1988–89 Bolton Wanderers F.C. season

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Bolton Wanderers
1988–89 season
Manager England Phil Neal
Stadium Burnden Park
Third Division 10th
FA Cup 2nd Round
Littlewoods Cup 1st Round
Sherpa Van Trophy Winners
Top goalscorer League: Trevor Morgan (10)
All: Trevor Morgan
Steve Thompson (11)
Highest home attendance 10,345 v Blackpool
11 April 1989
Lowest home attendance 2,695 v Preston North End
6 December 1988

The 1988–1989 season was the 110th season in Bolton Wanderers F.C.'s existence, and their first season back in the Football League Third Division following promotion from the Football League Fourth Division. It covers the period from 1 July 1988 to 30 June 1989.

Results[edit]

Football League Division Four[edit]

Date Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
27 August 1988 Southend United A 0 – 2 4,075
3 September 1988 Cardiff City H 4 – 0 Thomas, Henshaw, Darby (2) 4,831
10 September 1988 Reading A 1 – 1 Thomas 4,660
17 September 1988 Bristol Rovers H 1 – 1 Brown 4,821
27 September 1988 Fulham H 3 – 2 Savage, Thompson, Morgan 4,289
24 September 1988 Aldershot Town A 3 – 0 Stevens, Brookman 2,127
1 October 1988 Sheffield United H 2 – 0 Thompson (2) (1pen) 9,345
4 October 1988 Swansea City A 0 – 1 3,283
8 October 1988 Blackpool H 2 – 2 Morgan, Thompson (pen) 7,106
15 October 1988 Port Vale A 1 – 2 Brookman 7,985
22 October 1988 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 1 – 2 Morgan 8,174
25 October 1988 Wigan Athletic A 1 – 1 Brookman 4,438
29 October 1988 Chesterfield H 5 – 0 Brown (2), Morgan (2), Stevens 4,783
5 November 1988 Bristol City A 1 – 1 Morgan 8,808
8 November 1988 Huddersfield Town A 1 – 0 Morgan 7,802
12 November 1988 Bury H 2 – 4 Brown, Thompson 7,897
26 November 1988 Northampton Town H 2 – 1 Stevens, Brookman 4,446
3 December 1988 Brentford A 0 – 3 4,600
17 December 1988 Chester City H 0 – 1 4,318
26 December 1988 Preston North End A 1 – 3 Savage 12,124
31 December 1988 Notts County A 0 – 2 5,096
2 January 1989 Mansfield Town H 0 – 0 4,936
6 January 1989 Gillingham H 2 – 1 Stevens, Thompson 4,178
14 January 1989 Cardiff City A 0 – 1 4,212
21 January 1989 Reading H 1 – 1 Henshaw 5,172
28 January 1989 Bristol Rovers A 0 – 2 5,311
4 February 1989 Sheffield United A 0 – 4 11,162
11 February 1989 Swansea City H 1 – 0 Savage 4,178
18 February 1989 Blackpool A 0 – 2 5,552
4 March 1989 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 0 – 1 13,521
11 March 1989 Bristol City H 2 – 0 Darby (2) 4,423
14 March 1989 Chesterfield A 1 – 1 Thompson 2,877
18 March 1989 Southend United H 0 – 0 3,505
25 March 1989 Mansfield Town A 1 – 1 Savage 3,256
27 March 1989 Preston North End H 1 – 0 Thompson 10,281
1 April 1989 Chester City A 0 – 0 3,225
4 April 1988 Gillngham A 1 – 0 Thomas 3,096
8 April 1989 Notts County H 3 – 3 Thomas, Thompson, Morgan 4,521
15 April 1989 Fulham A 1 – 1 Morgan 4,950
22 April 1989 Aldershot Town H 1 – 0 Savage 4,407
25 April 1989 Port Vale H 1 – 1 Chandler 5,296
29 April 1989 Bury A 0 – 0 4,393
1 May 1989 Huddersfield Town H 3 – 1 Chandler, Morgan, Thomas 5,511
6 May 1989 Brentford H 4 – 2 Thomas (2), Darby, Savage 4,627
1 May 1989 Wigan Athletic H 1 – 1 Storer 6,166
13 May 1989 Northampton Town A 3 – 2 Thomas (2), Stuart Storer 3,655
Pos Team Pl W D L F A GD Pts
9. Notts County 46 18 13 15 64 54 10 67
10. Bolton Wanderers 46 16 16 14 58 54 04 64
11. Bristol City 46 18 9 19 53 55 -2 63

Pld = Matches played; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; F = Goals for; A = Goals against; GD = Goal difference; Pts = Points

F.A. Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
19 November 1988 Round 1 Chesterfield H 0 – 0 4,840
28 November 1988 Round 1 replay Chesterfield A 3 – 2 Stevens, Storer, Darby 4,168
10 December 1988 Round 2 Port Vale H 1 – 2 Keeley 7,499

Littlewoods Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
30 August 1988 Round 1 First Leg Chester City H 1 – 0 Darby 3,535
7 September 1988 Round 1 Second Leg Chester City A 1 – 3
2 – 3 (agg)
Cowdrill 3,784

Sherpa Van Trophy[edit]

Date Round Opponents H / A Result

F – A

Scorers Attendance
6 December 1988 Group Stage Game One Preston North End H 1 – 0 Thompson 2,695
20 November 1988 Group Stage Game Two Bury A 0 – 1 2,023
17 January 1989 Northern Section Round 1 Preston North End A 1 – 0 Darby 5,569
21 February 1989 Northern Section Round 2 Wrexham H 3 – 1 (aet) Winstanley (2), Savage 3,833
21 March 1989 Northern Section Semi Final Crewe Alexandra A 2 – 1 (aet) Winstanley, Brown 5,875
11 April 1989 Northern Section Final First Leg Blackpool H 1 – 0 Darby 10,345
18 April 1989 Northern Section Final Second Leg Blackpool A 1 – 1 (aet)
2 – 1 (agg)
Thompson (pen) 10,345
28 May 1989 Final Torquay United Wembley Stadium 4 – 1 Darby, Morrison (og), Crombie, Morgan 46,513

Top scorers[edit]

P Player Position FL FAC LC SVT Total
1 England Trevor Morgan Striker 10 0 0 1 11
1 England Steve Thompson Midfielder 09 0 0 2 11
3 England Julian Darby Striker 05 1 1 3 10
4 England John Thomas Striker 09 0 0 0 09
5 England Robbie Savage Midfielder 06 0 0 1 07