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In focus: Bolton Wanderers

8 July 2016

Club News

In focus: Bolton Wanderers

8 July 2016

Ahead of the 2016/17 Sky Bet League One campaign, takes a look at the teams MK Dons will face next season.

Next up is Bolton Wanderers, a side who the Dons faced for the first time last season in the Sky Bet Championship.

Founded: 1874
Nickname: Trotters
Mascot: Lofty the Lion
Stadium: Macron stadium (Capacity 28,723)
Home colours: White shirts, navy shorts, navy socks

Twitter: @OfficialBWFC
Facebook: Bolton Wanderers Official

Bolton appointed Phil Parkinson as their new manager in June, following his departure from Bradford City.

The former Bury and Reading midfielder began his managerial career with Colchester United, who he led to the Championship in 2006. From there, he had spells with Hull City and Charlton Athletic before joining Bradford City.

With the Bantams, Parkinson won promotion to League One via the Play-Offs as well guide his side to the final of the League Cup in 2012/13 – a remarkable achievement for a then-League Two outfit.

Key and notable players
Rob Holding was Bolton’s standout performer in the 2015/16 campaign and the 20-year-old defender was named the club’s Player of the Year for his efforts and performances.

Holding was one of the Trotters’ top appearance makers last season, along with the likes of Mark Davies, Dean Moxey, Josh Vela and goalkeeper Ben Amos.

Youngster Zach Clough is another key performer for the Greater Manchester outfit – he grabbed seven goals last year which had him above Gary Madine in the scoring charts.

Last season
Bolton were relegated to the third tier for the first time since 1993 after finishing bottom of the Championship table last season.

The Trotters, under the guidance of Neil Lennon, struggled at the start of the campaign and won just twice before the turn of the year. Financial problems made it difficult for the club and although their form improved in 2016, it wasn’t enough to keep them from dropping into League One.

Bolton released several notable players following the 2015/16 season, including David Wheater, Neil Danns, Emily Heskey and Stephen Dobbie. Liam Feeney, Rob Hall and Hayden White also left the Macron Stadium.

The Trotters then made Chris Taylor their first summer signing, capturing the midfielder on a free transfer from Blackburn Rovers.

Taylor was followed in the door by former Dons loanee Mark Beevers, following his exit from Millwall, with Bradford striker Jamie Proctor becoming the club’s third signing just two days later.

Head to head
Dons wins: 1
Last Dons win: 1-0, 18 Aug 2015 (Stadium MK)
Biggest Dons win: 1-0, 18 Aug 2015 (Stadium MK)

Watch MK Dons take on Bolton Wanderers at Stadium MK in 2016/17, as well as 22 other home League One matches, by becoming a Season Ticket holder.

Adult Season Tickets are priced from £28 a month while under-21s can enjoy the full campaign from just £12.34 a month. Under-18 Season Tickets are priced from only £2.50 a month and under-12s can go FREE with a Young Dons membership.

To purchase a Season Ticket visit the Box Office at Stadium MK/kiosk at centre:mk or call 0333 200 5343. You can also download an application form and post it to Box Office, Stadium MK, Stadium Way, Milton Keynes, MK1 1ST.

The Dons travel to the Macron Stadium on Saturday 10th September, before entertaining the Trotters at Stadium MK on Saturday 4th February.
2016/17 MATCHES

Benik Afobe, Keith Andrews, Michael Bridges, Rob Hall, Dietmar Hamann, Sanmi Odelusi, Jon Otsemobor, Scott Taylor.
Played for both

Biggest Bolton win: 3-1, 23 Jan 2016 (Macron Stadium)
Last Bolton win: 3-1, 23 Jan 2016 (Macron Stadium)
Bolton wins: 1

Last draw: N/A
Draw: N/A

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