A note from the Chairman

Chairman Ken Anderson addresses the club's fans in his latest column on bwfc.co.uk

Although Saturday’s game was ultimately one of frustration come the final whistle, it is certainly one which we must look back on as a point gained as opposed to two lost.

It was always going to be a difficult encounter for the team, but coupled with results elsewhere falling in our favour – namely Fleetwood’s defeat to Swindon Town – it was certainly a positive point in hindsight and one that extends our advantage to seven points.

There will be many twists and turns before the end of the season, both for ourselves and the other teams around us, but we must focus on our own results and take the remaining six matches we have one at a time.

The attendance meanwhile on Saturday was absolutely superb with over 23,000 spectators here at Macron Stadium.

Your fantastic backing was prominent from the first minute to the last and it was just a shame that come full time, your support wasn’t rewarded with maximum points.

The manager and players all massively appreciated your backing however, something that has been reiterated in their various post-match interviews, and your support – as it has all season long – will prove to be crucial in our final run in.

This week sees us boast two more impressive followings on our travels too, with over 500 tickets sold for Southend ahead of Tuesday’s game and a sell-out contingent of 2,200 fans set to make the trip to Scunthorpe this coming Saturday.

These two fixtures could go a long way to determining our fate this season and with that in mind, to see so many of you there will be a huge boost for the players out there on the pitch.

Please continue as you have all year long to back the boys as we aim for success this month.

I would also like to congratulate our Ladies team who won promotion to the Women’s Premier League after a 3-0 victory over Blackpool on Sunday afternoon.

The team have managed to go the entire season so far unbeaten, with just one game remaining, and they wholly deserve their successes.

I look forward to seeing them make their mark meanwhile in a higher division next season and I hope that you will all join me in showing your support for them.

Elsewhere across the business, many of you may have noticed that our Twitter and Facebook pages boasted a social media sponsor in the form of Bolton Audi for Saturday’s game.

Our commercial team are constantly continuing to explore new and inventive ways of bringing in additional revenue and instances such as this will be a benchmark for future investment at the football club.

Looking into the community meanwhile, we are currently holding a special competition for local football clubs and school sports teams to win a full replica BWFC kit for their squad.

We are encouraging clubs and teams from groups and schools in Bolton to submit reasons why their squad deserves a full kit and why their community is so important to them.

Entries will be judged by a panel comprising of manager Phil Parkinson, myself and head of the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, Phil Mason. For more information on this, please CLICK HERE.

The importance of our bond with the town as a whole cannot be underestimated and that has been clear to see in recent weeks with a number of our players making special visits to our charity partners, primary schools and food banks.

Here at Bolton Wanderers, we are proud of our reputation as a closely-knit club and hopefully with the efforts of all here, everybody across the town will feel a part of the Bolton Wanderers family.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our games this week – as usual, let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the team.

Kind regards,

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