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Mario Jardel
Mario Jardel
Hi all
We're very excited to be working with Bolton Nuts this season (you may remember us from very, very briefly at the start of last season). We're looking to spark as much debate as possible about all things BWFC. As one of our features, we're going to do some fan interviews so we'd love it if any of you would be interested! Questions are below which you can answer in reply to this thread, or PM to me. They'll go up on https://wanderers-station.com/ We'd also welcome any thoughts you have on our content so far, and any suggestions you might have. Many thanks!

1. When did you first start supporting Bolton?
2. Who is your favourite Bolton player of all time?
3. What has been your favourite Bolton match of all time?
4. What are your thoughts on the season so far?
5. What are your thoughts on Phil Parkinson?
6. Where do you think we'll finish this season?

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MartinBWFC

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Hi all
We're very excited to be working with Bolton Nuts this season (you may remember us from very, very briefly at the start of last season). We're looking to spark as much debate as possible about all things BWFC. As one of our features, we're going to do some fan interviews so we'd love it if any of you would be interested! Questions are below which you can answer in reply to this thread, or PM to me. They'll go up on https://wanderers-station.com/ We'd also welcome any thoughts you have on our content so far, and any suggestions you might have. Many thanks!

1. When did you first start supporting Bolton?
2. Who is your favourite Bolton player of all time?
3. What has been your favourite Bolton match of all time?
4. What are your thoughts on the season so far?
5. What are your thoughts on Phil Parkinson?
6. Where do you think we'll finish this season?
1 Started watching in 1975
2 Hard one, but probably Worthington
3 Reading playoff final
4 Can't complain, better than expected.
5 Parkinson deploys dated tactics, and in my opinion doesn't know how to adopt attack minded tactics.
6 Anywhere above 20th will be acceptable, however for the purposes of progression mid table should be the aim.

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
1. Watched my first game in 1959,and spent half time crying and wanting to go home. Something I'm still doing on a regular basis.
2. This is too tough a question, but I'm going to leave Nat Lofthouse out of it,and say Jussi. Bargain of the century.
3.Reading play off final.
4. Pleasantly surprised,but,like any Wanderer,waiting for the custard pie.
5.Predictable,but solid on his own level,which is probably the bottom half of the Championship.
6. I think we'll finish a safe 14th.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Too many adverts.

Norpig

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
1. first started going in our one season in the old Division 4
2. Super John
3. 3-1 away win in the FA cup against Arsenal at Highbury
4. Great start to the season, squad looks better and younger than last season but still need more attacking options
5. Parky deserves credit for getting us out of league 1 and keeping us up last season. Not a big fan of his style of play to be honest though. Can be too negative and tries to sit on leads (like Bristol City recently) but overall he's done a good job.
6 Lower to mid table i think.



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Mario Jardel
Mario Jardel
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Too many adverts.
Fair enough - afraid they're not our choice though. The website host puts them up as we use their free version but we don't get any money from it

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WanderersStationSimon


David Ngog
David Ngog
Hey all I'm Simon, part of Wanderers Station. But just so you know me ill answer too...

1. All my life as far as I can remember. I'm 32.
2. Okocha or campo. Used to have a massive afro like Campo, the fans used to chant at me in the ground.
3. Either Reading or Preston playoff finals. An amazing feeling to win a playoff final. Unfortunately due to living in Spain now I couldn't be a part of the forest game last year and was just getting score updates. I didn't half celebrate when we made it though.
4. Beyond all expectations. What a team we've managed to cobble together.
5. What a job he's done. Many would have quit or given up under such circumstances. I worry he lacks a plan b but we look like were playing some actual football this year
6. I think a comfortable 15th.

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Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Too many adverts.
Fair enough - afraid they're not our choice though. The website host puts them up as we use their free version but we don't get any money from it

Surely the cost of removing the ads is minimal, a few quid a year at most?

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Mario Jardel
Mario Jardel
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Too many adverts.
Fair enough - afraid they're not our choice though. The website host puts them up as we use their free version but we don't get any money from it

Surely the cost of removing the ads is minimal, a few quid a year at most?
more than you'd have thought actually. Definitely considering doing it though if it does affect the site for readers

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BoltonTillIDie

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
A simple ad blocker stops these though.  When I go on I can't see any adverts.

