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  1. Anybody else notice that the ref who gave three pens on Saturday at Oxford was the same who gave Carlisle two pens in 10 mins at ours a month ago? 

    Seb Stockbridge, gave the away side Wycombe two pens and then gave Oxford an injury time equalising pen. 

    If nothing else it causes the raising of an eyebrow!

  2. 29 minutes ago, Farnywhite said:

    We’ve beat Charlton last 5 games and lost 1 in 10 must be the best record against a club currently . Can we play you every week 

    Fleetwood and Vale have done very poorly against us too - although the one game Vale did win was 3-6 !! 


  3. 11 minutes ago, woolli said:

    The problem is replacing Charles will cost money. Weve already spunked a million away on Vic, Dan and Jerome, not sure if Sharon can afford to get the cheque book out again.

    We'd need a seven figure fee up front and to reinvest most if not all of it. Difficulties arise if the bid comes in on 31 Jan.

    Anyway (my fault) this is dampening the mood and for another day! 


  4. That's a tremendous week. Today's clean sheet provides some reassurance after recent games. 

    A shame about Oxford's late equaliser as it would have been nice to break in to the top two but all bar Pompey will be very, very aware of our presence now. Oxford seem to be having a wobble. 

    That away record of ours is unquestionably top two form. Those two frustrating home defeats are the difference between us and Pompey.

    Shrewsbury (a) is the next league game and they had their big centre half sent off today, so presumably now suspended. Then Blackpool (h) which (as ever) the tw*ts will be massively up for.  Six points from them and our odds will shorten considerably. 

    Keeping hold of Charles in January is increasingly looking like an issue we'll have to deal with. 

  5. 5 minutes ago, Johnnyrotten said:

    That Sneekes goal is up there with as good a goal as we've seen by a Bolton player surely.  Absolute  worldy.  That team with the likes of McAteer, Tomo, Stubbs, McGinlay would hold its own at the top end of the championship in any era. 

    He scored a few goals with blockbuster shots for us but I don't remember one with such a long weaving run beforehand. Definitely one of the best. 

  6. 3 hours ago, Johnnyrotten said:

    When we played there in 1993, just after promotion (it felt like we'd "made it" at the time, playing a biggish club like Charlton), it was our 2nd away game of season after 2 draws.  We lost 3-0 and the crowd was 7,573.  Presume at least 1k from Bolton as we'd taken at least 3k to Grimsby on day one.  

    There was a time in the Prem when that away end, which isn't huge, was split in two with Charlton fans in half of it.

    I ended up watching some goals from that era and I forgot Mark Fish scored against us, and in the same match Claus Jensen assisted.  I think Andy Todd played for them that day too.

    Was at that game. We had a bit of an injury crisis in central defence and ended up playing David Burke there, got hammered 3-0. It was our second away game that season having drawn 0-0  at that Grimsby fixture on the opening day. Our previous away game at that level was 10 years before in the infamous 4-1 defeat at the Valley when we got relegated (full match on You Tube nowadays) 

    Memory a bit hazy but I'd guess at not far away from 1,000 on at the Valley in August 93.  In 1982 probably only 500 but that You Tube footage reveals Bolton fans in the home ends too! 

  7. With the London/home counties matches we've always been helped along with a sizable contingent from those areas. Bolton ex-pats. It's the same for the large majority of football league clubs*, the bigger the town/club the higher the London based fans to swell the population of the away end.


    *Does not apply to Wigan who once turned up to White Hart Lane with, what was it, 19 fans? Wiganers rarely stray from the town. You can find ex-pats from all the Lancs towns across the south-east but meeting a pie-eater is exceedingly rare.

  8. 11 hours ago, Biggish Dave said:

    Live on TV on a Sunday? I know I was there for it 

    Nah, that was a different one, a 2-2 draw a couple of years later very early in the season. This one was deeper in to Autumn and Per Frandsen/Nathan Blake frightened them to death. 

  9. Anyone else recollecting a rollercoaster 2-4 win at Bradford in Todd's big 96/7 promotion season? Same scoring sequence as last night I think. Great day. 

    We are probably conceding a goal or two too many just now. 2,1,3,2 in the last four. Hope we can tighten that up a little bit.

  10. By eck we made a meal of that in the end but results at that venue are a bit of a litmus test in this league. I wasn't sure we had it in us.  Can we do it again on Saturday? Always the temptation to say a point would do after a win like tonight but in reality if we want top two we need the win. 

    Anyway, that's for Saturday, enjoy tonight's win for 24 hours first.

  11. Hard to generate any confidence for this fixture either from the evidence of this season thus far and our track record at Adams Park.

    Our next three games are away from home ( to even up the massive disparity in our current record, 8 played at home and only 4 away). Once that lot is done we'll have a really good idea of where this season is headed. I'd say we are needing eight points from those four. 

