It’s never easy supporting Bolton Wanderers but the last 12 months have, without doubt, been some of the toughest times the club has ever seen. How on earth do we get out of this mess?
Things had started to turn a corner, or at least so it seemed. New owners were on the verge of taking over, the new season set to start in earnest and the deadwood in Bolton’s squad had been scattered to the four winds.
Now though, no one knows where the club stands after Laurence Bassini, who claims to care passionately for the club, threatened its very existence with a court injunction halting the sale of the club to Football Ventures Whites who have supposedly been on the verge of a takeover for what seems like forever.
As a result of this latest development in the whole sorry saga, the status of Bolton’s first home match of the season was thrown seriously into doubt.
While tickets were set to go on sale for the match on Wednesday morning, fan complaints over the prices appeared to cause a re-think and ticket sales were suspended.
Fast-forward to Friday, the day before the match, and only now have tickets for the game gone on sale. Fans wanting to attend are advised to purchase tickets online and to print them at home but will be able to purchase tickets from Bolton Central until 8pm tonight. Hopefully, that’s one less mess to sort out.
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While this whole ticket and takeover debacle was taking centre stage, in the background, Northern Ireland striker Josh Magennis was engineering a move away from the club after refusing to play in Bolton’s opening day fixture at Wycombe.
The 28-year-old has moved to Championship side Hull City for an undisclosed fee.
After refusing to travel with the Bolton squad to Wycombe, Magennis is unlikely to be missed by Wanderers fans.
Briefly on the subject of transfers, Premier League spending during yesterday’s deadline day totalled £170 million and the window as a whole saw Premier League clubs spend at a total of £1.41 billion according to the BBC.
Meanwhile, clubs like Bolton and Bury are having their very existence threatened thanks to a gross lack of funds and that is an absolute travesty but that’s a topic for another article.
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✍️ The Tigers have added to their attacking ranks with the signing of Josh Magennis from Bolton Wanderers.
— Hull City (@HullCity) August 8, 2019
Bolton’s loyal supporters, however, will have to wait with bated breath to see how this whole fiasco will be settled.
According to the Jewish Telegraph, Laurence Bassini reportedly aims to attend the Bolton – Coventry match on Saturday but at this rate, he might well be the only one there.
If we get any news on this whole frustrating mess, we’ll be sure to update you on the situation but for now, just like the rest of the Bolton fanbase, we remain patient with our fingers and toes crossed for a positive outcome.