A note from the Chairman

Following our Emirates FA Cup victory against Walsall last weekend we return to league action tomorrow when we make the trip to Bristol City.

Having scored five goals in the second-half of that cup victory, confidence levels will be high going into the game at Ashton Gate and I’m certain the players will put in a performance that will get us a positive result.

It was pleasing to see Josh Magennis get a hat-trick and also for Clayton Donaldson to get off the mark, so I’m sure they will be champing at the bit to get back out onto the field.

We’ll be backed by a strong travelling support and I’d like to wish you all a safe journey to Bristol as you cheer on the lads.

We are hoping to confirm that Gary O’Neil has signed a new deal with the club and are just waiting on some paperwork. He’s currently injured so wouldn’t have been involved to play against his former club tomorrow. We’ll confirm this via the usual channels as soon as we get the green light.

Unfortunately, both Joe Williams and Yanic Wildschut are set for a spell on the sidelines with injuries but they will be in the good hands of our medical team and hopefully will be back in action sooner rather than later.

The date for our Fourth Round tie against The Robins has been confirmed today and it will take place on Friday 25 January and kick off at 7:45pm.

While the league game at the University of Bolton Stadium against Reading, which was scheduled for the Saturday, will now kick off on Tuesday 29 January at 8pm. Tickets for this game are £15 for adults and £10 for concessions and can be purchased by clicking here.

I’ve noted that some fans groups have organised a protest for our game against West Brom on Monday 21 January. While I’m pleased that they have changed their minds not to walk out of the game on the 58th minute I also don’t feel it is a good idea for them to hold their protest march before the game kicks off. I don’t think that this benefits anyone and can only bring negative publicity to the club.

It certainly won’t make me rush into selling the club if that’s the real intention of the march. I have always made my position absolutely clear insofar as that if and when a new investor came forward that I would be a willing seller if that would enable the club to have better financial resources and prospects going forward.

It’s also been brought to my attention that club legend John McGinlay will be leading this march which I find very disappointing. I have never spoken with John and he has never made any attempt to contact or speak with me to air his views, which I am sure would have offered him plenty of reassurance.

Along with the Baronesses, who made their views known in the media, a ‘source’ has confirmed to me that none of them are current season ticket holders and have not been so for a number of years now!

I really do hope that those who are planning and taking part in the proposed march think again and that the game can go ahead without any distractions for the players.

I also wanted to take this opportunity to clear up a point which was incorrectly reported in the media that claimed Aaron Wilbraham hadn’t been paid a bonus due to him following the end of last season. I would like to place on record that there are no outstanding monies owed to Aaron. 

Finally, you may be aware of the reports in the media which mentioned the winding up petition against Bolton Whites Hotel. I would like to confirm that this matter has now been settled.

I look forward to seeing you all back at the University of Bolton Stadium for our next Sky Bet Championship fixture against West Brom.

Best Wishes,


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