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Wonderful: This Hill signing has been amazing for Bolton so far

Bolton Wanderers have started to take shape with a new pick of players for Keith Hill to choose from. The Football Manc Cave is looking at which signing has stood out so far.

Every player that Keith Hill has managed to bring in has contributed amazingly to the squad every game that they’ve been involved. Picking one is a hard choice because there’s quite a few that as a Bolton fan, I would want to keep.

Jack Hobbs is obviously a returning signing. He let the take over of the club settle before resigning a contract and I’m so glad he did. The defence has been much stronger with him in it and he constantly makes the league team of the week along with getting the man of the match against Blackpool.

Another player who has impressed a lot is Ali Crawford. His free kicks are sublime and his corners are nearly always spot on. He’s had a great run for us too and will continue to impress I’m sure.

Stoke man is impressing

A close second to the player I have chosen is Thibaud Verlinden. The 20-year-old winger has been loaned to us from Stoke. He scored on his debut for us, he gets stuck in and attacks every game, makes a nice pairing with all the other midfielders and wingers and is exciting.

This is why Stoke will be happy to claim their man back when his loan spell is over. Most never wanted him to go in the first place and now you can see why.

However, the player that I have had to pick is, of course, Liam Bridcutt. One of the best players I’ve seen in a Bolton shirt in a very long time. His skill on the ball is brilliant, he’s fast, not scared of any opposition and a strong leader. This is why every Bolton fan is feeling deflated today because he picked up an injury last night.

He fractured his collar bone and could potentially be put for 8 weeks. This could mean that we never get to see him in a Bolton shirt again. With his loan spell coming to an end and he’ll be back at Nottingham Forest before he’s ready to play again.

When you watch him play, you can certainly tell that he’s been around. He started off at Chelsea in their youth teams and now at 30 years old, he’s been at Stockport, Sunderland and Leeds to mention a few places.

Keith Hill doesn’t seem too bothered by it, as he knows he has other capable players and has been prepared for any injuries. It just would have been nice to have Bridcutt in the team a little longer because he made us long stronger.

‘Beat the bookies’ Keith Hill’s Bolton war cry

Bolton Wanderers boss, Keith Hill has said in an interview that his side can ‘beat the bookies.’ The Football Manc Cave takes a closer look.

In an interview with The Bolton News, Keith Hill has responded to the fact that Bolton is still favourites to be relegated from League One this season. The Trotters fell 18 points behind the safety line after last weekends defeat to Portsmouth, and still have the possibility of further punishment from the EFL hanging over their heads.

Hill is now said to be urging his players to fight what is in front of them rather than worrying about the potential consequences and to also ignore anyone who is writing off their chances. He has explained how the club has been fighting a long, hard summer and still have had no relief but despite everything, he believes his side are ‘still in it.’ He’s also added to this by saying that anyone who disrespects League One simply doesn’t know it.

In my opinion, I do clearly think we’ve got a huge relegation battle on our hands. Once we get out of the points we have had deducted, we then have to start building again like it’s the start of the season. It will be a relief when we do get out of the minus and I think it’s coming sooner rather than later.

The harder work starts now

However, I like the fact that Keith Hill has got this teams mentality at a point where every game is just as important as the next. They don’t need to think about what’s being said, they just need to put the work in.

I think he’s absolutely spot on in saying that Bolton will beat the bookies because they have already. Look at the Sunderland game, we were not favourites at all, nowhere near but we were winning until the last couple of minutes of the game. Fans are actually excited to start putting bets on Bolton again because goals are coming gradually.

What Keith Hill has done with this team just proves that he knows what he’s doing. This is in no disrespect to Phil Parkinson because he stuck around in extremely difficult times and will always be remembered for that.

However, Hill’s experience with this level of football just goes to show. He’s got the squad playing skilful football, scoring goals, got the defence working as a solid team and is developing the youngsters well too. All of the above and he’s still not happy because he wants his squad’s fitness to be better, which just proves how much he cares for this team.

While I think it’ll be a hard battle. I think Keith’s attitude towards the league, his players and football as a whole will see us get back on top eventually.

Bolton should line up like this tonight as they search for their first win under Hill

Keith Hill’s Bolton side are about to face Blackpool tonight. The Football Manc Cave is looking at how the Trotters side should line up.

Before the kick-off at the University of Bolton Stadium tonight at 8 pm, we are looking at which players should get to start in trying to keep Keith Hill’s sides performance strong.

They have proven recently that they’re turning things around and just looking at the transformation in their score sheets each week confirms that. They recently managed a draw with Rochdale in the Football League Trophy, after a 1-1, they only lost on penalties.

