Wanderers To Host ESFL Final

Bolton Wanderers are delighted to be the new hosts for the final of the Motor Source Emergency Services Football League (ESFL).

The Whites have linked up with the league – which compromises teams from the NHS, police, fire and prison services and the Armed Forces – to stage the final at the University of Bolton Stadium in May.

Wanderers’ CEO, Neil Hart, said: “It’s an honour to be working closely with staff and teams from our magnificent emergency services.

“We are proud to be able to offer the superb facilities we have here for the final of their competition.

“We look forward to welcoming the two finalists and hope this is the start of a close relationship between Bolton Wanderers and the ESFL.”

Seventy-seven teams split across 12 regional leagues throughout England and Wales started out in the 2021/22 ESFL competition.

The tournament has now reached the last-16 stage, split into northern and southern sections.

The quarter-finals features a nationwide draw en route to the final at Wanderers.

“The Motor Source ESFL is so excited for everyone involved in the competition to be able to compete against each other knowing the final will be held at such an amazing stadium,” said Andrew Smurthwaite, co-founder of the ESFL.

“We would like to thank the chairman, Sharon Brittan, Neil and all the team at Bolton for all the help and support they have given us to make this possible.

“It’s such an amazing opportunity for two of our teams to be able to play at such a fantastic venue.”

The final has been provisionally scheduled for Saturday 7 May, KO 1pm (subject to change depending on the possibility of any potential play-off fixtures).

Founders of the ESFL Andrew Smurthwaite (left) and Peter Overton are pictured with Wanderers’ CEO Neil Hart and the trophy the teams will be playing for.



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