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Full nameBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_0_0 Bolton Wanderers Football ClubBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_0_1
Nickname(s)Bolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_1_0 The Trotters, The Wanderers, The WhitesBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_1_1
FoundedBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_2_0 1874; 146 years ago (1874) (as Christ Church F.C.)Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_2_1
GroundBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_3_0 University of Bolton StadiumBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_3_1
CapacityBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_4_0 28,723Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_4_1
OwnerBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_5_0 Football Ventures (Whites) LtdBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_5_1
Head coachBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_6_0 Ian EvattBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_6_1
LeagueBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_7_0 League TwoBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_7_1
2019–20Bolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_8_0 League One, 23rd of 23 (relegated)Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_8_1
WebsiteBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_0_9_0 Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_0_9_1
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Bolton Wanderers Football Club (/ˈboʊltən/ (listen)) is a professional football club based in Horwich, Bolton, England, which competes in League Two, the fourth tier of English football. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_4

Formed as Christ Church Football Club in 1874, it adopted its current name in 1877 and was a founder member of the Football League in 1888. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_5

Bolton have spent more seasons, 73, than any other club in the top flight without winning the title. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_6

They finished third in the First Division in 1891–92, 1920–21 and 1924–25. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_7

Bolton won the FA Cup three times in the 1920s, and again in 1958. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_8

The club spent a season in the Fourth Division in 1987–88, before regaining top-flight status in 1995 and qualifying for the UEFA Cup twice; reaching the last 32 in 2005–06 and the last 16 in 2007–08. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_9

The club played at Burnden Park for 102 years from 1895. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_10

On 9 March 1946, thirty-three Bolton fans lost their lives in a human crush, the Burnden Park disaster. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_11

In 1997, Bolton moved to the Reebok Stadium. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_12

The stadium was renamed the Macron Stadium in 2014 and University of Bolton Stadium in 2018. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_13

Since 2015, Bolton had been in severe financial difficulties, and went into administration in May 2019. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_14

Facing possible EFL expulsion and probable extinction, the club was acquired by new owners on 28 August 2019. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_15

History Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_0

Main article: History of Bolton Wanderers F.C. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_16

Early history (1877–1929) Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_1

The club was founded by the Reverend Joseph Farrall Wright, Perpetual curate of Christ Church Bolton, and Thomas Ogden, the schoolmaster at the adjacent church school, in 1874 as Christ Church F.C. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_17

It was initially run from the church of the same name on Deane Road, Bolton, on the site where the Innovation factory of the University of Bolton now stands. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_18

The club left the location following a dispute with the vicar, and changed its name to Bolton Wanderers in 1877. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_19

The name was chosen as the club initially had a lot of difficulty finding a permanent ground to play on, having used three venues in its first four years of existence. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_20

Bolton were one of the 12 founder members of the Football League, which formed in 1888. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_21

At the time Lancashire was one of the strongest footballing regions in the country, with 6 of the 12 founder clubs coming from within the boundaries of the historic county of Lancashire. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_22

Having remained in the Football League since its formation, Bolton have spent more time in the top flight (Premier League/old First Division) than out of it. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_23

In 1894 Bolton reached the final of the FA Cup for the first time, but lost 4–1 to Notts County at Goodison Park. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_24

A decade later they were runners-up a second time, losing 1–0 to local rivals Manchester City at Crystal Palace on 23 April 1904. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_25

The period before and after the First World War was Bolton's most consistent period of top-flight success as measured by league finishes, with the club finishing outside the top 8 of the First Division on only two occasions between 1911–12 and 1927–28. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_26

In this period Bolton equalled their record finish of third twice, in 1920–21 and 1924–25, on the latter occasion missing out on the title by just 3 points (in an era of 2 points for a win). Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_27

On 28 April 1923, Bolton won their first major trophy in their third final, beating West Ham United 2–0 in the first ever Wembley FA Cup final. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_28

The match, famously known as The White Horse Final was played in front of over 127,000 supporters. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_29

Bolton's centre-forward, David Jack scored the first ever goal at Wembley Stadium. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_30

Driven by long-term players Joe Smith in attack, Ted Vizard and Billy Butler on the wings, and Jimmy Seddon in defence, they became the most successful cup side of the twenties, winning three times. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_31