Their 1-0 loss to Portsmouth was unfortunate as it only came in the second half after a great performance again. Another frustrating scoreline was when they drew 1-1 with Sunderland, as it looked like they would take all three points until they gave a penalty away. Bolton’s first win is on the cards.

Blackpool is currently 5th in the league and are on 19 points. It’s going to be a hard match for Bolton, however, Blackpool’s most recent form looks like this; 2-1 win against Lincoln, 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley and won 1-0 against Doncaster. Even though they’re on good form, they’re not scoring loads of goals each week and it’s only small score sheets like 1-0 wins.

This is something Bolton could take advantage of and try to get a point out of it. Here’s how I think Keith Hill should line his team up…

Remi Matthews obviously deserves his place in goal and that won’t change. The defence should line up with Josh Emmanuel on the right, Yoan Zouma and Jack Hobbs in the middle and Adam Chicksen on the left. These four seem to do well together.

Jack Hobbs has had a great season so far and even though Yoan Zouma gave away the penalty against Sunderland. I think starting him is the right thing to do, it will help with his confidence and keep him going mentally.

Bolton’s midfield

In midfield, Liam Bridcutt obviously should go out as Captain in the middle as he’s proving to be a great leader and motivation for the rest of the midfield. Jason Lowe should accompany him with Ali Crawford and Will Buckley and Thibaud Verlinden on each wing.

Keith Hill has been working on fitness within the squad and even though Verlinden is excellent on the ball, he was replaced against Rochdale in the 61st minute by Dennis Politic. This is another sensible decision as the pair are both great additions to the team and should both be given a chance but we don’t want either to get injured.

Bolton attack

Upfront should be Daryl Murphy. He’s a new signing who has been out but now is fit again. He does have some competition now though however as Bolton signed Joe Dodoo this week.

If Keith Hill sticks to his sensible style of planning, he will probably keep him on the bench for his first game with the Whites and only bring him on in the second half but we will see later tonight.

‘We’re just glad to have football’ can only go on for so long at Bolton, agree?

Bolton Wanderers fans have been saying that results don’t matter too much right now, they’re just glad to have football to watch. I am one of those people, but when will it wear off?

Bolton survived and Bury died. It was one of the worst times in football for me and a situation I never want any club to be in again. It should have woken up the people in charge of all leagues and made them re-think rules when it comes to money in football.

The problem is now in terms of Bolton Wanderers is that fans are using this as an excuse for the poor results. Now it’s a question of how long can ‘we’re just glad to have football,’ be used?

Personally, for me, it’s going to take a while for this to shake off because all the fans know how close we came to going the same way as Bury.

This is the reason why we are taking so many fans to away games. We had over 2000 fans at Rotherham and season tickets have started selling fast. We have something to watch again and a club to support with no financial issues again. It’s nice. It doesn’t even matter about the results right now, we just want to keep supporting the team and new management.

Is frustration around the corner?

Now, there will be a point where we can’t use this as an excuse anymore. I think that point will come at around Christmas time when we play teams that are bottom of the league with us. If we don’t take any points from them, then Bolton fans will start to get frustrated. However, I do think relegation is on the cards this season.

We still have to get out of the minus points we are on and that will take a lot of time. By the time we have done that, we then have to start again building up points so it’s a hard job and if Keith Hill manages it, he’ll be a club legend. I just can’t see it happening so for the rest of this season, any points, goals or any good play will be celebrated as we’ve just won the league. I think it’ll be next season when that statement wears off.

For me, I’ll never be able to shake that statement off, because of the Bury fans who have gone through the absolute worst thing a club could go through and I wish they would have survived.

Although it is nice to be able to talk football again, if any Bolton fan starts to moan about performances this year, just think about what could have been.

Bolton’s Chairman will back Bury’s bid to return to League 2 – ‘Good luck…there is some very bitter teams in the football league’

The Bolton News has reported how the new Bolton Wanderers owner, Sharon Brittan has said she would back Bury’s campaign to return to League Two. The Football Manc Cave look at your reactions.

There’s a campaign in full swing for Bury to return to League Two instead of starting again from Non-League. The EFL clubs will meet on September the 26th to discuss the matter and Bolton owner, Brittan has confirmed that she would want to back this idea as long as Bury have a stable footing.

A lot of other fans have been saying that it wouldn’t be fair on clubs trying to gain promotion and I completely understand that side to the argument. However, the EFL didn’t do a lot to help Bury in their situation and it’s not the fans, players, staff or community’s fault.

Bolton and Bury’s situations were running at exactly the same time although they had very different outcomes. It’s nice to see that Sharon is completely behind Bury as she understands the struggles she’s faced. I’m glad and proud that she will be supporting them in this vote.

