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241Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Oct 04 2018, 23:56

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
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Ken Anderson... wrote:
A lot has been mentioned in the local press about ‘off field financial problems’ which is getting increasingly frustrating. It seems to be repeated in every article at the moment yet they seem to forget where the club was financially two years ago.
The continuous negativity about the ‘financial problems’ and the manager’s perceived defensive style of play does not help anyone and hopefully the people concerned will move on and write about some of the positives going forward for a change.
 


Looking back at Anderson's PR on Monday, I'm just wondering if he knew what was around the corner and is ready to implement his exit strategy?

If you analyse Anderson's message management above ("I saved the club and to criticise me is the same as criticising Parky") it is unusually defensive for the normally ebullient Anderson. 

Having made him and his son personally richer, pawned the last of the club's assets that were still in place two years ago and minimised his personal exposure at every turn, maybe it's getting to exit time? I believe everything is finally in place to complete a perfectly executed asset-stripping job at BWFC's expense - unless anyone has an analysis that tells a different story of who will pay what if we go under?

I'm not saying he will walk away with substantial net personal gain and with the club devalued by tens of millions - just saying it looks like he potentially could do if he wasn't such a lovely trustworthy chap.



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242Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 00:13

Sluffy

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Ah right best tell every journo on Twitter drumming up interest in their stories to pack it in then, it’s not the right thing to do according to a 60 year old bloke from Slough.

Presumably you find the action of KA loaning the club Eddie Davies money as disrespectful as Iles reporting on it? And will be similarly sanctimonious over it?

Eh???

Why do you think Davies loaned the money to Anderson if he wasn't going to put it into the club???

He can't really put it in as equity can he, if he has to pay it back, so the only way he can do it is as a loan - and as a loan all he's done is to secure it - just as anyone else giving a £5 million loan would.  It's just basic common sense - so much so I can't really understand what all the fuss has been about - other than people who don't understand about such things being panicked by many others who don't understand these things either?

Even Davies didn't put his money into the club as equity, he did it instead by unsecured loans - the difference being it was all his money and he hadn't had to borrow it to pay someone else back if things went pear shaped.

Think about it this way, if Anderson keeps everything afloat and pays back Moonshift (Eddie Davies) then he still owns the club and has in effect increased it's value by £5 million by paying off a major creditor.  If he doesn't he still owns the club but it is worth just the same as before because he's had to cash in assets to pay off the debt he basically inherited in the first place (If I had a £100 and owed £95, I basically have £5 to my name.  If I paid off the £95 loan, from my £100 I would still only have £5 to my name and no loan hanging over my head anymore - so nothing much overall has changed, has it?).

Either way the £5 million as to be found because Holdsworth put it there with BluMarble and nothing other than a change of name (to Moonshift) has happened ever since.

The loan won't go away until it is settled - either by Anderson making the club successful enough to be able to do so, or having to sell off something like Eddie did with the car parks, to pay it off.  It's not really rocket science, or really that difficult to grasp, is it?  Maybe for some people it is?

I mean what did people really expect to happen?

As for an old fart like me knowing how journalists drum up interest in their stories - I don't - but I do see how Marc Iles (12.1k twitter followers does it) and I can compare it to how Alan Nixon (70.4k twitter followers does it) and note that the one with the biggest following writes for the national press and tells his followers to "read it in the paper", whilst the others career has peaked at a small regional paper level and seems now to depend for his stories from his twitter chums, most of which seem to have an anti-Anderson bais.

I know which one of them will earn the most money, will have the best contacts and will enjoy the better respect from club owners and those in the know.

I know which one of them knows how to do his job the best - and it isn't Iles.




243Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 00:23

Growler


Tony Kelly
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Iles is reporting on what’s happening at the club, it’s his job.



Shame he just couldn't hold off for a few hours just out of respect to basically the greatest Wanderer since Nat Lofthouse funeral was out of the way.

What a silly statement, this was a guy who wouldn't pay  Bolton's tax bill the season he stopped receiving parachute payments.

244Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 00:28

Sluffy

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Iles is reporting on what’s happening at the club, it’s his job.

Shame he just couldn't hold off for a few hours just out of respect to basically the greatest Wanderer since Nat Lofthouse funeral was out of the way.

What a silly statement, this was a guy who wouldn't pay  Bolton's tax bill the season he stopped receiving parachute payments.

De mortuis nil nisi bonum.

245Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 10:06

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Iles is reporting on what’s happening at the club, it’s his job.



Shame he just couldn't hold off for a few hours just out of respect to basically the greatest Wanderer since Nat Lofthouse funeral was out of the way.

