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Guide to the grounds: Get in the know about Bolton Wanderers' League One rivals for 2016/17

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
For a generation of Wanderers fans, this season will largely be a journey into the unknown.

Not since 1993 have the Whites set foot in the third tier, but awaiting them in League One are some old foes with old scores to settle.

Bury, Oldham and Rochdale have local pride at stake but Phil Parkinson’s summer move across the Pennines will also add some extra spice to the games against Bradford City.

Phil Brown’s Southend United should be a lively opponent, likewise Neil Cox’s newcomers AFC Wimbledon – whose Kingsmeadow ground is one of nine stadia at which Wanderers have never played a league game.

Ahead of the fixtures coming out on Wednesday morning at 9am, here is a look at what Whites fans can expect from their trips this season.


Ground: Kingsmeadow

Capacity: 4,850

Usual away allocation: 600-700

Round trip: 472

Last visit: Wanderers have never visited the home of the phoenix club but last visited the old incarnation of the Dons in December 2000, when a certain Dean Holdsworth scored the only goal of the game against his former club.

Good memories: Holdsworth’s homecoming aside, the Whites have only won once more at Wimbledon – Tony Philliskirk’s solitary goal was not enough to overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit in the League Cup in 1992.

Bad memories: The old Dons pummelled Wanderers 4-0 at Plough Lane en route to promotion from Division Three in 1984.


Ground: Valley Parade

Capacity: 25,136

Usual away allocation: 1,840

Round trip: 94

Last visit: Arnar Gunnlaugsson scored Wanderers’ 6,000th league goal in a 2-2 draw in their last visit to Bradford. Nathan Blake grabbed the other.

Good memories: Fans were treated to an eight-goal thriller at Bradford in September 1991. Julian Darby scored twice, with Mark Patterson and David Reeves also netting in a memorable 4-4 draw.

Bad memories: Wanderers could not win away in 1984, and Tony Caldwell’s effort could not prevent a festive defeat for John McGovern’s men.


Ground: Memorial Stadium

Capacity: 12,011

Usual away allocation: 1,100

Miles: 362

Last visit: Tony Philliskirk scored the last time Wanderers faced the nomadic Rovers in January 1990, although that was at the old Twerton Park. The game finished 1-1.

Good memories: Alan Waldron netted a winner at Rovers for Ian Greaves’ side en route to the Second Division title at Eastville in November, 1977.

Bad memories: Phil Neal’s side had gone well and truly off the boil in Division Three when they crashed 2-0 at Twerton Park in January 1989.


Ground: Gigg Lane

Capacity: 11,640

Usual away allocation: Around 2,000

Round trip: 31

Last visit: Wanderers were beaten 2-1 as Dean West and Chris Swailes scored for the Shakers in April, 1999. Neil Cox grabbed one back for Colin Todd’s play-off chasers but Dean Kiely produced a string of fine saves to protect the points.

Good memories: Goals from Owen Coyle and former Shaker John McGinlay earned safe passage to the second round of the League Cup at Gigg in 1993.

Bad memories: Plenty to pick from for the Whites – but a failure to beat their local rivals in April 1987 all-but ensured a play-off to keep their place in Division Three. And we know how that went...


Ground: The Valley

Capacity: 27,111

Usual away allocation: Up to 3,000

Round trip: 471

Last visit: Emile Heskey and Josh Vela rescued a point after Ademola Lookman’s two early strikes spelled bad news for Neil Lennon’s side.

Good memories: Youri Djorkaeff’s brilliant overhead kick to salvage a point for Wanderers at The Valley in 2003. Magnifique.

Bad memories: Relegations have been commonplace at Charlton, none more depressing than a 4-1 defeat in 1983. Ian Moores scored the consolation.


Ground: Proact Stadium

Capacity: 10,400

Usual away allocation: 2,112, although additional seating has been made available in the past.

Round trip: 132

Last visit: Wanderers have never been to Chesterfield’s new home. Their last trip to the decrepit Psaltergate was for an FA Cup tie in 1990.  The Whites won 4-3.

Good memories: Stuart Lee snatched the winner as Jimmy Armfield’s side showed the mettle which would help them claim the Division Three title in 1972/73.

Bad memories: A poor season in 1986 ended on a low note as Wanderers were spanked 3-0 at Psalter Gate on the final day.


Ground: Ricoh Arena

Capacity: 32,500

Usual away allocation: Around 3,000

Round trip: 235

Last visit: Wanderers have never played at the Ricoh Arena but were fairly regular visitors to Highfield Road. The last occasion was August 1997 – Nathan Blake scored twice in a 2-2 draw.

Good memories: The Whites had a dreadful record at Highfield Road. Alan Stubbs scored twice in March 1996 to seal one of only two wins at the ground in 10 attempts.

Bad memories: Mike Salmon had a game to forget in the FA Cup third round as Coventry City put three past him en route to lifting the trophy in1987.


Ground: Highbury

Capacity: 5,311

Usual away allocation: 831

Round trip: 78

Last visit: Wanderers have never played at Fleetwood competitively but did face them in a friendly in 1986, running out 2-1 victors.

