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Good additions? Former Blackburn Rovers & Preston North End players training with Bolton Wanderers

According to EFL Transfer News on thier Twitter page, Craig Conway and Ben Pringle are in training with Bolton Wanderers. Today at the Football Manc Cave, we look at what they could bring to the club in a time of need.

As all Bolton fans know, there’s been so many problems behind the scenes and as they go into League One, they are in desperate need of players. Now it’s being said that former Blackburn Rovers man, Craig Conway and former Preston North End midfielder Ben Pringle are both in training with the Whites.

It’s safe to say that fans will take any signing at the moment. For people who want to know more about the pair, we take a look if they’ll be good additions to the trotters…

Craig Conway

Conway is now 34 years old. He’s comfortable as a winger and has previously played for the likes of Dundee, Cardiff and most recently, Blackburn Rovers. In May, Conway confirmed that he would be leaving Ewood Park after five and a half years when his contract expired.

Now he will be in need of another club as the new season starts and Bolton could be his number one option. Some say he’s too old and past it and he has been known to suffer from injuries quite often, however, Bolton will be looking to take on anyone they can convince to sign. The winger could be a good addition to the side as he’s older and has more experience than most youngsters in the current squad.

Ben Pringle

The 30-year-old midfielder has sure been around. After spending his youth at West Brom, he joined a whole host of clubs from Derby, Rotherham and Fulham to Preston, Oldham and Tranmere. He’s spent a lot of his career on loan to other teams to give him break out opportunities. The ex-Grimsby star also has had a few achievements such as being listed in the 2013/2014 Football League One PFA Team Of The Year. He was also named as man of the match in a game against Bolton back in 2015 when he played for Rotherham.

Again, Bolton fans would be happy to see a signing and he might be someone that can make a difference. Hopefully, instead of a loan spell like he’s used to, he’ll sign a permanent contract if a deal can be made and he may help in getting Bolton back on top again.

Two qualities Peterborough Utd will be getting by signing Bolton Wanderers midfielder

According to The Peterborough Telegraph, Bolton Wanderers midfielder, Luke Murphy could be on his way out of Phil Parkinson’s side.

Bolton Wanderers have made headlines since last season with their financial troubles. As a result of the problems behind the scenes, the team got relegated to League One at the end of last season.

Bolton now has only 7 senior squad members after unpaid wages have seen players leave over the summer. Some are still undecided as there’s a lack of news coming from the University of Bolton Stadium. Now one of their few options for next season could be on his way out as Luke Murphy has recurved interest from Peterborough.

If the transfer does go ahead, what could he bring to the club?


The 29-year-old has been around a few different teams. He’s previously played for Crewe Alexandra, Leeds Utd and Burton Albion. However, this isn’t the main reason why I’ve chosen his experience as the main quality that he could take with him to Peterborough. I’ve also picked this because whether he stays or goes to Peterborough, he will be playing League One football. Furthermore, if he moves to the Posh, he’ll be taking his experience of playing in the Championship with him. Being in a lower league should be a little easier for him.


All of the above is what leads me to this next point. When Murphy was at Crewe Alexandra, he captained the team. In 2012/13, as well as leading the squad, he also won their player of the year award. I think a player who’s captained a team in the past always has the confidence of joining a new team and being able to fit right in. They also have the ability to step up and deliver in times of need.

As well as the two qualities above, after a pretty dull season that left all Bolton players feeling deflated, if Murphy decides to join any new team, I think it will give him the determination to do well. He will definitely want to make an impression as he starts to enjoy football again. After all, you’ve got to be able to play better without the stress of not knowing when you’re going to get paid.

3 youth players that need to step up and impress in pre-season for Bolton Wanderers

With the situation behind the scenes at Bolton Wanderers seemingly improving, the Football Manc Cave thought they’d have a look at three youth players who will look to impress.

Bolton Wanderers were in an awful financial situation at the end of last season that saw players and management go unpaid, fan protests and also resulted in relegation. It’s now looking as though a buyer has been found in Football Ventures headed by Sharon Brittan, and some normality can start to take place again.

Bolton still hasn’t confirmed anything substantial as of yet. Which means the squad is still short of players and pre-season training has been mocked by fans, with the number of players actually there. As the situation hopefully draws to a close, players will hopefully be recruited. However, until then, I have picked out three of the younger players that will want to make a difference to the team and try to start making an impact now.