Here’s what you thought…

‘New team and management. Needs time. But the heavy defeats need to stop’ Bolton fans happy just to score

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how Bolton fans are reacting to their 6-1 loss today.

It was Kieth Hill’s first game in charge and supposed to be a fresh start for Bolton. Fans sold out their end of the ground and the anticipation was high. Unfortunately, Rotherham wasn’t bothered by Bolton’s new signings and despite the Trotters going 1-0 up, they came out losing again.

Bolton fans won’t be too disappointed as the whites went 1-0 up and actually managed to produce a goal. Alongside their team is filled with relatively new players who all need to gel together still. It’s just the goal difference that is the issue at this stage.

Here are your reactions…

Crazy: What if Rivaldo had have joined Bolton Wanderers?

The Football Manc Cave are reflecting on players that nearly joined clubs and how it would have affected their history. Today is the unlikely story of Rivaldo to Bolton Wanderers.

There’s an article on WhatCulture.com that lists some of the players that nearly signed for Bolton over the years. There are some surprises like Wilfried Zaha in 2012 and Dennis Bergkamp in 2003. However, I’ve picked out one who would have made a huge difference to Bolton’s history. Brazilian forward, Rivaldo.

Take Yourself Back In Time

It’s 2004, Bolton were enjoying their fourth consecutive season in top-flight football, Sam Allardyce was in control, Bolton ended up finishing 6th in the league and earned themselves a shot in Europe.

Rivaldo was enjoying his career as he had passed through the likes of Deportivo La Coruña, Barcelona and AC Milan. In the same year, his time in Italy was coming to an end at the age of 32. This was at a stage where he would’ve been thinking about winding down his career a little.

Sam Allardyce, known for his gutsy signings and the players he brought in and changed at Bolton, enquired about the Brazilians availability during the January transfer window. Big Sam was told that the World Cup winner was unlikely to make a move to one of the Premier League’s ‘least fashionable’ clubs. However, the manager used his power of persuasion to try and get the move in motion.

Rivaldo’s contract in Milan was terminated as he had spent half the season back in Brazil playing for Cruzeiro. He’d only made 2 appearances for the Milan team which would lead to his agent to start contacting English clubs. This would include Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool. A spanner in the works was caused by the players rumoured wages. Apparently, they were at around the £3 million a year mark. This was too much for most, especially Bolton.

There was plenty of interest in the player but a lack of actual offers forced his return to Brazil. He ended up at Cruzeiro. Even though he scored against Peru for Brazil, he was unable to keep his place in the national team and he was playing on reduced wages for Cruzeiro which led to him leaving them in February.

It was at this point that Allardyce struck a deal with the former Player Of The Year. They met in a Manchester hotel and a one year contract was made up. The player, manager and chairman all shook hands and the deal seemed to be done.

Rivaldo to Bolton was closing in

Big Sam had even spoken to Sky and said that sometimes it’s about making a player feel wanted again. Rivaldo had also spoken on the matter and said that if the club were to offer him a little more money, the move could be on because he liked the stadium and wanted to help with Bolton’s European campaign. He even stated that he would live in Manchester if the move went again so he clearly thought a lot about it.

However, things took a drastic turn when Celtic got involved and tried to make an offer. Rivaldo supposedly had his head turned away from the Reebok. Allardyce believed he would be joining a different club. However, Phil Gartside said he’d received a fax that told him the deal was close to being done and it was just a matter of getting pen to paper on the final arrangements. A few weeks later, with fans hanging on the edge of their seat about this, Phil Gartside had to let fans down gently.

He had explained that Rivaldo had been talking and thinking too much about the money side of things, and eventually he ended up joining Olympiacos in Greece. Just imagine if the deal had been done. Here’s Rivaldo’s career statistics before and after the near Bolton move…

Before:

Barcelona – 1997-2002, 157 appearances and 86 goals.

AC Milan – 2002-2004 22 appearances and 5 goals.

After:

Olympiacos – 2004-2007, 70 appearances and 36 goals.

AEK Athens – 2007-2008, 35 appearances and 12 goals.

He finished his career with Mogi Mirim on 8 appearances with 1 goal.

Which players do you recall nearly joining Bolton and how do you think they would have impacted or flopped?

Bolton Wanderers fans put forward their favourite eye-catching kits

The Football Manc Cave are exploring Bolton Wanderers’ best ever kits, in the wake of the news that the Trotters will be getting a new kit in the coming weeks for this season.

