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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Cardiff City

22 December 2017

As Wanderers host Cardiff City on Saturday afternoon in their final league outing before Christmas, highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' Sky Bet Championship clash with the Bluebirds.

1. Last home game of the year

Wanderers take on Cardiff City in their final game before Christmas and final home game of 2017 on Saturday!

Having been unbeaten from their last five home outings, the Whites will be looking to respond after suffering defeat last time out against Burton Albion.

Opening October, November and December with victories against Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City and Barnsley respectively, the Whites had only late goals to curse for not also clinching maximum points against Queens Park Rangers and Reading.

Eager to put last weekend's home disappointment against the Brewers behind them, Phil Parkinson's men will be looking to make home advantage count heading into a busy festive period.

Can Bolton maintain their recent home form? Get down to Macron Stadium this Saturday and back the boys! Buy tickets online HERE!

2. Bouncing back

After losing just once from their nine outings since the start of October, the Trotters' will be determined to bounce back this weekend following back-to-back defeats against Nottingham Forest and Burton Albion.

Having fallen back into the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone, Wanderers' next run of fixtures could be decisive come the end of the season with a victory capable of taking them out of the bottom three if other results go their way.

Facing off against the second tier's current second-placed side, the Whites will need to put in one of their performances of the season if they are to get a result.

Determined to make home advantage count, a victory for Bolton would offer real momentum with every point vital in the upcoming festive run of games.

3. Team news

Phil Parkinson reported no additional injury news heading into Saturday's game with Cardiff.

Mark Little could come back into contention after missing last week's game with Burton through, having returned to training after having an injection in his back earlier in the week.

4. Former Bluebirds

A number of Trotters stars could face their former club on Saturday as Wanderers welcome Cardiff to Macron Stadium.

Craig Noone enjoyed a successful four-and-a-half stint in South Wales and could face his former side for the first time since moving to BL6 in the summer.

Elsewhere, Sammy Ameobi spent the 2015/16 season on loan with the Bluebirds, Andrew Taylor and Adam Le Fondre enjoyed three seasons with Cardiff and Mark Howard also had a one-year spell with the club.

While all five might not be guaranteed to take to the field against the former club, they will all be hungry to get one over on their former club as the Whites look to head into the upcoming festive period on a high.

5. It's Christmas!

The Carrs Pasties Family Stand will be a hive of festive fun when Wanderers take on Cardiff City this Saturday with a number of family friendly activities taking place prior to kick-off.

With many families taking up the free match ticket offer after purchasing tickets for the Aladdin Pantomime, the club is looking forward to welcoming plenty of first time supporters to Macron Stadium for the Sky Bet Championship fixture.

In conjunction with the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, children will be given selection boxes which have been kindly donated by Westhoughton-based business Gee Tees.

The Hoover Band will be playing Christmas carols throughout the afternoon while a number of free activities for children to take part in, including face painting and balloon modelling, will be available.

Several Bolton Wanderers footballers will also be in the family stand to meet up with supporters to sign autographs and have their photos taken prior to kick off.

The usual football and FIFA skills activities will be in operation with a fun, festive element to them, and the winner of the FIFA skills tournament will be presented with a £50 voucher courtesy of GAME UK.

Lofty Junior will be there keeping a watchful eye on proceedings and joining in on the fun.

Turnstiles will open at 1.45pm, which is earlier than normal, and supporters are advised to attend as early as possible to take part in the fun.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Burton Albion

16 December 2017

Bolton Wanderers’ five-match unbeaten run at Macron Stadium came to a disappointing end when Lloyd Dyer’s first half volley gave Burton Albion all three points on Saturday afternoon

Wanderers were unable to find a way past Stephen Bywater in the Burton goal as they created enough chances to win the contest.


Stephen Darby was named in the starting XI at the expense of Mark Little, who missed out with a back injury. Otherwise it was the same side that narrowly lost out to Nottingham Forest a week earlier as Phil Parkinson’s men aimed to fortify their unbeaten record on home soil.


Wanderers could have got themselves in front with barely a minute on the clock when Stephen Bywater was pressed into action to parry away a curling right footer from the in-form Will Buckley.

