2011–12 Bolton Wanderers F.C. season

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Bolton Wanderers
2011–12 season
Chairman England Phil Gartside
Manager Republic of Ireland Owen Coyle
Stadium Reebok Stadium
Premier League 18th (relegated)
FA Cup 6th round
League Cup 4th round
Top goalscorer League:
Ivan Klasnić (8)
All:
Ivan Klasnić (9)
Highest home attendance 26,901 v
Blackburn Rovers
(24 March 2012)
Lowest home attendance 6,777 v
Macclesfield Town
(24 August 2011)
Average home league attendance 21,414
Home colours
Away colours

The 2011–12 season was Bolton Wanderers's thirteenth season in the Premier League, and their eleventh consecutive season in the top-flight of English football. It is their third season with shirt sponsors 188BET.

It covers the period from 1 July 2011 to June 30, 2012. As Bolton Wanderers didn't win the 2011–12 Premier League title, it is the 73rd time that they have competed at the top level without winning the title, the most of any club.

The home strip for the 2011–12 season was revealed on 12 May 2011 bearing the 188 Bet logo.[1] The Reebok home strip has a white and blue body with a white right arm and a blue left arm. The away strip is all black with a yellow trim.

At the end of the season, Bolton Wanderers finished in eighteenth place in the Premier League, meaning relegation to the following season's Football League Championship and ending their longest run in the top division for forty eight years.

Pre-season[edit]

Bolton Wanderers preceded their 2011–12 campaign with a tour of the United States for the second year in a row. They originally announced games at Orlando City on 17 July, with Bolton winning the game 3–1,[2] and against midfielder Stuart Holden's former club Houston Dynamo on 20 July, which they also won, 2–0.[3] On 14 June they announced an extra game at FC Tampa Bay which was played on 14 July, with the home team winning 1–0.[4][5] On 3 June, the club announced two initial games to be played against domestic opposition. They met Newport County on July 30 and won 3–1.[6] However, the game was overshadowed by an injury suffered by Lee Chung-Yong who broke his leg following a challenge by Tom Miller. Initial reports suggested that Lee would miss the vast majority of the season.[7] Two days later they beat Hereford United scoring three goals with no reply.[8][9] On 7 June the club announced further games at Bradford City and a local derby at Bury. The Bradford game took place on July 24, with Bolton winning 4-1[10] and the Bury game followed three days later, Bolton beating their nearest rivals 2–0.[11][12] On 13 June, Bolton announced their only pre season game at the Reebok Stadium would be on 5 August against La Liga side Levante. The Spanish side won the match 1–0.[13] This meant that Ivan Klasnić finished the pre season as the club's leading scorer with five goals. In addition to this, the reserve team also played five games away from home at non-league opposition, winning three, drawing one and losing one.[14] Lee was not the only Bolton player to suffer a major injury in pre season, with Tyrone Mears who had only just joined the club from Burnley, also breaking his leg in a training session on 4 August.[15]

Reserves[edit]

Premier League[edit]

The fixtures for the 2011–12 season were announced on 17 June at 09:00 BST, and revealed that Bolton will begin the season away from home for the first time in six years. Bolton travelled to Loftus Road to take on newly promoted Queens Park Rangers on 13 August 2011. Goals from Gary Cahill, Ivan Klasnić, Fabrice Muamba and an own goal from Danny Gabbidon gave Bolton a 4–0 win. This was their best season opener since the first game of the 2001–02 season.[16] They finished the weekend in joint first place with their next opponents, Manchester City, to whom they suffered a 2–3 home defeat. Manchester City scored two first-half goals from David Silva and Gareth Barry before Ivan Klasnić pulled one back shortly before half time from Martin Petrov's cross for his second goal of the season. Edin Dzeko restored Manchester City's two goal cushion straight after half time before Kevin Davies pulled a goal back with a header midway through the second half from Petrov's free kick. The Saturday after, Bolton travelled to Anfield to take on Liverpool. The home side dominated the game, and scored three goals from Jordan Henderson, Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam before Ivan Klasnić scored a consolation goal in stoppage time.

