A note from the Chairman

Tomorrow we take on one of our closest rivals Blackburn Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium and I hope as many of you as possible come down to the stadium to cheer on Phil Parkinson and his players.

Derby matches always seem to have that extra edge to them and they all end up being very memorable.

I suspect that tomorrow will be no exception especially as we have not played against them for three seasons.

We need the ground to be rocking from kick off until the final whistle to give the team that extra boost as you can rest assured that the Rovers fans will be in full voice.

The game is also the last one before the international break, so with your help it would be excellent to sign off with a positive result.

Tickets for the game are still available and you can purchase them online and print them at home to avoid the very busy queues on match day. If you would like to experience our excellent hospitality offering then please give our Sales Team a call on 01204 673761 or email them at sales@bwfc.co.uk.

All three of our popular home, away and third choice shirts are still available to buy in Bolton Central and online, so please make sure you wear your colours with pride as you get behind the players. 

It has always been my intention to be open and transparent with you all, and I must confess that it has been a very difficult couple of weeks for me personally and also for the club with the sad passing of Eddie Davies.

Since my arrival at the club, Ed was always there for me and aside from being a trusted mentor he was always a quiet, considerate, thoughtful and caring gentleman in my dealings with him. It’s still somewhat surreal that he is no longer here but his spirit will always live on. I for one will miss him and his guidance immensely.

Ed was passionate and absolutely loved the club and was always supportive. He offered to help and refinance the BluMarble loan to assist both the club and myself.

As everybody is aware, I inherited the BluMarble loan which was taken out by Sports Shield BWFC and after long, difficult and protracted negotiations the original loan, which could have been £7/8M, was finally settled for a substantially lower amount. It was unfortunate that it went literally to the wire, but I can assure you it was financially worthwhile in the long run.

This new loan is now secured as is common practice whereas in the past my previous investments and loans were unsecured. It is important to note that the loans provided by BluMarble, Prescott Business Parks and Brett Warburton were fully secured on club assets and arranged by Trevor Birch prior to my involvement.

My intention to seek further investment in the club still remains and as always I shall keep you updated on any developments on that front.

I understand that certain recent events may have caused some concern for you and to that end I have decided to host a Q&A session, albeit at short notice, before tomorrow’s game. This will take place in Reflections at Bolton Whites Hotel from 4pm and I will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding the club.

I will also be visiting the hospitality lounges after this to speak with our corporate guests as well as doing some interviews with the local media.

I hope to see as many of you as possible so that I can keep you fully informed on the latest developments.

Best wishes, 


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