Wednesday, 31 October 2007

IT'S A FIX - Bolton

Last time we made this round was 03/04 when we lost at Spurs 3-1. In 01/02 we went out at Blackburn 2-0, but in 00/01 we went through by beating Wimbledon at home 2-1 though we lost at home to Ipswich 2-1 in the 5th round.

Bolton were formed in 1874, founder members of the Football League in 1888/89, ups and downs until 34/35, stayed in top flight until 63/64 then down to Div 4 and back up to the Prem. for a season, up in 2001and steady since then.
4 times F.A. Cup winners (‘23,’26,’29,’58)

Some names/connections : Lofthouse, Hartle, Banks, Worthington, …Peter Kay, Vernon Kay, Dave Spikey, Lowry painting…Francis Lee, Freddie Hill, Wyn Davies, Billy
McAdams, Paul Warhurst, Tony Henry, Neil McNab, Jamie Pollock, Nicolas Anelka

Gary Megson’s squad includes : Jasskelainen, A O’Brian, J O’Brian, Meite, Campo (Marx!), Gardner, Nolan, Speed, Davies, Anelka, Diouf, Giannakopoulo, Al Habsi, Hunt, Cid

Last season : At COMS they strolled to a 2-0 win with two goals, inevitably, from St. Nicolas. Joey’s frustration got the better of him being red carded for a lunge near the end, Big Sam obviously thinking “he’s my man” 40,157 (2,794 Trotters, how did they manage that?)
A few weeks later we played out a dull 0-0 draw at The Reebok, though we had our chances, and would have won if Joey hadn’t missed a late sitter. 22,334 (only 1,512 Blues, the other 5,000 boycotting owing to our brand of football, or blokes being ‘under the thumb’ but mainly due to the outrageous ticket prices which backfired badly on them causing vast reductions for future home fixtures)
They finished 7th and made Europe.

This season so far : Big Sam left for Newcy in the summer, after doing all he could for the Whingers. Outs were Ben Haim, Fortune, Martin, Pedersen, Thompson, all free or released. In came Cid, Dzemalli, Guthrie, Harsanyi, McCann, Samuel, Helguson, Wilhelmsson, Braaten, for £3.5M, and not a Nathanial amongst them!
Then little Sam was fired and ex Blue boy Gary Megson came in, to disappoint the whingers (and please Leicester fans). Now they’ve really got something to whinge about, hopefully!
Currently they’re in 19th spot, so struggling with 6 points from 9 games and one win two draws three losses at home, but hanging on in there in Europe, and Nic’s scoring the goals.
In the Carling 3rd round they won at Fulham, upsetting Sanchez (who conveniently forgot about Fulham’s offside goal v us!) and face the Blues tonight.

Our form at Bolton : Just the odd win at Burnden over the years. At the Reebok we’ve won a few, 1-0 in 2000, 3-1 in 2004, and 1-0 in 2005, making it 3 wins (and a draw) out of the last six games there, so not bad.
P/W Attendances have ranged between 14,456 in ’65 to 43,706 in ’56.
Best win : 5-0 FA Cup in 5th round 1937 Worst defeat : 5-0 in 1922.
In the F. A. Cup we’ve played em 8 times, last in 1947, 60 years ago, winning 5 but losing 3. We recorded their record attendance in the 5th round of 1933 of 69,912.
In the League Cup we’ve played ‘em twice. We won 3-1 at Maine Road in 1966/67 (9,006), but this is the one you’re gonna hear about most, their 3-0 win in 71/72, when we were a top team and they in the third division, with three goals from the unknown Garry Jones 42,039 there so we must have taken about 35,000.

Groundwise : No change to the Reebok, and we’ll be behind the goal again, having sold our allocation..

Comment : On paper a toughie, and hopefully we’ll play our strongest team, in a competition that gives us our best chance of a trophy, even if the big four are hi-jacking it these days.
Tickets are sensibly priced at £10.
Hope not to see that fat bastard running down the touchline if they score..

Stats : 48 pre-war and 54 post make it 104 league meeting and over there it’s :played 27 won 7 drawn 4 lost 16
Last Att ; 22,334 (1,512 Blues)
Away day zines : The Wanderer (?)

Steve P’s Routemaster : M61 to jn 6 (ground is visible and signposted from the motorway) then A6027 to the ground. Away fans car park on site.
Horwich Parkway station 5 mins walk from the ground:
Parking/car parks: £3 here and there, £5 last year at the ground and we raced away afterwards!
Pubs : Shut to City fans still, on police advice, before and after. Plenty in Horwich though- Beehive, Bromilow Arms, Horwich Park inn

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