League One season review

After five years of seeing pre-season optimism fade away into increasing depths of mediocrity, supporters of Sheffield United awaited 2016-17 with bated breath as their side again approached a campaign as favourites for promotion under another highly regarded new manager. This time it was self-confessed Blades fan Chris Wilder who took over the reins following the bitterly disappointing tenure of Nigel Adkins. Fresh from leading Northampton Town to a storming League Two title success, Wilder soon introduced a 3-4-3 formation, which would eventually turn out to be the most effective…

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Arsenal targeting a quartet of new signings

Arsene Wenger is currently undertaking an intensify effort to strengthen his Arsenal squad ahead of the new season, as the club are being heavily linked with moves for a quartet of new players, according to the Independent. Wenger interested in defensive duo High on the French manager’s list of priorities this summer is to bolster his defensive options, which he is understood to be interested in doing by signing Manchester City’s Jason Denayer and Matthias Ginter of Borussia Dortmund. In order to sign the defensive duo, Wenger’s is willing to…

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Arsenal announced their new signing in an epic manner

Arsenal today announced their third signing of the summer transfer window. The Gunners reportedly completed the signing of Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding earlier this week, and it was considered only a matter of time before they made their acquisition public. The North London now announced that they have signed the 20-year-old, and the manner they did it in was unprecedented. The Arsenal fans must be aware of the change in the direction club’s official Twitter has taken of late. Arsenal social media team nowadays never leave an opportunity to amuse their…

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Arsenal very close to securing second summer signing

Arsenal are very close to secure their second signing of the transfer window – Bolton Wanderers centre-back Rob Holding. The North London club’s interest in the 20-year-old first came to light in May, and since then they have maintained a close watch at the player’s situation at Bolton. Arsenal’s initial bid for the England Under-21 international was deemed too low by Bolton earlier in the transfer window. Now, according to the Bolton News, the Gunners have made an improved bid of around £2 million, which has been accepted by the Trotters.…

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Championship Season Review – Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Brentford

Birmingham City: 10th For the second year in a row, Birmingham City have finished 10th in the Championship, but the contrast between the two seasons is massive. In 2014-15 Gary Rowett took over a side that looked to be headed for relegation and galvanised them, whereas this time around they were very much in the play-off picture until fading away during the closing weeks as a strong home record deserted them. At the beginning the aim was to stay clear of danger and maybe push for another top half finish,…

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Arsenal have made a bid for highly-rated Championship defender

Arsenal are closing in on a move for highly-rated Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding, according to the latest rumours on the transfer market. The 20-year-old was voted Bolton’s player of the year this season, as he was one of the few bright sparks for the Trotters in a season they suffered relegation to the League One. According to Marc Iles, chief football writer at the Bolton News, Holding was dropped from Bolton’s squad for the 1-0 defeat against Fulham because of a possible bid from the Gunners. Bolton’s caretaker boss Jimmy…

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Top 10 most important strikers in The Championship

With almost three quarters of the season behind us, it’s time to look at some of the most remarkable statistics in The Championship, England’s second tier football league. Hull City is leading the way, being trailed shortly by Burnley, Middlesbrough and Brighton, while also Derby and Sheffield Wednesday are not done contending for promotion to the Premier League. At the bottom, three clubs are in serious trouble, as Charlton, Bolton and Rotherham have to make up a lot of ground to avoid being relegated to the League One. But who has…

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Bolton fans are pressing Floyd Mayweather to take over their club [Tweets]

Bolton Wanderers have fallen on the hard times. Following their relegation from Premier League in 2012, the Trotters have struggled in Championship. They narrowly avoided a winding-up order this season and are currently struggling in the relegation zone of the league. So after the club’s official Twitter account put up a picture of super-rich boxer Floyd Mayweather holding the club’s t-shirt, club’s desperate fans have started urging the boxer to buy-out their club. .@FloydMayweather reppin’ @OfficialBWFC – once in never out! #BWFC ?? pic.twitter.com/VSPLZsYMnS — Bolton Wanderers FC (@OfficialBWFC) February 12,…

