick, not that I’m in any doubt that it happened at some point. Limited player who was good for popping up with the odd goal. Couldn’t really tell you what else he did. He was good at holding the ball up. Wasn’t quick and never beat a man. No doubt a very important part of that team though.
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    Wiggin

    I can understand those who saw us take over Springfield Park not having a dislike of them. Geography also plays a part too. Whether you hate them or not though, I think you’re in denial at this point to suggest they aren’t rivals. There’s seven miles between the grounds. Currently a division higher. They hate us more than they hate anyone else. We’ve been in the same league for the most part in the last twenty years. They’re a bit of a bogey team. They’ve signed plenty of ex Wanderers. And worst of all, they’ve won an FA Cup in the last decade. Granted they have been try-hards; songs directed at us/our finances/Nat, kicking off outside the ground and claiming victories etc. But name me another club who comes close when you factor all of the above in. You can’t. Do you hate them? Maybe not. Are they rivals? Yes.
  8. I should know this already as one of the Adlington based Bolton fans who makes the occasional Chorley game; are card payments accepted on the turnstiles/bar, or is it cash only? Thanks and looking forward.
  9. Retired in his prime. Nine goals the season we got promoted in 01 was it? Proper dye in the wool Wanderer too. Class act.
  10. Respect what he’s done, and the Nations League has zero bearing on my opinion. End of a season, no one cares, trying new players etc. But I’d love to get a more competent manager in ahead of the World Cup. This team still has the potential to win things, and I’m still seething that we spent the last 60 minutes of a major final holding out for penalties. At home. Against an 80 year old centre half pairing that had played 120 minutes several times and gone (and won) penalties already. When we concede he hasn’t a clue. In ten years time we’ll look back with a shit squad and regret not having someone stronger in charge now. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think we’re all that in some areas. But we’re a much better team than the rigid Lampard/Gerrard/Rooney side that couldn’t play together.
  11. And yet they absolutely despise us. Magnificent.
  12. Didn’t know about all this, but I’m guessing he outlived Holloway as he left when Paul Ince was in charge didn’t he? Surprised that Blackpool have dosh as well. The advantages of supporting a massive club that has fans everywhere 😎
  13. Jussi surely? Outfield players I’d be struggling though admittedly. Gardner too perhaps actually.
  14. I agree with this. Critchley has done a great job. Consolidated a Championship place with Blackpool in a very competitive league after having gaining promotion. Probably as good as it could realistically get for Blackpool at this point. When a managerial role comes along, perhaps even the Villa job, he has an unblemished record, and he’s already highly regarded as a coach from his Liverpool days.
  15. I get that there’s history, but I’m not remotely worried about this. From looking at his playing career I can understand concerns. He probably has more of an affiliation with them than anyone else at playing level, travelled through the leagues with them, a season in the Prem etc. With the support he has here however; the belief he has in the project and how much we’ve already been through, not to mention the fact I think he ‘gets’ how big we are now compared to when he joined, the potential, and there’s no doubting that we have a higher ceiling. There will come a time when our resolve will be tested. And I’ve maintained ever since last March or so that he is our biggest asset that we must hold on to at all costs. This isn’t the time though.
  16. Scored a last minute equaliser too IIRC. Did he play another game after that? And how good was he? Was only 11 or so at the time, and I’m convinced he was absolutely mint before the leg break.
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    Pundits

    I like Carragher aside from Liverpool bias. His knowledge about us on the episode of his podcast with Paddy McGuinness was great; mentioned several players that PM probably didn’t even know, and spoke vividly about watching Everton at Burnden in the early 90’s. Unsurprisingly knew a lot more about Bolton than Paddy did.
  18. I’m not convinced he’s a Bolton fan tbh, didn’t someone say he supported City? I wish him well and hope he can carve out a decent career, but I never really saw anything in him to suggest he was good enough to make the grade in the football league. Adam Chicksen for instance was streets ahead of Brockbank, and has been non league for a couple of seasons, albeit on the opposite flank.
  19. Garvan’s pen was a really soft effort that barely reached the goal wasn’t it? He was fucking useless; one of those I can’t believe was a professional footballer. Seen a couple of Davies shouts on Twitter. He missed two for us IIRC, and I was never confident when he stepped up. His pen at Birmingham in the FA Cup Quarters wasn’t great, just fortunate that the keeper dived out the way. Before coming to us, Shola Ameobi had an impeccable penalty record. He took one for us. He missed. ALF never missed but I swear he hit every one straight hit down the middle. With power admittedly, but it always shocked me that every single keeper dived out the way and none did their homework. Dean Holdsworth never missed did he?
  20. Megson was his own worst enemy. At first he acknowledged that it was only a minority of fans voicing their disapproval. The initial abuse was completely unwarranted, make no mistake. It wasn't long however before he started tarring us all with the same brush. Including most of those that were behind him ffs. Career suicide. Let's say there were 500 fans out of 20,000 giving him stick first; what good is criticising your entire support every week going to do, other than turn people against you? Not once has he ever seemed to realise why he got alienated. He just prefers to peddle the same lines whenever asked:- - They didn't like me and I didn't like them either (regarding an ENTIRE fanbase btw) - I was the first Bolton manager to beat United at home in X years - Bottom of the league when I joined - Draw at Bayern, knocking Atletico out of Europe etc. He did some good; the European results, the survival run in 2008, Cahill, Muamba and Taylor among others were all decent signings. He was the biggest contributor to his downfall. Not that he'll ever admit to it. Would he have kept us up in 11/12? Definitely. It was poisonous with him in charge though, and he is largely responsible for the atmosphere, regardless of whether he thinks it was the fans fault or not.
  21. Just heard part of Keith Hill’s interview with BBC Radio Humberside:- “They can throw me under a bus like most clubs do. I got thrown under a bus last season, I got thrown under a bus at Bolton. You clean a club up and then you get thrown out. Football needs cleansing, it needs someone like me to make sure there’s a successful future.” Absolute fucking moon man that lad. They were one point adrift when he arrived. They are now eighteen points adrift!
  22. I know times and circumstances have changed, but what did get for Cloughy, £3.5m? Dapo’s ceiling is much higher in my opinion, injuries or not. I’d be disappointed to not get £4m+ if we were to sell.
  23. Kachunga is decent off the bench and seems to make a lot more happen as a sub than when starting. Though admittedly you could make the same case about Baka and Bodvarsson lately. My first choice for worst XI will always begin with Chris Bastard Taylor.
  24. I liked Barness. He wasn’t good enough to be starting every week in the Prem though.
  25. The family I work for are Carlisle fans and one of the owners’ sons is my age. Speaking over Skype when working from home in the summer of 2020 ahead of the League Two season, he said Jones was decent but pretty much just a 6/10 player every week. It’s amazing how much he makes us tick. What I especially like is how good he is in when playing as a right-sided centre half in a back three. Would never have guessed he could do that job a year ago. His positional sense is excellent.
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