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Bolton Wanderers are a professional football club located in Bolton, Greater Manchester. Having played at least one season in each of England’s top four professional divisions, the club currently play in the third tier of English football, League One.
The history of Bolton Wanderers begins in 1874. Reverend Joseph Farrall Wright and schoolmaster Thomas Ogden founded a football club, naming it Christ Church FC. Running from the Deane Road Church, the club left the church after disputes with the vicar, and in 1877 the club became Bolton Wanderers.
To begin with, Bolton Wanderers played friendly or FA Cup matches until 1888, when they became founder members of the Football League. The club made steady progress in the new division, and this form spread to their FA Cup progress, appearing in the Final in the 1893/1894 season.
After their losing FA Cup Final appearance, Bolton Wanderers began to slide down the Football League First Division, culminating in their relegation to the Second Division in the 1898/1899 campaign. Their stay in the country’s second tier was brief, though, and the club earned immediate promotion with a second place finish.
Over the next decade, Bolton Wanderers experienced series of relegations and promotions. In the 1902/1903 season, the club were relegated again. The following season, Bolton Wanderers reached another FA Cup Final, but again were beaten, this time by Manchester City.
The club did earn promotion in the 1904/1905 season, and after two successive six place finishes it appeared that Bolton had settled back to life in the First Division successively, however the club suffered relegation once more during the 1907/1908 campaign.
The following three seasons saw a Second Division title win, a relegation and a promotion, and Bolton Wanderers started the 1911/1912 season back in the top flight. This campaign was the first of 18 consecutive seasons Bolton Wanderers spent in the First Division.
During this period, Bolton Wanderers achieved great success in the FA Cup. The club picked up the trophy on three occasions - firstly in 1923 when Bolton Wanderers beat West Ham United 2-0, with striker David Jack scoring the first goal ever at Wembley; secondly in 1926, when the club beat Manchester City 1-0; and thirdly in 1929, when Bolton Wanderers beat Portsmouth by two goals to nil.
The year before the club’s third FA Cup victory, Bolton Wanderers sold David Jack to Arsenal for a fee of £10,890. This move was a record transfer, with Jack becoming the most expensive player in the world.
Despite huge FA Cup success in the 1920’s,the club were relegated once more in the 1932/1933 season. However, the club were only missing from the top flight for two seasons, and a second place finish in the 1934/1935 season allowed the club to regain their First Division Status.
Bolton Wanderers would spend almost thirty years playing non stop top flight football. However, tragedy struck the club in the season following the resumption of the Football League after the Second World War had finished. In 1946, the Burnden Park disaster occurred, where 33 Bolton Wanderers fans were crushed to death during an FA Cup tie with Stoke City. This led to reports made that advised on controlling crowd safety as a matter of urgency.
The club’s First Division form wasn’t particularly impressive, but in the 1952/1953 season, Bolton Wanderers reached another FA Cup Final. This was to become one of the greatest FA Cup Finals in football history, known as the Stanley Matthews Final. Bolton played Blackpool, and at one stage were leading the match 3-1. However, Matthews and Stan Mortensen led their Blackpool side to a 4-3 victory, and by doing so made this game one of the most famous in the Bolton Wanderers FA Cup history.
The club didn’t have to wait too long to pick up their fourth FA Cup win. During the 1957/1958 season, the club reached the FA Cup Final and took on Manchester United. Two Nat Lofthouse goals, who became one of Bolton Wanderers’ greatest ever players, helped Bolton to win the FA Cup. This, however, is the last major trophy Bolton Wanderers have won to date.
The club’s near three decade stay in the First Division came to an end in the 1963/1964 season. A 21st place finish saw Bolton Wanderers relegated back to the Second Division. A series of mid table finishes ensued, until the turn of the decade when Bolton were relegated to the Third Division for the first time in Bolton Wanderers history.
Two seasons later, though, and the club won the Third Division title, sealing promotion back to the second tier. The 1977/1978 season saw the club win the Second Division title and with it a spot back in the top flight. Their stay in the First Division this time, though, was brief and Bolton Wanderers were relegated in 1980.
