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Preview: Five talking points ahead of Chorley v Bolton Wanderers

7 July 2017

As Wanderers make the short journey to Chorley for their first pre-season fixture ahead of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season, bwfc.co.uk highlights five talking points ahead of Saturday's game.

1. First pre-season outing
Having returned for pre-season training two weeks ago, Bolton Wanderers travel to neighbours Chorley for their first outing of the summer.
 
With a month to go until the big kick-off, the game hands the club's fans an early opportunity to see their side in action after they won promotion back to the Sky Bet Championship last season.
 
Phil Parkinson's men won their first pre-season outing last summer away at Danish side FC Helsingor and will be hoping for more of the same this time around in admittedly more familiar surroundings.
 
2. Debuts for new signings
Mark Little, Will Buckley and Stephen Darby are all in line to make their first appearances for the club on Saturday at Victory Park, while Andrew Taylor and Adam Le Fondre are also both set to feature after making permanent moves to Macron Stadium. 
 
Ahead of next week's pre-season trip to Scotland, the quintet will be eager to make a good impression in front of the travelling fans.
 
3. Opportunity for youngsters
Phil Parkinson confirmed to iFollow BWFC that a number of the club's youngsters will be given an opportunity to impress in pre-season.
 
Having signed professional deals with the Whites this summer, Connor Hall, Jeff King, Alex Perry and Jake Turner will all be hopeful of making their mark in the final weeks before the start of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship season.
 
Elsewhere, Harry Brockbank, Jack Earing, Cole Lonsdale and Ryan White will also be hoping to catch the eye both in training and in Bolton's pre-season friendlies after having their scholarships extended for a third year.  
 
4. Gaffer's home town
Born and bred in Chorley, Saturday's game gives Phil Parkinson the opportunity to return to his old home town.
 
The Trotters boss will be hoping it proves to be a happy return as his side look to start pre-season strongly against the Vanarama National League North Side.
 
Meanwhile in the home dugout, Chorley are managed by former Wanderers striker Matt Jansen, adding an extra element to this weekend's proceedings.
 
5. Notice for travelling fans
Travelling Whites fans should be aware that the Adlington Carnival parade takes place tomorrow between 12-2pm, ensuring that the A6 will be closed at and either side of these times.
 
Supporters travelling to tomorrow's game by train, should also expect a reduced and busy service due to industrial action. Click HERE for more information. 
 

Fans are advised to plan their route to Victory Park in advance.


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