What a silly statement, this was a guy who wouldn't pay  Bolton's tax bill the season he stopped receiving parachute payments.
WTF Growler?

ED stopped bailing the club out shortly after Gartside died and the truth of how much ED had been shafted finally came out. The club had plenty of time to prepare to meet their tax liabilities.

You blame him for saying enough is enough? He even wiped off the biggest personal debt in football history. And then bailed Anderson out (big mistake IMO) twice more.

That said I don't see how reporting a potentially important story more than 3 weeks after ED died is disrespectful. I doubt the media will stop working the day the queen is buried, let alone a businessman from Bolton.

Re my earlier post: Yes Anderson must have known about the WUP before he had a dig at Iles as it was filed on the 27th Sept.

246Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 13:54

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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Tomorrow we take on one of our closest rivals Blackburn Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium and I hope as many of you as possible come down to the stadium to cheer on Phil Parkinson and his players.

Derby matches always seem to have that extra edge to them and they all end up being very memorable.

I suspect that tomorrow will be no exception especially as we have not played against them for three seasons.

We need the ground to be rocking from kick off until the final whistle to give the team that extra boost as you can rest assured that the Rovers fans will be in full voice.

The game is also the last one before the international break, so with your help it would be excellent to sign off with a positive result.

Tickets for the game are still available and you can purchase them online and print them at home to avoid the very busy queues on match day. If you would like to experience our excellent hospitality offering then please give our Sales Team a call on 01204 673761 or email them at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].

All three of our popular home, away and third choice shirts are still available to buy in Bolton Central and online, so please make sure you wear your colours with pride as you get behind the players.

It has always been my intention to be open and transparent with you all, and I must confess that it has been a very difficult couple of weeks for me personally and also for the club with the sad passing of Eddie Davies.

Since my arrival at the club, Ed was always there for me and aside from being a trusted mentor he was always a quiet, considerate, thoughtful and caring gentleman in my dealings with him. It’s still somewhat surreal that he is no longer here but his spirit will always live on. I for one will miss him and his guidance immensely.

Ed was passionate and absolutely loved the club and was always supportive. He offered to help and refinance the BluMarble loan to assist both the club and myself.

As everybody is aware, I inherited the BluMarble loan which was taken out by Sports Shield BWFC and after long, difficult and protracted negotiations the original loan, which could have been £7/8M, was finally settled for a substantially lower amount. It was unfortunate that it went literally to the wire, but I can assure you it was financially worthwhile in the long run.

This new loan is now secured as is common practice whereas in the past my previous investments and loans were unsecured. It is important to note that the loans provided by BluMarble, Prescott Business Parks and Brett Warburton were fully secured on club assets and arranged by Trevor Birch prior to my involvement.

My intention to seek further investment in the club still remains and as always I shall keep you updated on any developments on that front.

I understand that certain recent events may have caused some concern for you and to that end I have decided to host a Q&A session, albeit at short notice, before tomorrow’s game. This will take place in Reflections at Bolton Whites Hotel from 4pm and I will be happy to answer any questions you have regarding the club.

I will also be visiting the hospitality lounges after this to speak with our corporate guests as well as doing some interviews with the local media.

I hope to see as many of you as possible so that I can keep you fully informed on the latest developments.

Best wishes,

Ken

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247Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 13:56

Norpig

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Nat Lofthouse
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Fair play to him for facing the fans especially if there are more winding up orders on the way.

248Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 14:48

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Fair play to him for facing the fans especially if there are more winding up orders on the way.
Definitely the right thing to do providing it's not a managed conversation with the Chair choosing what questions are asked/answered.

If anyone is intending to go, the question I'd like answered is "if the club is wound up, what is the current personal exposure of Ken Anderson and what exposure of the club?"

I noticed that he mentions looking for investors again - something he only does when there is a potential crisis in the offing. Maybe the billionaire's interest could be/has been rekindled - or is that just wishful thinking on my behalf?

249Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 16:13

Natasha Whittam

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
The question I would like asked is "....when are you going to make fatties pay for two seats rather than sharing mine?".

The club gets extra income, and I don't have someone else's bum cheeks squashing up against me.

250Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 16:29

Boggersbelief

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:The question I would like asked is "....when are you going to make fatties pay for two seats rather than sharing mine?".

The club gets extra income, and I don't have someone else's bum cheeks squashing up against me.

Why don’t you ask him yourself?

251Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 19:52

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Why don’t you ask him yourself?

I'm sure he reads my work, he'll probably e-mail me his reply.

252Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 05 2018, 20:17

karlypants

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Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Why don’t you ask him yourself?

I'm sure he reads my work, he'll probably e-mail me his reply.

No doubt he will ask you if you would like to be bounced up and down on his knee.

253Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Sat Oct 06 2018, 14:38

T.R.O.Y


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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Iles is reporting on what’s happening at the club, it’s his job.

Shame he just couldn't hold off for a few hours just out of respect to basically the greatest Wanderer since Nat Lofthouse funeral was out of the way.

What a silly statement, this was a guy who wouldn't pay  Bolton's tax bill the season he stopped receiving parachute payments.

De mortuis nil nisi bonum.


De pretentious pratum.

254Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Sat Oct 06 2018, 14:39

T.R.O.Y


Andy Walker
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Fair play to him for facing the fans especially if there are more winding up orders on the way.

Agreed, good move from ken. Hope the questions arent filtered and we get some answers. I’m curious as to his long term strategy here, seems high risk to me continually missing payments.

255Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Sat Oct 06 2018, 14:47

observer


Andy Walker
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Fair play to him for facing the fans especially if there are more winding up orders on the way.

Agreed, good move from ken. Hope the questions arent filtered and we get some answers. I’m curious as to his long term strategy here, seems high risk to me continually missing payments.
Hopefully this will be informative.  Missing payments and having the tax authority on your tail usually is foreboding.  Is this Ken's game to make the best deal possible?  Or does he not have the money to pay on a monthly basis?  At the least, we have survived and are now mid-table.  Hopefully Ken does have a long-term goal that includes an infusion of new money.  Past actions have dissuaded us that he really wants to sell so quickly, but cash poor may be a driving factor in finding some new money.

256Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Sat Oct 06 2018, 15:19

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Fair play to him for facing the fans especially if there are more winding up orders on the way.

Agreed, good move from ken. Hope the questions arent filtered and we get some answers. I’m curious as to his long term strategy here, seems high risk to me continually missing payments.
Hopefully this will be informative.  Missing payments and having the tax authority on your tail usually is foreboding.  Is this Ken's game to make the best deal possible?  Or does he not have the money to pay on a monthly basis?  At the least, we have survived and are now mid-table.  Hopefully Ken does have a long-term goal that includes an infusion of new money.  Past actions have dissuaded us that he really wants to sell so quickly, but cash poor may be a driving factor in finding some new money.
My suspicions are well documented and they are only compounded by the absence of recent information on his personal exposure/liability - which I suspect is close to zero - and the mounting charges on the remaining club assets. 
If we get to the point - and I suspect we are doing - that BWFC has nothing left to hock, and Anderson has zero personal liability, there will be no incentive for him to hang around any longer.
However I can't envisage any investor being interested whilst Anderson remains and I suspect Anderson will want a payoff that given the financial situation would be unreasonable plus with ED gone, there's nobody left to hold to ransom with the threat of the club going under so we're in a bit of a mess.

257Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Mon Oct 08 2018, 14:28

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] that Anderson claims to have settled with Front Row Marketing and will pay HMRC before it goes to court.

Ah well - onwards and sideways.

258Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Mon Oct 08 2018, 15:15

observer


Andy Walker
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] that Anderson claims to have settled with Front Row Marketing and will pay HMRC before it goes to court.

Ah well - onwards and sideways.
Sideways is correct.  At times, I feel we are on a ladder with rungs missing.  No consistency... one week we play like a top six club and the next week we missed a few rungs and look like a team headed for relegation.  Ameobi's absence, despite Nat's protests that he is only good one week a month, seems to be the offensive fireplug that we are missing.  For good or bad, we need to pick up the offense.  Defensively we are a shell of what we once were.  Truly Keystone Kops defense at times!  Parky had better sort that out... and if that means grounding Grounds, so be it.  Perhaps Wilson and Wheater can put it together?  If not, we had better search for someone in the January window.  Of course, wind up orders don't help in securing new players or getting top notch ones.  I'm surprised Parky has any hair left on his head at this point.

259Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Mon Oct 08 2018, 22:36

Sluffy

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You don’t always get what you deserve in football and that was definitely the case on Saturday when we entertained our neighbours Blackburn Rovers at the University of Bolton Stadium.
We didn’t really get going for the first 20 minutes but after that I thought that because of the way we got back into the game our second half performance merited a draw at least.
As the manager said following the game that although we got into good areas to score we lacked the clinical finishing power to find the back of the net and our ball in to the final third and from the wings didn’t have the desired quality.
But that’s football and we will work very hard on improving that aspect at the training ground in readiness for the games after the international break.
Considering the number of supporters who travelled over from Blackburn and due to the fact that the game was broadcast live on Sky Sports, the attendance of 15,461 was an improvement on recent games and I’m pleased that more Wanderers fans turned out. I hope that this is the beginning of a gradual increase in the attendance figures.

