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A note from the Chairman

4 December 2017

The elation derived from the performance and manner of our victory against Barnsley was only surpassed by the news at full-time that the three points had lifted us out of the relegation zone for the first time since August.

Granted, tonight's contest between Birmingham City and Wolves may alter that for the time being, but there is a genuine belief amongst the players, staff and supporters that we have got what is necessary to climb the table and allay the fears of relegation.

On Saturday we saw a never-say-die spirit from the players who didn't let their heads go down when Barnsley equalised. After gaining a two-goal cushion, we saw resilience from the team who defended as a unit to ensure the three points were staying on home soil. We also saw flair and finesse, especially from Mark Little whose goal was wonderful.

Slowly but surely, we are narrowing the gap between us and the other teams in the bottom half of the table and bringing them in to the equation.

We have now only lost one out of our previous nine matches and are five games unbeaten at Macron Stadium.

Our home form will be the key to our progress in the league and it is that very reason why we need as many supporters as we can to attend our remaining games.

As I said, we are five games unbeaten on our own patch and we need to turn Macron Stadium back into the fortress it became last season.

This is where every Wanderers fan can play their part. Bring your friends, family and colleagues along with you and if we can aspire to reach the 20,000 plus crowds we experienced last season, I have no doubt that we will climb the table and retain our Championship status.

The extra noise right from the kick off and throughout the game, whether we are winning, drawing or are behind, will lift the team and inspire them. We need to intimidate our opponents throughout and remind them that they are in the midst of an intense battle.

Following on from my Q&A with supporters in the hotel prior to the Reading game, I had the pleasure of visiting our hospitality suites prior to kick off on Saturday to chat with our fans there.

I plan to make dialogue with all our fans a regular occurrence as it completely reaffirms my belief that the people of Bolton have so much passion and love for their club.

l found the questions about investment to be pertinent and totally relevant to where the club is today and I fully understand and appreciate the concerns and aspirations of everyone.

I can also totally relate to the questions about the transfer window and hope that l was able to give some guidance on where we are and what we are trying to achieve, but as l said and will keep repeating that if only the missing supporters from last season were to return for the final 13 home games, this would give us a far greater chance of bringing in some more players to strengthen the squad in January as the potential additional revenue to the club could be in the region of circa £3million.

Can you imagine what clout that would give us in the forthcoming window?

That's just how important it is to get everyone back at Macron Stadium.

Our half season tickets are on sale for the final 11 home games of the campaign and are available to buy right up until kick off on New Year's Day.

If you are able to, now is the time to buy your season ticket and reaffirm your support for the crucial run-in. By joining all our other season ticket holders, you will be making a great saving compared to buying tickets on a match-by-match basis and you will also be committing your support for the team. 

Our popular away shirts are now back in stock just in time for Christmas and we expect them to sell very quickly.

Make sure you order one today by visiting www.bwfcdirect.co.uk. Whilst you are there, why not take a browse across our entire range of merchandise which will make ideal festive gifts.

Our names go into the hat tonight for the Emirates FA Cup Third Round draw, and I'm sure many of you have your thoughts as to whom you would like us to play against.

Whoever we draw, and whether it is home or away, we will be doing our utmost to go as far as we can in the competition. The FA Cup is a very special tournament for the club given our history in it.

On Saturday, we travel to Nottingham Forest where I am confident our good form will continue and I hope as many of you as possible are able to travel to the City Ground to get behind the boys.

Finally, I'm delighted to be able to announce that Bolton Whites Hotel have secured a lucrative contract with a Chinese based language training school.

The deal represents a major coup for the business and is a long term arrangement that is likely to grow even bigger. It will bring in a seven-figure sum to the business.

Representatives from the Hotel flew out to the Far East last week, at very short notice, and took part in some challenging negotiations to complete the deal.

This is a really exciting opportunity and the team have built a great relationship with the school. I'm really looking forward to welcoming our guests in 2018.

More details about this will be announced in due course.

Please continue to support all the events that the hotel hosts including the Aladdin pantomime which gets underway very soon. Starring Bolton's very own Stu Francis, the panto will be a great opportunity to treat your family over Christmas while tickets can be bought here.

Let's be loud, let's be proud and let's get behind the boys.

Kind regards,

Ken


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