Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers

Bolton Wanderers take on local rivals Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday 6 October. With that said, have produced five things to take into this weekend's derby clash.

1. International Call Ups

Wanderers had some great news come in this week, with the duo of Pawel Olkowski and Josh Magennis have been called up by Poland and Northern Ireland respectively.

The Polish right back has been called up for the first time since October 2015 and will join up with the Eagles to face Portugal on October 11 and Italy on October 14 in the UEFA Nations League.

As for Wanderers frontman Magennis, he will join up with Michael O'Neill's side to face Austria on October 12 and Bosnia & Herzegovina on October 15 in the same competition.

In addition to this, youngster Stephen Duke-McKenna has been called up to the Guyana national team for the first time to be involved in their CONCACAF Nation League tournament game versus Turks & Caicos Islands.

2. A Game To Remember

We take you back to December 12, 2010, when then-manager Owen Coyle’s side entertained Sam Allardyce’s Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League.

Former Whites midfielder Fabrice Muamba came on as a substitute and what an impact he had, latching onto the end of a Kevin Davies knock down to slot the ball past the onrushing Rovers bodies to take the lead.

However with three minutes of normal time to spare, Mame Biram Diouf seemed to have saved a point for the visitors.

He lifted the ball over Jussi Jaaskelainen, sending the away fans into ecstasy in the South Stand.

Cue Stuart Holden to spoil their party.

Instantly from the restart, a Sam Ricketts long ball forward found Davies in the air, who held off a challenge from Ryan Nelson.

It fell into the path of Holden, who struck home the winner on the half volley, stunning the opposition in the process.

To see the goals, click on the video below.

3. The Boss

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Entering his second full season with the Lancashire club, Tony Mowbray has seen his highs and lows since joining our neighbours.

Appointed as manager in February 2017, the former Boro defender was unable to stop Rovers dropping down to Sky Bet League One in 2016/17.

Having said that, he oversaw the following season’s triumphant promotion campaign back to the Sky Bet Championship.

Prior to his current managerial role at Blackburn, Mowbray had previous success in this division with West Bromwich Albion.

Back in 2007/08, he orchestrated the title winning season that saw the Baggies return to the top flight.

4. New Faces At Ewood Park

With their return to the second tier of English football this year, Tony Mowbray has delved into the transfer market this summer.

On a permanent basis, midfielder Joe Rothwell was brought in from Oxford United for an undisclosed fee.

A product of the prestigious Manchester United youth academy, Rothwell joined the U’s in 2016 in his first career permanent move after turning down a two-year deal with the Reds.

Former Wanderers loanee Adam Armstrong returns to the University of Bolton Stadium since his loan spell in 2017/18.

The England Under 21 international joined on a temporary basis with the Whites in July 2017, making his debut against Leeds United on the opening day of the season.

He was recalled from his loan spell by then parent club Newcastle United in January 2018, to then join Rovers five days later.

5. Pay on the Day

Wanderers' fans are reminded that tickets are still on sale for this weekend's home derby clash against Blackburn Rovers.

With a fantastic three points last time out at the University of Bolton Stadium against Derby County, why not show your support for Phil Parkinson's men in the first home local derby!

Make sure you don’t miss out on the action, by getting your tickets for our latest home Sky Bet Championship match here.

Be loud, be proud and get behind the boys!

How To Buy

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Phone – 0844 871 2932 (option 2 then option 1)
In Person – Visit Bolton Central

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