Prior to the game, I held some Q&A sessions in Reflections and also in the hospitality lounges and I am very grateful for the turnout and questions that were asked.
It has always been my belief that I will be open, honest and transparent with you all and no questions were off limits during these sessions.
For those that were unable to attend, I hope the comments here will give you a better view of everything and for those that did attend  I hope I brought some clarity on speculation that had surfaced in the media and on social media in recent weeks.
At sessions like these I always get asked about potential investment to the club. What I can say is that we get no shortage of enquiries but the vast majority of them turn out to be bids and offers that are extremely unrealistic and quite often end up to be a waste of time. As things stand, we are in talks with two potential investors, one of whom is US based and the other is Asian. As always, you will be among the first to know if anything progresses in this regard.

Unfortunately, the process is a slow one as you would have seen with other clubs like Charlton, Wigan and Hull to name just a few.

It was reported that the club had been served with two winding up petitions recently, one by the HMRC and the other by a US-based company called Front Row Marketing. Both are in the process of being settled before they get to court but I felt it was important to clarify the reasons for the delay.

On that note, I was a little bit disappointed to read the Bolton News article this morning which made reference to the club having dealt with four separate winding up orders in the past 14 months.  To give a bit of context and to put it in perspective the last one we dealt with was in January this year, since then all payments due to HMRC were paid on time until last month and the ones relating to 2017 were all settled before getting to court.

There were reasons for the delay in paying HMRC, which I cannot fully go in to but it was all linked to the dispute with Blu Marble, which has now been settled as widely reported and effectively saved the club several million pounds since the loan was taken out by SportShield BWFC in December 2015, three months before I became involved in March 2016.

Winding up orders do generate anxiety and negativity for everybody concerned but I want to make it clear that I will always endeavour to do what is best for Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

I was also pretty incensed to read a reader’s letter in the Bolton News on Saturday which contained incorrect information stating that I had ‘borrowed money from Blu Marble to buy Dean Holdsworth’s shares’. This is absolute nonsense. I have never personally had any loans from Blu Marble. Furthermore, it was Sport Shield BWFC who took out the Blu Marble loan prior to my involvement. Quite why this was allowed to be published without being fact checked totally escapes me.

The dispute with Front Row Marketing was another problem that I inherited from the previous regime at the club. Front Row claim that they were involved in the original Macron naming rights deal for the stadium and that they had brought money into the club. Interestingly, they were unable to provide any evidence or paperwork to this effect or to say exactly how much money they have brought in or when. For whatever reason they felt the need to issue the petition but I am pleased to say that we have now reached a settlement for less than what they claimed.

As has been reported Ed Davies assisted the club in the settling of the Blu Marble loan. He was quite keen for the club to no longer have this burden hanging over it, although he didn’t want the publicity associated with it.
Our thoughts and prayers will always be with Ed’s family and our gratitude for his kindness will remain eternal.

Another topic that came up during the Q&A were comments in relation to the ticket prices for matches, which I also fully take on board. I will be having discussions with club officials to see if there is anything we can do in terms of promotions for specific matches.
But what I must say, and something that I make no apology for repeating, is that the purchasing of a season ticket will always remain the best value for money if you wish to watch the club on a match-by-match basis. That value must always be protected for those who showed their loyalty in the summer months by paying for the cost up front or by monthly direct debit.
As always, the club will be launching a half season ticket for the remaining 12 home games starting from the Boxing Day clash against Rotherham. There are some big games in the second-half of the campaign, with fixtures against Preston North End, Stoke City, West Brom, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa. These will be on sale in November and full details will be announced shortly.
I strongly urge those of you who haven’t already got season tickets to take advantage of this as you will be making significant savings compared to buying tickets on a match-by-match basis.

In my notes from last week, I referred to the continuous negativity in the local press as they repeated the same comments in a paragraph in virtually each and every article, week in, week out. Surely to say it once would have been sufficient?
In reference to this, I have seen the social media exchanges between Kieran Maguire, Marc IIes and a few others which l find all very interesting. However, some of it is like comparing chalk and cheese.

