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Wanderers to get eight new opponents in League Two this season

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karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Wanderers passed a century of different league opponents in August 2016 after meeting Fleetwood Town for the first time in domestic competition.

In the season to come they will take their tally to 110 with eight new opponents: Macclesfield Town, Cheltenham, Morecambe, Crawley, Forest Green, Salford City, Barrow and Harrogate Town, who both gained promotion from the National League to take their place in League Two.

Bradford City will be the most familiar opponents, Wanderers having taken on the Bantams on 58 occasions in all competitions. Oldham, Tranmere and Port Vale have also proven very familiar faces down the years.

But it is the two new boys who could spark the most interest among Bolton fans, with a trip to Barrow likely to be a spicy affair for the man who guided them to the National League title, Ian Evatt.

Though Barrow spent 51 years in the Football League between 1921 and 1972 they did not meet Bolton until the 1990/91 FA Cup when Tony Philliskirk’s goal at Burnden Park was enough to book a meeting with Manchester United in the next round.

Harrogate’s place in the league was confirmed on Sunday via a play-off final victory against Notts County, and their rise up the ladder has been even more pronounced.

In 1995/96, Harrogate were playing in the Northern Premier League Division One alongside Leigh RMI, Radcliffe Borough and Atherton LR. A season earlier, the Yorkshire club would have been relegated to the Northern Counties East league had it not been for a restructure and the folding of Fleetwood FC – who were eventually reformed in 1997 as Fleetwood Wanderers, commencing their own march up the pyramid.

Rewind to the end of the 1986/87 season and Harrogate were playing in the ninth tier alongside the likes of Armthorpe Welfare, Pontefract Collieries and Thackley. Oddly, they were promoted that season after finishing ninth in their only season at that level after another league shake-up.

In recent years Harrogate have pushed their way into the National League set-up, playing on an all-weather pitch, which will now have to be relaid with grass, as per EFL rules.

For the first few weeks of the season the club is expected to play at Doncaster Rovers' Keepmoat Stadium, although that is still subject to EFL clearance.

Harrogate boss Simon Weaver will also be the league’s longest-serving manager, having taken the job in May 2009.

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Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
I bet the genteel environment will be shattered in Harrogate if Bolton fans are allowed to go there in the big numbers we always take to away games  Very Happy

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I bet the genteel environment will be shattered in Harrogate if Bolton fans are allowed to go there in the big numbers we always take to away games  Very Happy
Oh dear.

Sluffy

Sluffy
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I moved away from Bolton to take a job at a council in the London area.

When I went for the interview the manager who appointed me asked if I would go and visit his previous workplace to see for myself how he wanted to bring in a similar set up at this authority which he was new to himself.

He gave me a contact name and told me the name of the authority it was.

As the job was London based and he was a southerner I thought he had told me to contact the London Borough of Haringey, which I did.

Nobody there knew what I talking about.

Turnout he had said Harrogate!

Cajunboy

Cajunboy
El Hadji Diouf
El Hadji Diouf
Oh for a  Yorkshire Fat Rascal.

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