Hundreds of Wanderers fans who were hoping to see Bolton’s first-ever match with the current iteration of Accrington Stanley will be disappointed to learn that all of the club’s 2,500 ticket allocation for Bolton’s trip to Accrington on November 23 has been sold out.
Despite the sizable allocation, it took just 28 hours for all the tickets to sell out and it means that Bolton fans will take up just under half of the Crown Ground, or Wham Stadium, when the two clubs meet later this month.
However, a huge number of supporters have been left disappointed and asking whether or not a larger allocation will be given to Wanderers supporters.
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Bolton have faced Accrington Stanley just once in the club’s history, an FA Cup meeting in 1926’s third round as the Trotters went onto win the tournament that year.
However, the Accrington Stanley that Wanderers will face in several weeks time are technically a new club, one that was formed in 1968, two years after the original Stanley had collapsed due to financial woes.
Accrington Stanley’s Crowd Ground holds a capacity of just 5,500 supporters and as Bolton have been given just shy of 2,500 tickets, Accrington fans will only just outnumber Wanderers supporters if the home side bring in a good crowd.
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For fans asking whether there will be an increased allocation, don’t hold your breath.
Bolton have been given just over 45% of the tickets for the match and any more would turn effectively the Accrington match into a pseudo home fixture.
It’s obviously a huge shame that fans have missed out as the local derby has clearly drawn a lot of interest but thankfully, there should be ample room for supporters when Accrington come to Bolton in February for the reverse fixture.
Update: Bolton have been given an extra 245 tickets for the Accrington Stanley clash that will be available to season ticket holders from 5pm on November 6.