After an international break, which saw Gary Cahill become the first Bolton player since Ray Parry in 1959 to score for England, Bolton's next home game was against the other Manchester club, United. In suffering a 5–0 loss, Bolton recorded their worst home defeat since their return to the Premier League in 2001. It was also the worst home defeat at the Reebok Stadium and the worst home defeat since Manchester United won 6–0 at Burnden Park in 1996. A Wayne Rooney hat trick and a Javier Hernández brace causing the damage. A week later there was a second successive home fixture, this time against newly promoted Norwich City. Two first half goals from Anthony Pilkington and Bradley Johnson saw the away side on their way to their first win at Bolton since 1982. A second half Martin Petrov penalty was not enough for Bolton, who also saw Ivan Klasnić sent off for a head butt on Marc Tierney. The defeat, Bolton's fifth successive at home including the previous season, saw them fall into the relegation zone just over a month after leading the league. A week later they fell to bottom with a 3–0 loss at Arsenal, two goals from Robin van Persie and a late strike from Alex Song doing the damage. For the second week in a row they also had a man sent off, David Wheater being shown red for a foul on Theo Walcott. Bolton remained bottom going into an international break with a 5–1 home loss to Chelsea. Former loanee Daniel Sturridge added two goals to a Frank Lampard hat trick. This was Chelsea's ninth straight win at the Reebok Stadium, but Bolton did finally score a goal against them at home, through Dedryck Boyata, something they hadn't managed since 2002–03. This was Bolton's worst start to a top flight season since 1902–03, when they were relegated.

Bolton returned after the international break with an away game at local rivals Wigan Athletic. A Gary Caldwell own goal was pulled back by Mohamed Diamé, but David N'Gog, opening his account for Bolton, regained the lead on the stroke of half time. Kevin Davies had a second half penalty saved by former Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi before Chris Eagles secured the win in second half injury time. However a week later their poor run at home continued with a 2–0 loss to Sunderland, late goals from Stéphane Sessègnon and Nicklas Bendtner leaving Bolton still in the relegation zone where they remained after the next game, away at Swansea City where goals scored by Joe Allen, Scott Sinclair and Danny Graham saw Bolton fall to one off the bottom. Bolton's only goal was put into his own net by Graham, whilst Ricardo Gardner was sent off for the third time in his Bolton career after receiving two yellow cards. Going into their next game at home to Stoke City, Bolton were in danger of setting a new record if they lost their sixth home game in a row from the start of the season. However an early, and contentious, Kevin Davies goal along with braces from both Chris Eagles and Ivan Klasnić gave Bolton a 5–0 win, equalling their best ever victory in the Premier League. The game also marked the league debut of Joe Riley who received a standing ovation from the fans when substituted late in the game. The scoreline was the reverse of the FA Cup Semi Final the previous March which, ironically, had been overseen by the same referee, Howard Webb. The result left Bolton just inside the relegation zone going into an international break.

Returning from the break, Bolton played West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns. Jerome Thomas scored first for the home side but this was quickly levelled through an Ivan Klasnić penalty. However, Shane Long won the game for West Bromwich midway through the second half, leaving Bolton still just inside the relegation zone. The week after, Bolton faced Everton at The Reebok Stadium. David Wheater was sent off mid-way through the first half, his second red card of the season. Second half goals from Marouane Fellaini and Apostolos Vellios gave Everton a 2–0 win and Bolton finished November still just inside the relegation zone. Bolton suffered a third successive defeat the following weekend, losing 3–0 at Tottenham Hotspur. Goals from Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe followed Gary Cahill's dismissal, Bolton's fifth of the season. This red card was overturned by the FA the following Tuesday after Bolton successfully appealed against it. The result left Bolton in nineteenth place, ahead of Wigan Athletic on goal difference only. A week later, Bolton returned to the foot of the table after a 2–1 home defeat to Aston Villa. Two first-half goals from Marc Albrighton and Stiliyan Petrov put Villa into a half time lead, before Ivan Klasnić scored his seventh goal of the season early in the second half. Before the match there was a minutes applause in memory of former player Gary Speed who had died a fortnight earlier. This was followed by another loss, this time to Fulham at Craven Cottage. Two first-half goals, the second coming just 66 seconds after the first, from Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz ensured that Bolton stayed at the bottom of the table after a 2–0 loss. With only one team in Premier League history surviving at the end of the season when being bottom at Christmas, Bolton went into the local derby at Blackburn Rovers the following Tuesday knowing that only a victory would prevent this. An early Mark Davies goal, followed by Nigel Reo-Coker's first goal for the club, and his first goal in over three years, midway through the first half took Bolton into the lead and although Yakubu pulled one back in the second halfway, Bolton leapfrogged their opponents and moved up one place. The next match was against Newcastle United on Boxing Day where two individual mistakes led to Newcastle's goals in a 2–0 win, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba scoring. Bolton's final game of 2011 came at The Reebok against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 31 December, the game finishing 1–1, Bolton's first draw since their game at Newcastle United on February 26, a run of thirty four consecutive matches. Sam Ricketts, making his return after a ten month absence due to injury, put Bolton ahead midway through the first half from twenty yards, but Steven Fletcher equalised early in the second half. This draw coupled with Blackburn Rovers's win at Manchester United ensured that Bolton would finish 2011 bottom of the Premier League.

