The 19/20 campaign is one to swiftly move on from for Bolton Wanderers. The EFL League One ended early due to the coronavirus pandemic but made little difference to a team who started on minus points.
The beginning of the 2019/20 campaign saw two historic clubs sink due to lack of funding and ownership problems, Bolton and Bury. Unfortunately for the world of football, only one pulled through, seeing Bury FC go to the wall and Bolton left in ruins.
As many senior players exited the club, the season was left to the young players and the leftovers to pull off the impossible… they didn’t though.
But Bolton fans have shown incredible loyalty to this team, as they stuck by each other, throughout one of the worst seasons a football team has ever seen in recent history.
However, not all is doom and gloom, especially of late. Bolton Wanderers will begin their 2020/21 EFL League Two season, the fourth division of English football, with ex-Barrow FC manager Ian Evatt breathing new life into the club as they have a fresh start in a lower league next season.
To bring up an old wound, Bolton saw a 7-1 defeat to Accrington Stanley earlier on in the season, which epitomised the state of the club, team and dressing room at the time. But to the pleasure of Bolton fans, new manager Ian Evatt pulled off a 3-0 victory in a recent friendly match over the side who thumped them in November.
Evatt was lifted by the win, saying: “I think there were some bad memories from that game last season and it was good to see that they can have success against that level of opposition.”
Under the influence of the new manager, with some new faces and a fresh start in a lower division than the team they just beat 3-0, projections and hopes of Bolton fans will have shot through the roof. Many will have expected Bolton to sit and rot at the bottom of English football, but not if they can help it. And after a run of no losses and a big win against a League One side, they certainly can.
We should all expect Bolton to dominate League Two, but we also shouldn’t expect to see them in the Premier League or Championship for quite some time. The wounds are fresh for this team and fanbase. They must be brought back to full life in a carefully planned fashion.