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22 October 2019 Venue Memorial Stadium Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Bristol Rovers (A)

22 October 2019

Wanderers travel to Graham Coughlan’s Bristol Rovers on Tuesday evening for another Sky Bet League One clash, this time at the Memorial Stadium.

Bristol Rovers currently sit seventh in Sky Bet League One at the time of writing and they have won three of their last four league games.

Their last game in the league against Doncaster Rovers ended in a 2-0 defeat.

Team News

The physio room is a busy place for Wanderers players at the current time, with at least eight members of the first team squad.

One of the new names to the injury list looks to be defender Jack Hobbs, as a recurrent back injury looks to be keeping the centre back out of contention.

This is one of the topics manager Keith Hill covered in Monday morning's pre-match press conference. To see what he spoke about, click on the link below!

Head to Head

Wanderers and Bristol Rovers have faced each other on 31 occasions since the first encounter back in 1905, with us coming out on top in 12 of those meetings.

The two teams have drawn on nine occasions and Bristol Rovers have ten victories to their name in clashes between the two sides.

The last time the two teams met was not so long ago in the Sky Bet League One, in February 2017.

The game finished as a 1-1 draw, with Josh Vela strike within the first ten minutes was cancelled out late on by Billy Bodin.

Match Coverage:

As usual, match updates will be provided by the club’s official twitter account (@OfficialBWFC). We will keep you up to date with the action to ensure you don’t miss a kick – delivering a match report shortly after the final whistle with post-match reaction from manager, Keith Hill.

Live commentary will also be available by the iFollow BWFC channel (subscribe via the website), with the BBC Radio Manchester team providing the coverage.

Betting Odds

Bristol Rovers are the favourites heading into this one. The home side are fancied to take this one by Sky Bet and are priced at 8/15 at the time of writing.

Wanderers are priced at 9/2 to register a first victory of the 2019/20 campaign and you can get the draw at 3/1.

Man in the Middle:

This evening’s game will be officiated by Trevor Kettle.

He has officiated 11 matches this season with his latest a 1-0 away victory for Morecambe against Colchester United in Sky Bet League Two

This season, he has dished out 34 yellow cards and four red cards.

During his 18 seasons in the professional refereeing ranks, Kettle last refereed Wanderers’ 1-0 victory against Grimsby Town in the F.A. Cup.

Matthew Jones and Andrew Laver will act as his assistants, with Sam Allison the fourth official for this evening’s fixture.

Key Man for the Pirates – Jonson Clarke-Harris:

When looking at the Bristol Rovers side, 25-year-old Jonson Clarke-Harris is the main man leading the line for Graham Coughlan’s side.

The striker has scored seven goals in the league for the Pirates and is joint third top goal scorer in the division.

He has scored five goals in his last five games for Rovers, with his last the difference maker in a 1-0 home win against Rotherham United.

Bristol Rovers currently sit seventh in Sky Bet League One at the time of writing and they have won three of their last four league games.

Their last game in the league against Doncaster Rovers ended in a 2-0 defeat.

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Match Reports

Report: Bristol Rovers 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

22 October 2019

Goals in either half from Luke Murphy and Daryl Murphy saw Bolton Wanderers claim a memorable victory against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Ground.

Bouncing back in fine fashion following Saturday’s defeat at the hands of Rochdale, Wanderers put in a solid performance to pick up their first win of the campaign.


Luke Murphy put the visitors in front after a quarter of an hour before his namesake Daryl Murphy confirmed the victory deep into the second half to ensure the maximum points headed back to the North West.


With a fresh wave of injuries to contend with, manager Keith Hill made four changes from the side that lost to Rochdale at the weekend. Josh Earl, Chris O’Grady, Joe Dodoo and Luke Murphy came into the starting XI at the expense of Adam Senior, Thibaud Verlinden, Dennis Politic and Sonny Graham.

The hosts were fastest out of the traps and Remi Matthews had to be alert to keep out a powerful header off Victor Adeboyejo’s by making a fantastic save low to his left hand side.

Just a minute later and Rovers sensed another opportunity to open the scoring when Tom Nichols spotted Matthews off his line but his shot from 25 yards out went narrowly wide.

Wanderers soon settled and were carving out chances for themselves. The lively Dodoo was soon in the action and his cross found Jason Lowe 30 yards from goal but the midfielder’s first time drive was kept out well by Anssi Jaakkola.