Bolton's first game of 2012 came in midweek against Everton on 4 January. Tim Howard, Everton's goalkeeper, opened the scoring in bizarre fashion when a wind assisted clearance from his own penalty area took on bounce just outside Bolton's penalty area and looped over Ádám Bogdán. Goals from David N'Gog and Gary Cahill in an eleven minute period gave Bolton the three points. This result moved Bolton up into eighteenth, one point and one place from safety. This was the first time since the previous April that Bolton had avoided defeat in two consecutive games. The run didn't last however, with Bolton going down 3–0 at Manchester United ten days later. After Ádám Bogdán had saved a Wayne Rooney penalty mid way through the first half, Paul Scholes scored his first goal since coming out of retirement just before the break. Danny Welbeck and Michael Carrick added two further goals in the second half as Bolton slipped to nineteenth. However, by virtue of kicking off in the late game the following Saturday, Bolton knew that they would rise out of the bottom three with a win against Liverpool at The Reebok. An early Mark Davies goal was followed by Nigel Reo-Coker's second goal of the season. Craig Bellamy pulled on back late in the first half but Grétar Steinsson's first goal of the season secured the points in the second half as Bolton won by the same scoreline as Liverpool had done in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. The result took Bolton out of the relegation zone for the first time in over three months.

The club started February with a goalless draw at home to Arsenal which kept them just outside the relegation zone, two points ahead of eighteenth placed Blackburn Rovers. This was Bolton's first clean sheet since the 5–0 victory over Stoke in November and their first goalless draw since the opening day of the previous season when they had drawn at home to Fulham. However, they returned to the relegation zone the following weekend with a 2–0 loss at Norwich City, goals from Andrew Surman and Anthony Pilkington giving Norwich their first double over Bolton in forty years. A week later, they suffered their first home defeat of 2012 when losing 2–1 to relegation rivals Wigan Athletic. A first half goal from Gary Caldwell was cancelled out by Mark Davies mid-way through the second half. However, James McArthur put Wigan back in front with fifteen minutes left and the result caused Bolton to fall a further place to nineteenth. A fortnight later, Chelsea completed the double over Bolton with a 3–0 win at Stamford Bridge. Second half goals from David Luiz, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, his twelfth career goals against Bolton, leaving Bolton in nineteenth.

Bolton began March with a derby at league leaders Manchester City, where manager Owen Coyle started with a 4-1-4-1 formation. However, this could not arrest Bolton's slump as a Grétar Steinsson own goal in the first half and a second from Mario Balotelli in the second half gave their opponents a 2–0 win and left Bolton still in nineteenth place. After four straight defeats, Bolton finally scored a win with a 2–1 victory over relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers at the Reebok Stadium a week later. The away side thought that they had scored midway through the first half when Clint Hill's header appeared to, and was later shown to have, cross the line. However, the goal wasn't given and Darren Pratley gave Bolton the lead with his first Premier League goal late in the half. Djibril Cissé equalised for the visitors soon after the restart but substitute Ivan Klasnić scored late on to take Bolton out of the relegation zone into seventeenth place and to secure a double over the London side.