Good memories: Another friendly, this time in 1981. Wanderers eased themselves into pre-season with a 6-1 win on the seaside.

Bad memories: The Whites are yet to make any bad memories on that part of the Fylde Coast.


Ground: Priestfield

Capacity: 11,582

 Usual away allocation: 1,500

Round trip: 509

Last visit: Bo Hansen and John O’Kane were on the scoresheet in a 2-2 draw at the turn of the millennium when Wanderers last made the trip.

Good memories: Eidur Gudjohnsen grabbed two goals in a 4-1 win in the League Cup in 1999. Neil Cox and Gudni Bergsson scored the others.

Bad memories: Wanderers lost 1-0 at the Gills on the final day of the 1986/87 season, learning they would face Aldershot Town in a play-off.


Ground: Stadium:MK

Capacity: 30,500

Usual away allocation: 3,000 but can be trebled on demand.

Round trip: 337

Last visit: A 1-0 defeat at the start of last season, Daniel Powell scored the winning goal for Karl Robinson’s side.

Good memories: The Whites actually played well on their only trip to Stadium:MK to date.

Bad memories: Despite dominating the game, Neil Lennon’s men were left completely empty-handed after some woeful finishing.


Ground: The Den

Capacity: 20,146

Usual away allocation: Up to 4,000.

Round trip: 453

Last visit: Darren Pratley sealed a 1-0 win for Wanderers as their encouraging form continued under new boss Neil Lennon in December, 2014.

Good memories: Ex-Lions striker John McGinlay raided his old club with a winner for Bruce Rioch’s side in March, 1995.

Bad memories: Chris Eagles’ missed penalty proved costly for Owen Coyle, who was sacked soon after a 2-1 defeat in October, 2012.


Ground: Sixfields Stadium

Capacity: 7,653

Usual away allocation: 800

Round trip: 297

Last visit: Wanderers have never played at Sixfields. Their last game at the County Ground finished in a 2-0 win in February, 1990, with Julian Darby and Steve Thompson on the scoresheet.

Good memories: Wanderers signed off the 1988/89 season with a 3-2 win against Northampton Town, John Thomas continuing his fine late-season form with two goals. Stuart Storer added the third.

Bad memories: Franny Lee scored his 20th goal of the campaign but it was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat at Northampton in May, 1967.


Ground: Boundary Park

Capacity: 13,500

Usual away allocation: 1,600

Round trip: 44

Last visit: A 2005 televised FA Cup clash in the mud, won by a single goal from young Portuguese striker Ricardo Vaz Te.

Good memories: Ralph Wright and Ronnie Phillips earned Wanderers an early win en route to the Division Three title in 1973.

Bad memories: After beating Everton, Arsenal and Aston Villa in the FA Cup run of 1994, Mark Patterson’s mistake gifted Darren Beckford a winner to end Wembley hopes for the Whites.


Ground: Kassam Stadium

Capacity: 12,500

Usual away allocation: Up to 5,000.

Round trip: 356

Last visit: Wanderers have never been to the Kassam, which was opened in 2001, but drew 0-0 on their last game at the Manor Ground in April, 1999. Firoz Kassam had just taken over at Oxford but Steve Banks’ brilliant debut kept the scores level.

Good memories: Tony Kelly and Alan Thompson netted in a festive win at the Manor Ground in December, 1993.

Bad memories: Oxford could not be stopped in the 1983/84 Division Three campaign and steamrollered John McGovern’s men 5-0. John Aldridge scored on his debut for the Os.


Ground: London Road

Capacity: 14,319

Usual away allocation: 1,800

Round trip: 324

Last visit: No-one can forget that 5-4 defeat in the driving rain and mud in December, 2012. Keith Andrews scored twice from the spot but Dougie Freedman’s side produced a woeful performance.

Good memories: John Thomas scored Wanderers’ first away hat-trick in two decades as the Whites beat Posh 4-0 in January, 1988. Nicky Brookman added the fourth.

Bad memories: Tony Adcock scored the only goal in a leap year victory over the Whites on February 29, 1992.


Ground: Vale Park

Capacity: 18,947

Usual away allocation: Up to 4,500.

Round trip: 113

Last visit: The last competitive game was in February, 2000, as Eidur Gudjohnsen sealed a win for Sam Allardyce in Division One.

Good memories: Free-scoring Wanderers were coasting towards the title in 1997. They rattled four past Vale – Per Frandsen, Chris Fairclough and Nathan Blake adding to a Lee Glover own goal.

Bad memories: Vale were destined for promotion in 1989 when they beat Phil Neal’s Whites 2-1 early in the season. Nicky Brookman scored the consolation.


Ground: Spotland

Capacity: 10,249

Usual away allocation: 1,500 to 3,650

Round trip: 43

Last visit: A dull 0-0 draw in the Autoglass Trophy in 1992. Just 1,348 fans were present to watch the game at Spotland.

Good memories: Jimmy Armfield’s Wanderers put four past Dale in the second round of the League Cup in 1973. Franny Lee scored twice, with Alan Waldron and Paul Jones netting the others.

