We may be five matches into the new League One campaign but for Bolton Wanderers, the season starts now.
After a summer of turmoil and doubt that almost saw Wanderers thrown out of League One, focus can finally return to the football.
With new owners and new management team at the helm, hopefully, we’re at the beginning of a bright new future for Bolton Wanderers.
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However, there is the small issue of fighting off relegation first and Wanderers’ hastily assembled squad have to overcome a 16-point gap to escape the relegation zone.
That comes after the 12-point deduction for falling into administration and leaves Bolton facing an uphill battle this campaign.
Whether Keith Hill’s Wanderers can indeed fight their way up the table remains to be seen but the side will no doubt give it their all and in the process, we could unearth some new Wanderers legends in the making.
The first in the remaining 39 league matches is a tricky away trip to Rotherham on September 14, another team relegated alongside Bolton last season.
That will be shortly followed up by two home games in quick succession. Oxford United in a midweek meeting on September 17 and then Sunderland on September 21.
After five league matches that are almost regarded as pre-season friendlies now, the real work starts now and hopefully by May, we can look forward to another season in League One, rather than a campaign in League 2.