The impressive Ali Crawford was put through by a smart O’Grady pass. Although his shot beat the dive of Jaakkola, the ball came agonizingly off the post.

Wanderers were starting to gain control of the match and Daryl Murphy showed some adept footwork to lose his man before watching his long range shot deflect for a corner.

The big Irishman then latched onto a loose ball to run into the box. He then teed up Crawford whose low drive was successfully kept out by Jaakkola.

A rare effort from the hosts fell to home captain Ollie Clarke but his 20-yard drive was well wide of target.

Wanderers were rewarded for their bright start after 16 minutes when Luke Murphy netted his first of the campaign. The midfielder, who returned to the starting line up after coming off the bench against Rochdale, played a lovely one-two as he cantered into the box before seeing his shot deflect past Jaakkola.

The goal gave the visitors some extra impetus and Dodoo watched his dangerous looking low cross get cleared by Alfie Kilgour.

Another wasteful effort from the hosts saw Ed Upson volley a fierce drive well wide of target from distance.

Dodoo wasn’t giving the home defenders any respite down the right hand side and his cross was diverted behind by Rodman when it looked to be landing at the feet of Daryl Murphy at the far post.

On the half hour mark, Clarke saw a dipping volley go narrowly over the bar as Rovers were looking to restore parity.

Matthews made a comfortable save when he held on to Clarke’s firm drive from outside the box.

Some good defending by Yoan Zouma kept out Michael Kelly’s low centre five minutes before the break.

Wanderers held on to their lead, for which they were good value, as they headed into the break.

No changes were made prior to the restart with Wanderers eager to increase their slender advantage.

After Nichols was shown a yellow for pulling back Lowe, Crawford’s resulting free-kick just evaded the outstretched left of Dodoo at the far post.

On the hour mark, Kilgour struck an effort just over the bar after Kelly’s free-kick deflected off the stoic Wanderers wall.

Crawford was desperately unlucky not to find the back of the net after pouncing on Jaakkola’s spilled ball after the Rovers keeper couldn’t keep hold of Daryl Murphy’s powerful low shot.

Matthews made an important stop as he held onto Tony Craig’s header from Kelly’s pinpoint cross into the box.

Hill’s men doubled their advantage thanks to Daryl Murphy’s first goal in Wanderers colours. The striker was put through by Crawford and he kept his cool to expertly slot past the advancing Jaakkola.

Rovers almost got themselves back into the contest but were thwarted by the woodwork when Upson’s free-kick bounced off the bar.

Despite this, Wanderers were searching for a third and Crawford, hungry for a goal, volleyed wide after Dodoo nodded down a cross from Adam Chicksen.

Adeboyejo went wide with a shot after losing his marker and turning towards goal.

Josh Emmanuel almost got a third for Wanderers right at the death when his shot from the edge of the box went just over the bar.

But Wanderers claimed their first victory of the campaign and were excellent value for the three points.

They now travel to Lincoln City on Saturday where they will be aiming to follow up with another mighty performance.

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Ticket News

Bristol Rovers Ticket and Travel Informaton Now Available

4 October 2019

Ticket information for the Wanderers’ Sky Bet League One fixture, away to Bristol Rovers, on Tuesday 22 October 7:45pm, has been confirmed.

Bolton Wanderers have received an initial allocation of 500 terrace tickets & 291 seated tickets for the Whites’ trip to the Memorial Stadium.

Tickets will be available for season ticket holders to purchase, from 9am on Monday 7 October.

Tickets will be available online to Bolton Wanderers supporters until 4pm on Friday 18 October, and in person at Bolton Central or via the phone lines until 12 Noon on the day of the game, subject to availability.

On Sale Dates

Season Ticket Holders – Monday 7th October, 9am.

Open Sale – Monday 14th October, 9am.

Terrace Ticket Prices

Adults - £19.00

Over 65’s - £15.00

Under 21’s - £15.00

Under 16’s - £10.00

Under 11’s - £5.00

Seated Ticket Prices

Adults - £23.00

Over 65’s - £19.00

Under 21’s - £19.00

Under 16’s - £10.00

Under 11’s - £5.00

Official coach travel is also available, costing £26.00 per person. All coaches depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 2:00pm.

How To Buy

Online –

Phone – 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)

In Person – Visit Bolton Central

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