Liam Edwards

The 22-year-old spent his youth with Stoke City before he signed for Bolton. He got sent out on loan to Southport last season to get some playing time and experience. The centre back will be hoping for the first team to give him a chance as there’s not a lot of players to choose from. There’s actually no defenders listed on the club website so far, which will put him at the top of the empty list until Bolton can sign some players. He’ll look to make an impression in pre-season friendlies.

Dennis Politic

The 19-year-old midfielder will more than likely be called up to the first time this season after his loan to Salford City last year. The Romanian midfielder came back from his loan this year and is now straight back into training. According to the Bolton News, he’s supposedly impressing management and the squad with his attitude towards being a part of the struggling team. The teenager will want to meet the first team criteria and prove that he’s ready to start next season.

Ronan Darcy

The 18-year-old striker who made a name for himself after, being brought on as a substitute in Bolton’s last game of the season against Nottingham Forest last year. He is another player alongside Politic that is impressing with his positive attitudes towards training and being a part of the team. The youngster may have to be an option for Bolton if the financial situation goes on any longer, and stops them from bringing in recruits.

Midfielder set to stand up & lead the Bolton Wanderers fight next season – Agree?

Now that there seems to be a breakthrough at Bolton Wanderers with a buyer lined up in Football Ventures. Which player will make the difference on the pitch for their League One campaign?

Bolton doesn’t have a lot of senior players listed right now so this seemed like it was going to be a hard choice. However, there’s someone who stood out for me who I think will be the difference as the Wanderers get their season in League One started.

Erhun Oztumer

The 28-year-old midfielder has had his name thrown around in transfer gossip as Charlton Athletic seem to be interested. A lot of football fans who are keeping an eye on transfer news have suggested that other League One clubs take a look at the Turkish player. However, if he decides to stay with Bolton this season, which I presume he will, I think he will make a difference and prove himself.

Oztumer spent his youth with Charlton Athletic which explains the interest they have in him now. He only joined Bolton in 2018 but with the financial struggles that ended up causing problems on the pitch, he never really got a chance. Focus also wasn’t even on the team and their performance, it was more on the owners and the money issues.

The midfielder did manage to score for Bolton in a 2-1 defeat to Leeds United in the EFL cup back in August. Although his more impressive form came from his previous club, Walsall. From 2016-2018, in 86 appearances, he scored 30 goals. This goes to show that if he gets the chance to start or appear in games, he will perform.

In a recent interview, Erhun explained how the problems behind the scenes at Bolton Wanderers took an effect on the players. He said that the club wasn’t a fun place to be. He went on to say,

“Over the past few years that I have played in League One I feel like I improved every time. I got more comfortable expressing myself on the ball. When I feel safe and secure, that’s when a club gets the best out of me.”

This is clearly true as when he was at Walsall, he was named in the PFA Sky Bet League One Team Of The Year in both of the seasons he played for them.

He’s used to the league that Bolton have to face, and he’ll be ready to prove to other clubs that he may be worth a chance as his contract runs out at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

Is Rochdale’s 23y/o ready to make his mark this season

There is a gem within the Rochdale ranks waiting for a big League One season, could it happen in the upcoming campaign?

Born in Stockport, Northern Ireland international Callum Camps has been a part of the Rochdale set up since 2012, beginning in the youth academy. The 23-year-old proudly wears the number 10 shirt in the centre of midfield.

Rochdale is looking to improve from last season, where Brian Barry-Murphy’s squad finished at an unsatisfactory 16th place.

Camps has made over 170 appearances for Rochdale and has already captained the squad on several occasions. With his contract coming to an end after the upcoming campaign, the midfielder will be keen on impressing his employers in order to extend his services for the club he loves. The length of his service with Dale so far demonstrates the trust and support the team have in the youngster to shine. Although there have been moments of excellence, it is a certainty that he has much more to offer the League One side.

Competition for places

Other midfield talents, such as the highly regarded ex-Manchester United man Oliver Rathbone, will drive Camps to compete for first-team football throughout next season and make his mark on the club. Allowing him to glow on manager Barry-Murphy’s radar.

Camps will be keen on remaining with Rochdale, or potentially catching the eyes of clubs of higher quality. As opposed to being released to a lower tier club come to the end of his contract in 2020.

Despite not being the most prolific player in Rochdale’s ranks, next season will be crucial for both himself and his squad. This hidden gem could step up his game and assert his dominance on the team.

Fellow Greater Manchester clubs Bolton Wanderers and Bury FC are suffering incredibly crippling financial woes, resulting in points being docked from both teams come the beginning of the EFL League One season. As a result, Rochdale could emerge as the most successful Greater Manchester side of the three at the end of the 19/20 campaign.