For a start no director’s salary has ever been paid to me. Furthermore, there were other directors at the time included in the Directors’ figures mentioned. It is correct though to say that fees were paid to businesses associated with me and this has always been disclosed as it’s a statutory obligation to do so.
To compare our 2016/17 salary costs in League One with the Championship salaries is a complete nonsense. In any event, l feel sure that our salary costs that season were up there with the highest in League One and not mid table.
To clarify my comments, l was talking about the current season and none of us will know the final figures until the end of the season.
As regards the amortisation figures, if you don’t pay transfer fees these will always be little or nothing. I am far happier with our transfer figures that show significant profits on trading and this is something we as a club need to continue to survive financially.
We will be publishing the financial accounts when the auditors complete them.
The auction for the signed shirts, which the players wore in support of Stephen Darby prior to the Derby County game, to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association is nearing an end and the bids the club has so far received have been outstanding. Please click here if you want to own one of these special shirts and in doing so supporting a tremendous charity.

Also, why not considering watching a performance of And Did Those Feet which is being staged in the Lion of Vienna Suite between Sunday 21 October and Thursday 1 November.


Produced by the Octagon Theatre, the play focuses on Wanderers’ FA Cup final victory against West Ham United in 1923 and follows the lives of two families in the build up to one of the most historic moments in the club’s history. Click here for more information.

After what has been a busy couple of weeks in terms of matches, we now have another international break this week so it will be an ideal opportunity for the players to regroup and recharge their batteries before another busy period of fixtures.
I look forward to seeing you at Rotherham on Saturday 20 October before the double header back at the University of Bolton Stadium for our two games against Nottingham Forest  and Hull City.

Best wishes,

Ken

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260Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Tue Oct 09 2018, 01:19

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
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Move on, move on. Nothing to see here. Haven't you got homes to go to?

261Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 12 2018, 12:38

Growler


Tony Kelly
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Ken's article on Wednesday implies that all adult tickets will be a fiver for the Ipswich game in April.Fair play Ken, im looking forward to our biggest gate of the season in what might be a relegation 6 pointer.

262Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Fri Oct 12 2018, 23:23

Sluffy

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Ken's article on Wednesday implies that all adult tickets will be a fiver for the Ipswich game in April.Fair play Ken, im looking forward to our biggest gate of the season in what might be a relegation 6 pointer.

Sorry, I've been really busy recently and haven't been around much so please forgive me for the delay in putting up KA's most recent notes - and the ones with all the discounted game offers!

Anyway here it is now -

I’d like to start these notes off by welcoming Stephen Ireland to the club.
Stephen is a hugely experienced and talented player with plenty of Premier League experience and I believe he will be a tremendous asset to the squad as we head into a very busy period of fixtures.
We welcome him to the team and are looking forward to seeing him take to the field.

It was a pleasure for me to have met up with our supporters last Saturday before the Blackburn Rovers game and to be able to answer the questions they put forward.
It is important that we have this two-way dialogue.
On Monday, I followed this up with interviews for the Bolton News and Radio Manchester and hopefully all the questions have now been answered and we can move on.

One of the common themes was about the price of match tickets and I’m pleased to say that we have fully taken these points on board.
The club has discussed a range of initiatives which we believe will make the opportunity of watching Bolton Wanderers more affordable for certain matches whilst also not adversely impacting the value of those who purchased season tickets before the current campaign got underway.
For the Swansea City game on Saturday 10 November, all season ticket holders will be able to purchase up to four additional tickets for the match, at a discounted price of £10 per ticket. Tickets for this fixture will go on sale on Monday 15 October at 9am and more details will be announced later this week. We hope that many of our loyal season ticket holders take advantage of this offer and bring their family, friends and colleagues to help boost the attendance and atmosphere.
Half season tickets, which will commence on Boxing Day for our fixture with Rotherham United, will go on sale next week and those who sign up for them will benefit from some incredible savings as opposed to buying tickets on a match-by-match basis.
Prices will be confirmed on the club’s website in the coming days and those who commit to a half season ticket early, will also be able to benefit from the season ticket holder offer for the Swansea City game as mentioned above.
To further strengthen the benefit of being a season ticket holder, we will also be introducing a ‘bring a friend for free’ offer for a home game in the New Year. Again, this will be an opportunity for a Wanderers season ticket holder to bring a close associate with them at no extra charge. This offer will also be extended to those who purchase a half season ticket.

Our Community Fixture for this season will be the Ipswich Town game on Saturday 6 April and in conjunction with the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust and their partners, Bolton At Home, we will be donating 1,500 tickets for this match to the local community. Further to this, I am delighted to confirm that we will be returning with our ‘Community Fiver’ pricing policy whereby all tickets for this match will be priced at £5.00. I really hope that the game will be sold out and that the University of Bolton Stadium will be greeted by a very special atmosphere.
Please stay tuned to the club’s communications channels, where all the information will be available in due course.

