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  1. This is a new one on me at our games. It's a fairly recent thing when a game gets stopped for an emergency in the crowd.

    Fingers crossed for the person involved in the emergency and well done to the club, medics, ref and everyone else involved for the quick response.

  2. 10 hours ago, gonzo said:

    May have to change my final only policy for this competition :)

    Will it still be early kick off? 

    Two chances in the next few weeks to end the 46 year wait for a win at Gloomfield Road. I hope we make it count. Preferably on both occasions. 

  3. If it's right that only two supporters that were responsible then it does seem a bit much that everyone should be punished. I can see that previous offences have occurred as well though.

    Those teams they are playing these days. How the not very mighty in the first place have fallen.

  4. As each month passes by the signing of Baxter looks ever more shrewd. 

    I think the old but enduring virtues of shot-stopping ability and command of the penalty area are the most important of the boxes to be ticked when it comes to looking for keepers. Ability with the ball at the feet is important but secondary.  I have a suspicion that sometimes these days keeper signings get made with that equation slightly the wrong way around. Cart before the horse. 

    Baxter has something else that the present day keepers seem to have less than their forebears - positional sense. The amount of times you see goals these days with keepers beaten at their near post. I'm not saying it didn't used to happen, but it seems to happen more now.


  5. Most active club in League 1 so far is Carlisle, presumably following on from that takeover they had in November. 

    Saw Peterborough had made a signing but turns out he's a temporary replacement for their injured main keeper. 

    One thing that'll mess a few teams up is loanees being recalled. Happened with Plymouth and Finn Azaz who is being sold to Boro. We're not quite as vulnerable in that department as in some previous times.

  6. 1 minute ago, Casino said:

    On Thomasson, i reckon he was on a baby contract and vulnerable to a speculative offer. Saying that, i dunno the terms but the headline million was a deal id have taken. What do I know

    I think we are now in a much better place to hold out for more

    Charles will be on a top level deal and we are not playing with a shit hand

    Most folks have a higher view of Thomason now than they did back in August. Most folk had a higher opinion of him then than they did 12 months before. He seems to have a good attitude and willingness to learn and it is paying dividends for him and us. 

  7. On this day last year we won 0-3 at Barnsley in the game when they had a player sent off early on.

    Very interesting to contrast the league table next to this BBC match report exactly 12 months ago 

    Barnsley 0-3 Bolton Wanderers - BBC Sport

    We're 11 points worse off than we are now with the same amount of games played. Plymouth, Sheff W and Ipswich streets ahead. It's very a different league this year with more than three in contention for those top two slots!

  8. It's unusual for us to go in to a transfer window with so many saying they'd be happy with no activity. 

    I think a lot will be dictated by injuries and what state Gethin and CMG return in. 

    I'd personally be trying for loan central defender as a contingency. Having someone else in there would free up Jones and Iredale to act as more substantive wing back cover rather than covering for both there and CB at the same time. Just now I think we're a bit vulnerable to a crop of injuries of the kind we had when MJ ended up at CB last season. One more central defender would insure against that and shore things up that bit more.

  9. 40 minutes ago, Spider said:

    Fair enough

    All I can remember about being 4 was standing in a tin of white paint in my new black school shoes and my mum bursting into tears.


    They are all fleeting memories rather than remembering whole games. I remember a lot more about 77/8 than 76/7. The group my Dad went with moved to the Manny Road stand having previously gone in the Lever End. My main memories of the Lever End days were being bought a carton of orange  before games and being lifted over the turnstile without my Dad paying. I do remember being knocked to the ground by marauding Bolton/Chelsea fans on the Lever End in spring 77 and my Dad nearly getting arrested for getting hold of the bloke who did it. We watched that game from the Wing Stand and that's why we ended up in the Manny Road from there onwards. 

    I'm glad I saw those days. My Dad remembers them really well and its a good topic of conversation with him. I can do that with 80s/90s stuff with him but his memory/detail of those years aren't as good.


  10. 14 minutes ago, Spider said:

    So you went to your first away match when you were about 4 years old??

    Some memory on you

    Aye. Used to be a group of us. Dad, uncles (some actual, some my dad's mates who I called 'uncle'). I was pretty safe. I presume it was to get me indoctrinated and give my mum some time to herself. I remember a lot of those away trips: In 77/8 we did Hull away and Stoke away as well as Burnley on the first day. Remember very little about the games, just being there. The stands and the colours the teams played in. Breaking down  on the motorway in my uncle's Cortina on the way back from Stoke is a distinct memory! 

