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Retro Wanderers: Through the archives on March 15

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
We delved back into our archives for what was happening at Wanderers on March 15 in years gone by.

On this day - March 15, 1961

Wanderers welcomed Le Havre to Burnden Park – the only French opponent to play at the stadium.

The game was played as part of the Friendship Cup, a competition organised by the French Football Federation which pitted English and Scottish clubs against their French counterparts over two legs.

Wanderers drew 1-1 in France but took the cup by winning 4-0 at Burnden Park.

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From The Bolton News on March 15, 2000

SAM Allardyce is refusing to spend money for the sake of it in the lead up to the transfer deadline. The Wanderers boss has set his standards high as he peruses the football market and insists he will not settle for second best.

After missing out on Bradford City striker Lee Mills (pictured) last week, Allardyce is still on the lookout for new faces to boost his side's play-off campaign.

But with money tight and the competition tough he is only interested in quality.

"It is all about finding a better player than we have already got in the side," he said.

"And doing that is a difficult task because of the quality we already have in the side and the consistent performances we are getting from those players."

"If we are going to go in for somebody before the deadline that player will have to improve the side rather than just be a squad player because we already have a good squad of players."

That squad could be boosted by two with recent injury victims Gareth Farrelly and Paul Warhurst both close to knocking on the first team door again.

The pair will play in a behind-closed-doors game today and if they impress with their fitness in a match situation they could soon be adding to Allardyce's many selection options as the manager plots a league and FA Cup double assault in the hectic final few weeks of the season. Allardyce dismissed speculation that Dean Holdsworth could be on his way out of the Reebok before deadline day.

The striker who took his season's tally to 11 with a double strike against Fulham on Saturday and continued to forge a promising partnership with Eidur Gudjohnsen in last night's goalless draw at Stockport has been linked with a move back to his native London.

But Allardyce is insistent that Holdsworth's immediate future belongs at the Reebok while he is producing the goods.

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From The Bolton News on March 15, 2005

Sam Allardyce fanned the flames of controversy over Steve Bennett's handling of Saturday's FA Cup defeat by Arsenal by claiming the Kent official may have been "too tired" to take charge of the game.

The Wanderers' boss, desperately disappointed after losing the Reebok quarter-final 1-0, revealed how he had watched Bennett referee the Monaco PSV Eindhoven Champions League tie just three days earlier and questioned whether officials should be given two high-profile games so close together.

Bennett reduced Wanderers to 10 men after just eight minutes on Saturday when he sent off El-Hadji Diouf for lashing out at Arsenal keeper, Jens Lehmann, after consulting his assistant. The two officials had earlier ignored Dennis Bergkamp's challenge on Tal Ben Haim in the build up to Freddie Ljungberg scoring the third minute goal that sent Arsenal through.

Allardyce said tiredness could have been a factor in the referee's performance.

"It was a good eye-opener for me to watch Steve referee on Wednesday night in Monaco then almost immediately come back here and have to referee a game that was so crucial to both teams," he said.

"I would point the finger at fatigue because I wouldn't put a player out there who was fatigued if I had a fresh player, so I'd question that a little. Another referee would have been fresher.

"There has to be a huge fatigue factor after Steve's journey to Monaco on Tuesday, handling a hugely difficult game on Wednesday night, getting up Thursday, flying all the way back, getting up Friday, travelling all the way up here, getting up Saturday morning and refereeing at 15 minutes past 12.

"There's no question about that, and that might have been one of the reasons why he didn't quite get one or two decisions right, that he might have done."

ON THIS DAY - March 15, 2016

Wanderers parted company with manager Neil Lennon by mutual consent.

The Northern Irishman had been appointed in October 2014 and left the club 11 points from safety at the foot of the table with nine games left to play.

The decision came just five days after Dean Holdsworth and Ken Anderson completed their joint takeover and academy boss Jimmy Phillips was left in temporary charge, soon to be joined by Peter Reid.

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