Preview: Bristol City v Bolton Wanderers

With Wanderers heading to Ashton Gate to take on Bristol City in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend, take a look at five talking points ahead of the cup 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 Emirates FA Cup against Bristol City.

Parkin said: “There are no fresh injury concerns for this Friday's game.”

"We may make a couple of changes for this cup tie, but we will wait and see once we pick the team."

2. The Boss – Lee Johnson

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 seventh 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. How did we get here?

As the Whites take on the Robins in the Fourth Round of the oldest national footballing tournament in the world, we take a look at how we got to this stage of the competition.

Coming in at the Third Round stage, Wanderers drew Walsall out of the hat and went onto win 5-2, with Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis bagging a hat trick along with Clayton Donaldson scoring his first goal for the club.

To see the highlights of this game, see the video below!

5. No Pay on the Day

Bolton Wanderers supporters will not be able to purchase tickets from Ashton Gate for this Friday's Emirates FA Cup 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 12pm on Friday 25 January, subject to availability.

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


Adults: £12

Over-65s: £8

Under-22s: £8

Under-19s: £5

How To Buy

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

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