Their second victory of the decade came in 1926, beating Manchester City 1–0 in front of over 91,000 spectators, and the third came in 1929 as Portsmouth were beaten 2–0 in front of nearly 93,000 fans. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_32

In 1928 the club faced financial difficulties and so was forced to sell David Jack to Arsenal to raise funds. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_33

Despite the pressure to sell, the agreed fee of £10,890 was a world record, more than double the previous most expensive transfer of a player. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_34

Top flight run and cup success (1929–1958) Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_2

From 1935 to 1964, Bolton enjoyed an uninterrupted stay in the top flight – regarded by fans as a golden era – spearheaded in the 1950s by Nat Lofthouse. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_35

The years of the Second World War saw most of the Wanderers' playing staff see action on the front, a rare occurrence within elite football, as top sportsmen were generally assigned to physical training assignments, away from enemy fire. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_36

However, 15 Bolton professionals, led by their captain Harry Goslin, volunteered for active service in 1939, and were enlisted in the 53rd Bolton Artillery regiment. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_37

By the end of the war, 32 of the 35 pre-war professionals saw action in the British forces. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_38

The sole fatality was Goslin, who had by then risen to the rank of Lieutenant and was killed by shrapnel on the Italian front shortly before Christmas 1943. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_39

53rd Bolton Artillery took part in the Battle of Dunkirk and also served in the campaigns of Egypt, Iraq and Italy. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_40

Remarkably, a number of these soldiers managed to carry on playing the game in these theatres of war, taking on as 'British XI' various scratch teams assembled by, among others, King Farouk of Egypt in Cairo and Polish forces in Baghdad. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_41

On 9 March 1946, the club's home was the scene of the Burnden Park disaster, which at the time was the worst tragedy in British football history. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_42

33 Bolton Wanderers fans were crushed to death, and another 400 injured, in an FA Cup quarter-final second leg tie between Bolton and Stoke City. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_43

There was an estimated 67,000-strong crowd crammed in for the game, though other estimates vary widely, with a further 15,000 locked out as it became clear the stadium was full. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_44

The disaster led to Moelwyn Hughes's official report, which recommended more rigorous control of crowd sizes. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_45

In 1953 Bolton played in one of the most famous FA Cup finals of all time – The Stanley Matthews Final of 1953. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_46

Bolton lost the game to Blackpool 4–3 after gaining a 3–1 lead. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_47

Blackpool were victorious thanks to the skills of Matthews and the goals of Stan Mortensen. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_48

Bolton Wanderers have not won a major trophy since 1958, when two Lofthouse goals saw them overcome Manchester United in the FA Cup final in front of a 100,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_49

The closest they have come to winning a major trophy since then is finishing runners-up in the League Cup, first in 1995 and again in 2004. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_50

Few highs and many lows (1958–1995) Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_3

While Bolton finished 4th the following season, the next 20 years would prove to be a fallow period. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_51

The club suffered relegation to the Second Division in 1963–64, and were then relegated again to the Third Division for the first time in their history in 1970–71. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_52

This stay in the Third Division lasted just two years before the club were promoted as champions in 1972–73. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_53

Hopes were high at Burnden Park in May 1978 when Bolton sealed the Second Division title and gained promotion to the First Division. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_54

However, they only remained there for two seasons before being relegated. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_55

Following relegation in 1980, Bolton signed up a talented academy striker as they prepared to challenge for a quick return to the First Division. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_56

He scored a hat-trick in his third game for Bolton, a 4–0 win over Newcastle United in the league, but the rest of the season was a struggle as Bolton finished close to the relegation places. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_57

By the end of the 1981–82 season, Bolton were no closer to promotion and had lost several key players including Peter Reid and Neil Whatmore. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_58

The following season Bolton were relegated to the Third Division after losing 4–1 at Charlton Athletic on the final day. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_59

Despite a new-look, much younger team and an 8–1 win over Walsall, Bolton's best league win for 50 years, Bolton failed to win promotion in the 1983–84 season, and would remain in the Third Division for another three seasons. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_60

In 1986 Nat Lofthouse was appointed President of the football club, a position he would hold until his death on 15 January 2011. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_61

At the end of the 1986–87 season, Bolton Wanderers suffered relegation to the Fourth Division for the first time in their history, but won promotion back to the Third Division at the first attempt. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_62