I’ve been going to Bolton games since I was about 7 years old. As a kid, I was never out of Bolton shirts. I played football, I watched football and wanted to be a footballer. I had Bolton Wanderers’ bedding, Bolton posters all over my room, I used to collect Match Attacks and have the full Bolton squad around my room. I was football mad.

Years later and here I am, a football writer. I’m still going watching Bolton and other clubs now so that I can report and I’m still playing!

My favourite Bolton kits

So first of all here are some of my favourites…

What did you think? Here are your replies to my tweet from this morning…

Thank you for all of your tweets and input! It’s been great.

Why Bolton’s no fixture last weekend is a sad time for football

Wondered why Bolton Wanderers never played a game this weekend? It’s because they were meant to be playing Bury. In a sad time for the game, The Football Manc Cave reflects.

A lot of football fans haven’t had a game to watch this week because it’s the international break. Bolton fans have had no game because the team they were meant to be playing were expelled from the league.

Bury fans haven’t got any games to watch.

It’s about time the people in power started to look at struggling clubs a little closer, and help them instead of putting them in situations like this.

Just imagine for one minute, the EFL would have given Bury more help and extended their time to try and sort the issues they were having. I know a lot of people are now going to say that they had enough time. However, in my opinion, with the supposed new bids on the deadline day, the EFL should have seen that as a possible way to save the club so should have helped.

If they would have and a deal could have been made. Just imagine Bolton vs Bury. The money that that game would have brought in because both sets of fans want their clubs to survive, the attention the game would have got and what it would have meant for either team to score, gain any points or most importantly, win.

Instead, the EFL removes Bury from the league. The fact that there was no fixture for Bolton this weekend, just made me realise how lucky I am to be a Bolton fan. We actually have games to watch now thanks to Football Ventures. It doesn’t matter whether we win or lose, we have football to watch.

Sad times for Bury

It’s a sad time for the game and I really do hope that Bury can solve the issues they have and work their way back into the leagues. It’s not fair, football is all about money and there’s so much of it, so why are Bury facing these issues? Because the EFL let a man, sorry, a coward, take over a club, not have the funds, not willing to sort a sale out and then the EFL end up expelling them from the league.

Maybe they should have run tests more accurately, and actually done a background test on Dale before just shattering the fans, staff and players.

I hope that once we are up and running properly, we could maybe give Bury fans free entry so that they’ve got some football to watch. If not that, then I really do think we should have some sort of game that raises money for Bury. Football fans that are laughing, mocking or saying that Bury deserves this in any way, I really hope that your club never has to go through what they have – because it’s heartbreaking.

It’s all change at Bolton with this starting 11 going forward

The Football Manc Cave is looking at how Bolton Wanderers should line up now that they’ve had a host new signings and the youngsters can have a rest.

I am the first to say that changing an entire team around can be extremely dangerous to teams because players need time to gel together. However, Bolton has had it hard these first few months of the season and now that they have 9 new signings, it will be great to see them in action.

Keith Hill will be able to start afresh with new options and he’ll be able to make sure all the youngsters, who’re efforts will never be forgotten, can have some resting time to stay away from injury. So here is how I think we should line up in our next game…

I’ve picked quite a few new signings here because we need to explore our options. Personally, I have enjoyed seeing our young goalkeeper, Luke Hutchinson play, however, he does need rest and Remi Matthews will no doubt be called back into action.

Our starting point needs to be our defence with the goals we have been conceding. Although now that we have some more experienced options in all positions, it should be easier for our time to last 90 minutes and not get as tired. Yoan Zouma has become a fan favourite and should be kept in the squad. Harry Brockbank has also been outstanding, along with Adam Senior, but as I said, these kids need a rest.

This is where new signings, Joe Bunney and Josh Emmanuel come into play.

Midfield area

Jason Lowe will no doubt be back to Captain the Bolton squad along with Luke Murphy. Although I think Dennis Politic may be put on the bench and brought on later in games for the next few weeks while the youngsters rest. I do think he should be a regular in the team, even though we have new options. His efforts have been brilliant.

New signings Ali Crawford and Thibaud Verlinden should be used to fill spaces that the youngsters have been playing in. I just hope that we don’t over phase ourselves with newbies because it’s the first week with them in the squad.

And finally, new signing, Daryl Murphy should go alone upfront. While we need to try to be defensive at first, it would be great to see goals too. Fans wanted Murphy in the squad and we’re really happy when he was confirmed.

I hope that whatever squad Keith Hill picks, that it works out. Even though playing teenagers haven’t been the best and most appropriate start to the season. At least we’ve now prepared these youngsters in case we need them at any point, and I’m sure their efforts in recent weeks will be rewarded with more appearances as the season goes on.

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