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ALAN HOUGHTON'S FAN'S VIEW: Here’s hoping a new year brings better fortunes

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
As we headed down to the UniBol for the last time in 2019, it was time to reflect on what has been an extraordinary year in the history of Bolton Wanderers.

My personal disappointment has to be the demise of the Doombar in the Harvester for my pre-match treat, but this has been amply outweighed by the very survival of the club which, for long periods during the year, looked very unlikely.

Before the New Year’s celebrations, we had to face Sam Ricketts’ in-form Shrewsbury Town. After our well-earned point at the Stadium of Light, hopes were high that we could get something.

Again, without much room to manoeuvre, Keith Hill named an unchanged team. We started well but things took a downturn when Liam Bridcutt was forced off early on with what looked like a hamstring problem.

Adam Chicksen came on and Bolton had the better of the first half, creating numerous chances and Thibaud Verlinden superbly chipping the goalie to score after good work from Ronan Darcy.

At half time, we were thinking of getting a second goal and wrapping the match up. But football isn’t like that and with Shrewsbury scrambling an equaliser and Jason Lowe seeing a red card, it completely changed the match.

After that the whole team stood up and were counted as they re-enacted the Alamo and we got the point we deserved for sheer effort.

As we head towards the New Year, indeed the new decade, let’s hope that it is a good one, without any fear.

We’ve been through enough traumas in the past three-to-four years to last a lifetime.

Let’s forget the past, we can’t change it. Let’s look forward to the future, now that we seem to have one. Football Ventures have come in and steadied the ship and given us our club back.

A lot of work has been done off the field and a lot remains to be done but we are moving in the right direction.

Keith Hill and David Flitcroft have done wonders with the meagre resources available to them. It’s not perfect by a long way but the team are playing attractive football that the fans are enjoying watching.

We are becoming a competitive team and there is hope, albeit a small one, that the ‘Impossible dream’ of staying up is still on, subject to any intervention from the EFL.

Happy New Year to everyone involved with the Wanderers.


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