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Arsenal confirm loan deal for Brazilian winger

Arsenal have confirmed that Brazilian winger Wellington Silva has joined Championship side Bolton Wanderers on a season-long loan, the Daily Star reports. The Brazilian under-21 international has been with The Gunners since 2011, but was only recently granted a UK work permit following loans spells with five successive Spanish sides. The 22-year-old chalked up 35 appearances for Almeria last season, but was unable to prevent them from sliding towards relegation. Arsenal are now hoping he can gain some much needed first team experience in English football, and have sent him…

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Former Man United legend Sir Alex Ferguson named as Premier League’s most influential figure

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been named as the most influential person in Premier League history. READ MORE: Manchester United Transfer News Ten unstoppable players Manchester United almost signed Man United would lucky to sign key target, says ex-Real Madrid chief In a list compiled by the Daily Mail, the veteran tactician saw off competition from the likes of Roman Abramovich, Rupert Murdoch and Richard Scudamore to exert his influence on the top flight. Current Premier League managers Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho also featured amongst the…

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The Premier League’s best forward trios EVER: Surprising name at the top

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The Daily Mirror have taken the 20 teams that have spent the most seasons in the Premier League, and put together a list of who they deem to be their top three strikers from down the years. READ MORE: Alexis Sanchez on international duty Diego Simeone says Man United can have striker Six key battles for Premier League’s opening weekend Let us know whether you agree with their selections:     20) West Brom – Peter Odemwingie, Geoff Horsfield, Robbie Earnshaw This poll has arguably come a little too early…

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Young Championship XI that Premier League clubs should be looking at

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With a promotion race that remained a four-horse race right until the final couple games of the season, the Championship retained its reputation as one of the most competitive leagues in Europe this year. While Bournemouth, Watford, and Norwich can look forward to playing in the top flight next season – as can some of the loan stars that shone – there are a number of young players who will, at the moment anyway, be plying their trade at this level for another year. Here is an XI made up…

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Liverpool expected to sign new goalkeeper ‘in the coming days’

Liverpool are being expected to complete the signing of Bolton Wanderers goalkeeper Adam Bogdan in the next few days, though the move could be completed at some point in the next 24 hours, according to the Liverpool Echo. READ MORE: Liverpool News and Goals Liverpool to make improved £6m Ings bid The Hungarian international’s contract with the Trotters expires at the end of the month and Brendan Rodgers has identified him as the ideal man to act as understudy to first choice Simon Mignolet. Bogdan has been a regular fixture…

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Championship season review: Birmingham, Blackburn, Blackpool, Bolton

Birmingham City: 10th Only a dramatic stoppage time goal at Bolton Wanderers on the final day kept Birmingham City in the Championship by the skin of their teeth in 2014. A year on, they were able to head to the Macron Stadium again to bring their season to a close with no such relegation concerns; indeed they pulled off an impressive win to secure a top 10 finish. It was an amazing achievement, as in the early weeks of the season it looked like nothing could stop them from dropping…

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Davies set for Bolton stay despite Toronto interest

Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies has turned down a move to Toronto after being strongly linked with a move to the Major League Soccer club, reports BBC Sport. The 36-year-old was told by the Trotters that his contract at the Reebok would not be extended beyond the current season, his tenth with the club. And a move to Canada seemed to be on the cards after talks with Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen last week. “My family and I were naturally excited about the opportunity of going to Toronto on a…

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Bolton striker Davies could make MLS switch

Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies is considering a move to Major League Soccer after discussions with Toronto, according to Sky Sports. The 36-year-old, whose career began with Chesterfield back in 1993, has been told that he will not be receiving a new contract with Bolton at the end of this season making him a free agent. Sky have reported that Davies has held talks with Toronto manager Ryan Nelsen and that Toronto are hopeful a deal can be made. The only issue to be resolved, according to Sky is whether…

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Davies heading for Bolton exit