The club won the Sherpa Van Trophy in 1989, defeating Torquay United 4–1. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_63

During the 1990–91 season, Bolton were pipped to the final automatic promotion place by Southend United and lost to Tranmere Rovers in the play-off final, but they failed to build on this and the following season saw the club finish 13th. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_64

The early 1990s saw Bolton gain a giant-killing reputation in cup competitions. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_65

In 1993 Bolton beat FA Cup holders Liverpool 2–0 in a third round replay at Anfield, thanks to goals from John McGinlay and Andy Walker. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_66

The club also defeated higher division opposition in the form of Wolverhampton Wanderers (2–1) that year before bowing out to Derby County. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_67

Bolton also secured promotion to the second tier for the first time since 1983. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_68

In 1994 Bolton again beat FA Cup holders, this time in the form of Arsenal, 3–1 after extra time in a fourth round replay, and went on to reach the quarter-finals, bowing out 1–0 at home to local rivals (and then Premiership) Oldham Athletic. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_69

Bolton also defeated top division opposition in the form of Everton (3–2) and Aston Villa (1–0) that year. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_70

Return to the top flight and venture into Europe (1995–2012) Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_4

Bolton reached the Premiership in 1995 thanks to a 4–3 victory over Reading in the Division One play-off Final. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_71

Reading took a 2–0 lead before a Keith Branagan penalty save on the stroke of half time changed the course of the game. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_72

Bolton scored two late goals to take the game to extra time, scoring twice more before a late Reading consolation. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_73

The same year Bolton progressed to the League Cup Final, but were defeated 2–1 by Liverpool. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_74

Bolton were bottom for virtually all of the 1995–96 Premiership campaign and were relegated as they lost their penultimate game 1–0 to Southampton. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_75

The club won promotion back to the Premiership at the first attempt thanks to a season in which they achieved 98 league points and 100 goals in the process of securing the Division One championship, the first time since 1978 that they had finished top of any division. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_76

This season also marked the club's departure from Burnden Park to the Reebok Stadium, the last game at the stadium being a 4–1 win over Charlton Athletic. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_77

Bolton were relegated on goal difference at the end of the 1997–98 Premiership campaign. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_78

They finished on the same number of points as Everton, whom they faced in the first competitive match at the newly built Reebok Stadium. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_79

The game finished 0–0, but a goal by Gerry Taggart for the Whites was mistakenly not given; the point swing in Bolton's favour would have kept them up. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_80

The following season they reached the 1999 Division One play-off Final but lost 2–0 to Watford. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_81

In 2000 Bolton reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, Worthington Cup and play-offs but lost on penalties to Aston Villa, 4–0 on aggregate to Tranmere Rovers and 7–5 on aggregate to Ipswich Town respectively. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_82

In 2000–01 Bolton were promoted back to the Premiership after beating Preston North End 3–0 in the play-off final. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_83

Bolton struggled in the following two seasons, but survived in the Premiership. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_84

The 2001–02 season began with a shock as they destroyed Leicester 5–0 at Filbert Street to go top of the table. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_85

Despite a 2–1 win away at Manchester United, becoming the first team since the formation of the Premiership to come from behind and win a league game at Old Trafford, they went into a deep slump during the middle of the season and needed a Fredi Bobic hat-trick against Ipswich Town to survive. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_86

Despite losing the final three games, 16th place was secured. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_87

The 2002–03 season began with a poor start and, despite another win away at Manchester United, they were bottom until a 4–2 win against Leeds United at Elland Road. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_88

Despite suffering from a lack of consistency, Bolton achieved the results needed and secured survival in a final day 2–1 victory over Middlesbrough. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_89

Bolton reached the League Cup final in 2004, but lost 2–1 to Middlesbrough. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_90

Nevertheless, the club finished eighth in the league, at the time the highest finish in their Premiership history. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_91

In 2005, Bolton finished sixth in the league, thus earning qualification for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_92

The following season, they reached the last 32 but were eliminated by French team Marseille as they lost 2–1 on aggregate. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_93

Between 2003–04 and 2006–07, Bolton recorded consecutive top-eight finishes, a record of consistency bettered only by the big four of Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_94

