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Last Game

Birmingham v BWFC

Tuesday 15th August 2017


Millwall 1 : 1 BWFC

After a late fitness test of my own, I drove to the Macron stadium for the early morning coach to the Lions’ Den, otherwise known as Millwall. Following a full English breakfast at Watford Gap, we were treated to a tour of central London, watching ‘Escape to Victory’ as we crossed Tower Bridge, to avoid the traffic around the World Athletics Championships at the London stadium.

Millwall are the EFL Family Club of the Year, 2017 and evidence of this was seen, as a group of local youngsters lined up to welcome our coaches with traditional gestures. Visiting coaches are parked next to the turnstile entrances at the New Den and the nearest recommended hostelries for pre-match refreshments are back in Bolton. So, we had to make do in the ground, with some excellent Angelo Poretti beer at a breath-taking £4.60 a pint and a distinctly average sausage roll from the ‘Pie Factory’ at £3.30 each, served by the usual friendly, cheery bar staff. The general view was that we needed to get something from this game and get our Championship points tally off the mark.

Phil Parkinson brought Reece Burke and captain Darren Pratley in to replace the injured David Wheater and Josh Vela. The first half was a nervy stalemate with precious little to get excited about. However, the half-time team talks had some effect as both teams came out in the second half and went for it. They edged in front and we brought Filipe Morais on for Mark Little. Gary Madine won a free kick after another early attempt at swapping shirts and fortunately, Filipe Morais won the argument with Gary Madine to take the free kick and score with a superb chip over the wall. Overall, it was a well-deserved point and probably a fair result. At the end, it was the Bolton fans making all the noise.

It’s early days as Phil Parkinson tries to sort out his best team and tactics to cope with the higher level of football we will face in the Championship. Injuries haven’t helped. Already it is clear, that we need to up the pace, especially in midfield as we will not get the time on the ball that we enjoyed in League One. Some players will have to up their game and new players need to blend in. This will take time but the early signs are hopeful.

The Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association (BWSA) is the OFFICIAL supporters group for Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

You can find out more about the history of the BWSA by clicking ‘About the BWSA’

The committee of the BWSA aim to bring members and non-members together in the form of meet the player evenings at the football stadium or other social events held at various venues in the local area.

With the recent formation of the BWFC Supporters Trust, the BWSA intend to continue to host social events throughout the year and, in line with our constitution, act in the interests of supporters of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

If you want to meet fellow supporters, players, managers, backroom staff and people generally connected to the world of football in a relaxed and friendly environment then membership to the BWSA is money well spent.

There may be many opportunities to see your favourite player arriving at the stadium or training ground but not many opportunities to speak to them on a one-to-one basis.

Why not show your support and join the BWSA now…click here


Pictures from our Player of the Year event

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