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Bolton Wanderers fan's view: Deadline day got pulses racing

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

There is a definite buzz of excitement amongst the fans this week after Ian Evatt completed his second hand in the transfer market, the first under his sole control.

Eight players brought in, raring to prove themselves and give our club the boost that it needs.

Judging by the number of calls that I have had this week from fellow supporters asking how to get on iFollow, I think that we fans are raring to go as well.

There was an interesting debate on social media as to whether a 14-mile drive to the Peninsula Stadium to shout ‘Come on you Whites’ could count as an essential journey. Alas, all our hopes were dashed as the referee called the match off in soggy Salford.

That was two postponed matches on the bounce and it means that we have got a very congested programme ahead of us, with 10 matches in the next five weeks, weather permitting of course.

This will certainly test the strength and depth of our squad. Injuries, suspensions, bedding in the new players and the search for the hitherto elusive consistency will test Evatt’s management skills to the limit.

But we have lots to look forward to and hopefully get excited about as the club continues its recovery from the dark ages.

Off the field, things seem to be progressing despite what are very difficult circumstances due to the pandemic, never mind our financial problems from the previous regime.

The club has quietly gone about restoring our good name in business and around the town. Andrew Gartside has said that this is still a work in progress but reassured us that repayment schedules are in hand.

The Community Trust has been a fantastic force for good in Bolton throughout the past difficult decade. There is a definite feeling that we are all part of Bolton Wanderers again and that we are going to rise together.

Like all good families, there will be disagreements and fallouts amongst us, but in the end, blood is thicker than water as we all want the same thing, to see Bolton Wanderers back on our feet and rising up the Football League again.

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