Carabao Cup In Numbers

Club historian Simon Marland looks back at some of the facts and figures from Wanderers' record in the opening round of the League Cup:

Tonight is the 52nd time that the Wanderers have played in the first round of the League Cup, currently under the sponsorship of Carabao, having won 26 and lost 14 of those ties.

The club’s very first fixture in the competition came in October 1960 with a 0-0 draw against Hull City at Boothferry Park.

In the replay (remember those?) at Burnden, Bolton ran out 5-1 winners with Fred Hill and Billy McAdams grabbing a double each and Brian Birch completing the rout.

That score-line remains as the best victory in the first round of the competition although it was matched in August 1989 when goals from Tony Philliskirk, David Reeves, Robbie Savage, Barry Cowdrill and Julian Darby defeated Rochdale at Burnden.

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In those days the first and second rounds of the competition were played over two legs and in that particular instance the Wanderers came back from a 2-1 first leg deficit at Spotland.

Rochdale were the opponents in the highest aggregate score at this stage of the competition when, in August 1969, Wanderers ran out 6-3 winners having been 3-1 down at half time.

John Byrom notched a hat trick, his second in four days, Roy Greaves grabbed a couple and Terry Wharton converted a penalty.

In the 25 years that we have been at the University of Bolton Stadium there have been only seven first-round ties.

The first was in August 1998, a Bob Taylor goal securing a 1-0 first leg win against Hartlepool, the Wanderers following it up with a 3-0 success in the North East with a Nathan Blake hat-trick.

The following season Darlington were beaten in a 5-3 thriller and in 2014 extra time was needed to see off Bury by 3-2.

More recently Burton and Bradford City have secured first-round victories here, while last season the Wanderers defeated Championship side Barnsley on penalties after a scoreless ninety minutes.

Wanderers' long-serving former secretary Simon Marland is writing a regular historic column in this season's match-day programme 'The Wanderer.

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