Preview: Bolton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion

Bolton Wanderers take on West Bromwich Albion in the Sky Bet Championship this coming Monday evening at the University of Bolton Stadium. With that being said, have drawn up five talking points to take into the league clash.

1. Squad Update

During Thursday’s press conference, first team manager Phil Parkinson gave the following details on his squad for the upcoming clash in the Sky Bet Championship against West Bromwich Albion.

Parkinson said: “It was a big blow to lose Yanic Wildschut for an extended period of time, but he will come back stronger from this injury.”

“On a positive note; Jack Hobbs, Marc Wilson and Andrew Taylor have all had a full week of training with us.”

2. The Boss – Darren Moore

In a 20 year playing career, the defender made over 600 league appearances for eight different clubs.

Whilst at Bradford City in the 1998/99 season, Moore was a pivotal figure in the Bantam’s automatic promotion to the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history.

During his playing days at West Brom, ‘Big Dave’ was at the heart of the Baggies defence as they gained Premier League status in 2001/02, earning a spot in the PFA Division One Team of the Year.

After the Jamaican international called time on his career in 2012, he joined the West Midlands coach initially as a youth coach.

He took over as caretaker manager in April 2018 following Alan Pardew’s dismissal, becoming the first Jamaican man to manager in the Premier League.

Moore was appointed as the permanent boss in May the same year and sees his Baggies side sitting in the top half of the Sky Bet Championship.

3. New faces at The Hawthorns

Since being relegated to the Championship at the end of the 2017/18 season, Darren Moore and his West Brom side have been busy in the transfer windows, bring in a whole host of players.

A man who has grabbed the headlines this season is on loan forward Dwight Gayle from Newcastle United.

The striker is currently the top goal scorer for the club this season, with 14 goals in 23 games so far, linking up with Jay Rodriguez to have a total of 27 goals between them for the season.

Joining from Manchester United on a permanent deal in summer is goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.

Back in 2015 as a loanee at Preston North End, the shot stopper was a part of the Lilywhites side that gained promotion to the Championship via the play-offs, starting in-between the stick in the Final at Wembley.

Coming in from Swansea City for an disclosed fee was defender Kyle Bartley.

The former Arsenal youth graduate, who spent time at Bolton Wanderers prior to joining the Gunners, won the youth double with the Premier League giants – winning both the FA Youth Cup and Premier Academy league in 2008/09.

4. Game to Remember – 2nd March 1997 Nathan Blake

We took a look back through the archive, going back to March 1997 where Wanderers welcomed Ray Harford’s Baggies to Burnden Park.

The fixture finished 1-0 to the Whites and what a strike it was from forward Nathan Blake, as he glided past onrushing defender before unleashing a long range thunderbolt, which whistled past the goalkeeper and earned three points for the Trotters.

To see this impressive effort, click the link below!

5. Concessionary Upgrade for Season Ticket Holders

Concessionary season card holders wishing to upgrade their tickets for Wanderers’ Sky Bet Championship clash with West Bromwich Albion can do so free of charge.

Available to supporters in possession of under 12, under 18, under 23, over 65 and over 75 season cards, fans are able to upgrade their ticket to a full adult for Monday’s clash with The Baggies.

All adults wishing to use a concessionary season card simply has to present the card at the turnstile to gain entry to the stadium. No paper upgrade ticket will be needed for this fixture. 

Tickets for the fixture remain on open sale and are available to purchase online & ‘Print at Home’ HERE.

Alternatively, tickets are also available over the phone on 0844 871 2932 or in person at Bolton Central.

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