Towards the end of the 06–07 season, long-serving manager Sam Allardyce departed the club, stating that he was taking a sabbatical; he would be hired shortly thereafter as manager of Newcastle United. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_95

Allardyce later cited a lack of ambition on the part of the club's board for his departure; he had sought financial backing in January 2007 to push the club towards Champions League qualification, which he had not received. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_96

The 2007–08 season saw Bolton survive with a 16th-place finish, their safety being confirmed on the final day of the season, as they went on an unbeaten run for their final five games, as well as getting to the last sixteen of the UEFA Cup. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_97

Former assistant manager Sammy Lee replaced Allardyce as manager, but a poor start to the season saw him replaced by Gary Megson. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_98

During the European run, Bolton gained an unexpected 2–2 draw against former European champions Bayern Munich, as well as becoming the first English team to beat Red Star Belgrade in Belgrade. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_99

They also defeated Atlético Madrid on aggregate before being knocked out by Sporting Lisbon. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_100

Bolton broke their record transfer fee with the signing of Johan Elmander from Toulouse on 27 June 2008, in a deal which cost the club a reported £8.2 million and saw Norwegian striker Daniel Braaten head in the opposite direction. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_101

Megson was replaced part-way through the 2009–2010 season by former Wanderers striker Owen Coyle, after Megson endured a difficult relationship with the fans. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_102

In the 2010–11 FA Cup, Bolton progressed all the way to the semi-finals, but were beaten 5–0 by Stoke at Wembley, with the match being described as "a massive anti-climax". Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_103

The following season began as the previous one had ended with just one win and six defeats, their worst start since the 1902–03 season when they were relegated. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_104

On 17 March 2012, manager Owen Coyle travelled to the London Chest Hospital with Fabrice Muamba who had suffered from a cardiac arrest whilst playing against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane in a FA Cup match. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_105

Muamba stayed in a critical condition for several weeks and Coyle was widely praised for the manner in which he represented the club during the period. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_106

That 13 May, Bolton were relegated to the Championship by one point on the last day of the season after drawing 2–2 with Stoke City. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_107

Return to the Championship (2012–2018) Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_5

The following season back in the Championship started badly for Bolton, with only three wins in ten league matches and a second round exit from the League Cup following a loss at Crawley Town. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_108

As a result of poor performances leaving them in 16th place, Bolton sacked Coyle on 9 October 2012, replacing him with Crystal Palace's Dougie Freedman. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_109

They finished in 7th place, losing out on a play-off place to Leicester City on goal difference. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_110

The 2013–14 began with a trip to Turf Moor, in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Football League. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_111

Freedman was fired after a torrid run of results at the beginning of the 2014–2015 season; he was replaced by former Celtic manager Neil Lennon, who promptly won his first game in charge 1–0 away at Birmingham. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_112

In December 2015, Bolton, who were £172.9 million in debt, were handed a winding-up petition from HM Revenue and Customs over unpaid taxes, and a transfer embargo for the following month's window. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_113

Much of this debt owed to former owner Eddie Davies was confirmed to have been written off in March 2018, to assist with the club's potential sale prospects. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_114

After ending a 17-game winless run, Lennon, who had been investigated by the club due to allegations about his personal life, said that the club had "been through hell". Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_115

On 18 January 2016, the club avoided an immediate winding-up order after their case was adjourned until 22 February to give it time to either close a deal with a potential buyer or raise sufficient short-term funds from asset sales. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_116

The club was said to owe HM Revenue and Customs £2.2m. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_117

The financial situation had improved as a takeover bid by Dean Holdsworth's Sports Shield was successful in March 2016. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_118

Lennon was removed from his position for the final few games of the season, replaced by Academy manager Jimmy Phillips. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_119

On 9 April 2016, Bolton lost 4–1 away at Derby County to confirm their relegation to the third tier for the first time since 1993. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_120

Under new manager Phil Parkinson, Bolton won promotion from League One at the first time of asking with a second-place finish. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_121

On 14 September 2017, the board announced that the embargo was over. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_122

Bolton started their first season back in the Championship poorly, only earning their first victory in October. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_123

Their form improved mid-season, however going into the final round of fixtures Bolton were in the relegation zone, needing a win to stand a chance of securing survival. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_124

They achieved this to finish 21st, narrowly avoiding relegation, having fought back from 2–1 down to win 3–2 at home against Nottingham Forest in the last ten minutes of their final match of the season. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_125

