A note from the Chairman

It has certainly been a frustrating few weeks for the team, but as has been reiterated by the manager, players and myself of late, it is at times like this that togetherness and unity across the club is vital.

It has been a challenging start to the season and our current situation is not ideal, but it is still very much early days in the campaign and I can assure you that there is plenty of hard work going on up at the training ground to ensure that our fortunes are turned around sooner rather than later.

At the moment, it is clear to see that the players’ endeavour and determination is there – they are simply missing that bit of luck in front of goal to turn their performances into points.

I am confident however that once we get that first league victory under our belts, the only way will be up from thereon in.

It will be good for the players to get back onto home soil too this weekend, especially after a disappointing result against Sheffield United last time out here.

That night, I think everybody of a Bolton Wanderers persuasion left Macron Stadium scratching their heads as to how we hadn’t secured anything from the game given our dominance.

And heading down to Ipswich Town last weekend, the players’ dedication to the cause was clear to see yet again as we commandeered proceedings, only to be undone by a deflected long-range effort.

When you are down at the bottom of the table, those moments of luck will always go against as opposed to fall for you and that has certainly been the case for the most part this term.

In the Carabao Cup against West Ham United on Tuesday evening meanwhile, the team did not disgrace themselves against top flight opposition and can take plenty of positives from the game as a whole heading into Saturday's league clash against a team who are in the bottom three with ourselves.

Brentford will make the journey north this weekend with the same mindset as ourselves – that of the importance of picking up their first league win of the season.

Our fortunes must change at some point however and with the combined efforts of everybody across the football club, from the players and coaching staff to those behind the scenes here at Macron Stadium and of course, you, the supporters, we can make sure that starts this Saturday.

Reflecting on matters off the pitch, I have read the comments expressed by Daniel Izza, the chairman of the BWST, concerning the ACV which are of course disappointing, but not unexpected.

I have already expressed my views on this matter and won't be commenting any further at this time other than to say that l have received many expressions of support from Trust members and from what l have seen on social media, not all those involved in the Trust share Daniel’s opinions.

Hopefully, he consulted the members before submitting the application, although my experience to date has shown that this has not always been the case.

As it stands, l cannot see the club working in tandem and harmony with the Trust going forward, but we will continue to work with the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association, who we have found to be far more supportive and helpful in trying to assist the club in its quest for financial stability and success on and off the field.

I hope many of you have taken advantage of our Category D ticket prices for this fixture too and in turn, I know that you will make our home ground an intimidating place for the opposition.

For those of you yet to do so, with adult tickets just £15 and concessions £7, please CLICK HERE, visit Bolton Central in person or phone 0844 871 2932.

As usual, let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the team.

Kind regards,


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