Derby-Day Message From Sharon Brittan

Saturday is derby day with Wanderers entertaining Wigan Athletic in an eagerly-awaited fixture at the University of Bolton Stadium.

A crowd in excess of 20,000 is expected with both sides going well at the top end of League One.

It promises to be a superb occasion as the two local rivals meet in a league game for the first time since the 2018/19 season, Wigan having won the most recent fixture with a penalty shoot-out success in August’s Carabao Cup tie.

Wanderers’ fans have backed Ian Evatt’s team superbly so far this season – both at home and on the road.

The club is looking forward to another special day – which will be further enhanced by ensuring a safe, welcoming and vibrant atmosphere for all.

And Wanderers’ chairman Sharon Brittan has a message for fans ahead of the game.

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Sharon said: “It has been fantastic to see crowds back at football matches and underlines how badly fans were missed at the height of the pandemic.

“The support given to the team this season has been remarkable and is greatly appreciated by Ian, the players and everyone who has the club at heart.

“To see over 20,000 supporters inside the ground for the game against Rotherham last month was a special moment in our journey.

“It will be similar on Saturday and we want to end the day with a feeling of pride at what our club, supporters, community and town stands for.

“I know supporters will uphold the values of respect, tolerance and friendship we hold dear.

“But, equally, I’m aware that feelings can run high in derby matches and ask that everyone channels those emotions in a positive manner to get behind the team and make sure the day passes peacefully and in a manner we can all be proud of.”

Fans are asked to arrive in good time for the game to stagger entry to the stadium with turnstiles opening from 1.30pm.

Spectators should also be aware that there will be an increased level of policing and stewarding in operation, along with a pro-active pyrotechnic policy.

Pyrotechnics are banned in and around the ground and anyone found in possession will be refused entry or ejected from the stadium.

Tickets for the game are still available but will only be sold to Wanderers supporters who have a previous home match ticket booking history with the club. For details and how to buy, go HERE

Everyone at Bolton Wanderers FC hopes you enjoy the game.

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