Evatt: We Want To Add To Whites' History

Ian Evatt wants his team to leave their mark on Wanderers’ history as the Whites reach a major milestone on the club’s journey.

Wanderers will become just the fifth club to play 5,000 English league fixtures when they face Peterborough United on Saturday.

The Whites head to London Road sitting in the League One play-off places as they challenge for a second promotion in three years under Evatt.

And the Wanderers’ boss hopes his period in charge will be remembered fondly by making it another successful era for the club.

“It’s wonderful to be part of these landmark occasions,” said Evatt.

“The supporters will think about all the great teams they’ve watched over the years.

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“They’ll think about the moments in history they can remember and hopefully when we get to 6,000 games, we can have a small piece of that history and can leave a footprint somewhere.

“That should be our aim and ambition – myself and the players to try and create some sort of history and keep having success and be a team that is really remembered by the fans.

“We have a great chance of doing that and we will try our best to make sure that happens.

“Hopefully fans will look back on our period here and think about that with pride.

“I’m very proud to be the manager over-seeing this landmark occasion and, fingers crossed, we can get everybody the right result to celebrate it.”

Wanderers follow Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley, Preston North End and Derby County in reaching 5,000 league games.

The Whites get their name on the roll of honour less than four years after being within hours of going out of business in August, 2019.

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And Evatt believes that makes Saturday an even bigger day as Wanderers look for a fourth successive league win to continue their climb under the man appointed 11 months after Football Ventures (Whites) Limited stepped in to save the club.

“First and foremost I’m a football fan and the history of the game is very important to me," added the Wanderers' manager.

“To be part of this moment and this special occasion for this football club is wonderful.

“Five-thousand games with the journey we’ve had as a football is an amazing achievement and everybody who has taken a piece of that history along the way has something to be proud of.

“This club was very nearly not here anymore. Great credit to everybody who took part in saving it.

“Sharon (Brittan) and the Board should be very proud of themselves – along with the fans.

“The fans have been unbelievable since I’ve been here but probably across Bolton Wanderers’ history.

“It’s a massively supported football club. I think everyone will stop for a minute and remember their fondest memories – but also some of the hard times.

“It’s important to remember the bad times as well because it gives us a sense of perspective about where we are today.”

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