Bolton's next game was due to be away at Aston Villa on 20 March, but due to the collapse, and subsequent hospitalisation, of Fabrice Muamba during Bolton's FA Cup tie at Tottenham Hotspur the previous Saturday, the game was postponed. This meant that Bolton's next game was a home fixture against local rivals and fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers the following Saturday. Before the game there was applause for Muamba and a mosaic formed in the lower part of the Lofthouse Stand, spelling out Muamba's name and his squad number. Bolton went onto win the game 2–1, thanks to two David Wheater goals, with Blackburn's sole reply coming from Steven N'Zonzi. This result returned Bolton to seventeenth place after they had fallen into the relegation zone due to their midweek inactivity and gave them their first double over Blackburn since the 1977–78 season. A week later, Bolton won their third straight game with a 3–2 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Turning round at half time goalless, Wolves took an early second half lead when Michael Kightly scored. This was quickly cancelled out by a Martin Petrov penalty, after former Wolves player Mark Davies was judged to have been fouled in the area. With ten minutes remaining, Marcos Alonso scored his first goal for the away side and this was quickly followed by another from Kevin Davies. Although Matt Jarvis pulled one back straight away, Bolton held on for the win which lifted them to sixteenth in the table. Bolton's results in March earned manager Owen Coyle the Premier League Manager of the Month award.

The beginning of April saw Bolton's winning run came to an end when they suffered a 3–0 home loss to Fulham, a team that they had not beaten at home since 2007. Two Clint Dempsey goals in the first half were added to by Mahamadou Diarra late in the second half. Results elsewhere, however, meant that Bolton remained in sixteenth place. Two days later, Bolton ttravelled to high flying Newcastle United but fell to their second defeat of the Easter weekend, Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cissé scoring second half goals for the home team. The defeat initially left Bolton in sixteenth place but results later in the week returned them to the relegation zone. Due to the club's home game with Tottenham Hotspur being postponed as the London side were involved in an FA Cup Semi-Final, Bolton's next game was almost a fortnight later, at home to Swansea City. The away side opened the scoring early on through Scott Sinclair but Chris Eagles equalised within eight minutes. The subsequent draw saw Bolton fall back to nineteenth place. However, three days later they moved back up a place thanks to a win at Aston Villa, the game that had been postponed the previous month. The home side opened the scoring mid way through the second half through Stephen Warnock but Bolton quickly replied, scoring twice in the space of just over a minute, first with a Martin Petrov penalty, after Mark Davies had been fouled in the area, and then a David N'Gog goal. This result left Bolton one point from safety with a game in hand. The following Saturday they travelled to Sunderland and took the lead through a Kevin Davies volley. However, Nicklas Bendtner equalised before half time and James McClean scored from a free kick ten minutes into the second half to give Sunderland the advantage. However, a second Kevin Davies goal secured Bolton a point which left Bolton inside the relegation zone on goal difference only.

Bolton began may with a home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, which had been rearranged due to the away side playing in the FA Cup Semi-Final. Before the game, Fabrice Muamba came onto the pitch to a rapturous reception from both sets of supporters which left him visibly moved. Tottenham took the lead towards the end of the first half through a long range effort from Luka Modrić but Bolton drew themselves level early in the second half with a goal from Nigel Reo-Coker. However, three goals in nine minutes, one from Rafael van der Vaart and a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor, gave Tottenham their first ever league win at the Reebok Stadium and left Bolton in the bottom three. There penultimate game, and last home game of the season, was against West Bromwich Albion. Bolton took a first half lead through a Martin Petrov penalty and looked to have secured the game when Billy Jones put the ball into his own net with less than twenty minutes remaining. However, Chris Brunt pulled one back for the away side almost immediately and, with time running out, James Morrison scored an equaliser just before the ninety minutes were up. This result left Bolton in eighteenth place and, with one game left, their fate wasn't in their hands as it left them two points from safety.

The final game of the season saw Bolton travel to Stoke City, while their relegation rivals Queens Park Rangers were at title chasing Manchester City. Former Bolton striker Jonathan Walters scored a controversial early goal when he appeared to bundle goalkeeper Ádám Bogdán into the net when he had hold of the ball, but by the end of the half the away side were ahead through Mark Davies and Kevin Davies. However, Walters scored a second from the penalty spot after Bogdán had fouled Peter Crouch and, although Queens Park Rangers had lost, the point earned at the end of the game was not enough and consigned Bolton to relegation, ending their eleven-year run in the Premier League.