Relegation and financial crisis (2018–2019) Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_6

Throughout the 2018–19 Championship season Bolton faced financial difficulties. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_126

On 12 September 2018, Bolton reached an agreement with their main creditor BluMarble Capital Ltd over an unpaid loan, avoiding administration and a points deduction from the EFL. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_127

Bolton were served a winding-up order on 27 September 2018 after failing to make a payment to HM Revenue and Customs. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_128

This was the fourth such petition the club had faced in the previous 14 months. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_129

After the collapse of the permanent signing of on-loan striker Christian Doidge, Forest Green Rovers commenced legal action over lost earnings. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_130

In February 2019, Bolton were again issued a winding-up petition by HMRC which was subsequently adjourned until the end of the season as their search for a new owner continued. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_131

The match against Brentford on 26 April was called off by the English Football League 16 hours before kick off after Bolton's players, supported by the Professional Footballers' Association, refused to play until they had received their unpaid wages; the EFL awarded the win to Brentford. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_132

The Bolton Whites Hotel, owned by Ken Anderson, was also issued with a winding-up petition in March 2019 (it closed on 1 May and went into administration on 14 May). Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_133

The team was relegated to League One in April after a 23rd-place finish. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_134

In May 2019 the club went into administration due to a £1.2m unpaid tax bill, incurring a 12-point penalty for the 2019-20 season. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_135

Fildraw (former owner Eddie Davies' trust fund) appointed administrators from insolvency firm David Rubin and Partners. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_136

A 17 July statement from the Bolton players said that no-one at the club had been paid by owner Ken Anderson for 20 weeks, the training ground had no potable drinking water nor hot water for showers. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_137

Pre-season friendlies were cancelled as Bolton could not give assurances about fielding a competitive team. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_138

Anderson failed to find a buyer before the start of the season, and Bolton started their opening League One game on 3 August at Wycombe Wanderers with only three contracted senior outfield players, and lost 2–0. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_139

A week later, Bolton fielded its youngest ever side, with an average age of 19, in a goalless home draw against Coventry City. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_140

Manager Phil Parkinson expressed concern about the welfare of the youth players used in all of Bolton's games, leading Bolton to postpone the game against Doncaster Rovers on 20 August but without informing either Doncaster or the EFL. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_141

Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin resigned the following day, with academy manager Jimmy Phillips taking interim charge. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_142

On 26 August, it was announced that the takeover by Football Ventures had fallen through one day before the EFL deadline, potentially risking the club going into liquidation. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_143

After Bolton failed to meet that deadline, the suspension of its notice of withdrawal from the EFL was lifted; however, the club was not immediately expelled from the EFL – it was given until 12 September 2019 to meet all outstanding requirements of the League's insolvency policy. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_144

Under new ownership (2019–) Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_7

On 28 August, Bolton announced that the club's sale to Football Ventures (Whites) Limited had been completed, with the administrator paying tribute to the Eddie Davies Trust and their legal team, and criticising Ken Anderson who had "used his position as a secured creditor to hamper and frustrate any deal that did not benefit him or suit his purposes." Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_145

Days later, Keith Hill was announced as the new club manager. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_146

He signed nine players before the transfer deadline closed, and his first win came on 22 October, 2–0 against Bristol Rovers, Bolton's first win in 22 matches. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_147

On 21 November 2019, Bolton were handed a five-point deduction, suspended for 18 months, and fined £70,000, half of which was suspended for 18 months, for failure to fulfil two fixtures (against Brentford and Doncaster). Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_148

The points would not be deducted if Bolton fulfilled all fixtures during the 18-month period. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_149

An EFL appeal against what it saw as a "lenient" penalty was rejected by an arbitration panel in January 2020. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_150

On 9 June 2020, the EFL League One decided to end the 2019–20 season early due to the COVID-19 pandemic, causing bottom club Bolton Wanderers to go down to the fourth tier of English football for the first time since 1988 and only the second time in their history. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_151

Following relegation, the club announced that Keith Hill and assistant David Flitcroft would leave the club when their contracts expired at the end of June. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_152

Barrow manager Ian Evatt was appointed Hill's successor on 1 July 2020. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_153

