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Bolton Wanderers
February 1, 2012
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 02/01/2012

Hey folks, how’s it banging? So the transfer window is now officially closed and it has been a pretty interesting “deadline day” for the whites. Earlier in the day, we secured Arsenal midfielder Ryo Miyachi on loan for the reminder of the season, and then with seemingly no time to spare at all, it has been confirmed that young Watford striker Marvin Sordell has signed a three and a half year deal with the club. Along with the earlier acquisition of defender Tim Ream, I would say this has been a fairly successful transfer window (I also said this back in August), even if we have missed out on a few exciting names that have been muted (Zaha and Iturbe).

October 11, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 10/11/2011

I don't know if anyone is interested in reading anything about Bolton Wanderers at the current time, I know I'm not. I have a proclivity toward ignoring the grim, and this is exactly the tried and tested method I'm sticking to during this loathsome period, I shall simply assume that eventually our poor run will just disappear, perhaps this weekend at Wigan.

I even found myself showing some interest in the national team just to allow myself the joys of supporting a “winning team,” I should have known better. I could instead just post an essay entitled “Why Arnold Schwarzenegger is the most underrated actor of his generation,” however, this would probably be seen as an attempt to shy away from my BWFC responsibilities (not that much BWFC things are happening)... anyway, here goes.

September 15, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 09/15/2011

I have some working word-processing software again, so I can write something, text-edit just doesn’t cut it, and unfortunately, writing a blog on my phone is out of the question, as it seems to struggle with the word Cleverley.

August 16, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 08/16/2011

So there we have it folks, top of the league, albeit thanks to the letter B. Learn it in semaphore and signal those flags across the stands when we come up against our closest rivals Manchester City this weekend. Actually, that would just be bizarre, but let's be honest, being on top is the most fun position to be in, now let us see how long we can last.

July 27, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 07/27/2011

Waiting, always waiting, but still no announcement of any new signings. It feels like the volcano is close to eruption, however, as it stands, it is still dormant. The squad numbers are still far too low, and Coyle really needs to work fast to bring in some quantity to the ranks, even if he can’t get any quality. I was hoping for some new faces before tonight’s friendly against the Shakers, and to be honest, as soon as I click “publish” and unleash this blog to the… few, I just know the Volcano will erupt and cause a small town in south west Peru to be evacuated (this fictional volcano eruption has caused no injuries).

July 17, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 07/17/2011

I am writing this Blog while following the live happenings of our next pre-season opponents, Orlando City SC. They are currently playing the Rochester Rhinos and are leading 2-1 in the 67th minute, however, as the twitter feed has informed me, “we are currently in a lightning delay”. The casual phrasing of this tweet makes me wonder if this is a regular occurrence in the football leagues of the USA. I now feel slightly worried for the Wanderers when we take on “lions” tomorrow; I want my Paul Robinson to return home un-fried please.

June 29, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 06/29/2011

I am definitely coming down with the tell-tale symptoms of football withdrawal; mild depression, blisters on my fingers (from re-playing Metal Gear Solid for the 8th time, you know… when Ocelot tortures Snake and you have to franticly tap survive), and the fact that I seem to be enjoying tennis. There are no known remedies to this ailment, the only thing that is keeping me going in this dark period is the geomagnetic storm building overhead containing a soon to be “active” transfer window, and an impending joyous pre-season schedule.

June 26, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 06/26/2011

It is summer, the time of year that association football fans scour for knowledge of any potential transfer targets their club may be after. Some rumours may be exciting, some may be slightly depressing and some may be so ridiculous; you would rather read news about the annual supporters’ cup in Scandinavia.

June 9, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 06/09/2011

I hope that Owen Coyle is on his holidays in Mauritius, or Paisley, and perhaps enjoying an easy reading chapter based novel by Dan Brown on the beach, or on the Braes, and not taking notice of the managerial goings on of the Premier League. He has always said that if any of his players had ambitions to go onto bigger and better things, he would not stand in their way, and I can only assume his own ambitions are ruled by the same philosophy.

May 23, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 05/23/2011

There really was an abundance of rubbish on the pitch; (see picture) I think it was down to the variable wind-stir coupled with a large attendance of litter loutish people in a stadium.

May 18, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 05/18/2011

Firstly, lets get the Blackpool talk done. It was a very good game, both teams went for it and even SKD seemed to have transformed into some kind of chip-monster trying a few cheeky shots that made me smile. However, we lost and there’s no defence, literally, the defending was poor.

May 12, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 05/12/2011

A place of rides, rock (not the music), and David Vaughan, and a place where watching their football team is almost as exciting as riding their rollercoasters.

May 10, 2011
Posted by Neil McSkimming on 05/10/2011

Hello, my first post here, hopefully I have managed to navigate the uploading system correctly and placed a lovely Bolton Wanderers laced article and defiantly not a picture of Kevin Costner.

July 20, 2010
Posted by James Derbyshire on 07/20/2010

It's no secret that Bolton are a disgrace to football. Kicking teams out of games, breaking legs with an angrily snarl, having the audacity to beat top four teams and generally sticking around and failing to be relegated.

Historically, we give the top four a good game, get in their faces, and often cause an upset. More recently that record was tainted, a soft underbelly inherent during the Megson era.

However, the result of beating a top four team usually results in a right good moan from everyone concerned at that club.

With giant-killer Coyle, could that great moan begin once again?

May 15, 2010
Posted by James Derbyshire on 05/15/2010

With the season over, it’s time to look back at who shone and who faltered for the Wanderers.