In a league riddled with excitement, drama and inconsistency, the Championship season of 2012/2013 is one to be fondly remembered by both sides competing this tie. For example, 16 points separate Manchester United and Manchester City in 1st to 2nd place in the Premier League, whereas the same gap in the Championship divides 23rd place Barnsley with 5th place Crystal Palace.
That slender gap and close competition between the majority of England’s second tier has been fully taken advantage of with brutal precision and timing by Bolton, flying from 20th place on 2nd February to 6th place in April, and with two games in full control of their playoff destiny. More…
In the middle of last week it seemed that the spell of good fortune, which has aided our remarkable ascent of the Championship table, had run its course. First came the news that another crucial bit had fallen off Dougie’s points gathering machine, namely Jay Spearing’s broken toe. This was followed by defeat at Leicester where, if the various reports I read were accurate, we deserved at least a point.
Our tentative finger hold on a playoff place was stamped on and we lost another player, David N’Gog, for the rest of the season. The elusive lady, however, had only taken a break. She returned to the Reebok in all her glory and helped us to an eighth consecutive home victory and a return to the heavily contested sixth spot in the league table.
When Sam Allardyce brought in Kevin Davies on a free transfer from Southampton in summer of 2003, few would have predicted the influence the Sheffield born striker would have had both on and off the field.
Cast your mind back to the summer of 2003, Kevin Davies was out of luck.
His early career showed so much promise, guiding League One (or Division Two at the time) Chesterfield to an FA cup semi final, scoring a hat trick at Burnden Park in the process. Here you can see a young Kevin Davies in action in the FA Cup Semi in 1997 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Oy_saK7zQ The following summer Dave Jones took a gamble signing him for Premier League Southampton, which proved a great one, with Davies scoring 9 goals in his first season. Check out this wonder goal against Everton - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIOS2WkbGaM
I’ve been writing match previews for this site now for a good few months, and it seems like the last 10 games have been the most important games of the season each time they came around. If the Huddersfield game was important, the Wolves game was huge, Bristol City and more importantly an upturn in our away form was massive. Now this game really is something else.
That win at Ashton Gate on Saturday put a potential playoff place in our own hands for the first time in what is a very long season with four games to go. If getting there was a journey, these last four games really are business end Wall Street style. Organisation, a cool head and clinical timing must be evident for Wanderers to concrete a place in the most expensive play off lottery in football.
A huge thanks to 188BET again for providing us with an opportunity to giveaway 2 pairs of Match Tickets to the game against Middlesbrough this coming weekend.
The Whites have finally broken into the playoff position, and if all goes well for the next 3 games and other results go in our favour, we’re looking at taking a chance of winning the Playoffs to jump back up to the Premier League.
However, there’s still 4 games to play – don’t get too excited just yet, it’s still very tight at the top of the Championship – we just wish we were playing this well from the beginning of the season! Now for the giveaway, we are giving you a chance to win 2 pairs of Match tickets (1 pair per winner) to the game this weekend.
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Bolton Wanderers are currently looking for supporter members to be part of two new focus groups, inviting them to form part of two supporter groups to share their thoughts and ideas.
Both the disabled supporter and the home matchday experience and attendance working groups will gather at the Reebok Stadium to share their thoughts on a range plans, with the opportunity to propose and originate ideas.
The groups are scheduled to meet a number of times during the season.