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'It's madness' - Eoin Doyle wonders at Bolton's social media old boys club

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse

Eoin Doyle says he gets a reminder of the depth of Bolton Wanderers’ history every time he logs on to Twitter.

The striker, who topped the Whites’ scoring charts with 19 goals in his debut season, says the size of the club is difficult to ignore.

Speaking to the Irish Star, Doyle says the famous faces who still keep an eye on Wanderers’ progress are an indication of what he has bought into.

"Going in day-to-day, you could feel the history of the club," he said.

"Obviously I would have felt it more if the fans were in, but you could definitely see it about the place.

"There are a few old legends still knocking about the club and they've got some great stories.

"Super John McGinlay is still knocking about the place, so you'd have the odd chat with him. Fabrice Muamba would be around. I've seen him at a few games.

"I remember watching all the great players, the likes of Jay-Jay Okocha. Even on your Twitter feed you'd have Ivan Campo and people like that popping up with tweets. It's just madness.

"You could see how big this club is, you could feel the history around the place. You know the club shouldn't be where it is.

"The stadium is remarkable. It's a Premier League stadium, a really enjoyable place to play your football.

"I'm very grateful to have played a very small part in helping them go up this season."

Doyle has scotched suggestion that his move to Wanderers was financially motivated.

The 33-year-old turned down the offer to stay with Swindon Town after promotion to League One but says he had other options in the third tier which were also spurned once Bolton got involved.

“There was other interest as well from the league above,” he said.

"I'm based in Liverpool, so I was going up and down to Swindon for the season I was there. Bolton is on my doorstep here, so that was one of the major factors in it.

"And obviously there is the size of the club. Once they got in contact, I killed off everything else to make it happen. I couldn't wait to get in the door."

Doyle’s goal haul this season was Bolton best since the turn of the millennium when Michael Ricketts netted 24 in the year Sam Allardyce’s side won promotion to the Premier League.

He feels, however, that last season’s success can be a stepping stone for the club.

"I was obviously delighted with my season, although it would have been nice to have gotten the other one to get to 20 goals," he added.

"But I was just happy to help the club get up. It's obviously a sleeping giant and shouldn't be in the league it's in.

"So, to play a small part in what hopefully is the start of a successful few years for the club getting back up the leagues, I'm delighted.

"I think this can be the start of something big for Bolton, I do think so.

"The club is in a great place at the minute. It's got great ownership. They are really backing the gaffer and he is really good at his job.

"I think it has the potential to keep going up the leagues."


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