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:A simple ad blocker stops these though.  When I go on I can't see any adverts.

You're still on the swingers website you bellend.

BoltonTillIDie

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I wondered why everyone was naked

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Very Happy

BoltonTillIDie

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
1. When I was about 12 (used to follow my dad's adopted team until I saw the light)
2. Super John McGinlay
3. Reading Play off final
4. Great start, looks like we've made some decent signings.  Hope to keep it up. 
5. Done well given the constraints he has been working under
6. Mid-table but I can dream of a top 6 finish

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Mario Jardel
Mario Jardel
Cheers for the responses so far on here! Will start posting them tomorrow on Wanderers-Station.com

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wanderlust

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
1. '58/'59 season. 
2. Roy Greaves
3. Bayern away. Still can't believe they took Ribery off when he was murdering us.
4. Way too early to tell but the signs are promising especially from a defensive point of view
5. Seems a nice enough bloke, but drives me crazy with his tactics and selections at times. Appears to have a fixed mindset and even if Anderson gave him some real money I'm not convinced he'd spend it on  decent strikeforce.
6. I'm optimistic. Could be securely in mid-table.

Keegan

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Moderator
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1. When did you first start supporting Bolton?
In 1998 a little-known Jamaican player named Ricardo Gardner was signed by the Wanderers, taking me along as a new supporter.

2. Who is your favourite Bolton player of all time?
That honour goes to a chap you may have heard of - Augustine Azuka Okocha.

3. What has been your favourite Bolton match of all time?
Bolton 2 - 1 Middlesbrough, Sunday, 11 May, 2003. That result relegated West Ham.

4. What are your thoughts on the season so far?
Somebody pinch me! (Not too hard, though.)

5. What are your thoughts on Phil Parkinson?
Not a huge fan of his football, but difficult to argue with his results.

6. Where do you think we'll finish this season?
At this rate, we won't be relegated - I'm looking 12th-15th.

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Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
1. When did you first start supporting Bolton?
I don't support Bolton.

2. Who is your favourite Bolton player of all time?
Rob Earnshaw.

3. What has been your favourite Bolton match of all time?
When Chorley beat Wolves 3-0 at Burnden Park.

4. What are your thoughts on the season so far?
Fucking brilliant, 5 wins from 5, no goals conceded.

5. What are your thoughts on Phil Parkinson?
Who?

6. Where do you think we'll finish this season?
TOP! COME ON YOU MAGPIES!

DEANO82

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Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
1. First match I went to was against Coventry in the Rumbelows cup when I was 9. We lost 3-2.

2 Fernando Hierro just oozed quality and composure something we are lacking at this minute in time. Growing up my favourite player was David Lee probably caused was quite short till I was 16.

3. Reading at Wembley or Liverpool at Anfield are the 2 that stand out but always remember my 1st away game which was at Southampton in the F.A Cup. Julian Derby scored a great volley and celebrated right in front of me. Then Dave Felgate got lobbed from 45 yards whilst stood on his line.

4. 10 points on the board is better than anyone was expecting. Defensively we look better than we have for many a season. 

5. Done a great job under difficult circumstances. 

6. As Cardiff proved last season you just need to be hard to beat and consistent and you can finish anywhere in this league. Think we will finish between 10th and 15th.

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
1. 1976/77 season.
2. Neil Whatmore was my first hero, but Jay Jay gets this vote just for the sheer joy with which he played and the entertainment he brought.
3. Liverpool in the FA Cup. No one gave us a prayer but we dismantled them and it's still (imo) the best ninety minutes of BWFC football I've ever seen.
4. Excellent start and laying to rest the spectre of last season's nightmare.
5. Tough job for him but he's doing quite well given the constraints. One worry is how much possession we seem willing to give up but perhaps that will improve now we've made some pretty decent signings.
6. I expect it to be mid table or just below (around 12th to 16th) but that would still be progress.

Sluffy

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1. When did you first start supporting Bolton?

I honestly don't know, all my conscious life I guess.

Let me explain.  