Colours and badge Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_8

Bolton Wanderers' home colours are white shirts with navy and red trim, traditionally worn with navy shorts and white socks. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_154

Their away kits have been varied over the years, with navy kits and yellow kits among the most popular and common. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_155

Bolton did not always wear a white kit; in 1884 they wore white with red spots, leading to the club's original nickname of "The Spots". Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_156

The traditional navy blue shorts were dispensed with in 2003, in favour of an all-white strip, but they returned in 2008. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_157

The club had previously experimented with an all-white kit in the 1970s. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_158

The Bolton Wanderers club badge consists of the initials of the club in the shape of a ball, with a red scroll and Lancashire rose underneath. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_159

The current badge is a reimagining of one designed in 1975; this was replaced in 2001 by a badge which retained the recognisable initials but controversially exchanged the scroll and rose for blue and red ribbons. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_160

The re-design has been welcomed by fans as the red rose returned to the badge and those who saw the ribbons as a poor choice. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_161

The original club badge was the town crest of Bolton, a key feature of which was the Elephant and Castle motif with the town motto – Supera Moras meaning “Overcome Delays”. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_162

This feature has been reincorporated on the back of some more recent club shirts which was seen as a nice touch by some. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_163

The club's nickname of "The Trotters" has several claimed derivations; that it is simply a variation on "Wanderers", that it is an old local term for a practical joker, or that one of the grounds used before the club settled at Pikes Lane resided next to a piggery, causing players to have to "trot" through the pig pens to retrieve the ball if it went over the fence. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_164

Stadiums Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_9

Main articles: Pike's Lane, Burnden Park, and University of Bolton Stadium Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_165

When the club was first founded, Christ Church had a nomadic existence, playing at a number of locations in the area. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_166

The club, which had by then been renamed Bolton Wanderers, started playing regularly at Pike's Lane in 1881. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_167

Spending £150 on pitch improvements, season tickets cost a guinea. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_168

They played here for fourteen years until the tenancy expired and they moved to Burnden Park. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_169

Situated in the Burnden area of Bolton, approximately one mile from the centre of the town, the ground served as the home of the town's football team for 102 years. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_170

In its heyday, Burnden Park could hold up to 70,000 supporters but this figure was dramatically reduced during the final 20 years of its life. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_171

A section of The Embankment was sold off in 1986 to make way for a new Normid superstore. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_172

At this time, Bolton were in a dire position financially and were struggling in the Football League Third Division, so there was a low demand for tickets and the loss of part of the ground gave the Bolton directors good value for money. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_173

By 1992 the club's directors had decided that it would be difficult to convert Burnden Park into an all-seater stadium for a club of Bolton's ambition, as the Taylor Report required all first- and second-tier clubs to do. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_174

A decision was made to build an out of town stadium in the town of Horwich, with the eventual location chosen 5 miles due west of the town centre. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_175

The stadium opened in August 1997, as a modern, all-seater stadium with a capacity of around 29,000. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_176

In recognition of the club's former ground the stadium stands on "Burnden Way". Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_177

It has four stands, though the lower-tier seating is one continuous bowl. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_178

It was originally known as the Reebok Stadium after long-time team sponsor, Reebok. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_179

This was initially unpopular with many fans, as it was considered impersonal, and that too much emphasis was being placed on financial considerations. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_180

This opposition considerably lessened since the stadium was built. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_181

In April 2014, the stadium was renamed as part of a four-year deal with new sponsors Macron sportswear. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_182

When this deal came to an end in August 2018 the stadium was again renamed, this time as the University of Bolton Stadium. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_183

In 2014 the club established Bolton Wanderers Free School at the stadium, a sixth form offering sports and related courses for 16 to 19-year-olds. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_184

However, this was later closed in 2017 due to low pupil numbers which deemed it 'not financially viable'. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_185

Support Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_10

Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Association (BWSA) is the official supporters' association of Bolton Wanderers Football Club. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_186

The Supporters' Association was formed in 1992, on the initiative of a fan, Peter Entwistle. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_187

Later that year the Directors of the football club, satisfied that the Association had proven itself to be organised and responsible, officially recognised Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Association as the club's supporters' group. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_188

In 1997, shortly after the move from Burnden Park to the Reebok Stadium, the BWSA accepted the invitation from the football club to hold its monthly meetings at the new stadium. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_189