3 players Oldham Athletic must Loan, Buy & Sell – Agree?

After a 14th place finish in League Two for Oldham Athletic last season and now a new manager. Football Manc Cave has had a look at players the Latics could sign and sell.

Laurent Banide has now taken over as manager of Oldham Athletic and fans are finding it hard to be optimistic, as there’s not been a lot of transfer news for the club.

This week, the team have been in Morocco completing team building exercises and beach training ahead of a preseason friendly. Fans have been looking at pictures and begging the club to announce any form of signing before the start of the season.

I have picked out a player that the Latics could buy, sell and could get on loan…

Loan – Zach Clough

The 24-year-old has been a name who’s been up in the air this transfer window. He left Bolton Wanderers in 2017 for Nottingham Forest and a year later he was loaned back to the Trotters. Since then he’s had loan spells at Rochdale but not managed many appearances, goals or a chance in the Forest squad.

I’ve seen him play for Bolton many times and he’s someone I rate, I think he’d be a great addition to Oldham. However, his fee could be a risk and some fans are sceptical about whether he’s consistent. This is why I think he could just join the club on a loan spell for the time being.

Buy – Chris Eagles

Another player that I got to see play at Bolton. He’s not had a team that he’s found his feet at in a while. Although, the midfielder has been around a lot and could be beneficial to the League Two side. The 33-year-old has been spotted in Morocco training with the squad as it is believed he is on trial with the club. Hopefully, he will prove to be a potential signing for the club as he tries to impress while on trial.

Sell – Urko Vera

It has been announced that Vera has signed a new one year contract with Oldham. Don’t get me wrong, I know that he’s only just signed and fans are praying for their club to announce transfer news but this isn’t exactly what they wanted. The 32-year-old has a list longer than my arm of his previous clubs. Now fans are not happy because they don’t think he was worth the signing. He may be worth selling again once his contract is up as fans are mocking him already asking if the camels on the Morocco beach will be able to score more goals than him.

Loan, Buy & Sell: Bolton Wanderers

Now that it’s looking like Bolton Wanderers may have the financial situation under control, the Football Manc Cave is looking at options for the club to loan, buy and sell.

There’s been a lot of news regarding Football Ventures and their possible takeover at Bolton Wanderers. This article is literally just me being optimistic that Bolton manages to secure the takeover deal, sort out everything behind the scenes financially and then get to business in the transfer window.

If we can do all of the above, here’s a player that I think we should sell, one that I think we should buy and one that might benefit from a loan. Think a football equivalent to snog, marry avoid.

This was also quite hard to choose players for as fans know, we only have around 7 players that have actually signed new contracts and we don’t yet have money to buy anyone.

That’s why my options have been a little limited…

Loan – Connor Hall

The 21-year-old has already spent most of his football career on loan so why not give him another spell to try and build some experience, skill and a chance to prove himself.

He joined Bolton in 2017 and in 2018 was sent to Accrington Stanley on loan. He only managed 13 appearances there and didn’t bag any goals. With our current situation, I don’t think we should be open to loaning anyone who has had the courage to sign a new contract with us. However, if we can manage to sort the situation before the start of the season, Hall is a player we should let have a chance elsewhere. Erhun Oztumer is another player who could be considered as teams like Charlton have shown interest although I personally think we should fight to keep him.

Buy – Alie Sesay

As we currently don’t know the exact situation behind the scenes of the club, I didn’t want to get too carried away with picking a player to buy. Back in May, we were linked with the 24-year-old defender and it made fans question how we were going to pay him. People questioned if we were now paying in Monopoly money or magic beans.

However, now that we hopefully have payments covered, we can put in a bid for him. We desperately need players in any department but defenders should be the priority. The 24-year-old ended 2019 as ‘player of the season’ with AO Chania Kissamikos and may be worth looking into if the rumours were true first time around.

Sell – Andrew Taylor

Now, I haven’t picked Taylor because I want him to go, I’ve picked him because I think he wants to go. I said at the end of last season that I wouldn’t blame any player for leaving us this summer as they’ve all gone without pay. There’s news about how the 32-year-old is supposedly looking at a move to the National League.

Taylor gave one of my favourite interviews from any member of Bolton Wanderers players, management and staff. He addressed the problems behind the scenes and gave this interview. He explained how the players on pitch performances were affected by the financial problems, and how the players were becoming frustrated.