  11. A scrappy win in a banana skin of a game against a previous bogey side. It'll do just nicely regardless of how the game played out. I can think of such games in previous promotion campaigns.

    Derby blowing a 2-1 lead was a right turn up. Marginally preferable for Posh to win that because we have a game in hand on them, but a draw would have been better. 

    Cheltenham, Orient, Carlisle coming up. Nine points there would be a massive step but all three sides are showing at least some form.

  12. 11 hours ago, Johnnyrotten said:

    Good analysis, agree with that.  On Peterboro "self-destruct" it was great to see how they conceded their goals v Barnsley, faffing around at the back instead of getting rid.  Definitely makes them beatable.

    Those fixtures you mention, they are tough.  Its really hard to judge how we'll do as its so long since we played and scored against a top side, other than the 1-0 v Blackpool if we're counting them as challengers.  I'm really looking forward to seeing how we go on in the "tougher" games, but still another month of bottom half teams to play and we just have to make the most of those fixtures until the bigger challenges come thick and fast.

    There are lots of tough games after January. In some way it's a good way for it to pan out because we can beef up our squad in January first. But none of that's any good unless we take care of business against lesser teams.

  13. We need to keep churning out the wins against the Burtons/Fleetwoods etc. We've got to be absolutely relentless in that regard. No more Carlisle, Wigan, Bristol Rovers (h) type results. If we do that we afford ourselves the luxury of draws being OK when it comes to Derby/Barnsley/Peterborough/Stevenage away. 

    Pompey will probably bounce back but Oxford are melting a bit and I still think Peterborough have a bit of the self-destruct about them. Barnsley are the dark horses who'll probably gather pace as winter moves to spring. We've still to play them twice. 

    Another key week is Blackpool (a) and Wigan (a) within days of each other. Potential trip wire games the pair of them. 

  14. Barnsley and Derby are emerging, Derby especially.

    But we've won 15 out of 23 games. Nobody in League 1 has won more. We've been clinical in these two last away games and responded to those two bad defeats earlier in December. 

    My worry is that Derby go out and strengthen with loads of short term Championship quality/pedigree signings.

    Too much analysis: We're second with a game in hand on Pompey and an away record of 7-2-2. COYWM.

  15. Pretty sure it was Blackburn away on the first day of 76/7. Hot day as I recall, we were in the main stand in a family group. However a large number of other Bolton fans were also present in the home ends and did not have the same benign intentions as us. Absolute carnage. As I went to more and more aways I began to understand that our away support hadn't really adjusted to the relatively recent introduction of the away end. Instead they liked to populate the home end and brazenly make their presence known! It was to be a regular occurrence at Ewood Park. I remember being on a bus travelling to a game there in the late 90s and hearing an older local bloke say to his wife "these lot are mental, watch out today". He'd clearly seen it all unfold in previous years.

    We lost 3-1 in August 76.

  16. 51 minutes ago, SatanGreavsie said:

    Aye, but this must be the "called off" game not the LC semi? The gate for the replayed match is recorded but not the original. But I remember the papers the next day having it down as 33k. Can't believe all 33k got out alive.

    BUT then again, this is clearly a night match - which that one wasn't....

    Yeah the New Year's Day game was a daytime game. Had it finished it would have been played in night conditions but it didn't. The pitch in that game was totally covered with snow but from the small corner of the grass you can see here it isn't. 

    I know that it snowed in the Goodison leg of our LC semi but not so sure about Burnden. 

  17. Sad news. Our family had a little connection to him in the 70s around the time he was playing for us.

    I was actually at his one and only appearance in 1977. Taken to Turf Moor by family as a very young lad. We were in the Cricket Field Stand. 

    Good to read some of the other comments in this thread with information about him that I didn't know.


  18. Heartening result. Well done to players and fans alike.

    No idea why Lincoln were so negative, on paper that was our toughest of the trio of games between today and New Year's Day. I hope we back this up in the next two. Peterborough wobbled today but Derby look increasingly strong. What a six months ahead....

  19. 41 minutes ago, auckland_bwfc said:

    28 years watching Bolton. Can't remember an opening ten minutes like that, brilliant. 

    Forrester was good, he'll slot In to geth's position comfortably through Jan.

    Good 3 points, 3rd spot and on to the next. And it's Xmas. Happy times. 

    There was a 4-1 win at home against Hull about ten years ago, we were 3-0 up in about 8 minutes. Mark Davies scored a screamer. But in 45 years of watching us that's pretty much the only other example I can bring immediately to mind.

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