Bolton Wanderers Betting
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Bolton Wanderers Football Club is based in Horwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester. The club was founded by the Reverend John Farrall Wright in 1874 as Christ Church FC, but changed its name to Bolton Wanderers in 1877. Bolton were one of the 12 founder members of the Football League, formed in 1888. Members of the Football League since its formation, Bolton have spent more time in the top flight (Premier League/old First Division) than out of it. However, they have spent periods in all 4 divisions. The club’s leanest spell was in 1987 , with a season in the former Fourth Division.
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Bolton and the Premiership
Bolton reached the Premiership in 1995, conquering Reading in the Division One playoff final. They quickly achieved the mantle of the division’s “yo-yo” team, unable to survive in the top-flight for a season or two at a time. Bolton were relegated in the 1995-96 but won promotion back to the Premiership at the first attempt achieving 98 league points and 100 goals in securing the Division One Championship. Bolton were relegated from the Premier League again on goal difference at the end of the 1997-98 Premiership campaign, but regained top-flight status via success over Preston in the 2000-01 playoffs.
The 2001-02 season was a struggle, but Bolton survived, with a 16th place finish. Another relegation battle ensued in 2002-03, with Bolton securing Premiership status with victory over Middlesbrough on the final day of the season. The club showed improved form in 2003-04, finishing eighth in the league, their best-ever finish. In 2004-2005, Bolton finished sixth in the league, thus earning qualification for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history, a feat they repeated in 2006-07. However, the 2007-08 Premiership season was poor, with a 16th place finish. Bolton have been completely dismissed by the layers, with Bolton odds of 5000/1 freely available. While an improvement of the lowly finish of 2007-08 seems feasible, 1 point from 3 games and an early Carling cup exit to Northampton does not augur well. The only advice to those contemplating betting on Bolton can be leave well alone for the time being!
Betting on Bolton Premiership Matches
The Trotters wayward form means that betting on Bolton is fraught with danger. The squad is a decent, compact unit, well capable of playing some decent football. While, on paper, Bolton betting odds can seem quite attractive, results show otherwise. No form of bet on Bolton can be seriously entertained until showing more consistent form.
Domestic Cup Competitions
Bolton were an excellent Cup side in the 1920s, winning the Trophy three times. In 1894, Bolton reached the final of football’s oldest competition for the first time, but lost 4-1 to Notts County at Goodison Park. Ten years later, they were again runners-up, losing 1-0 to local rivals Manchester City at Crystal Palace. In 1923 Bolton won the cup at their third attempt to win their first major trophy, beating West Ham United 2-0 in the first ever Wembley final. The match, famously known as “The White Horse” Final was played in front of over 127,000 supporters. Bolton’s centre-forward, David Jack scored the first ever goal at Wembley Stadium.
Bolton became the most successful cup side of the twenties, also winning in 1926 and 1929, beating Manchester City and Portsmouth respectively. The club were runners-up again in 1953, before winning the Cup for a fourth time in 1958, beating Manchester United, courtesy of two Nat Lofthouse goals. Despite no FA Cup win for 50 years, the bookmakers invariably have Bolton betting odds in the top-16 in the FA Cup market, at around the 80/1 or 100/1 mark. With such hit and miss form, a bet on cannot Bolton cannot be contemplated, however attractive the Bolton odds on offer may seem.
The closest Bolton have come to winning a major trophy since 1958 is finishing runners-up in the League Cup, first in 1995 and again in 2004. Bolton betting odds of 100/1 are available, but make zero appeal.
FA Community Shield
Bolton’s FA Charity Shield success of 1958 coincided with their FA Cup success. They defeated League Champions, Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-1, with goals from Hill, Bannister and another brace from Lofthouse.
A 1-1 draw with Portsmouth in the penultimate game of the 2004-05 season, at Fratton Park, gave Bolton entry to the 2005-06 UEFA Cup. They overcame Hungarian side PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv 4-2 on aggregate in the first round, winning 2-1 both home and away. They were unbeaten at the group stage, but lost in the last 32, going down 2-1 to Olympique de Marseille.
Bolton qualified for the UEFA Cup again in 2007-08. They beat Rabotnicki of Macedonia, 2-1 on aggregate in the first round. They were again unbeaten in the group stage, with a win and three draws, again qualifying for the last 32. They beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 in the home leg of the last 32 of the UEFA Cup with El-Hadji Diouf scoring the winner. A scoreless draw in the return leg saw Bolton advance to the last 16, further in European competition than ever before. However, they exited in the last 16, to Sporting CP of Portugal.