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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Bolton Wanderers v Preston North End

2 March 2018

Wanderers return to home comforts on Saturday as they host local-rivals Preston North End at Macron Stadium.

Looking to claim local bragging rights and maintain their recent form at BL6, highlights five talking points ahead the Whites’ clash with the Lilywhites.

1. Derby Day

Despite the amount of bragging rights on offer last season in Sky Bet League One, derby days have been few and far between this campaign for the Wanderers with Preston North End their only neighbours at this level.

The reverse fixture between the sides back in November finished in stalemate as neither side could find a winner in an entertaining goalless draw at Deepdale.

With three of the sides below Wanderers not in action due to the weather placed and their North West rivals sitting just outside the play-offs, excitement is high heading into the game with more than just local bragging rights up for grabs.

2. Home form

Phil Parkinson’s men have put together a great run of results at Macron Stadium in recent months, suffering just one league defeat since September on their own patch.

Bolton claimed a valuable victory over Sunderland in their last home outing, with that win ensuring the Trotters extended their unbeaten home run in the league to six matches, having last suffered defeat in front of their home fans back in mid-December.

And with Preston set to be backed by over 3,500 fans at Macron Stadium, Wanderers will be looking to make their home advantage count once again on Saturday.

3. Home-grown players

Local boys Josh Vela and Zach Clough are both in contention to feature against the Lilywhites on Saturday.

The pair know what derby day means to those around BL6 having come through the Whites academy in recent years.

Although Vela has missed the last two matches through injury, he could return to the side this weekend after returning to training during the week.

Meanwhile, Clough could get his first taste of a North West derby since rejoining the club on loan from Nottingham Forest on January deadline day.

The 22-year-old netted the winner in Bolton’s 1-0 victory over Sunderland last time out at the Macron.

How fitting it would be if either player left their mark on derby day!

4. Jan Kirchhoff

New Trotters signing Jan Kirchhoff could make his first appearance for the club since joining on a free transfer last week.

The 6ft 5” German previously had spells with Bayern Munich, Schalke 04 and Sunderland before checking in to BL6 on a deal till the end of the season.

Having coming through two Under-23s matches unscathed in recent weeks, the midfielder is available for selection against the Lilywhites on Saturday.

However, with pre-match preparations disrupted by adverse weather conditions this week, Phil Parkinson is undecided on whether to call upon Kirchhoff's services as the versatile midfielder is nursed back to action following a lengthy spell on the sidelines prior to his move to Wanderers.

5. All happening at Macron Stadium

With the Whites locking horns with Preston on the pitch, it's also all going on off the pitch at Macron Stadium this weekend.

Despite the adverse weather conditions, tomorrow afternoon’s fixture is set to go ahead as scheduled.

Fans are advised to set off with plenty of time when arriving to the stadium, taking into consideration the industrial action currently affecting the trains – with replacement bus services being made available.

Bolton Central is the place to be before kick off with the club hosting another signing session with a member of the first time squad from 2pm!

Fans will also have the chance to purchase 17/18 adult replica shirts at £29.99, children’s kits and mini kits for £24.99 and baby kits at £19.99 while stocks last, with a 50% reduction on shirt printing is also available for limited time only. 

Numerous volunteers will also be dotted around the Macron tomorrow afternoon raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK. The disease is the most common type of cancer found in men with 1 in 8 males on average being diagnosed in their lifetime. We hope all supporters will give generously.

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Match Reports

Report: Bolton Wanderers 1-3 Preston North End

3 March 2018

Wanderers suffered their first home league defeat since December when going down by three goals to one at home to Preston on Saturday afternoon.

The Whites drew first blood through Mark Beevers, with him opening the scoring early in the first half when poking the ball home inside the Lilywhites' six-yard box.

An effort from Tom Barkhuizen and a brace from substitute Sean Maguire however in the second period saw the visitors take all three points.


