Bolton Wanderers have been in the limelight throughout the summer months for perhaps the wrong reasons due to their problems off-the-pitch, but following the togetherness of Phil Parkinson’s side and the thousands of faithful supporters, have given the Lancashire-based side a ‘new hope’.
Over 1,600 Bolton Wanderers supporters made the 370-mile round trip as Bolton took on Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park. With all things considered, it just shows the passion and faith that the supporters have, and despite losing 2-0, the heart and fighting spirit shown on the pitch, left fans ‘hopeful’ moving forward.
There were several doubts as the 2019/20 campaign loomed, and there was some serious doubts whether or not ‘The Whites’ would even be playing in the Sky Bet League One this season.
The EFL confirmed late last week that Bolton were able to fulfil their fixtures after several appearances in court following the club going into Administration. But, after 21 weeks without pay and several ‘strikes’, the playing staff were paid their wages in full.
With just two days prior to the trip to Wycombe, there was no announcements regarding a kit for the 2019/20 campaign, season tickets or any confirmation regarding if there would be a squad making the trip to Wycombe.
What’s excited the supporters the most, despite loss on Saturday is the fighting spirit that the Bolton Wanderers Academy graduates shown on the pitch. Just three first-team regulars made the trip to Wycombe, which gave manager Phil Parkinson a headache in terms of selecting a squad for the Sky Bet League One opener.
Parkinson handed out six debuts during Saturday’s fixture as new signings James Weir, Josh Earl and Harry Brockbank, who were joined by Denis Politic, Liam Edwards, Yoan Zouma and Eddie Brown from the clubs under 18 and under 23’s squads.
More Academy players featured on the bench with the likes of Ronan Darcy and Callum King-Harmes making their senior debuts off the bench.
The youngsters took to social media to portray their delight in making their professional debuts for the club. And despite defeat, the travelling fans were ‘impressed’ with the character and work-rate that the youngsters shown.
The sensational support shown by the travelling supporters was something that even captivated the hearts of the Wycombe Wanderers supporters.
Youngster Connor Hall, who impressed on-loan at Accrington Stanley last season and Preston North End loanee Josh Earl who featured in Saturday’s game at Wycombe, will face spells on the sidelines after sustaining ankle injuries, and the pair will face up to 12 weeks on the sidelines.
Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson was full of admiration for the 1,600 fans that made the trip to Wycombe, and the youngsters who really impressed Parkinson in terms of their temperament and performance.
“I think the best thing that I can say about the supporters is that they’ve sent a message to any new owners, and the football world in general, said Parkinson.
“Their support was excellent today, and they deserve better, we know that. It’s now up to the new owners who come in place to give them help to give the supporters a team that they can really connect with.”
Wanderers host Coventry City on Saturday afternoon at the University of Bolton Stadium, in a fixture that Phil Parkinson will be looking to build on Saturday’s performance, despite not getting the result that they were looking for.