If Taylor does end up leaving us, although I don’t blame him at all, I will be gutted. I’d also want to thank him for sticking with us at hard times, and for his honesty on the situation. I wish him well in the future.

More light at the end of the tunnel for Bolton Wanderers

The Football Manc Cave has been bringing you news of Bolton Wanderers’ supposed takeover recently, and today there’s some more good news.

Football Ventures have been announced as the preferred buyer for the club, and fans have been awaiting more news ever since. We’ve had rumours around the future of manager, Phil Parkinson and other little bits every now and again but nothing significant.

Today, Bolton News football writer, Marc Iles has released an article with an update. He’s revealed that an ‘obstacle’ that had threatened the takeover has now been completely negotiated. This explains why we haven’t been hearing much since the announcement of the new buyers.

He has also explained how confidentiality agreements have prevented any more detail being disclosed on the matter. The only news he could bring was that administrators spoke at a press night, and said that they were ‘hopeful’ that there could be more good news to be shared in the next few days.

I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking the exact same. Is that really news? I feel like it’s just another little piece of information to keep us going and hanging on. I’ll only be happy when we have everything set in stone and the new owners make a statement discussing their plans.

Some other news we have gathered from the article is that a new company has been created at Companies House that intends to buy the hotel. The offices and the changing rooms at the training ground also remain under lock and key so the club will have to settle that debt. As happy as I am that a takeover is happening, and we are on the way to sorting our financial problems, the real news that we want is about the team.

Pre-season friendly

Bolton plays their first pre-season friendly at York City on Sunday and I think it’s safe to say that all fans are concerned about the team members we actually have. Luckily, the new owners have apparently already made recruitment plans for when the deal does go through. I hope this is true as we desperately need to get our squad finalised before the start of our campaign in league one.

I’ve been saying for weeks that once we have the takeover completed, that our team needs to be the next priority. Now I’m hoping that Football Ventures will give Phil Parkinson the pathway to try and get us up to standard again.

What can Bolton Wanderers be excited about? Here are 3 reasons ahead of next season

I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking the same, in Bolton Wanderers’ situation, what can we be excited about?

Bolton has obviously had a hard time over the last year with financial problems, that have seen players and staff go unpaid resulting in relegation to League 1 football. As a Bolton fan myself, I am not optimistic about the season ahead. We don’t even have a full senior squad right now, and we still have ongoing rumours regarding our management.

However, I’ve decided to try to look on the bright side at things we can look forward to…

No More Anderson

It’s been announced that Bolton have a preferred bidder when it comes to buying the club and Football Ventures are apparently the new owners. This means we are rid of Ken Anderson and can focus on football.

Players will now be paid and hopefully, new recruits will be brought in if the takeover goes as planned. The fans spent a large period of last season campaigning for Anderson’s departure. So now that he’s gone, we can all focus on the football and the league.

New League

Yes, it was disappointing that we ended up being relegated last season. Nevertheless, you have to see a positive in this and that is the team’s we will now be facing. The league may be easier for us and fans might see some exciting football games. I could be completely wrong, we could end up even worse off, and have the most boring football play going. Again, I’m being optimistic.

Local and Seaside Away Games

If all else fails, at least we will have good away games. As well as having local games such as, Bury and Rochdale, we will also have matches that aren’t too far away and are by the sea. Blackpool and Fleetwood will definitely be go-to games, if not for the football, for the pubs, arcades and fish and chips.

Bolton Wanderers must tick off these 2 things before the season starts – Agree?

It’s now being reported that Bolton has new owners so maybe now they can start to plan their season.

I really hope that the new owners can settle all of our off-pitch problems so the on-pitch problems can be sorted. I’ve done a few of these articles and gone through things like the style of play, new signings and goals being the factors that other teams need to consider in order to have a good season but for Bolton, it’s more about the things that can be done behind the scenes.

Debt Settled

I’m writing this more like a plan than a list of things that need to be done. The first thing they can do is get the new owners to settle all of our debts, and then we can put money into our team and buy new players hopefully. At the minute we do not have many senior players at all, fans have even been joking about how we can’t even have a 5 aside game in training. Once the debt is settled then we can concentrate on the squad.

Phil Parkinson

As a Bolton fan myself, I thank him for everything he’s done. I think right now he isn’t a priority of what needs to be sorted out within the club, but I do think it’s coming towards the end of his time as our manager. I think we should keep him, for now, to see us get through this next campaign and then build the future around a new man in charge.

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