Phil Parkinson made two changes from the side that drew 0-0 against Norwich City last weekend with Josh Vela and Tyler Walker returning to the starting XI at the expense of Reece Burke and Adam Le Fondre who were named among the substitutes. Suspended duo Mark Little and Karl Henry served the last match of the bans.


Wanderers had an early opportunity to add some heat on an otherwise frozen day not long after kick off when they were awarded a free-kick from just outside the box after Sammy Ameboi was pushed in the back. Filipe Morais opted to float the ball in but if drifted away for a goal kick.

North End were quite lively too and had a couple of set pieces of their own which amounted to nothing as they strived to get an early initiative.

Billy Bodin should have done better when he was put through but he hesitated and allowed Antonee Robinson to catch up with him which distracted him. Ben Alnwick narrowed down the angle and the Wanderers keeper blocked the shot from the visiting frontman.

Bodin followed this up with another effort as Wanderers failed to clear their lines on a couple of occasions. This time his header from a whipped in ball failed to trouble Alnwick who safely gathered the effort.

But it was the hosts who took their advantage after 12 minutes thanks to Mark Beevers opening goal of the campaign. Robinson’s probing run had earned a corner for Wanderers. North End failed to deal with the ball and Josh Vela had a thumping drive cleared off the line; however, Beevers was the first to react and prodded home to send the home fans wild

Beevers could have had another, again from a corner, just five minutes later when his glancing header was cleared off the line.

The travelling 3,800 Preston fans were silenced by now.

But Tommy Barkhuizen almost ended that when he carved out a chance, twisting his markers inside and out, before seeing his shot caress the fingertips of the imperious Alnwick.

At the other end, a great interchange between Vela and Ameobi resulted in the former finding plenty of space. However, the midifelder’s delivery didn’t the pace to find Morais who was clamouring for the pass.


Wanderers commenced the second half with another free kick in a decent position. Morais’ ball was swung in but Declan Rudd got to it before any trouble occurred.

The visitors got themselves on even terms after 52 minutes when Barkhuizen outmuscled Dervite to calmly guide past the advancing Alnwick.

Callum Robinson should have put the visits in front when he blasted high and wide from close range as the visitors sought to capitalise on their momentum.

Parkinson responded by making a double substitution with Le Fondre and Kirchhoff coming on for Walker and Karacan.

Kirchoff, with his first touch in a Wanderers shirt, managed to get aheader on target off a Morais free-kick.

Substitute Maguire put the visitors in font with 13 minutes of the game remaining when his close range shot came in off the post to nestle in the back of the net.

Ruddy parried a Vela drive moments later as Wanderers looked to restore parity.

Parkinson’s last throw of the dice saw Aaron Wilbraham come on for captain Pratley.

But Maguire's second in stoppage time ensured that the visitors took all three points back down the M61 with them.

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Ticket News

Ticket bulletin: Friday 2 March

2 March 2018

Welcome to the ticket update for Friday 2 March. Here you will find all the information you need in a simple-to-read format regarding match tickets for Bolton Wanderers' upcoming fixtures.

Preston North End (H)

Saturday 3 March


Open sale*


*To Bolton Wanderers supporters who have a registered account on or before 12 February 2018

Adults from £30

Over-65s from £24

Under-23s from £24

Under-18s: £12

Under-12s: £10

Reading (A)

Tuesday 6 March


Open sale

Prices (Season ticket holders and members)

Adults: £20

Over-65s: £13

Under-25s: £10

Under-18s: £5

Prices (Non-season ticket holders)

Adults: £25

Over-65s: £16

Under-25s: £13

Under-18s: £8

Family Area Prices

Two adults and two Under-18s: £42

Two adults and one Under-18: £39

One adult and two Under-18s: £26

One adult and one Under-18: £22

Sheffield Wednesday (A)

Saturday 10 March


Open sale

Adults: £20

Over-65s: £15

Under-21s: £15

Under-17s: £10

Under-11s: £5

Aston Villa (H)

Saturday 17 March


Open sale

Adults from £30

Over-65s from £24

Under-23s from £24

Under-18s: £12

Under-12s: £10

*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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