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

2 February 2018

Following the closure of the January transfer window, Wanderers take to the field for the first time two weeks as they host Bristol City at Macron Stadium on Friday night. Ahead of the game, highlights five talking points ahead of the Whites' televised clash with the Robins.

1. RIP Jimmy Armfield

Bolton Wanderers will be honouring the memory of former manager Jimmy Armfield at tonight's match against Bristol City following his passing last month.

Fans are advised that there will be a minute’s applause prior to kick off, while black armbands will be worn also by both sets of players.

2. Under the lights

Having lost just one game at home since September, the Whites will be looking to maintain that form in Friday's night game.

Facing off in front of the Sky cameras, a victory would see Bolton climb out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.

And with games under the lights at Macron Stadium always producing a special atmoshphere, Friday could be a night to remember for the Trotters!

3. Debutants

Wanderers welcomed fan-favourite Zach Clough and Reece Burke back to the club on transfer deadline, as well as signing Tyler Walker on loan from Nottingham Forest and Jon Flanagan on loan from Liverpool.

All four will be hopeful of making their Whites debuts against Bristol City, and with Harry Charsley also awaiting his maiden appearance at Macron Stadium, Bolton boast a number of players looking to make a positive first (second) impression in front of the home crowd.

And with the game being televised live, the stage is set a debut to rememeber!

4. Former Robins

Mark Little and Aaron Wilbraham will both be looking to line up against their former club on Friday night after making the move to Macron Stadium from Bristol City during the summer.

Having both helped the Robins win both Sky Bet League One and the Football League Trophy in 2014/15, the duo will be afforded warm receptions by the Robins' travelling support.

Both spent three seasons at the club with Little making 102 appearances and scoring two goals and Wilbraham registering 126 and 34 goals.

Now with 25 and 18 Trotters appearances to their names respectively, the duo will be looking forward renewing acquaintances as the aim to get one over on their former employers.

5. Harvester joins Golden Gamble prizes!

Bolton Wanderers Lotteries are delighted to have the Harvester pub and restaurant come on board as their newest supporter of the Golden Gamble half time draw.

Starting from Friday's game, they will be offering supporters the chance to win a £50 gift card every home match for the remainder of the season.

Make sure you buy your ticket for just £1 with many fabulous prizes on offer!

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Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Ipswich Town

20 January 2018

Wanderers were denied all three points late on against Ipswich Town at Macron Stadium on Saturday afternoon in their latest Sky Bet Championship encounter.

Following a goalless first period, the deadlock was broken shortly after the restart when Gary Madine turned the ball home from close range after Josh Vela had flicked on Antonee Robinson’s cross.

The Suffolk outfit were level with eight minutes of the game remaining however as Joe Garner was given the simple task of tapping home from a yard out, ensuring that the spoils were shared come full time.


Karl Henry made a return to the starting line-up for Wanderers, with Dorian Dervite and Will Buckley also coming in from the off for Phil Parkinson’s men.


The Whites started brightly, with Josh Vela being denied by Bartosz Bialkowski inside 20 seconds when finding himself in on goal after good work from Gary Madine.

That sprightly beginning however was halted soon after, with Sammy Ameobi requiring some lengthy treatment after seemingly sustaining a blow to the face. Luckily however, the wideman was fit enough to continue.

Thereafter, the flow of the game ebbed somewhat with neither side able to make their mark inside the opening ten minutes or so.

Will Buckley did enjoy a sight of goal shortly afterwards having shrugged off the challenge of a couple of Ipswich shirts before cutting inside and unleashing an effort goalwards from the edge of the box, but it was a shot which failed to trouble Bialkowski.

Wanderers did have the ball in the back of the net with 15 minutes gone meanwhile, but the whistle was long blown for a foul by Madine on Martyn Waghorn before David Wheater hooked an effort home.

Buckley meanwhile had another chance of his own halfway through the first period, with his cut inside and subsequent driven effort deflecting off an Ipswich man and into the waiting arms of the Tractor Boys’ keeper.

It was very much fits and starts in terms of meaningful action, with Ipswich really unable to make any inroads into Bolton territory while the Whites were struggling to find the target once inside Town’s box.

The visitors however enjoyed arguably the best chance of the half in the 40th minute, with captain Luke Chambers seeing his close-range effort somehow kept out by Ben Alnwick, with Waghorn’s follow-up failing to trouble the shot-stopper.

That opportunity certainly livened the game up meanwhile, and with three minutes of additional time indicated at the end of the first period courtesy of the stoppage for Ameobi’s injury, Bolton pushed to open the scoring but to no avail.


As the second half got underway, the visitors appeared with renewed vigour and looked set to potentially open the scoring early on, only for Dervite to calmly dispossess Waghorn at the crucial moment.

Those inside Macron Stadium however didn’t have to wait much longer for the game’s first goal, with Madine – who else – calmly slotting home from close range after Vela had flicked on an Antonee Robinson cross.

And it was almost two just a matter of minutes later, with Derik seeing a header from a corner cleared away for a corner with Bialkowski stranded.

It was certainly the confidence boost that the Whites needed after a testing first half, and Madine came agonisingly close to his second with 22 minutes remaining as Wanderers’ No.22 Filipe Morais – a second half substitute – whipped in a delightful cross to the back post which the big man narrowly headed wide.

Having scored a free-kick in the Trotters’ last home league game against Hull City, Madine tried his luck once again with 15 minutes left on the clock, but Bialkowski got down well at his near post to parry his thunderous effort away from goal.

Morais almost put the result to bed shortly after too after collecting an Ameobi cross on the edge of the 18-yard box, but his drive whizzed agonisingly wide of the upright with Macron Stadium on its collective feet.

But with eight minutes remaining, the visitors were level as Garner turned the ball home from a yard out after collecting McGoldrick's cross.

A goal which came against the run of play, they almost had another on the stroke of the 90 as Waghorn's thunderous drive rattled the woodwork with Alnwick stranded.

But come the full time whistle, the spoils were shared at Macron Stadium.


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Ticket News

Lifeline party night tickets still available

19 January 2018

Bolton Wanderers' Lifeline party night will be held in the Premier Suite at Macron Stadium on Saturday 20 January, 2018.

All Lifeline members should now have received their invitation through the post and are advised to return their application slip to claim their ticket as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.   
Taking place after Wanderers' Sky Bet Championship clash with with Ipswich Town, the annual event is FREE to Lifeline members and their guest.
There will live entertainment, a hot buffet and cash prizes on offer so redeem your ticket now for what promises to be a spectacular evening! 
Non-members' offer
We are also offering 50 non-members the opportunity to attend this year's Lifeline Party!
Tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis so an early response is recommended.
All attendees must be aged 18 or over. To claim tickets, please contact Lifeline on 01204 673774 or email

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