24 Facts About Bolton Wanderers


Bolton Wanderers Football Club is a professional football club based in Horwich, Greater Manchester, England, which competes in EFL League One.

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On 9 March 1946, thirty-three Bolton fans lost their lives in a human crush, the Burnden Park disaster.

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In 1997, Bolton Wanderers moved to what is known as the University of Bolton Wanderers Stadium.

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Bolton Wanderers won the FA Cup three times in the 1920s: in 1923 – the "White Horse Final", 1926 and 1929; they had finished as runners-up in 1894 and 1904.

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Bolton Wanderers spent eleven consecutive seasons in the Premier League, reaching the 2004 League Cup final and reaching the knock-out stages of the UEFA Cup twice.

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Bolton Wanderers were one of the 12 founder members of the Football League, which formed in 1888.

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The years of the Second World War saw most of the Bolton Wanderers' playing staff see action on the front, a rare occurrence within elite football, as top sportsmen were generally assigned to physical training assignments, away from enemy fire.

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However, 15 Bolton Wanderers professionals, led by their captain Harry Goslin, volunteered for active service in 1939, and enlisted in the 53rd Field Regiment, Royal Artillery.

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Bolton Wanderers have not won a major trophy since 1958, when two Lofthouse goals saw them overcome Manchester United in the FA Cup final in front of a 100,000 crowd at Wembley Stadium.

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Hopes were high at Burnden Park in May 1978 when Bolton Wanderers sealed the Second Division title and gained promotion to the First Division.

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Bolton Wanderers secured promotion to the second tier for the first time since 1983.

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Bolton Wanderers defeated top division opposition in the form of Everton and Aston Villa that year.

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Bolton Wanderers scored two late goals to take the game to extra time, scoring twice more before a late Reading consolation.

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Bolton Wanderers struggled in the following two seasons, but survived in the Premiership.

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In 2005, Bolton Wanderers finished sixth in the league, thus earning qualification for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history.

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Bolton Wanderers broke their record transfer fee with the signing of Johan Elmander from Toulouse on 27 June 2008, in a deal which cost the club a reported £8.

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Under new manager Phil Parkinson, Bolton Wanderers won promotion from League One at the first time of asking with a second-place finish.

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On 12 September 2018, Bolton Wanderers reached an agreement with their main creditor BluMarble Capital Ltd over an unpaid loan, avoiding administration and a points deduction from the EFL.

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Bolton Wanderers were served a winding-up order on 27 September 2018 after failing to make a payment to HM Revenue and Customs.

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In February 2019, Bolton Wanderers were again issued a winding-up petition by HMRC which was adjourned until the end of the season as their search for a new owner continued.

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On 21 November 2019, Bolton Wanderers were handed a five-point deduction, suspended for 18 months, and fined £70,000, half of which was suspended for 18 months, for failure to fulfil two fixtures.

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Bolton Wanderers did not always wear a white kit; in 1884 they wore white with red spots, leading to the club's original nickname of "The Spots".

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The University of Bolton Wanderers Stadium has continued to be their venue ever since.

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Bolton Wanderers had a long-established partnership with sporting goods firm Reebok, which was formed in the town.

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