As always, if you have any comments or suggestions please write to the club or email our head of marketing and communications Paul Holliday at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.].
Your feedback is very important to us and we do listen and take on board your comments.

Next week, the Bolton Wanderers International Football Programme (BWIFP) will be hosting its Elite Pro Club Experience (EPCE) at the training ground and Bolton Whites Hotel.
Over the duration of the past year, the BWIFP has delivered its talent ID clinics in countries such as the USA, Canada, Colombia, Italy, Australia, UAE, South Africa and Poland and has engaged with over 900 participants from under 9s to under 19s.
The high achieving players from these coaching clinics have been hand selected to take part in the prestigious EPCE which is held annually at the club and hotel.
The players involved will work with the club’s Academy staff on a variety of sessions, seminars and strength and conditioning built in and around a competitive games programme as well as playing a variety of academy opposition over the duration.
The EPCE has grown annually with this year’s event set to welcome 26 of the best players (under 14s to under 17s) they have engaged with.
This year’s participants will be the strongest cohort the EPCE has seen so far and the coaching team are all looking forward to the intensive week of training and fixtures ahead.
I cannot praise enough the work the Hotel and BWIFP staff undertake to make this programme a massive and continued success.
I am hugely proud of them all as not only does the IFP bring in additional revenue but it also attracts and generates some fantastic PR for the club and town all over the world.
Special credit must go to Suzanne Speak, Margaret Graham, Danny Clarke and James Ward for their drive to make the IFP the success it is, whilst praise must also go to Sam Redshaw and Peter Alymer who have both been instrumental in supporting the success of this programme.
Please follow them on social media to witness at first hand the excellent work they do both here and overseas. They can be followed on Twitter at @BWIntFootball and Instagram at bwfip. For further details please click here.

Finally, I would also like to take this opportunity to praise our Head Groundsman Chris Simm and all the groundstaff. Following a very busy summer schedule with the concerts and Rugby League Challenge Cup semi-finals, the pitch still looks in top shape at this stage of the football season.
This is down to Chris and his team’s diligence and expertise which is appreciated by everybody connected with the club.

Best wishes,
Ken

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263Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Oct 18 2018, 09:56

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I am sure, like myself, you are all hungry for football to return this coming weekend following a two-week break from our Sky Bet Championship exploits.

Our game against Blackburn Rovers feels like a very long time ago now, but the past week or so has given the manager Phil Parkinson, his backroom staff and players the opportunity to put in the hours on the training pitch.

And with three quick-fire games set to come over the course of seven days, that hard work will be put to the test and I am confident that the players’ efforts will reap the rewards they deserve in the coming weeks and beyond.

The team travel to Rotherham United on Saturday to face a side who won promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking back in May.

They have experienced a hit and miss start to their respective campaign, but currently sit 19th in the table, just four points behind ourselves.

They will certainly head into this weekend’s game determined to reduce that gap, but we need to look at this fixture as one which could put daylight between ourselves and the chasing pack.

Next week meanwhile, we have a home double header against Nottingham Forest and Hull City.

Matchball and match sponsorship packages are still available for these games meanwhile, with more information available by CLICKING HERE or calling our Sales Team on 01204 673 761.

When you have matches in such quick succession, it is always a test for the players to maintain their performance levels throughout as fatigue plays its part, with the manager having a difficult job on his hands to ensure that the team he puts out for each game is capable of picking up maximum points.

That is where squad rotation comes into play and that is why each and every player has to be ready to be called upon.

There is ample competition for places in the squad at present and that is only a good thing as it ensures that every player does not get complacent and let their standards slip.

If they are not up to the mark, they could very easily find themselves out of the team and no player wants that.

I am also delighted to announce that our half season tickets are now on sale, with fans able to watch every home game from Rotherham United on December 26 onwards from just £15.42 per match for an adult and a flat rate of £60 for Under-18s.

Holding a season ticket at Bolton Wanderers will always be the most cost-effective way of following your team and I implore as many of you as possible to take advantage of this opportunity.

Half season tickets can be bought in-store at Bolton Central, online HERE or by calling 0844 871 2932.

Anybody who buys one meanwhile will qualify for our Swansea City ticket offer which allows each season ticket holder to buy up to four additional tickets for £10 apiece.

