Dec 192014
 

Darren Pratley of Bolton Wanderers, left, celebrates scoring with his team-mate Rob Hall during the Championship game against Millwall. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Darren Pratley fired Bolton to a rare away win as Neil Lennon’s side won 1-0 at Millwall in the Championship. The midfielder outshone the returning Eidur Gudjohnsen as the visitors, revitalised since Lennon took over, collected only their second victory on the road this season, making it seven matches unbeaten and climbing to 14th.

Gudjohnsen was given his first start since rejoining the club he left 14 years ago for Chelsea but the 36-year-old striker had left the field by the time Pratley crashed in a fine second-half winner. Gudjohnsen did have half a chance in the opening five minutes when Lee Chung-yong’s cutback reached him on the edge of the area but the former Iceland international could not get his shot away in time.

Instead Lee was Bolton’s main attacking threat and he got behind the Lions’ defence again moments later, only for Pratley to head his cross straight at the Millwall goalkeeper, David Forde.

Forde also kept out Tim Ream’s header from the resulting corner and denied Rob Hall and then Pratley after another mazy run from Lee. Yet despite Bolton dominating possession, the best two chances of the first half fell to Millwall.

First the winger Magaye Gueye’s fine ball sent Lee Gregory between the Bolton centre-halves but the striker, who hit the winner at Brighton last week from a similar range, dragged his angled shot wide. As half-time approached Andy Wilkinson’s cross from the right found Angel Martínez but the Spaniard’s volley flew inches past Andy Lonergan’s left-hand post.

There was controversy just after the interval when Forde’s long clearance sent Gregory racing through again. Gregory got to the ball before Lonergan and touched it towards goal before tumbling over the onrushing keeper’s challenge, but Stuart Attwell ignored Millwall’s claims for a penalty. There were more penalty appeals moments later when Scott Malone hit the deck in the area – but Attwell waved play on again.

The Bolton winger Hall was somehow denied a goal on the hour when his shot cannoned off the inside of the post, flew along the line and off Forde’s leg before rolling to safety. But Pratley struck in the 68th minute when he collected Lee’s fine pass, beat Danny Shittu on the edge of the area and arrowed his shot past Forde into the net.

Martyn Woolford could have equalised with five minutes remaining but Lonergan was out quickly to block his shot as Bolton held on for the three points.

Dec 152014
 

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In a dramatic turn of events, Bolton Wanderers have avoided a transfer ban by falling inside an ‘accepted deviation’ in terms of their financial management.

However, fellow Championship sides Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest have all been banned from making signings for the rest of the 2014/15 season as a result of breaching Financial Fair Play rules, although from June onwards they will, with improvements to their bottom line, be able to overturn the ban.

To do so, they will need to prove they have stayed within an operating loss of no more than £3m, with a maximum of £3m of shareholder investment for the 2014-15 season.

Under existing rules, clubs were permitted to lose no more than £3m a season, with a maximum of £5m of shareholder investment in 2013-14.

Wanderers posted a club-record loss of £50.7million for the year ending in June 2013, although cuts made to date have led the club falling within the Football League’s maximum permitted deviation of £8million.

Some have been giving Dougie Freedman credit for this, as if it was his doing and not the chairman/owner. Bizarre.

Seems the Oracle was wrong then eh.

Some Oracle.

Dec 052014
 

Former Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen has rejoined Bolton on a short-term deal. Photograph: Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Eidur Gudjohnsen has rejoined Bolton Wanderers on a short-term deal until the end of this season.

The 36-year-old, who previously played for Wanderers between 1998-2000, has been training at the Macron Stadium for the last month and manager Neil Lennon said on Thursday that an agreement was imminent.

The club confirmed on their Twitter account on Friday morning that a deal had been struck, saying: “BWFC have completed the signing of free agent Eidur Gudjohnsen on a deal until the end of the season.”

Bolton are now waiting for international clearance to see if the Icelandic forward, who went on to play for Chelsea and Barcelona after his stint with Bolton, will be available for Saturday’s Championship trip to Reading.

Gudjohnsen could soon be joined by another 36-year-old after Lennon’s former Leicester City team-mate Emile Heskey was invited to train with the club.

Dec 032014
 
Bolton Wanderers' Tom Eaves ready to banish memories of unsuccessful loans ... - Western Gazette

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Dec 012014
 
Man of the match: Bolton Wanderers 1 Huddersfield Town 0 - Lion of Vienna Suite

Gareth Copley/Getty Images It was another home win for Neil Lennon’s Super White Army. There were a couple of standout players in the match, but who was the man of the match? Bolton Wanderers are on quite a run of form at Macron Stadium.  Since Neil Lennon’s arrival there are a couple of players who [...]

Nov 302014
 
Bolton Wanderers 1 Huddersfield Town 0: Match in focus - Huddersfield Examiner

This was another frustrating tale of missed opportunities as a third successive away defeat sent Huddersfield Town sliding down the Championship table. Craig Davies’ second-half strike hoisted the hosts above Chris Powell’s side on goal difference. And wins for Reading, Leeds United, Fulham and Birmingham City meant Town ended the match five places lower than [...]

Nov 302014
 
Bolton Wanderers 1 Huddersfield Town 0: Match in focus - Huddersfield Examiner

This was another frustrating tale of missed opportunities as a third successive away defeat sent Huddersfield Town sliding down the Championship table. Craig Davies’ second-half strike hoisted the hosts above Chris Powell’s side on goal difference. And wins for Reading, Leeds United, Fulham and Birmingham City meant Town ended the match five places lower than [...]

Nov 202014
 
Boy, nine, applied for job as Bolton Wanderers manager - The Guardian

Thomas Fielding (centre) holds his job application as Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon (left) presents a signed shirt from the boy’s football club to his grandfather Andrew Nuttall. Photograph: Craig Brough/Action Images/BWFC A football-loving schoolboy applied for the job of Bolton Wanderers manager – telling the chairman the players were slow, unfit and overweight. Thomas [...]

Nov 182014
 
The Wanderers Project: Part 2 - Vitalfootball

What’s being said in the forum now? Click and join in the Vital Bolton forum! Editor`s note: So then, a part two. I hope you enjoyed the first installation of the project. The second part continues very much in the same vein- three fans writing about their favourite players of all time. If you did [...]

Nov 182014
 
Tributes at funeral of Bolton Wanderers legend Roy Hartle - The Bolton News

FRIENDS, family and former football stars packed into St Maxentius Church in Bradshaw for the funeral of Wanderers legend Roy Hartle, who died earlier this month at the age of 83. A host of former team-mates turned out to pay their respects to the popular player who made 499 appearances for the Whites, during which [...]