|Full name ||Bolton Wanderers Football Club |
|Nickname ||The Trotters |
|Founded ||1874, as Christ Church FC |
|Ground ||Reebok Stadium, Bolton |
|Capacity ||28,723 |
|Chairman ||Phil Gartside |
|Manager ||Sam Allardyce |
|League ||FA Premier League |
|2003_04 ||Premier League, 8th |
Bolton Wanderers F.C. is an English professional football club. It is currently in the FA Premier league. They play at the Reebok stadium, Bolton. The manager is Sam Allardyce. Bolton finished the 2003/2004 season in an unprecedented 8th place, consolidating their Premiership status.
Bolton Wanderers was founded in 1874, originally named Christ Church FC. They were one of the original 12 founder members of the Football League. Having remained in the football since its formation, Bolton have spent more time in the top flight (Premier Division/old Division 1) than out of it. Fans favourites include Frank Worthington (scorer of the amazing over the head juggling goal, and author of the pleasantly titled autobiography 'One hump or two'...), John McGinlay (played a big part in Bolton's 1990's resurrection, scoring important goals against the likes of Liverpool, Wolves and Spurs), Sam Allardyce (as player and hugely successful manager) and, of course, the near legendary Lion of Vienna, Nat Lofthouse.
The Bolton Wanderers were the first team to win the FA Cup at Wembley Stadium, beating West Ham United 2_0 in 1923.
They also won the FA Cup in 1926, 1929, and 1958.
In 1993 the Bolton Wanderers beat FA Cup holders Liverpool 2-0 in a third round replay.
1953 FA Cup Final vs. Blackpool _ argued as the most exciting Cup Final ever. Having lead the majority of the game, Blackpool eventually came from behind to beat the Trotters 4_3.
1958 FA Cup Final vs. Manchester United. - having suffered the Munich Tragedy which claimed many members of Matt Busby's team, United reached the final, only to lose to Bolton with two goals from Nat Lofthouse.
1993 FA Cup 3rd round replay vs. Liverpool - this game really kicked off Bolton's resurgence under Bruce Rioch. Having drawn at home, Bolton went to Anfield to beat the holders of the FA Cup, goals from Andy Walker and John McGinlay.
1993 Division 3 vs. Preston NE - a tense game, the teams separated by a penalty from John McGinlay which sent Bolton back to Division 2 (now the Championship/Division 1) for the first time since their fall from grace in the early 1980's.
1995 Division 1 Play Off Final vs. Reading _ a true epic. Having gone 2_0 down in the first 15 minutes, Bolton saved a penalty before half time, then levelled the game in the second half with goals from Owen Coyle and Fabian De Freitas. Mixu Paatelinen and De Freitas with a second put Bolton 4_2 ahead in extra time before Reading gained a late equaliser. This game promoted Bolton to the Premier League for the first time in their history, their first season back in the top flight since 1979.
Famous Former Players
- Charles Foweraker 3 times FA cup winning manager from the 1920s. Manager from 1919-44.
- Bolton Wanderers Official Homepage (http://www.bwfc.premiumtv.co.uk)
- 4thegame.com's Bolton Wanderers page (http://www.4thegame.com/club/bwfc)