Table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
16 Aston Villa 38 7 17 14 37 53 −16 38
17 Queens Park Rangers 38 10 7 21 43 66 −23 37
18 Bolton Wanderers (R) 38 10 6 22 46 77 −31 36 Relegation to Football League Championship
19 Blackburn Rovers (R) 38 8 7 23 48 78 −30 31
20 Wolverhampton Wanderers (R) 38 5 10 23 40 82 −42 25

Source: Barclays Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

FA Cup[edit]

Bolton entered the FA Cup at the Third Round stage with the other Premier League clubs, as well as those from the Championship. The Third Round ties were played on the weekend beginning 7 January 2012. The draw made on 4 December 2011 gave Bolton an away tie at either Chelmsford City or Macclesfield Town who had drawn their second round tie. Macclesfield won the replay on 14 December.[17] This marked the teams second meeting of the season after their League Cup tie in August. Ivan Klasnić scored an early goal in the tie, his eighth of the season, before Macclesfield scored twice through Colin Daniel and Arnaud Mendy either side of half time. David Wheater, with his first goal for Bolton, equalised late in the second half, taking the game to a replay at the Reebok Stadium ten days later, which Bolton won 2–0. A goal within the first five minutes from Kevin Davies, his first since November, and Martin Petrov set up a home tie against Swansea City in the Fourth Round. The game took place on 29 January with Bolton winning 2–1. Darren Pratley's first goal for the club in first half injury time, against the team he left in the summer, equalised Luke Moore's opener for Swansea. Chris Eagles scored the winner early in the second half to send Bolton into the fifth round. The draw was held the following day and gave Bolton an away tie at either Millwall or Southampton who would be replaying their tie on 7 February. Milwall won the replay 3–2 and played Bolton on 18 February. Goals from Ryo Miyaichi, making his first start for the club, and David N'Gog took Bolton into the quarter finals for the second successive season where they were away to Tottenham Hotspur, who won their replayed tie against Stevenage. Bolton took the lead early in the first half through a Gareth Bale own goal but Kyle Walker equalised shortly afterwards. However, the game was abandoned after forty one minutes when Fabrice Muamba collapsed and was taken to hospital. After Muamba, who has suffered a cardiac arrest, showed signs of improvement in hospital, the game was rearranged for 27 March. This game, however, would prove to be Bolton's last in the competition that season. Although they went in goalless at half-time, Bolton had not had a single shot in that time. They eventually held out until the seventy fourth minute before Ryan Nelsen scored his first goal from Tottenham. This was quickly followed by another Spurs goal as Gareth Bale scored. Kevin Davies gave Bolton some hope with a late goal but this was quickly extinguished when Louis Saha scored in injury time.

League Cup[edit]

Bolton entered the League Cup at the Second Round stage along with the other Premier League clubs other than those involved in European competition. The draw took place on 11 August 2011, with Bolton starting their League Cup campaign at home to League Two side Macclesfield Town on 24 August.[18] Goals from debutant Tuncay Şanlı and Martin Petrov gave Bolton a 2–1 win and put them into the draw for the third round, which took place on 27 August and gave Bolton an away tie at Aston Villa.

The game was played on the 20 September. After a scoreless first half, second half goals from Chris Eagles and debutant Gaël Kakuta gave Bolton a 2–0 win and put them in the draw for the last sixteen which took place on 24 September. Ironically, on the day that Bolton played Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the league, they were drawn to play them away in the next round on 25 October. Former Arsenal youth player Fabrice Muamba opened the scoring early in the second half, but two quick replies from Andrei Arshavin and Park Chu-Young ensured Bolton's exit from the competition.

