Good afternoon everyone and welcome back to Macron Stadium for our latest Sky Bet League One game, this time against Charlton Athletic.
We come into today’s game having seen our match down at Southend United last weekend postponed due to a frozen pitch. It was a blow for the call to come so late in the day, with the players all prepared and the club’s fans either already there or en route to the game.
Ultimately however, the safety of everybody is paramount and we understand why the decision was taken to postpone the game.
I was massively disappointed for those who had travelled down to Southend to support the team in their numbers, but we now have three games in hand on league leaders Sheffield United and it is imperative that we make those fixtures count as we build towards the end of the season.
As I have said all season long, your backing is crucial to the team succeeding both on our travels and here at Macron Stadium and with that in mind, I hope that many of you will take advantage of our Super 7 season ticket which goes on sale this Monday.
A special ticket which will enable fans to watch the final seven games of the campaign, details of prices can be found within the pages of this matchday programme.
Plans are also already coming together regarding our season tickets for the 2017/18 campaign and will be announced in due course.
We are however planning a number of early renewal incentives and special offers for those who opt to sign up in advance. These will be broadcast on bwfc.co.uk and the club’s social channels in the near future.
Since our last home game meanwhile, we travelled down to London to face Crystal Palace in our Emirates FA Cup third round replay and came within a whisker of pulling off what would have been a memorable result.
Unfortunately however, it just wasn’t to be on the night but the players performed admirably with a display that I am sure will stand us in good stead for the remainder of the season.
Ahead of this coming Tuesday’s transfer window deadline and at the time of writing, there is still work going on behind the scenes in regards to strengthening our squad.
We are still bound by the restrictions of the transfer embargo, but those behind the scenes are putting everything into making sure that we have as strong a team as possible come February 1 as we bid to win promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship.
Finally, I would like to extend my condolences to the family and friends of supporter and Burnden Park Disaster survivor Phyllis Robb who sadly passed away last week.
The coverage surrounding the anniversary of the tragedy last year was extremely poignant and the Club were delighted to welcome Phyllis to Macron Stadium last March to receive one of the commemorative shirts.
The thoughts of all at Bolton Wanderers are with her loved ones at this difficult time.
Enjoy the game today. Let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the team.
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