Bad memories: Rochdale’s only win against the Whites at Spotland came in the League Cup in 1989. Bolton got revenge, winning the second leg 5-1.


Ground: Glanford Park

Capacity: 9,183

Usual away allocation: 1,650

Round trip: 192

Last visit: Trevor Morgan scored in a 1-1 draw in Division Four the last time Wanderers went to Scunthorpe in 1987 – but that was the final season at the old Showground.

Good memories: Starting their defence of the FA Cup, Nat Lofthouse scored twice for the Whites in a 2-0 win over Scunthorpe in 1959.

Bad memories: Wanderers’ only defeat at Scunthorpe came early in the 1983/84 season, a week after Tony Caldwell had banged five goals against Walsall.


Ground: Bramall Lane

Capacity: 32,702

Usual away allocation: Around 3,000.

Round trip: 116

Last visit: Kevin Davies scored against his boyhood club in Wanderers’ last visit to Bramall Lane, in 2006. El-Hadji Diouf also netted in a 2-2 Premier League draw.

Good memories: A glorious 5-1 win at United in 1978. Wanderers had five different goalscorers – Peter Reid, Frank Worthington, Peter Nicholson, Roy Greaves and Neil Whatmore.

Bad memories: Wanderers went out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle in 1963 at Bramall Lane – but the game had taken an incredible 13 attempts to go ahead because of poor weather.


Ground: The Greenhous Meadow

Capacity: 9,875

Usual away allocation: 1,800

Round trip: 191

Last visit: Wanderers have never played a league game at the New Meadow but Sanmi Odelusi did score twice in a 3-1 victory in the League Cup in 2013. Rob Hall also got on the scoresheet, Aaron Wildig grabbing the consolation.

Good memories: The old Gay Meadow provided the backdrop for the first game of the 1990/91 campaign, won by a single Stuart Storer goal.

Bad memories: Tony Henry’s penalty was all Wanderers took from a 4-1 thumping at Shrewsbury in 1982 on their way to relegation from Division Two.


Ground: Roots Hall

Capacity: 12,392

Usual away allocation: 1,200 to 2,000

Round trip: 492

Last visit: Wanderers were beaten 5-2 the last time they went to Roots Hall, Nathan Blake and John McGinlay scoring the consolations in 1996.

Good memories: Alan Stubbs and John McGinlay were on target in a 2-0 win at Southend, their first for a decade, in January, 1994.

Bad memories: That 5-2 defeat came as a shock to the system for Colin Todd’s stylish side. Jerome Boere scored twice as the table-topping Whites came back from Essex with their tails between their legs.


Ground: County Ground

Capacity: 15,728

Usual away allocation: 1,200

Round trip: 354

Last visit: Wanderers put four past Swindon on their last game at the County Ground in 1999, with Phil Brown in temporary charge. Neil Cox, Dean Holdsworth, Bibi Gardner and Robbie Elliott were on target.

Good memories: Alan Thompson grabbed a priceless winner at Swindon in April, 1995, to keep Wanderers in the promotion race.

Bad memories: After three replays, Wanderers finally came unstuck at Swindon after extra time in the 1989 League Cup. Mark Came had equalised Steve White’s earlier effort but Ross McClaren grabbed the winner three minutes from the end.


Ground: Banks’s Stadium

Capacity: 11,300

Usual away allocation: 2,000

Round trip: 183

Last visit: Club record £8million man Nicolas Anelka scored his first Bolton goal in a 3-1 League Cup win at Walsall in September, 2006. Ivan Campo and Kevin Nolan also netted.

Good memories: Few and far between. Wanderers have only taken two league points from the Bescot, the last being in October, 1989, when Julian Darby got on the scoresheet in Division Three.

Bad memories: Pride stung by the 8-1 thrashing dished out earlier in the season, Saddlers boss Alan Buckley ensured Wanderers had no luxuries in their visit to the Bescot, giving them deflated balls for the warm-up. It worked, and Walsall won 1-0.



Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Can't wait for our new friends to visit the Macron. They'll be amazed.
Guide to the grounds: Get in the know about Bolton Wanderers' League One rivals for 2016/17 Yokel


Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
@boltonbonce wrote:Can't wait for our new friends to visit the Macron. They'll be amazed.
Guide to the grounds: Get in the know about Bolton Wanderers' League One rivals for 2016/17 Yokel
We're not playing Blackburn or Burnley


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Could only get a picture of Ipswich supporters. They'll do at a pinch. :good:


I'm sure the one on the right lives near me.

In a field under an upturned wheelbarrow.


Frank Worthington
Frank Worthington
Found a picture off the Bury Supporters Trust website

Guide to the grounds: Get in the know about Bolton Wanderers' League One rivals for 2016/17 Downlo15


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
You can fly with them ears! Shocked


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
They could replace Jodrell Bank.
Guide to the grounds: Get in the know about Bolton Wanderers' League One rivals for 2016/17 Lovell


@whatsgoingon wrote:Found a picture off the Bury Supporters Trust website

Guide to the grounds: Get in the know about Bolton Wanderers' League One rivals for 2016/17 Downlo15

I've posted that picture on here in the past.

It's team Boggerscott.

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