The next few weeks are certainly busy ones around the University of Bolton Stadium, with many events taking place such as the Bolton Beer Festival in the Premier Suite from Thursday 18 October until Saturday 20 October.

Tickets are still available, with them being sold in aid of Bolton Lads and Girls’ Club and available HERE.

Our young supporters will also have the opportunity to meet members of the club’s first team squad at the BWFC Juniors Halloween Party on Thursday 25 October.

Entry is free for BWFC Juniors members and junior season ticket holders, with adults costing just £1 and non-members £5 on the door. For more details, please CLICK HERE.

Bolton Wanderers’ International Football Programme meanwhile will be in full swing next week when hosting its Elite Pro Club Experience (EPCE) at the training ground and Bolton Whites Hotel.

The players involved will work with the club’s Academy staff on a variety of sessions, seminars and strength and conditioning built in and around a competitive games programme as well as playing a variety of academy opposition over the duration.

It is a very exciting time for BWIFP and I look forward to seeing a variety of nationalities experience the Bolton Wanderers way of life.

I hope many of you has also had the opportunity to visit Bolton Central to view our new range of training wear.

There is a variety of clothing on offer in both adult and junior sizes, with them exact replicas of that which our first team and Academy players wear on a daily basis.

They are also available online by CLICKING HERE.

I would also like to confirm that the HMRC winding up petition which was mentioned in the media recently has now been settled and dismissed.

Finally, I would like to reiterate the club’s support of Stand Up To Cancer this month with our players having recently shown their support by wearing special wristbands and t-shirts.

Stand Up To Cancer has raised £38 million since it was launched in the UK in 2012, with the funding used for clinical trials and projects which accelerate the development of new cancer treatments and tests, to help patients and ultimately save more lives.

I hope that everybody will show their own support for the campaign in some way, whether it be fundraising or donating, as we all bid to find a cure for this horrific disease.

Kind regards,

Ken

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264Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Oct 18 2018, 11:15

gloswhite

gloswhite
Jay Jay Okocha
Jay Jay Okocha
Is this nothing more than an advertising exercise, or have I missed something?

265Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Oct 18 2018, 12:07

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Is this nothing more than an advertising exercise, or have I missed something?
Presumably he can't discuss the big question i.e. takeover negotiations - or lack thereof - so this can only be expected as it's his default press release.

266Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Thu Oct 18 2018, 13:10

finlaymcdanger

finlaymcdanger
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
There definitely seems to be a different agenda to when he first attempted to engage the fans with improved communication through these updates. This one reads to me like it's written to impress potential buyers.

Surely there are more effective ways to promote match days, sell half season tickets and cross-sell events than a note from the Chairman.

I do quite enjoy his slightly passive aggressive reminder to the players that they'd better shape up or be prepared to lose their place in the team though. Probably better communicated through the manager mind.

267Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Sun Oct 21 2018, 23:09

Kane57

Kane57
Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Fits in with the messiah complex theory

268Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Tue Oct 23 2018, 09:03

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Saturday’s draw against Rotherham United marked the start of another busy period for us with it being the first of three games inside a week.

Wednesday’s encounter against Nottingham Forest quickly follows and it is imperative that we make our home advantage count against Forest and also Hull City who visit us on Saturday.

The manager was able to make a number of personnel changes for the game at the New York Stadium which enabled us to adopt a different style of play.

This highlighted the strength in depth we now have at our disposal given our extensive recruitment and will bode well over what is going to be intense couple of months.

It was a typical physical and hard fought affair with Rotherham battling all the way throughout. They obviously received a tremendous boost when we missed the penalty which they capitalised on to take the lead.

But having gone behind we showed character, tenacity and determination to get back into the game and I’m very pleased for Christian Doidge to open his goal-scoring account for the club. It was a good finish by him and one that will boost his confidence no end.

The game also allowed Clayton Donaldson, Marc Wilson and Lloyd Dyer to get some valuable minutes under their belts and they all worked hard for the team.

It was a blow to lose Gary O’Neil to injury in the first half as he was integral to our attacking threat. Hopefully, he won’t be out for too long and we can welcome him back into contention alongside Sammy Ameobi and Andy Taylor, who have been on the side lines.

The entire squad has its part to play over the coming months.

I must also mention the fantastic support from our travelling fans in South Yorkshire. There were just under 2,000 of you there and you were the loudest in the stadium by far.

That passion and support helps and inspires the players and has been exceptional on our travels this season.

One thing that has become apparent this season is just how wide open the Championship seems to be which has made it more of a level playing field in comparison to last season where Wolves were runaway leaders for the majority of the campaign.