Squad statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK Hungary Ádám Bogdán 20 0 5 0 3 0 28 0 0 0
2 DF Iceland Grétar Steinsson 23 1 1 0 2 0 26 1 6 0
3 DF Spain Marcos Alonso 5 1 1 0 1 0 7 1 0 0
4 DF England Paul Robinson 17 0 2 0 1 0 20 0 5 0
5 DF England Gary Cahill 19 2 0 0 2 0 21 2 3 0
6 MF England Fabrice Muamba 20 1 2 0 2 1 24 2 2 0
7 MF England Chris Eagles 34 4 4 1 3 1 41 6 1 0
8 MF United States Stuart Holden 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
9 FW Turkey Tuncay Şanlı 16 0 4 0 2 1 22 1 0 0
10 MF Bulgaria Martin Petrov 31 4 3 1 1 1 35 6 2 0
11 MF Jamaica Ricardo Gardner 4 0 0 0 2 0 6 0 2 1
12 DF England Zat Knight 25 0 2 0 2 0 29 0 1 0
14 FW England Kevin Davies 31 6 4 2 2 0 35 8 3 0
15 DF England Tyrone Mears 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
16 MF England Mark Davies 35 4 5 0 3 0 43 4 7 0
17 FW Croatia Ivan Klasnić 29 8 3 1 1 0 35 9 3 1
18 DF Wales Sam Ricketts 20 1 4 0 0 0 24 1 3 0
19 MF England Nigel Reo-Coker 37 3 5 0 0 0 42 3 8 0
20 FW England Robbie Blake 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
21 MF England Darren Pratley 25 1 4 1 3 0 31 2 5 0
22 GK Finland Jussi Jääskeläinen 18 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 2 0
23 MF England Sean Davis 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 FW France David N'Gog 33 3 4 1 2 0 39 4 2 0
25 DF Belgium Dedryck Boyata 14 1 3 0 0 0 17 1 4 0
26 GK England Rob Lainton 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
27 MF South Korea Lee Chung-Yong 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
28 MF France Gaël Kakuta 4 0 0 0 2 1 6 1 0 0
29 FW England Marvin Sordell 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
30 MF Japan Ryo Miyaichi 12 0 2 1 0 0 14 1 0 0
31 DF England David Wheater 24 2 4 1 2 0 30 3 4 2
32 DF United States Tim Ream 13 0 2 0 0 0 15 0 1 0
33 DF Republic of Ireland Mark Connolly 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 FW England Tom Eaves 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 FW England Tope Obadeyi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 FW Scotland Michael O'Halloran 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
37 MF England Josh Vela 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
38 MF England Adam Blakeman 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
39 DF England Joe Riley 3 0 3 0 1 0 7 0 1 0
40 MF England Rhys Bennett 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 GK England Jay Lynch 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
-- MF Scotland Gregg Wylde 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Own goals 3 0 0 3

Statistics accurate as of match played 13 May 2012

Transfers[edit]

On the commencement of the summer transfer window on 1 July, long-serving midfielder Joey O'Brien, central midfielder Tamir Cohen, and defender Jlloyd Samuel all left the club as their contracts had expired. Swedish forward Johan Elmander, who three years previously had been the club's record signing, also left at the end of his contract and quickly signed for Turkish club Galatasary. On the same day, the club signed Darren Pratley on a free transfer after he had rejected a new deal at Swansea City. Three days later, Ali Al-Habsi, who had spent the previous season on loan at Wigan Athletic, joined them on a permanent basis in a deal believed to be in the region of £4million. On 11 July 2011, young striker Danny Ward signed for Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal, with the option of a further year. Later that month, Matt Taylor, who had been at the club for three years, joined former Bolton manager Sam Allardyce at his new club West Ham United, again for an undisclosed fee. A few days later, Bolton made their second signing of the window, bringing in free agent Nigel Reo-Coker, who had left Aston Villa following the end of the previous season. The club then supplemented this signing by bringing in Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears from Burnley, manager Owen Coyle's previous club, for a combined fee in the region of £3million. Bolton also signed Tuncay Şanlı and Dedryck Boyata on loan from Wolfsburg and Manchester City respectively. On the final day of the transfer window, Bolton signed David N'Gog from Liverpool on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee and Gaël Kakuta from Chelsea until January respectively.[19]

