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🗞️ Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Fleetwood Town

30 November 2021

Wanderers take on Fleetwood Town at the University of Bolton Stadium this evening, looking to secure a place in the last 16 of the Papa John’s Trophy.

Ian Evatt’s men come into the game on a run of five matches unbeaten on their own patch, and the aim will be to extend that run against the managerless Cod Army. Stephen Crainey takes caretaker charge of the team following Simon Grayson’s sacking last week, and he got off to a decent start at the weekend with a 2-2 Sky Bet League One draw at AFC Wimbledon.


Pre-match quotes: From the bosses

Ian Evatt: “I feel for any manager losing his job. I’m a bit torn with it all. I played under Simon and I know Simon very well.

“He’s a really good guy and I’m gutted he’s lost his job but I’m also really pleased for Stephen Crainey, who’s an ex-teammate of mine and a good friend.

“I played alongside Stephen for many years. He’s a fantastic guy, a great character, and knows the game really well.

“He’s been given an opportunity to take it on, for now, and I hope he does really well - apart from the back-to-back games we’ve got with them.”


Stephen Crainey:  “I’ve coached some of these lads for a couple of years. They are good footballers and they have a right chance in the game. They have been excellent and hopefully, we can keep that up moving forward.”

“There was real desire and determination (on Saturday), which was really pleasing. I want the group to take that on moving forward, not just in games but in training.

“They’re a good group of players and I’ve always known that. There’s a good blend of youth and experience, and we move on to Bolton on Tuesday and hopefully get a positive result.”


Team news

With the numbers Ian Evatt has to choose from still being incredibly low, the Wanderers boss has hinted that he could make changes for this Tuesday’s fixture, with some of the club’s academy players potentially involved from the start.

The likes of Mitchell Henry, Arran Pettifer, and Matthew Tweedley could come into the team for this evening’s Papa John’s Trophy tie.

Dapo Afolayan is back from a one-match suspension and could return to the matchday squad.


Tickets and Travel

Tickets are still on sale and are available from the Ticket Office up until kick-off at 7pm (please note, no cash turnstiles will be available). 

Ticket prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £10.00

Over 65s: £5.00

Under 18: £5.00


Last time out

Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Fleetwood Town | Saturday 2 November 2019


Wanderers earned an impressive victory at the University of Bolton Stadium against Joey Barton’s Cod Army, with goals from Chris O’Grady and Daryl Murphy in the first half proving decisive.

Town pulled a goal back late on through Josh Morris, but Keith Hill’s side held on for a much-needed three points and a second win in two matches, following away victory at Bristol Rovers – the first win of the campaign.


Line-Up: Matthews, Emmanuel, Wright, Zouma, Chicksen, Lowe, L. Murphy, Verlinden (Politic 55) (Graham 89), Dodoo, O’Grady, D. Murphy.

Unused subs: Alexander, Boon, Senior, Weir, Hall.



Match Officials

Referee: Benjamin Speedie

Assistant Referees: Conor Brown and Mark Jones

Fourth Official: Kenwyn Hughes


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Match Reports

REPORT: Wanderers 1 Fleetwood Town 0

Kieran Lee goal just enough as Wanderers advance in Papa John's Trophy

30 November 2021

A Kieran Lee goal was enough to take Wanderers into the last 16 of the Papa John’s Trophy as they finished the month as they started.

Victory at Rochdale in their final group game of the competition kick-started a November revival for Ian Evatt’s men who lost just two of their eight games in a hectic run.

They didn’t hit any great heights against a very youthful Fleetwood side but did what was required to maintain an interest in a competition they can now park until the new year.

And the possibility of a run to Wembley also remains if Wanderers can get players back fit and potentially add to their squad in the January transfer window to try and keep firing on two fronts.

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Evatt showed his intent - as well as limited options in an injury-hit squad - by naming a strong starting line-up showing just two changes to the side that had extended Wanderers’ unbeaten home run to five games with last Saturday’s draw with Cheltenham Town.

Skipper Ricardo Almeida Santos and forward Elias Kachunga were given a breather, with the in-form Kachunga named on the bench alongside Nathan Delfouneso and three teenagers.

Fleetwood, by comparison, went young as interim manager Stephen Crainey kept more than one eye on their weekend League One date with Accrington Stanley, when Wanderers will got a short breather before facing the Cod Army again in the league next Tuesday night.

