It's the final matchday of the season, against Nottingham Forest. Bolton need to get 3 points from them and also have to rely on other results to go their way. It's now or never. Bolton score, but Forest equalise late on. It looks bad. Then Jack Colback puts in another one. Bolton Wanderers look dead and buried, but then David Wheater equalises.
"There's still hope."
Then the moment of magic happens. Aaron Wilbraham scores a header after Adam Le Fondre crosses in and Bolton Wanderers win 3-2, this meaning that they will stay up in the Championship. Every Wanderers fan is loving the moment, without knowing what's soon to come...
Ken Anderson and... notes?
Next season started well, even after a pre-season friendly against St. Mirren was cancelled. Bolton beat newly relegated West Bromwich Albion 2-1 at the Hawthorns and there was a buzz going around the club: Could we do the unthinkable..?
"Let's just say: it went downhill very soon."
It turned December, and Bolton were 2nd bottom of the league, with only Ipswich Town below the Wanderers. This was also the time, when the payment issues came in. Staff and players didn't get paid their wages, and the uneasiness increased in the Wanderers camp. Soon the players started to protest by not training. Ken Anderson's response was very cold:
"The players' decision to go on strike is very disappointing and once again, I would reiterate that in my three years at the club, the staff have only been paid late once and yesterday was only the second time."
Days, weeks, months went by and nothing happened. Hope was lost. Then something happened.
Queens Park Rangers 1 Bolton Wanderers 2
Could the great escape happen again? Is there still hope? Next up, Ipswich Town, the team already relegated from the Championship, at home. Surely this could happen?
Bolton Wanderers 1 Ipswich Town 2
That was the killer blow, and Bolton went on to lose every single game after that. However, there was even more controversy to come. Bolton players decided to go on strike for the Brentford game and after days of trying to sort the game out, 1-0 win was awarded to Brentford, and the game was never played. It was the first time in ages, that a game was called off. Then came the final game of the season against Nottingham Forest. This time without the buzz. Rather a combination of sadness, anger and uncertainty. Game ended 1-0 to Forest, and Bolton started their life in the League One for the 2nd time in 4 years.
Takeover, Chinese and Sam Allardyce
Soon after and before the relegation came in news about possible takeover by rich Chinese group, who own the club Shandong Luneng, with players like Hulk and Marouane Fellaini. With that, also came news about Sam Allardyce possibly returning at the helm - Which obviously got lot of fans buzzing:
"Could it happen?"
Now, at the current situation it doesn't look like so. The likeliest option is that Phil Parkinson stays and the Football Ventures buy the club. From here on, it's just guesswork, what happens next. Time will show us.
The facts are that the Wanderers will start with at least -12 points + a possible deduction caused by the cancelling of the Brentford game.
Whatever happens next, this club will never give up.
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