Preview: Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

With Wanderers heading to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend, take a look at five talking points ahead of the game.

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 Bristol City.

Parkinson said: “Craig Noone and Josh Vela have been ill this week.”

"On a positive note, Jack Hobbs, Andrew Taylor and Marc Wilson are all back in training."

2. The Boss – Lee Johnson

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Johnson began his career in the Arsenal and Watford youth academy setups, before scoring on his competitive debut for Brighton and Hove Albion against Cardiff City in the Football League Trophy in the 2000/01 season.

He went on to have a 13 year playing career, having notable stints at Yeovil Town and the Robins in the mid-2000s.

At the age of just 31, Johnson was appointed manager of then League One side, Oldham Athletic.

That made him the youngest manager in the Football League and would go up against his father, Gary, when they took on Yeovil Town that year.

After two seasons at Boundary Park, Johnson spent a season at Barnsley before getting appointed head coach at Bristol City in February 2016.

The Robins currently sit 11th in the Sky Bet Championship.

3. New faces at Ashton Gate

In the summer transfer window, the Robins had a bit of a reshuffle with a few new signings brought in to strengthen their squad.

Finnish goalkeeper Niki Mäenpää joined from Brighton & Hove Albion on a free transfer.

The shot stopper has represented his country at the highest level, deputising against Belarus when Stuart Baxter started him in between the sticks for the Eagle-owls.

Joining from fellow Championship club Derby County, striker Andreas Weimann joined the Robins in July 2018 on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

Having played at the highest level in English football with Aston Villa, the Austrian international forward has scored five goals for Lee Johnson’s men so far in the Sky Bet Championship.

In defence, Adam Webster joined the ranks from Ipswich Town for a fee reportedly rising to £8million.

The former England U19 international spent a long stage of his early career at Portsmouth, before joining Aldershot Town on loan in 2013/14.

Being brought in for a reported £1million, forward Marley Watkins joined on a permanent basis from Norwich City.

The Welsh international had a spell at Barnsley prior to his move to Norfolk, where he won both promotion to the Sky Bet Championship and the Football League Trophy in 2015/16.

4. Game to Remember - December 1994

We take Wanderers’ fans back to December 1994, where Bruce Rioch’s men travelled to Ashton Gate to take on Joe Jordan’s Bristol City.

Mark Patterson scored the only goal of the game, with a deflected effort from just inside the City box that nestled in the bottom right corner of the Robins goal.

To see highlights, watch the video below!

5. No Pay on the Day

Bolton Wanderers supporters will not be able to purchase tickets from Ashton Gate for this weekend's Sky Bet Championship clash with Bristol City.

The fixture is an all-ticket event.

Advanced sales are still available via the phone lines and in person at Bolton Central until 2pm on Friday 11 January, subject to availability.

After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed.


Adults: £27
Over-65s: £24
Under-25s: £24
Under-22s: £21
Under-19s: £15
Under-12s: £10

Official coach travel however has now sold out.

How To Buy

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

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