Tag: Bolton Wanderers

Video of the Day: Bolton Wanderers vs Reading, May 1995

Fairy tales come in all different colours of the rainbow, but sometimes they don’t necessarily have happy endings. Indeed, sometimes two different fairy tales collide and one of them has to miss out. In Division One – the second tier – of the Football League during the second half of the 1994/95 season, there was really only one story in town. In December 1994, the Reading manager Mark McGhee, then perhaps the most highly rated outside the Premier League, suddenly upped and left Reading, the club that had given him his break in management, for the brights of the...

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Bolton Wanderers’ Debt of Gratitude

Professional football is very good at creating heroes and villains. The departure of Neil Lennon from Bolton Wanderers “by mutual consent” earlier today probably leaves the former Celtic manager in the latter of these two categories, even though the horrific circumstances that have overtaken the club of the pitch this season can hardly be laid entirely at his door. Although Lennon himself may well suggest that the club was a basket case and that the relegation that seems highly likely to come at the end of this season has a degree of inevitability about it, his critics will point...

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Bolton’s (First) Day In Court Ends In A Goalless Draw

At the High Court in London this morning, Bolton Wanderers received a stay of execution against a winding up order brought against the club last month by HMRC. And here ends the good news for this particular football club at the moment. To clarify, this morning’s court decision was widely expected. It has become a pretty standard part of the pas de deux that seems to be performed between clubs and the taxman for clubs to be given a period of grace during which they can attempt to raise the funds in order to keep the wolves from the...

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Eastleigh & The Folly of FA Cup Scheduling

There is, without a great deal of doubt, something of a dark cloud hanging over the FA Cup this season. Even what might have been considered to be something approaching positive stories have become cloaked in cynicism, and much of that cynicism has been well-placed. From the BBC’s apparent love-in with Salford City, a relationship which started to look nauseating, especially when considering the involvement at that club of the billionaire businessman Peter Lim and the multi-millionaires of the increasingly ubiquitous “Class of ’92” gang, to top division clubs giving the impression of being involved in some sort of...

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Bolton Wanderers: Cometh The Hour, Cometh the Taxman

Dark clouds are starting to form over the Macron Stadium at the moment. As if a dismal performance on the pitch isn’t enough for the embattled supporters of Bolton Wanderers to have to put up with, recent events off the field are also now adding to what is turning out to be an extremely unsettling end of the year for a club that was a member of the Premier League just three and a half years ago. With debts of £185m and the funding of benefactor Eddie Davies having dried up with alarming speed, the club has now been...

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