My grandparents lived just across Orlando Bridge, where GUS is (is it still there even, I don't know?), and I guess my parents must have been in the habbit of dropping me off there a lot on Saturdays so that my mam and dad didn't have to trail around town with a baby.  I guess without knowing or understanding, I saw from my early days of life that a crowd on people would all head across Orlando Bridge in the early Saturday afternoons and flow back again a few hours later.  In between times occasional muffled roars (which was the noise travelling from Burnden when we scored) could be heard, and as the autumnal nights drew in, the glare of our Burnden'sfloodlights in the near distance.

As a toddler I used to stand and play by the bridge and watch the steam trains go by, and see the fans in their scarves and rattles (yes I remember them) going to and later, from the match.  I even knew by how by their demeaner, if we had won or not and soon got to asking them what the score was and who scored for 'us'?

I guess I was even too young to remember going to my first games at Burnden but I can and do remember waiting for Monday mornings to come round to be able to talk about the match in the school playground - which were flagged and concreted back then, no child friendly surfaces in those days!

Like all kids we used to play football all the time, before school started, at breaktimes and at dinner, in the school yard - from one end to the other and fully from side to side - even though the rest of the school kids of all ages played there doing marbles, the girls skipping or just socialising with each other and the boys swapping bubble gum cards or whatever non football playing nerds did back then.

Occasionally during a game we knocked over and made some of the younger (and not involved with the footy) school kids cry and even at still a young age myself I always felt guilty when that happened, I guess I've always had a soft soul.

Of course when we played we pretended to be the star Wanderers players at the time such as Nat Lofthouse but because back then I wasn't such a good footballer and ended up in the nets (not because I was the last kid to be picked - although I never was the first!) but because even in my young days I could use my brain to think about which of my mates playing against me would shoot right away, or would try to hang about on the goal line (a titty liner) to tap in the ball (tennis ball) from close in, or was all one footed, etc, etc, and I would try and plan to be in the way of the ball as much as I could.  So I guess Eddie Hopkinson was the player I used to say I was.

Happy days, a very long time ago now though.


2. Who is your favourite Bolton player of all time?

The first time my eyes were opened was when Jimmy Armfield signed us Tony Dunne from United and Peter Thompson from Liverpool, both players at the fag end of their illustrious careers.  Neither had the pace they must have had when they were younger but Dunne (a full back) seemed to know exactly where to be to cut out the passes to the winger he was marking, or to be in just the right place to be able to tackle his man.  I never recall seeing him out of position.  I used to watch him the whole match to try and work out how he did it.  I knew at once he was a different class than any other player I'd seen up to then.

Similarly Peter Thompson (a winger - in the winning 1966 World Cup squad) was the same, he seemed to be able to take and control the ball in an instance, no matter how and at what speed it was delivered to him, he made it look so easy and natural, which I guess it was to him.  He had no trouble either at avoiding tackles.  Back in those days no prisoners were taken in a tackle (I know, I used to be a bit of a hard man myself on the pitch and could dish it out - and take it - if needed to be done).  Thompson must have had eyes in the back of his head, as he seemed to be able to just drop the shoulder' or skip over the tackle, leaving the Neanderthal defenders laid out flat on their backs and looking stupid, so, so often!  He beat the defenders with exquisite ball skills and cunning rather than raw pace and laid so many goals on a plate with his crosses for the likes of John Byrom and Gary Jones, etc.

Bolton had been a club sinking down the league for a number of seasons from when I was first about, so to see how football could be played - as a beautiful game - was a treasure to behold for me.

I always loved the blood and guts and the commitment to the badge - I still do - but for the first time for me I knew there was another dimension of playing that I had not glimpsed before.

3. What has been your favourite Bolton match of all time?

The Reading Play off Final.

I did taken my three young nephews to Wembley for the first time and they were that young age and in love with football so much that you could see the wonderment on their faces.  Well they were close to tears not long later when we gave away a stupid penalty and whilst we were two nil down.

Because I could see them hurting I told them that Reading would miss the penalty and we would go on to win the match - what else could I say to stop them from crying?

Luckily they were at that age where they believed everything I told them, more so when they missed the penalty and more and more so as each Bolton goal went in!