The University of Bolton Stadium has continued to be their venue ever since. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_190

In the year 2000, the Association expanded significantly when its invitation to affiliate was accepted by Bolton Wanderers supporters groups in other parts of Britain, and also by groups around the world. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_191

All of these foreign groups have come on board to become independent, but integral, parts of the official Bolton Wanderers supporters' family. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_192

Requests for affiliated status continue to be received regularly from other places around the world where Wanderers fans find themselves gather together. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_193

Rivalries Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_11

Historically Bolton's traditional rivals were near neighbours Bury, though due to limited league meetings and Bury's expulsion from the Football League in August 2019 the rivalry has lessened considerably. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_194

The club also has traditional rivalries with fellow Lancashire clubs Blackburn Rovers and Preston North End, as all three sides are separated by less than fifteen miles and are all founder members of the Football League. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_195

More recently, Bolton have developed an enmity with Wigan Athletic, whose fans generally regard Bolton as their main rivals. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_196

Bolton fans also maintain a mutual dislike with the fans of nearby Burnley, Oldham Athletic, Tranmere Rovers, and the more distant Wolverhampton Wanderers. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_197

According to a survey conducted in August 2019 entitled 'The League of Love and Hate', Bolton supporters named Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, Wigan Athletic, Oldham Athletic and Bury as their biggest rivals. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_198

Ownership and finances Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_12

Bolton Wanderers F.C._table_general_1

PeriodBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_1_0_0 Kit manufacturerBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_1_0_1 Shirt sponsorBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_1_0_2
1974–1975Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_1_0 UnknownBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_1_1 noneBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_1_2
1975Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_2_0 BuktaBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_2_1
1976–1977Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_3_0 AdmiralBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_3_1
1977–1980Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_4_0 UmbroBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_4_1
1980–1981Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_5_0 Knight SecurityBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_5_1
1981–1982Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_6_0 Bolton Evening NewsBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_6_1
1982–1983Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_7_0 TSBBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_7_1
1983–1986Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_8_0 HB ElectronicsBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_8_1
1986–1988Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_9_0 Normid SuperstoreBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_9_1
1988–1990Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_10_0 MatchwinnerBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_10_1
1990–1993Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_11_0 ReebokBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_11_1
1993–2009Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_12_0 ReebokBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_12_1
2009–2012Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_13_0 188BETBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_13_1
2012–2013Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_14_0 AdidasBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_14_1
2013–2014Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_15_0 FibrLecBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_15_1
2014–2015Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_16_0 MacronBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_16_1
2015–2016Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_17_0 ROK Mobile

University of BoltonBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_17_1

2016–2017Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_18_0 Spin and WinBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_18_1
2017–2019Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_19_0 BetfredBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_19_1
2019Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_20_0 HummelBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_20_1 noneBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_20_2
2019–2020Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_21_0 Infinity ApparelBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_21_1 Home BargainsBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_21_2
2020–Bolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_22_0 MacronBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_1_22_1

The holding company of Bolton Wanderers F.C. is Burnden Leisure Ltd, a private company limited by shares. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_199

Burnden Leisure was previously a public company traded on the AIM stock exchange until its voluntary delisting in May 2003 following Eddie Davies's takeover. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_200

The club itself is 100% owned by Burnden Leisure; businessman Davies owned 94.5% of the shares, with the remaining stakes held by over 6,000 small shareholders with less than 0.1% holding each. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_201

After Bolton exited the Premier League, Davies revoked his investment into the club. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_202

This led to published debts of almost £200m and brought the club very close to being wound up over unpaid tax bills owed to HMRC. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_203

As a gesture of his goodwill and as incentive to sell the club, Davies promised to wipe over £125m of debt owed to him when the club was sold, which wiped a significant proportion of debt the club owed. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_204

In March 2016, Sports Shield, a consortium led by Dean Holdsworth, bought Davies' controlling stake; a year later, Holdsworth shareholding in Sports Shield was bought out by Ken Anderson. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_205

Under Anderson, financial difficulties dogged the club, with player strikes, further winding up orders and financial disputes with other creditors. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_206

These culminated in the club (Burnden Leisure Ltd) going into administration in May 2019, and, with the club's future ownership unresolved, being threatened with expulsion from the EFL in August 2019. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_207