Bolton Wanderers struggled in the second tier, and after two seasons of relegation battles the club succumbed to relegation once again. This time, there was no quick return to the Second Division. Instead, in the 1986/1987 season Bolton Wanderers were relegated once more, and started the 1987/1988 season in the Fourth Division for the first time in their history.
The club managed to gain promotion from the fourth tier with a third place finish and returned to the Third Division. The 1990/1991 season saw Bolton almost gain promotion via the playoffs, but were beaten by Tranmere Rovers in the playoff final.
In 1992, the Premier League was introduced. This resulted in the Football League renaming their divisions. The Second Division became Division One, the Third Division Division Two and the Fourth Division Division Three.
That season, Bolton Wanderers earned promotion back to the second tier after finishing in second place in Division Two. Two years later, the club became a Premier League club, after beating Reading in the Division One playoff final, returning to the top flight for the first time in 15 years. During this time, the club left Burnden Park and moved to the Reebok Stadium.
The club’s stay in the Premier League was brief, and the club suffered an immediate relegation after finishing bottom of the table. A Division One title win was followed by another promotion, and the club began their 1998/1999 campaign back in Division One.
The year 2000 was a season of failed semi final attempts for the club. Bolton appeared in the semi finals of the FA Cup, but were beaten by Aston Villa, the League Cup, but were beaten by Tranmere Rovers and the Division One playoffs where they were defeated by Ipswich Town.
Playoff heartache ended the season after, though, when a 3-0 win over Preston North End saw Bolton Wanderers reclaim their Premier League spot. The 2001/2002 campaign was the first of 11 consecutive seasons spent in England’s top flight.
2005 saw Bolton Wanderers play European football for the first time, reaching the last 32 of the UEFA Cup before being beaten by Marseille. Two seasons later, the club went one better, reaching the last 16 of the competition beating Red Star Belgrade, Atletico Madrid and earning a draw with Bayern Munich along the way.
The club couldn't transfer their European form to the Premier League, however. Bolton Wanderers began to slip down the table, and were eventually relegated in the 2011/2012 season after finishing in 18th place. Starting the 2012/2013 season in the newly named Championship, the club just missed out on a playoff place. Bolton couldn't keep up the same form in subsequent seasons, and amidst serious financial trouble in which they were given a winding up petition, the club suffered a further relegation in 2015/2016.
Bolton Wanderers began the 2016/2017 campaign in League One.
There have been a variety of Bolton Wanderers crests used in the course of Bolton Wanderers history. The original Bolton Wanderers football badge was used from 1921 to 1953, and featured the town of Bolton coat of arms.
From 1953 to 1975, the club used a shield design featuring the initials BW and the red rose of Lancashire, with an elephant stood atop the shield.
In 1975, the Bolton Wanderers football crest was changed once more. This crest featured the club’s initials set in the shape of a football, with a Lancashire red rose placed underneath in a banner. From 2001 to 2013, the red rose was replaced with blue and white ribbons, before the rose was reintroduced, still featuring on the Bolton Wanderers shirts today.
The standard Bolton Wanderers colours feature white shirts, worn with dark blue shorts and white socks. These Bolton Wanderers kit colours have been worn consistently since 1951, with the occasional alternating of the shorts from blue to white and the socks from white to blue to blue and white hoops.
In early Bolton Wanderers kit history, the club wore a variety of colours and styles. As Christ Church FC, the club wore red shirts, black shorts and black socks. With the name change to Bolton Wanderers in 1877, the shirt colour changed to peach.
In 1883, blue and white were used for the first time. The Bolton Wanderers kit featured a half blue half white shirt, with white shorts and blue socks. The following year saw a red spotted Bolton Wanderers shirt, worn with blue shorts and socks.
In the 1885/1886 season, the Bolton Wanderers players wore a red white and blue striped shirt, with white shorts and blue socks, before changing to an all white shirt in 1888.
Two more shirt changes followed, when in the 1890/1891 season the Bolton Wanderers players wore a half red half white design, and the season after wore a royal blue shirt. 1892 saw the return of the white shirt, which has been used ever since.
The club alternated between blue and black shorts and socks over the next four decades, before adopting blue and white as Bolton Wanderers kit colours.
The Bolton Wanderers stadium is Macron Stadium. Previously known as the Reebok Stadium, the club moved into this ground in 1997. The Bolton Wanderers stadium capacity currently stands at 28,723.