It was such a wonderful turn around and brilliant match in itself, but for my nephews to be there and be so thrilled and exhilarated to have witness it themselves and drink in the atmosphere and to know what joy football can bring was an amazing moment and one that I guess had never occurred again for us until the wonderful end to the Forest game.  

Football and family sharing the rollercoaster to success - what could be better?

4. What are your thoughts on the season so far?

Brilliant!  It's certainly shut up the anti-Anderson crowd who predicted nothing but gloom and doom all summer long and the negative ninnies who constantly told us we would not be able to sign the right number and quality of players to keep us up and nor would Ken be spending a penny on a striker ever.

Amazingly it looks as though Ken and Phil know exactly what they are doing and the Anderson haters and the 'we're doomed' brigade doesn't - well who would have thought that?

Well me for one!

5. What are your thoughts on Phil Parkinson?

He's done an amazing job whilst be under players embargos, no money for transfers (until Magennis - what an astute buy for just £200k!), having his best players at the time sold (Clough, Holding, Madine), having no target man - for half of last season, players going on strike, and clearly not having the final word on who gets bought and who gets sold.

The unenlightened ones moan ceaselessly about his defensive team set ups but he's right, you need to have a structure for the players to be able to play in and we were never going to play tippy tappy football when we had defend deep in front of Wheater and Beevers with 35 year old Karl Henry (he did a wonderful defensive midfield job but he's certainly not De Bruyne or Inesta) and Darren Pratley.

Now were we really?

He's been able to bring in (been given?) better quality players to work with and already the results are looking better.  OK only early days this season but at least we aren't starting at the back of the pack (2 points after 11 games) this time and having to guard every point  by defending to the death each and every game like we had to last season.

6. Where do you think we'll finish this season?

Like everyone else I'd be happy just to stay up and pay off a chunk of the BluMarble loan (thanks Dean!) if we can.

Our fantastic start is probably a false dawn but let's enjoy it for now and aim to be mid table or better if we can - and if we do manage to get one or two more in who are capable of scoring goals - then there's no reason we couldn't at least do that.

COYWM.

Norpig

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Typical Sluffy, one line answers aren't his thing  Laughing

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Bloody attention seeker.

BoltonTillIDie

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I thought it was thanks Owen, you can’t change your catchphrase without warning. Laughing

Sluffy

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The bloke is writing a blog, he needs to have someone write something for him to put in it to make it as interesting as he can - 27 people giving one line answers (including one from a Chorley fan!) isn't going to do it for him, is it?

You should all go back and add at least another sentence to all your one line answers to at least give him something to work with!

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MartinBWFC

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Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Only Sluffy could turn a 6 question poll into war and peace.

Sluffy

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Yours and Bonce replies have already been blogged!

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Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
They clearly aren't interested in the mass market if they're picking Bonce & Martin.

Boggersbelief

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
1. When did you first start supporting Bolton?
 Went to my first ever game away at Liverpool about 13 years ago. Lost 2-1 but I’ve never looked back.

2. Who is your favourite Bolton player of all time?

It’s got to be Okocha, the guy should have been playing at the very top yet we somehow found him at th Reebok. He was a genius with a football.


3. What has been your favourite Bolton match of all time?
100% Bolton 5-2 Villa. It had everything you want in a game and surprise surprise JJ stole the show.


4. What are your thoughts on the season so far?
It still seems too good to be true, I thought we’d  struggle (not as bad as last year). Things are going our way at the moment, hopefully it continues but let’s be honest, we’ve played some of the poorer sides and not looked great at times. Maybe we will gel and look a tad more comfortable on the ball.

5. What are your thoughts on Phil Parkinson?
Best manager since Big sam by a long shot. Similar tactics too, which to be fair, he’s been forced to play as the players aren’t the best. He took over when most had us expecting mid table in league one at best. Fast forward two years and we are joint top of the championship. The guy is proving his worth.


6. Where do you think we'll finish this season?

Would love nothing more than to be back in the prem, unlikely that we can sustain this form but I doubt we will struggle either. Top 10 should be the aim, anything better is dreamland. 


(I HOPE WE GO UP AS CHAMPIONS AND SMASH EVERY BASTARD IN OUR WAY)

BoltonTillIDie

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:They clearly aren't interested in the mass market if they're picking Bonce & Martin.
Its only part 1

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