Club Profile

Bolton Wanderers

After a spectacular rise and fall over 10 years, Bolton nearly went out of business in 2019 and are currently stuck in League One, far too low for these former European competitors.

LOCATION: Forty minutes by train northwest of Manchester Piccadilly station

CONTACT: bwfc.co.uk, 01204 673 673, #BWFC

NICKNAMES: The Trotters, which has a couple of explanations that boil down to trotting around being kind of like wandering around

History

Bolton was one of six Lancashire clubs in the original 12 of the Football League, and since then they have set a record they might not be proud of: most years in the top flight–73–without ever winning it. They had great success in the FA Cup in the 1920s, winning it three times, including the famous White Horse Final of 1923. The original Wembley…

Rivalries

Traditionally their rival was Bury, but in 2020 Bury went out of business. Bolton dislike Preston and Blackburn in particular, so if you see either of those names, as well as Wigan or Burnley, on the schedule, it should be a feisty affair. Sadly, it will have to be a Cup draw for any of those matchups to…

Women's Team

The club has no women’s team, and their former outfit, Bolton Ladies FC, has become a youth-only

Songs

The teams come out to the Dion song “The Wanderer.” There is also “The Manny Road,” to the tune of “The Blaydon Races,” the anthem up at Newcastle. This one is about people running away from the Burnden Aces. (Burnden is their former home

Stadium

University of Bolton Stadium was built in 1997 to replace Burnden Park. It’s spectacular from the outside, like a giant, glowing circus tent or something. Inside, it’s two levels all around, for a total capacity of 28,723, and it’s actually very nice. It would probably be rocking if Wanderers ever get it together. Away fans will be in the South…

Going to a Game at Bolton Wanderers

GETTING THERE: Couldn’t be easier: get on a Preston-bound train at Manchester Piccadilly, get off about 40 minutes later at Horwich Parkway, and there you are! PUBS: There is a Harvesters chain pub called The Horwich Park right between the station and stadium; it will certainly be mobbed. A few minutes to the right of the stadium on Lostock Lane…

Bolton Wanderers Tickets

Last year, adult tickets went from £26 to £40, and they didn’t come close to selling anything out.

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