On its day, any team can beat another. At the weekend, several of the leading teams, such as Leeds United, Sheffield United and West Brom, lost their matches which has made it possible for teams to move positions quite significantly.

Looking at our position we are just five points away from a play-off berth, so it’s key to find consistency and get a run of results together.

With the two homes, starting on Wednesday against Forest, we need that passion and support in full voice again at the University of Bolton Stadium.

We know what a positive effect a passionate and vociferous stadium has on our players, so let’s make sure we are in fine voice on Wednesday evening and for the Hull game.

As I have said, these two home games are crucial and a couple of wins will give the club a tremendous boost.

Tickets and hospitality for both games are available to buy and can be bought by clicking here.

I am sure you all have read the media coverage in relation to attendances for midweek matches in the Championship being adversely affected by the TV coverage and live streaming.

Nothing beats watching football in person at a stadium. The atmosphere can be unparalleled and we only need to look at the last game of last season against Forest to understand just what it means. For those of you who were there, the memories will never leave you.

But there is a growing demand for watching football on television and online, and of course this also brings benefits to clubs.

For me, although the jury is still out, the debate will give clubs plenty of food for thought going forward on how they can address this issue.

Our half season tickets are now on sale and I cannot emphasise enough the value for money that they offer if you are to watch us on a match by match basis.

Commencing on our Boxing Day fixture against Rotherham United, the half season ticket, which covers 12 games, works out from just £15.42 per match for adults and a flat rate of £60 for under 18s.

You can buy them online, in-store at Bolton Central or by calling 0844 871 2932.

It promises to be an exciting second half of the campaign for the club and I urge those of you haven’t got a season ticket to get hold of one. Don’t miss out on this fantastic value for money offer.

Also, we are doing a special offer for the Swansea City game on Saturday 10 November whereby season ticket holders can buy up to four additional tickets for just £10 each.

If you buy a half season ticket now, you will also be able to take advantage of this offer.

On Thursday, members of our first team squad will be in attendance at the BWFC Juniors Halloween Party.

Entry is free for BWFC Juniors members and junior season ticket holders, with adults costing just £1 and non-members £5 on the door.

Bolton Wanderers’ International Football Programme are hosting its Elite Pro Club Experience (EPCE) at the training ground and Bolton Whites Hotel this week.

The players involved will work with the club’s Academy staff on a variety of sessions, seminars and strength and conditioning built in and around a competitive games programme as well as playing a variety of academy opposition over the duration.

It is a very exciting time for BWIFP and I look forward to seeing a variety of nationalities experience the Bolton Wanderers way of life.

Much has been written about the funding of grassroots football in the country, especially after the intended sale of Wembley by the FA fell through.

It’s important that every club does its bit to support their local communities in terms of providing the necessary support for grassroots football.

I’m fully behind this drive and I’m pleased that our Community Trust and International Football programmes provide many opportunities to grow the game at grassroots level.

This is one of the reasons why we are staging the IberCup at the stadium and training ground next year, which will provide tremendous opportunities for grassroots clubs in the local area to take part in a globally recognised competition.

I hope many of you has also had the chance to visit Bolton Central to view our new range of training wear.

There is a variety of clothing on offer in both adult and junior sizes, with them exact replicas of that which our first team and Academy players wear on a daily basis.

They are also available online by clicking here.

Our away and third choice replica shirts have proven to be very popular this season, so much so, that most of the common sizes had sold out quite early on. However, I’m delighted to confirm that we are now taking pre-orders for both shirts in all sizes.

We are expecting the delivery to come in very soon from our suppliers so please pre-order today by visiting clicking here or in store at Bolton Central.

The Octagon Theatre is staging its production of And Did Those Feet in the Lion of Vienna Suite until the end of the month. It’s centred on Wanderers’ 1923 FA Cup final victory against West Ham United and is a must watch for any Wanderers’ fan. Tickets can be booked by calling 01204 520661.

I look forward to seeing you at the University of Bolton Stadium on Wednesday and as usual let’s be loud, let’s be proud and let’s get behind the boys!

Best wishes,

Ken

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269Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Tue Oct 23 2018, 10:57

Natasha Whittam

Natasha Whittam
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I've stopped reading these. They used to be informative, now they're just a repetitive sales pitch.

270Ken Anderson - update. - Page 9 Empty Re: Ken Anderson - update. on Tue Oct 23 2018, 12:08

wanderlust


Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I've stopped reading these. They used to be informative, now they're just a repetitive sales pitch.
Clearly you haven't.

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