But despite the gulf in experience, Wanderers didn’t have it all their own way in a low-key start.

Not surprisingly, the Whites saw most of the ball but didn’t take immediate advantage as Fleetwood’s energy and organisation kept them in the game.

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Former Wanderers’ loanee Billy Crellin wasn’t seriously tested in the opening half-hour, with the hosts’ most threatening moments coming from two efforts from Declan John – an ever-willing outlet down the Whites’ left flank.

But with 34 minutes gone the breakthrough came when Dapo Afolayan fed the ball forward for Eoin Doyle to tee up Lee to sweep a first-time shot into the bottom corner from just inside the penalty area to claim his fourth goal of the season.

That did little to deflate the visitors, although a second goal early in the second half might have done as the Lee-Doyle combination clicked again.

This time Lee was the provider and Doyle went close with a decent effort superbly saved by Crellin before Afolayan – back after suspension – curled an effort inches wide from 20 yards out.

Wanderers needed the breathing space of a more comfortable lead and with 20 minutes to go Evatt sent for fresh legs with a triple substitution to try and see the job through.

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Xav Amaechi sent an effort skidding just wide but Fleetwood weren’t out of the tie and 10 minutes to go substitute Chris Conn-Clarke went close from long range with an effort Joel Dixon touched over the top.

From the corner that followed, Dixon had to save again with a sharp block from Cian Hayes to keep the prospect of penalties at bay.

The lively Conn-Clarke then fired just over the bar from 18 yards but Wanderers had just enough to get over the line, using their full quota of five substitutes with the introduction of youth teamers Mitch Henry and Matthew Tweedley for the final few minutes, included seven added on in injury time.

Wanderers: Dixon; Aimson, Baptiste, Johnston; Gordon, Lee (Pettifer 70), Thomason, John (Delfouneso 70); Amaechi (Henry 84), Doyle (Kachunga 70), Afolayan (Tweedley 84). Substitutes: Gilks.

Booked: None

Fleetwood: Crellin; Johnston, Bird, McLaughlin (Teale HT), Clark; Hayes, Baggley, Boyle, Biggins (Raffie 75); Edmondson, McMillan (Conn-Clarke 61). Substitutes: Rees, Thompson, Edwards, Batch.

Booked: Biggins, Clark, Teale

Referee: Benjamin Speedie

Attendance: 1,773 (165 Fleetwood)


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Ticket News

Ticket Info For Fleetwood Trophy Tie

Tickets on sale up to kick-off for Tuesday night game

29 November 2021

Ticket information for Wanderers’ Papa John’s Trophy 2nd Round home fixture against Fleetwood Town on Tuesday 30 November, has been confirmed.

Tickets are still on sale and are available from the Ticket Office up until kick off at 7pm (please note, no cash turnstiles will be available). 

Ticket prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £10.00

Over 65s: £5.00

Under 18: £5.00

Non-season ticket holders are required to become Official Club Members in order to purchase tickets for this fixture. More information on the Official Club Membership 2021/22 can be found here

Supporters can book their tickets online by clicking HERE, via the phone lines by calling 01204 328 888 or in person at the Ticket Office.

We encourage all supporters to use our ‘Print at Home’ and Digital ticket options on the club’s official e-ticketing site.

Supporters who require wheelchair access or disability seating will need to contact the Ticket Office directly to book their tickets. Disability access tickets are currently not available online.

Only the Nat Lofthouse (East) Stand Lower Tier will be open for this fixture.

Please note, there will be no cash turnstiles in operation on the night of the fixture.

COVID Protocols

The club wants to reassure everybody that your safety and well-being and that of our colleagues is of paramount importance at the University of Bolton Stadium.

We, therefore, encourage supporters attending this fixture to take a lateral flow test during the 24-48 hour period leading up to this game. Details on ordering a lateral flow test can be found at

If the test is positive then you should follow the guidance issued by the Government, arrange a PCR Test and self-isolate.

Please do not visit the University of Bolton Stadium if you display any of the published COVID-19 symptoms.

There will be plenty of hand sanitizers throughout the stadium and we advise you to frequently wash your hands. Also please aim to stay in your seat throughout the match and endeavour not to congregate in the concourse areas should you wish to purchase refreshments from the kiosks.

Although the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandatory we would encourage everyone to wear a mask while in the concourse or visiting the toilets.

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