Kevin Davies has admitted he is shocked by Bolton’s decision to not offer him a new contract, says BBC Sport. The Trotters captain turned 36 on Tuesday, and extended his current deal last May, despite relegation from the Premier League. However, the former Chesterfield youngster has been told he won’t get a new deal, or a testimonial, and might leave the Reebok Stadium on loan before Thursday’s closure of the Football League loan window for the season. Davies told talkSPORT: “I’ve had a couple of sit downs with the manager.…

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Muamba could make playing return

Fabrice Muamba has not ruled out a return to football despite suffering cardiac arrest on the pitch and subsequently ending his career on medical advice, the BBC has reported. Muamba collapsed during Bolton Wanderers’ FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane earlier this year. His heart stopped for 78 minutes. Muamba spent a month in hospital and was later advised by doctors to retire from playing. The former England U-21 international’s career saw him start as a youth team player with Arsenal and later join Birmingham City.…

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Coyle sacked by Bolton

Bolton Wanders have announced that they relieved Owen Coyle of his duties as manager. The decision comes after a torturous year or so for the Trotters, culminating in their relegation from the Premier League after 10 seasons. Coyle’s side then made an inauspicious start to life in the Championship and are currently in a lowly 18th position. According to the BBC, a statement on the official Bolton club website from chairman Phil Gartside read: “It is the right time for a change. We set a target at the beginning of…

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Bolton Wanderers season review – Trotters face drop after lengthy top-flight stay

Premier League – 18th FA Cup – Quarter-final League Cup – Fourth Round As the Bolton Wanderers support clapped off their players after the first game of this season, many would have forgiven them for dreaming of a return to the top-half and Europa League football. The club had just trounced newly-promoted Queens Park Rangers 4-0 with an emphatic performance. With the Trotters having finished the previous season on something of a high – the club reached Wembley for the first time since its re-opening – spirits were high at…

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Bolton vs Tottenham – Match preview and prediction

As Tottenham continue their quest for Champions League football, it is relegation strugglers Bolton who stand in the way of Spurs going one point behind rivals Arsenal, and keeping hold of fourth position in the Premier League. Bolton go into the game on the back of three games unbeaten, which includes an away victory over Aston Villa, a run that leaves them in 18th position, level on points with QPR in 17th, with a game in hand. Owen Coyles side have picked up two wins in the last six home…

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Tottenham vs Bolton – Match preview and team news

It has been a little over a week since Fabrice Muamba collapsed from a cardiac arrest in the FA Cup quarter final between these two sides at White Hart Lane, but both sides go into this rearranged game lifted significantly by the miraculous progress Muamba is making in his recovery. Without doubt this game will be an emotional one for players, fans, and all concerned – Muamba himself is poised to watch the game from his hospital bed. Tottenham have been out of form in recent weeks, managing just one…

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Bolton rise to difficult occasion in Blackburn win but face tougher Tottenham challenge

Make no mistake about it, the crucial Premier League meeting between Bolton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers was arguably one of the biggest games in Bolton’s history. Just a week after Fabrice Muamba’s tragic collapse on the White Hart Lane turf, the Bolton players were thrust back into action against relegation rivals Blackburn, a town 13 miles down the road. The game started with a fitting round of applause from both sets of fans and players showing support for the former England U-21 international, a tribute that put rivalries to one…

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Fabrice Muamba – A community unites

I was watching the game with my son on ESPN. Uncertain as to what had happened, the faces of the supporters told you everything about the seriousness of the situation. Shock, concern and upset etched on people’s faces as visibly upset players comforted each other or prayed. Then the chanting started; over 35,000 people, Spurs and Bolton together, willing a young man to live. Chanting dovetailed with eerie silences as everyone was hoping but fearing the worst. Not enough respect can be shown to the paramedics and medical teams for…

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Tottenham vs Bolton – Match preview and prediction

Since speculation emerged over Harry Redknapp’s potential appointment as the next England manager, Tottenham’s season has taken a turn for the worse. After three league defeats in a row, the first time in Redknapp’s reign, Bolton are the visitors to White Hart Lane looking to inflict more pain upon the Spurs squad. Tottenham were taken to a replay by League One side Stevenage in the last round, but overcame their problems to take a place in the quarter-finals. Spurs had been flying high and challenging for the title, but defeats…

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