Bolton kick-started their League One campaign on Saturday with a rather toothless 2-0 defeat to fellow Wanderers, Wycombe.
However, for the 1800 fans who travelled to Adams Park, Bolton’s appearance in a competitive fixture feels like a win in and of itself.
After a summer of uncertainty, it’s a massive relief to be able to talk about football again.
Bolton’s opening day squad featured just five experienced first-team players and was bolstered mostly by players from the club’s academy.
The lack of experience and pre-season minutes definitely took its toll on the makeshift Bolton side as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Wycombe but the performance from Phil Parkinson’s side, particularly in the first half, will offer no small amount of reassurance for a fanbase who have endured so much toil over the past 12 months.
From player strikes and protests against the former owner to administration and a 12-point deduction, the last year has been one to forget for Wanderers. Hopefully, the opening fixture in the 2019/20 League One season can be the driving force in Bolton turning over a new leaf and bringing an end to the club’s decline.
The most pressing issue for the club is still the ongoing takeover which has been progressing at a snail’s pace for the past few weeks but is reportedly close to completion.
It’s vital that the Football Ventures deal goes ahead as, with the season already underway, it’s crucial that the club can enjoy some much-needed stability for a change.
Hopefully, Bolton’s prospective new owners will finally be in place before Wanderers kick-off against Coventry City at the University of Bolton Stadium next Saturday, after all, we still don’t have any ticket details coming into the new season.