On 28 August, the club was sold to Football Ventures (Whites) Ltd despite opposition from Ken Anderson. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_208

Sponsorship Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_13

Bolton Wanderers had a long-established partnership with sporting goods firm Reebok, which was formed in the town. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_209

Between 1997 and 2009 this partnership encompassed shirt sponsorship, kit manufacture and stadium naming rights. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_210

The combined shirt sponsorship (1990–2009) and kit manufacture (1993–2012) deals covering 22 years represent the longest kit partnership in English football history. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_211

The stadium's naming rights were held by Reebok from its opening in 1997 until 2014. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_212

Bolton's kit manufacturer from the 2014–15 season changed to Italian sportswear brand Macron, who also became stadium name sponsors for four years. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_213

In August 2018, the stadium naming rights went to the University of Bolton in an undisclosed deal. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_214

Squad Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_14

First team Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_15

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_215

Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_216

Out on loan Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_16

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_217

Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_218

Youth players with first team appearances Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_17

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_219

Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_220

Reserves and Academy squad Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_18

Main article: Bolton Wanderers F.C. Reserves and Academy squad Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_221

Former players Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_19

For details on former players, see List of Bolton Wanderers F.C. players and :Category:Bolton Wanderers F.C. players. Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_222

In 2005, a list of "50 Wanderers Legends" was compiled by the club as the result of a fan survey: "Thousands of supporters ... nominated their favourites with modern day heroes giving the old-timers a run for their money". Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_223

Player records Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_20

Main article: List of Bolton Wanderers F.C. records and statistics Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_224

Club officials Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_21

See also: List of Bolton Wanderers F.C. managers Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_225

Bolton Wanderers Football & Athletic Co management Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_226

Bolton Wanderers F.C._table_general_2

RoleBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_2_0_0 NameBolton Wanderers F.C._header_cell_2_0_1
ChairmanBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_1_0 Sharon BrittanBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_1_1
Director of FootballBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_2_0 vacantBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_2_1
Head CoachBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_3_0 Ian EvattBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_3_1
Assistant Head CoachBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_4_0 Peter AthertonBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_4_1
Goalkeeping CoachBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_5_0 Matt GilksBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_5_1
Head of Youth DevelopmentBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_6_0 Mark LitherlandBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_6_1
U-18 CoachBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_7_0 Nicky SpoonerBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_7_1
Chief ScoutBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_8_0 VacantBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_8_1
Head PhysiotherapistBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_9_0 Matt BarrassBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_9_1
Sports Rehab TherapistBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_10_0 Ali GibbBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_10_1
First Team Sports ScientistBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_11_0 Kristian AldredBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_11_1
Sports TherapistBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_12_0 Catherine BeattieBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_12_1
Kit & Equipment ManagerBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_13_0 Paul HuddyBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_13_1
Kit & Equipment ManagerBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_14_0 Michael HawkeBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_14_1
Head GroundsmanBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_15_0 Chris SimmBolton Wanderers F.C._cell_2_15_1

Honours Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_22

Main article: List of Bolton Wanderers F.C. records and statistics Bolton Wanderers F.C._sentence_227

Football League Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_23

Bolton Wanderers F.C._unordered_list_0

Overall league performance Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_24

Bolton Wanderers F.C._unordered_list_1

  • Division 1/Premier League: 1888–1899, 1900–1903, 1905–1908, 1909–1910, 1911–1933, 1935–1964, 1978–1980, 1995–1996, 1997–1998, 2001–2012 (73 seasons)Bolton Wanderers F.C._item_1_13
  • Division 2/Championship: 1899–1900, 1903–1905, 1908–1909, 1910–1911, 1933–1935, 1964–1971, 1973–1978, 1980–1983, 1993–1995, 1996–1997, 1998–2001, 2012–2016, 2017–2019 (34 seasons)Bolton Wanderers F.C._item_1_14
  • Division 3/League 1: 1971–1973, 1983–1987, 1988–1993, 2016–17, 2019–20 (13 seasons)Bolton Wanderers F.C._item_1_15
  • Division 4/League 2: 1987–1988, 2020– (2 seasons)Bolton Wanderers F.C._item_1_16

Cup competitions Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_25

Bolton Wanderers F.C._unordered_list_2

Reserves and others Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_26

Bolton Wanderers F.C._unordered_list_3

European football Bolton Wanderers F.C._section_27

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