Preview: Nottingham Forest vs. Bolton Wanderers

Bolton Wanderers take on Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon for their final fixture of the 2018/19 season. With that being said, have outlined five talking points ahead of the clash.

1. Player of the Year – Gary O’Neil

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Gary O'Neil was named as Bolton Wanderers' Player of the Year for the 2018/19 campaign by the club's supporters on Friday.

The experienced figure, who joined the club last summer, scooped the accolade with 37% of votes submitted by Whites supporters.

He has made 30 appearances in league and cup this season, scoring three times against Rotherham United, Millwall and Wigan Athletic.

A stalwart in the heart of the Trotters' midfield, the 35-year-old has proven himself an integral member of Phil Parkinson's squad during the current campaign for the football club.

Luca Connell has been named as Young Player of the Year meanwhile following his breakthrough season in senior football.

Speaking about the award, O'Neil said: "It is always nice when you get these sorts of personal accolades.

"It has been a tough year for everyone at the club, but this is a nice little bonus for what has been a difficult time for everybody.

"I would 100% have swapped this accolade for the team staying in the division.

"The Player of the Year award is never the most important thing, but I appreciate everyone who voted for me."

2. End Of Season Sale

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The end of season sale at Bolton Central is now on, with big savings on all of 2018/19's training wear available to grab before Sunday's season finale against the Reds.

A whole host of items are now available, so do not miss out!

The list of the sale items are as follows:

  • Adult travel polos now £9.99 / Juniors £7.99
  • Adult rain jackets now £19.99 / Juniors £14.99
  • Adult travel hoody £19.99 / Juniors £14.99
  • Adult travel full zip jackets £19.99

As well as this, don’t miss out on the last few remaining home replica 2018/19 shirts now just £9.99, with shorts £4.99 and socks £2.99! 

Plus further savings on a range of items available while stocks last.

Make sure to visit the University of Bolton Stadium to take advantage of these offers, limited availability is online at

3. Key Faces At The City Ground

Since we last played Nottingham Forest back in October, the club have brought in a whole host of fresh faces.

Karim Ansarifard joined the Reds in November 2018, penning a one-and-a-half-year contract deal with the club.

The Iranian international has won various trophies during his 12 years as a professional, with his most notable trophy coming in 2016/17 as he aided Olympiacos to the Superleague title.

Joining from Leicester City in mid-January was defender Yohan Benalouane.

The Tunisian international became Martin O’Neill’s first signing as manager made his debut against Bristol City just a day after signing for Forest.

Benalouane was a part of the Leicester City squad that won the Pemier League, playing four times for the Foxes in that season.

Alongside him at the back is new Swedish man, Alexander Milosevic.

The towering centre back has played in Turkey, Germany and his native Sweden before joining the Reds in January.

His most recent achievement was winning the Allsvenskan with Swedish side AIK back in 2018.

On loan from Udinese, Molla Wague was drafted in to bolster the defensive line.

The Malian international scored on his debut for Forest in February, scoring the winner late on against Brentford in a 2-1 victory.

4. No Pay On The Day

Wanderers’ supporters will not be able to purchase tickets on the day at the City Ground on Sunday for the Whites' final away clash of the 2018/19 season against Nottingham Forest.

Advanced sales from Bolton Wanderers are still available via the phone lines & in person at Bolton Central until 12 noon on Saturday 4 May, subject to availability. After this time, no sales or refunds can be processed. 

Ticket Prices

Adults - £28
Over 65s - £22
Under 24s - £14
Under 18s - £12
Under 12s - £6

Official coach travel is available, costing £20 per person. All coaches will depart from University Of Bolton Stadium at 8:30am.

Supporters are reminded that they will need to ring Tyrers on 01257 480979 - Option 2 to book coach travel.

How To Buy

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

5. Opponent’s recent form

When looking to Forest’s current form, they have won their last two matches in the Sky Bet Championship.

Their previous home game was a 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough, with goals from Alexander Milosevic and a Joe Lolley brace securing the three points for Martin O’Neill’s men.

They currently sit eleventh in the division, with 63 points on the board so far.

When looking to their home record in the last five games, Rovers have come away with nine points from a possible 15, with three wins coming from those fixtures.

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