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New Season, New Team: Bolton Wanderers

26 June 2019

In Focus… Bolton Wanderers

Brief History

A Premier League side for many years up until 2012, Bolton Wanderers are now vying in the third tier of English football.

Since dropping out of the top-flight have been further problems, not least after the hard work of getting promotion out of League One in 2017 was undone after relegation from the Championship last season.

They find themselves with an even greater task this time around as they begin the season with a 12 point deduction.

During their Premier League years under the management of Sam Allardyce, the Trotters flirted at the top echelons and even tasted European football in two seasons, reaching the last 32 of the UEFA Cup as it was called in the 2007/08 season.

The days of winning three FA Cups in six years between 1923 and 1929 are a long, long way away right now but with experienced Phil Parkinson they will be hoping to eradicate the 12-point deficit they start the season with, hopefully find some financial stability off the field and then challenge at the top end of League One this season.


Parkinson started his managerial career in 2003 when he was appointed at fellow Essex side and current League Two outfit Colchester United. In a memorable season for both Essex clubs during the 2005/06 campaign, Parkinson helped achieved a second place finish in League One, behind Steve Tilson’s Southend, and promotion to the Championship.

In 2006 Parkinson was confirmed as new Hull City manager but ended up leaving by mutual consent in December of that year. From 2008-2011 he was Charlton Athletic manager before then in 2011 taking over as Bradford City manager.

Bolton Wanderers Factfile

They were founded by Reverend Joseph Farrall Wright of Christ Church Bolton, which led to them being initially called Christ Church FC before adopting Bolton Wanderers in 1877.

Bolton Wanderers are four time FA Cups winners: 1923, 1926, 1929, 1958

In 1997 Bolton moved to the Reebok Stadium, it was then renamed the Macron Stadium in 2014 and is now known as the University of Bolton Stadium.

Relegation into League One in 2016 was their first time in the third tier of English football since 1993.

Bolton’s stadium has a capacity of 28,723.

Manager Phil Parkinson has been in charge since moving from Bradford City in 2016.

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