The Spirit of ’98 is Long Gone, But Bolton Will Be Hoping For a Great Escape
We’ve seen some tough times at Bolton this past few years, from being relegated in 2012 into the Championship up to the liquidation hanging over their head tomorrow.
I’m not a Bolton Wanderers fan, however, growing up my uncle used to take me to Burden Park on a regular basis, and then the Reebok Stadium as it was known.
I remember being there singing the great escape theme tune back in 1998, when the Trotters smashed five past Crystal Palace to win 5-2 and give a glimmer of hope before being relegated on goal difference. The atmosphere back then was a defiant we’re all in this together – something which is the polar opposite in today’s situation.
A players strike ahead of a massive day for the club in court shows the discontent within Bolton. Things have soured over the course of this season after promotion at the first time of asking in League One last year.
Ken Anderson’s dealing of the club has been woeful to say the least, and from the outside looking in – It looks like a warzone.
Player power has took over, and rightly so.
Nobody would turn up to work to not be paid at the end of the month. For a football club to be in a that bad a state, that it can not pay it’s staff is a sad state of affairs.
The thing is, this chairman has come and will hopefully, and quickly go. The managers will come and go, same with the players but the fans are their from childhood to the day they die.
The simply cannot switch clubs, they can’t move on – a football club is ingrained in most families, for some it’s their sole focus of their weekend. A football club is not an option and should the worst happen tomorrow – only the fans will feel the true effect of an idiot with no good intention or know how on how to run a business.