Bolton's first action of the January transfer window, on 11 January, was to send reserve team player Jack Sampson, who had signed a new deal the previous day, to Southend United on loan for a month, with Southend having the option to extend it, which they did on 13 February for a further month. This was further extended for another month on 12 March. On 16 January, England international Gary Cahill completed a move to Chelsea with the fee believed to be around £7million. Bolton had agreed a fee with Chelsea for the player shortly before the turn of the year but the transfer had been delayed due to the player failing to agree personal terms with the London club. Bolton replaced Cahill with another defender later in the month when they signed United States international Tim Ream from the New York Red Bulls. Ream had been on trial with both Bolton and West Bromwich Albion in late 2011 and signed on a three-and-a-half year deal, for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £2.5 million. On transfer deadline day, 31 January, Bolton secured the loan signing of Japanese under-19 international Ryo Miyaichi from Arsenal for the rest of the season and England under-21 international Marvin Sordell from Watford for a figure believed to be between £3-4million. On the same day they loaned reserve team midfield player Graeme MacGregor to Hamilton Academical until the end of the season. On 24 February, Bolton loaned out two players, reserve team captain Mark Connolly to Macclesfield and midfielder Sean Davis, who had made only four first team appearances following two major injures since joining the club in 2009, to Bristol City, both on one month deals. At the beginning of March, Bolton loaned veteran defender Paul Robinson to Leeds United, also on a month loan. At the end of the initial month, the loan was extended until the end of the season. Later in the month Tope Obadeyi was loaned to Rochdale for a second time having been there for a period two seasons previously. On 17 March, Bolton signed free agent Gregg Wylde, subject to FIFA approval, who had left Scottish club Rangers after they went into administration and had to lay off players in order to stay in business. Five days later, young Scottish forward Michael O'Halloran joined Sheffield United on loan until the end of the season.

In[edit]

Date Pos. Name From Fee
1 July 2011 MF England Darren Pratley Wales Swansea City Free[20]
27 July 2011 MF England Nigel Reo-Coker England Aston Villa Free[21]
29 July 2011 MF England Chris Eagles England Burnley Undisclosed[22]
29 July 2011 DF England Tyrone Mears England Burnley Undisclosed[23]
31 August 2011 FW France David N'Gog England Liverpool Undisclosed[24]
26 January 2012 DF United States Tim Ream United States New York Red Bulls Undisclosed[25]
31 January 2012 FW England Marvin Sordell England Watford Undisclosed[26]
17 March 2012 MF Scotland Gregg Wylde Scotland Rangers Free[27]

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
1 July 2011 DF Trinidad and Tobago Jlloyd Samuel Iran Esteghlal Free[28]
1 July 2011 MF Republic of Ireland Joey O'Brien England West Ham United Free[29]
1 July 2011 MF Israel Tamir Cohen Israel Maccabi Haifa Free[30]
1 July 2011 FW Sweden Johan Elmander Turkey Galatasaray Free[31]
1 July 2011 MF Republic of Ireland Sam Sheridan England Stockport County Free[32]
4 July 2011 GK Oman Ali Al-Habsi England Wigan Athletic Undisclosed[33]
11 July 2011 FW England Danny Ward England Huddersfield Town Undisclosed[34]
23 July 2011 MF England Matthew Taylor England West Ham United Undisclosed[35]
16 January 2012 DF England Gary Cahill England Chelsea Undisclosed[36]

Loan in[edit]

Date from Date to Pos. Name From
11 August 2011 30 June 2012 FW Turkey Tuncay Şanlı Germany Wolfsburg
26 August 2011 30 June 2012 DF Belgium Dedryck Boyata England Manchester City
31 August 2011 1 January 2012 MF France Gaël Kakuta England Chelsea
31 January 2012 30 June 2012 MF Japan Ryo Miyaichi England Arsenal

Loan out[edit]

Date from Date to Pos. Name To
13 July 2011 30 June 2012 DF England Rhys Bennett Scotland Falkirk[37][38]
8 November 2011 26 December 2011 FW England Tope Obadeyi England Chesterfield[39]
11 January 2012 12 April 2012 FW England Jack Sampson England Southend United[40]
31 January 2012 30 June 2012 MF Scotland Graeme MacGregor Scotland Hamilton Academical[41]
24 February 2012 23 March 2012 DF Republic of Ireland Mark Connolly England Macclesfield Town[42]
24 February 2012 24 March 2012 MF England Sean Davis England Bristol City[43]
6 March 2012 30 April 2012 DF England Paul Robinson England Leeds United[44][45]
14 March 2012 13 April 2012 FW England Tope Obadeyi England Rochdale[46]
22 March 2012 30 June 2012 FW Scotland Michael O'Halloran England Sheffield United[47]

References[edit]

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