A note from the Chairman

Read Ken Anderson's latest column to the club's supporters on bwfc.co.uk

Despite ultimately coming out on the wrong side of the result at the weekend I am sure, like myself, you are all looking at the Sky Bet League One table this morning with a positive outlook as we head into the final stretch of the campaign.

The game against Scunthorpe on Saturday was always going to be a tough encounter for the players and as was proven when we hosted them here at Macron Stadium in December, Graham Alexander’s side are deservedly in the upper echelons of the league standings.

Whilst it's no consolation meanwhile, it was nice to note that Alexander himself said it was probably the best performance from his Scunthorpe side all season. We would have preferred it though if they had saved it for another team however!

Despite a busy week however with a long trip to Southend on Tuesday, the players fought until the very end and were only denied a share of the spoils courtesy of some superb saves by Scunthorpe’s goalkeeper.

It was a great disappointment to lose our recent away record, but we have to look at the bigger picture – we are still seven points clear of third with a better goal difference than that of the teams chasing us for that final automatic promotion place. 

We have four more cup finals and until it is mathematically impossible, l for one will not give up on catching and overhauling Sheffield United for the league championship. 

We have come so far from where we were this time last year – something which is only compounded by the statistic that the team have only conceded 46 goals in Phil Parkinson’s first 50 games in charge – fewer than any other manager in the club’s history.

As I keep saying however, there will be many more twists and turns in the final run in and we still have everything to play for. 

It is more important than ever now that we must not lose focus or take our foot off the gas and ensure that we complete the job we started last August. 

Everyone at the club appreciates the great support we have had from you, our supporters, all season long and the numbers of you making the long away journeys, particularly over the last month, along with the fantastic turnout at our last home match makes all the difference to the players.

We will be taking a sell-out contingent of 4,500 supporters to Oldham this coming Saturday while tickets are selling quickly for our final away game against Port Vale.

It would certainly be a bonus to see a similar bumper turn-out for our final two home games as well as you did for the Chesterfield game – with you all as our twelfth man, your backing and vociferous support will help to pull the team over the line. 

It would be fantastic as well to see many of you there sporting your colours with pride with huge reductions on replica kits and training wear set to come into effect at Bolton Central this coming Easter weekend. Please keep tabs on our social media outlets and website for details of this.

Finally, places are selling well for our End of Season Dinner at Macron Stadium and I encourage those of you considering joining us to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

It will certainly be a night to remember for everyone and it would be superb to share it with you all.

For more details and to book, please call the club’s Corporate Sales team on 01204 673 761 or at www.eticketing.co.uk/bwfc

As usual, let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the team with our unified dream well and truly in touching distance. 

Kind regards

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