The home side seemed intent on getting their noses in front as soon as they could and Gary Madine was thwarted by a great tackle just as he was shaping up to shoot after a superb breakaway from Sammy Ameobi.

At the other end, Ben Alnwick had to be alert to keep out a Marvin Sordell header after Lloyd Dyer managed to squeeze in a decent cross from the far side.

But Wanderers responded positively and a superb overlapping run and cross into the box from Darby culminated in Karl Henry miss-hitting the ball.

Wanderers were controlling possession during the early exchanges with the visitors struggling to get to grips with the pace of the game.

Bywater kept out Buckley once again on 18 minutes when the Wanderers wideman latched onto to a loose ball which was comfortably gathered by the Brewers’ gloveman.

The visitors, though, showed they were more than capable of causing their own threats and Wanderers were grateful to Alnwick for keeping out a powerful drive from Dyer at the near post.

Nigel Clough’s men were getting more into the game and Wanderers didn’t display the energy they had shown earlier on.

Indeed, they got their noses in front completely out of the blue when Dyer unleashed an unstoppable left-footed volley that gave Alnwick no chance.

Chances didn’t come as freely as they did early in the game for Wanderers but Ameobi looked to be the most likely man in a white shirt to get the game back on an even footing for the hosts.

On 38 minutes he came in with his left foot and shaped up to get in a trademark strike only for Bywater to be alert to the threat.


Just as they started the game, Wanderers could have earned an equaliser within minutes of the restart. David Wheater was presented with a glorious chance to qualise when his header from a corner was somehow kept out by a scrambling Burton defence. The ball was still loose and again the visitors stoically defended to keep the follow up out.

The Wanderers boss made his first change just before the hour mark with Filipe Morais coming on for captain Darren Pratley.

Ameobi was inches after from a spectacular goal after playing a splendid one-two with Madine and drifting his left footer narrowly wide.

This was better from Wanderers but they still had plenty to do if they were to get back into the game and take the points.

Wanderers made another attacking substitution on 75 minutes with Craig Noone coming on for Darby.

Again, Bywater was the thorn in Ameobi’s side after the keeper got down low to keep out the striker’s drive.

With the minutes running out, Parkinson made his final substitution of the afternoon with Aaron Wilbraham coming on for Henry.

But despite Bolton's best efforts, they couldn't break the Brewers' rearguard and fell to defeat come the final whistle.


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Ticket News

Ticket bulletin: Friday 15 December

15 December 2017

Welcome to the ticket update for Friday 15 December. Here you will find all the information you need in a simple-to-read format regarding match tickets for Bolton Wanderers' upcoming fixtures.

Burton Albion (H)

Saturday 16 December


Open sale

Adults from £26

Over-65s from £20

Under-23s from £20

Under-18s: £10

Under-12s: £8

Family Ticket (one adult and one Under-18): £30*

Cardiff City (H)

Saturday 23 December


Open sale

Adults from £26

Over-65s from £20

Under-23s from £20

Under-18s: £10

Under-12s: £8

Family Ticket (one adult and one Under-18): £30*

Middlesbrough (A)

Tuesday 26 December


Open sale

Adults: £30

Over-65s: £20

Under-18s: £17

Sheffield United (A)

Saturday 30 December


Open sale

Adults: £27

Over-60s: £21

Under-22s: £16

Students: £16

Under-18s: £14

Hull City (H)

Monday 1 January


Open sale

Adults from £30

Over-65s from £24

Under-23s from £24

Under-18s: £12

Under-12s: £10

Family Ticket (one adult and one Under-18): £40*

Huddersfield Town (H)

Saturday 6 January


Open sale

Adults: £15

Concessions: £5

*Family Tickets are only available to purchase in the Bolton at Home Family Stand, situated in the North Stand Upper Tier

Corporate hospitality packages at home games are also available to Bolton Wanderers supporters. For more information email, phone the commercial team on 01204 673761, or buy online HERE.

Tickets and official club travel can be bought online at, in-person at Bolton Central or over the phone on 0844 871 2932 then press option two followed by option one.

Please note, it is a criminal offence to take alcohol onto coaches which are travelling to sporting events as per The Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol) Act 1985. Bolton Wanderers reserve the right to refuse entry to anyone in possession or under the influence of alcohol. Any alcohol found on the coach will be confiscated.


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