Bolton travel to Rochdale tonight for the first round of the 2019/20 League Cup but just how do the Trotters stack up against their local opposition?
The draw for the first round of the 2019/20 Carabao Cup was completed way back in June but finally, the time has arrived for the first round of the competition. Bolton have been drawn away from home against fellow League One side Rochdale.
The tie will take place on Tuesday, August 13, shortly after the weekend heroics of Bolton’s youngsters who managed to earn the team its first point of the new season.
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Wanderers have only played Rochdale twice in the last 25 years. The most recent meetings between the two sides came in the 2016/17 League One season.
That year, the honours were even as both Bolton and Rochdale picked up 1-0 wins. It’ll be interesting to see how the sides stack up against each other now.
Before that, Bolton’s last fixture against Rochdale came in the second round of the FA Cup in 1992/93. Bolton triumphed that day and went on to face Liverpool in the third round and subsequent replay.
The Liverpool tie that followed went down in history as third-tier Bolton overcame the FA Cup holders in a stunning 2-0 away win.
Back on topic with Rochdale though and to the first-ever meeting between the two clubs. Bolton faced Rochdale for the very first time in a first-round League Cup tie way back in 1969. Bolton won in a thoroughly entertaining 6-3 goal-fest.
Here’s hoping for a similar scoreline when the club’s meet this time around.
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After the incredible heroics of the Wanderers side against Coventry, there will no doubt be a few players who need some rest for the cup tie. Does anybody know if Ronan Darcy has stopped running yet?
This could well be a good opportunity for Wanderers’ senior players to lay claim to a starting position after the youngest team in Bolton history performed a minor miracle to keep Coventry at bay on Saturday.
However, fellow League One side Rochdale have started strongly this season and sit fifth in the table after a win and a draw from their opening two fixtures and could prove a tall order after the exertions of the weekend.
It’ll no doubt be a tough fixture for Wanderers but with the club’s future on the line off the pitch, it’s just nice to have some football matches to talk about regardless of how Bolton stack up on the pitch.