  12. I actually quite like that they don't shift a load of games to the Sunday. It detracted from what is a unique day. A vast amount of fixtures with many weird and wonderful pairings that will probably never happen again other than a pre-season friendly. Its democratic footballing chaos and the results page in the Sunday papers has/had a fascination it doesn't reach on any other footballing weekend. 

    Our draw is certainly a banana skin. No idea if Solihull are a physical side but if they are then we may have a problem with them. 

  13. 9 hours ago, Casino said:

    Back 3 is going to be interesting post break

    Santos and 2 others....

    I like Toal at his best, but hes not been at his best

    I like Jones at his best, as hes more comfortable than most pushing up. Again, not been at his best

    Iredale is OK against some opposition but looks slow

    Forrester looks promising

    Id go Santos with, erm, fuck knows

    The fact that we are needing players to be "at their best" to be challenging at the top end of League 1 says a lot. Toal has loads of potential for improvement still, as does Forrester. You could say the same in other areas of the team.

    It boils down to that old debate about "sustainable" signings and the need to have patience while they improve and gain the necessary consistency. The trouble is this is now year 5 in the lower divisions - it's not a situation in which Bolton Wanderers fans of any era are likely to continue displaying patience. Me very much included.

  14. 22 hours ago, desperado said:


    I think the wisest thing for us to do here now is to recruit someone from abroad to replace Hird. Someone to bring fresh thinking and ideas and, most importantly of all, knowledge of other markets. If there's an element of groupthink in our management team then a move like that would change it all. Depends whether IE and co are open to such lateral thinking.

  15. Not good enough. 

    It's all the same complaints. Squad size not big enough, not enough physical/strong players, no plan B. 

    This is the point the IE and FV need to understand pronto: There is only so much patience Bolton fans are going to have with tier 3 football. They've had far more leeway than would normally be the case given the difficult circumstances in which they came to the club. But it won't last forever - and it is very definitely beginning to ebb. We're getting 20,000 plus gates in League 1 - that's unprecedented  The whole club needs to up its game pronto. We need far more urgency, guts and steel and we need far less comfort zone.

  16. One of the issues with judging us just now is the imbalance between home and away fixtures. That grows with Carlisle and Northampton next up.

    I don't feel like I can judge whether we're cutting it just yet. Let's get through some tough aways and see how we fare. Barnsley away would have been one next weekend.

  17. 9 hours ago, Casino said:

    Redfearn had too much to say about the easy ride / favouritism offered to Joyce and had to go

    Proper fucked up with that lad

    Miles better than Joyce

    And Thompson fwiw

    Thompson was a later developer. Every bit has good as Redfearn by the time he'd got to 26/7 but a different player. No doubt that Redfearn was the best of the three when at Bolton.

    Don't think Warren Joyce was as good as either of them. All three plunged in at the deep end very young with Bolton due to the financial crisis at the club at the time.

  18. All the ex footballer female pundits are as full of cliches as the men. Not hugely insightful. As others have said I don't mind Emma Hayes.

    I would say that I think the best commentator on football in this country just now is Robyn Cowen. She's a throwback to the 70s and 80s. Doesn't rabbit too much, doesn't get carried away. None of the matey, chummy nonsense you get from commentators these days, no contrived pre-prepared lines and no constant delivery of meaningless statistics.

  19. Great to get the win on the board last night. We've now got the same record as this time last season after 10 games:  6-2-2. 

    If I remember right it was the equivalent next two games in 22/3 (the 11th and 12th of the season) where we blew it at Cheltenham and then Forest Green. 

    Despite the delight at three points there are mixed feelings. So many injuries and suspensions and we got the win despite playing a team who've had a good start and play in a way that could have been specifically designed to disrupt our flow.

    However - we made one hell of a meal of it. The result could easily have gone the other way and we didn't learn much we didn't already know about the team flaws and all. 

    Spoke to a couple of Oxford fans today and they said their boss Liam Manning specifically changed the way they played in their 1-3 win at Stevenage on Saturday. He set them up to counter what Stevenage do. Couldn't really imagine IE ever doing something like that.


  20. 3 hours ago, Northender said:

    Knebworth is in Stevenage

    Very close. But strictly speaking it comes under North Herts District Council rather than Stevenage Borough Council. Used to work in that part of the world. 

  21. My Dad reckons he's still the bloke who has scored the most pens for Bolton in our history. "He won most of them himself, often dubiously", he says.

    Well before my time but clearly him and Freddie Hill were the bright sparks in what was otherwise a pretty drab decade for BWFC in the 60s


  22. This is where we have to make it count. No "after the lord mayor's show" scenarios can be afforded if we're serious about the top two. Injuries can't be an excuse, in any case presumably Thomason is  back and we know Ashworth is back. 

    In fact it has to be six points over these next two games for us to be showing the right signs.

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