The Bolton Wanderers stadium layout features four stands - the Bolton At Home Family Stand, otherwise known as the North Stand; the Nationwide Franking Sense Stand, or the South Stand; the West Stand and the Nat Lofthouse Stand.
The club had previously played at Burnden Park, which was the home of Bolton Wanderers for over 100 years, from 1895 to 1997. Before this, the club had played at a variety of stadiums, most notably Pike’s Lane.
The majority of Bolton Wanderers supporters hail from the town of Bolton and other parts of Lancashire. There are various Bolton Wanderers supporters clubs throughout the country, including the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association, founded in 1992, and the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust.
Bolton Wanderers supporters enjoy a huge rivalry with Bury, although the two teams have rarely met since the Second World War. There are also other rivalries with Blackburn Rovers and Wigan Athletic, with Tranmere Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Burnley also clubs that are classed as rivals.
The Bolton Wanderers owner is the company Burnden Leisure. The company, headed by former striker Dean Holdsworth, bought out Eddie Davies in 2016. The club chairman is currently Ken Anderson.
Davies had joined the club in 1999 and was the majority shareholder of Burnden Leisure, and thus was chairman of Bolton Wanderers Football Club until he sold it in March 2016.
Bolton Wanderers stats begin with the club’s all time record appearance maker. Eddie Hopkinson holds this record, after making 578 appearances for Bolton between 1952 and 1970. Eight other players have played in over 500 matches for Bolton, these are Roy Greaves, Alex Finney, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Warwick Rimmer, Bryan Edwards, Ted Vizard, Paul Jones and Nat Lofthouse.
Nat Lofthouse is also the club’s all time record goalscorer. Lofthouse scored 285 Bolton Wanderers goals between 1946 and 1960. Joe Smith is the only other player to have scored more than 200 goals for the club, netting 277 times between 1908 and 1927. Smith also holds the record for most goals scored in a single season, scoring 38 goals during the 1920/1921 campaign.
Bolton’s record victory came in the FA Cup in 1890, when the club recorded a 13-0 win over Sheffield United. Their record defeat is 9-1, also coming in the FA Cup, when Preston North End defeated them in 1887.
The highest ever home crowd a Bolton Wanderers side has played in front of is 69,912. This number of spectators watched Bolton play Manchester City in the FA Cup at Burnden PArk in 1933.
Bolton’s record transfer signing is Johan Elmander. Elmander cost the club £8.2 million in 2008 from Toulouse. The highest fee Bolton have ever received for a player is £15 million, a fee paid by Chelsea for Nicolas Anelka in 2008.
The current Bolton Wanderers players list consists of 26 members of the first team, supported by players from the Bolton Wanderers Academy.
Notable ex Bolton Wanderers players include Nat Lofthouse, Jay Jay Okacha, John McGinlay and Kevin Davies.
Nat Lofthouse was the first Bolton Wanderers player to represent his country at a World Cup, making his international debut for England against Belgium, and scoring in that match too. However, Bolton’s most internationally capped player is Ricardo Gardner, who made 72 appearances for Jamaica while playing his club football with Bolton.
Fifteen Bolton Wanderers players have appeared for their country at World Cup tournaments, but only one has played at a European Championships. That player is Stelios Giannakopoulos, who played for Greece at Euro 2004 and Euro 2008 while playing his club football for Bolton.
The current Bolton Wanderers manager is Phil Parkinson. Parkinson took the Bolton Wanderers manager job in the summer of 2016, replacing Neil Lennon.
The most successful man in Bolton Wanderers manager history is Charles Foweraker. Foweraker won three FA Cups during his time at the club. He is also the club’s longest serving manager, taking charge of 912 matches between 1919 and 1944.
The Bolton Wanderers manager with the highest win percentage (out of managers who took charge for 30 matches or more) is Harry Downs. Downs won 19 of his 35 matches in charge from 1895 to 1896, giving him a win percentage of 54.29%.
The Bolton Wanderers honours list consists of four FA Cup wins (1923, 1926, 1929 and 1958); one Charity Shield (1958); one Football League Trophy (1989); three second tier titles (1908/19009, 1977/1978, 1996/1997); and one third tier title (1972/1973).
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