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A note from the Chairman

28 April 2017

Read Ken Anderson's latest note to the club's supporters, as taken from his column in this weekend's programme

I think it is safe to say that this week has felt like an extremely long one for all of us associated to Bolton Wanderers Football Club. 

Come lunchtime on Sunday however, it is the time for calm heads, both from the players and the supporters, with the finishing line tantalisingly close and success within our reach.

Our former manager Bruce Rioch spoke earlier this week about embracing the pressure that comes with games such as this and I firmly believe that our players will relish the occasion.

They are ready and we all know that they have the desire to win alongside the application and dedication to get the job done.

They have shown such qualities throughout the season as a whole, but it is on days like Sunday that their credentials are well and truly tested.

As we have seen from the team all season long, they have the heart, belief and character to grind out results and hopefully our game with Peterborough will turn out to be our last cup final this season and we will get that final automatic promotion spot.

It does not matter how we get there – it is solely about the points now and everyone needs to have that belief and get right behind the players from the outset.

We need not rely on other results – we just need to make sure that we do our job and Fleetwood’s game against Port Vale could very well be irrelevant.

As you have done all season long, please create a cauldron of noise on Sunday and get behind the team to roar them onto success. Please however refrain from entering the field of play at any time during the day.

As a collective at the football club, we are on the cusp of making history and hopefully come the full time whistle on Sunday, we will be able to create celebrations and memories that everyone will remember for the rest of their lives.

Once again, we are expecting a bumper crowd here at Macron Stadium, not only in the stands but in our corporate hospitality areas where many rooms have been sold out well in advance of this fixture. 

We even have a number of supporters from places such as Australia, New Zealand and America making the long journey to Bolton. I would like to welcome them all to Macron Stadium this weekend and I hope they have a stay to remember.

Tickets are still available however and can be purchased in person at Bolton Central, by phoning 0844 871 2932 or by CLICKING HERE.

The club and Bolton Whites Hotel meanwhile were recently nominated for five awards at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2017 – wholly deserved recognition for all of our hard-working members of staff. 

We were also commended for our pitch earlier this week, with Chris Simm and his team finishing just behind eventual winners Sheffield United in regards to the best surface in Sky Bet League One this term.

They have worked tirelessly throughout the season and I am sure you will all join me in thanking them for their efforts.

Off the field meanwhile, there has been no let-up across the business with Jay Spearing and Darren Pratley recently taking part in the EFL’s Community Day of Action, while on Sunday we will be adding three more recipients to the George Warburton Outstanding Service Award plaque in main reception.

Eddie Hopkinson, Roy Greaves and Des McBain are all truly deserving of this accolade and we thank them all for their contributions to Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

I would also like to welcome the pupils of Brownedge St Mary’s RC High School to Sunday’s game with them having won our recent kit competition.

They submitted a wonderfully inventive video in a bid to win kits for their football team and as part of their prize, they will be here this weekend to cheer on the team. I hope they enjoy their day with us.

For hopefully the last time this season, let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get right behind the team and make Sunday a day to remember. 

Kind regards

Ken

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