2013–14 Bolton Wanderers F.C. season
|League Cup||2nd Round|
|Top goalscorer||League: Jermaine Beckford (5)
All: Jermaine Beckford (6)
|Highest home attendance||19,622
(v Leeds United, 14 September 2013)
|Lowest home attendance||14,260
(v Derby County, 17 September 2013)
|Average home league attendance||15,759|
It will cover the period from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014.
On 29 May, the club announced a new shirt sponsorship deal with pay day loan company QuickQuid, replacing 188BET who sponsored the club's shirts for the previous two seasons. The deal sparked protests from fans and local politicians alike, with a petition asking the club to rethink the decision reaching over a thousand signatures within just over twenty four hours. Bolton South East MP, Yasmin Qureshi, called the deal "completely wrong" and joined fellow local MPs David Crausby and Julie Hilling, alongside Bolton Council leader Cliff Morris and Bolton at Home chief executive Jon Lord in calling upon the club to reconsider the decision.
On 5 June 2013, Bolton announced that they would no longer be entering into a sponsorship agreement with QuickQuid due to "the adverse reaction to the sector of business in which the sponsor operated". In the same announcement, Bolton announced that their new shirt sponsor would be FibrLec, who work with the town's university.
On 17 May 2013, Bolton announced a total of eight pre-season fixtures split between the first team and a Bolton XI. After travelling to the south of Spain for a week-long training camp on 7 July 2013, Bolton returned to play against Rotherham United, a game they lost 2-1 despite taking the lead through Marvin Sordell. They next played Shrewsbury Town, to whom Tom Eaves was on loan towards the end of the 2012-13 season. The game ended in a 3-3 draw, with a Sordell brace and a goal from Chris Eagles. The penultimate game was at Carlisle United where Bolton lost 1-0 after an early goal. Bolton announced their home pre-season friendly on 3 June 2013, facing Real Betis on 26 July at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton lost their final pre-season friendly 2-0 courtesy of goals from Jorge Molina and Joan Verdú either side of half-time.
A Bolton XI played against Skelmersdale United, winning 1-0 through a Josh Vela penalty. The development squad also played against Chorley for the Harold Taylor Memorial Trophy. Bolton won 2-1 with goals from new signing Gary Fraser and Tom Youngs. This was followed by a match against F.C. United of Manchester at Bury's Gigg Lane. The game ended in a 1-1 draw with Conor Wilkinson grabbing Bolton's goal. The development squad's next game of pre-season came away at Chester. With first team players such as Craig Davies, Tyrone Mears and Matt Mills featuring, Bolton could only secure a stalemate at the Exacta Stadium. The squad's penultimate pre-season game finished with a win for the Whites as a Tom Eaves in the second half settled the affair. The Bolton XI finished their pre-season preparations with a win over Stockport County at Edgeley Park.
At a fans' forum held at the Reebok Stadium on 29 July, manager Dougie Freedman confirmed that Zat Knight had been made team captain for the forthcoming season. On the same day, the club website confirmed that Stuart Holden had torn his anterior cruciate ligament in his right leg while playing for the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Panama. This also meant that Holden was the third Bolton player to suffer an ACL injury in 2013, alongside Mark Davies and Joe Riley.
|16 July 2013||Rotherham United||2 – 1||Bolton Wanderers||New York Stadium|
|19:45 BST||Revell 63'
|Report||Sordell 42'||Attendance: 2,470
Referee: Mark Heywood
|20 July 2013||Shrewsbury Town||3 – 3||Bolton Wanderers||Greenhous Meadow|
|15:00 BST||Marsden 32'
|Report||Sordell 20', 44'
Referee: Phil Gibbs
|23 July 2013||Carlisle United||1 – 0||Bolton Wanderers||Brunton Park|
|19:45 BST||Miller 14'||Report||Attendance: 1,691
Referee: Seb Stockbridge
|26 July 2013||Bolton Wanderers||0 – 2||Real Betis||Reebok Stadium|
|20:00 BST||Report||Molina 31'
Referee: Phil Dowd
|17 July 2013||Skelmersdale United||0 – 1||Bolton XI||West Lancashire College Stadium|
|19:45 BST||Report||Vela 50' (pen.)|
|19 July 2013||Chorley||1 – 2||Bolton XI||Victory Park|
|19:45 BST||O'Brien 54'||Report||Fraser 10'
|24 July 2013||F.C. United of Manchester||1 – 1||Bolton XI||Gigg Lane|
|19:45 BST||Walwyn 52'||Report||Wilkinson 19'|
|27 July 2013||Chester||0 – 0||Bolton XI||Exacta Stadium|
|15:00 BST||Report||Attendance: 890
Referee: Darren Handley
|30 July 2013||Macclesfield Town||0 – 1||Bolton XI||Moss Rose|
|19:45 BST||Report||Eaves 62'||Attendance: 564
|5 August 2013||Stockport County||1 – 2||Bolton XI||Edgeley Park|
|11:45 BST||Dennis 19'||Report||Wilkinson 15'
The fixtures for the 2013-14 Football League Championship season were released on 19 June 2013. However, on 18 June the Football League announced six opening day fixtures, all involving the eight founder members who are currently playing in the Football League, as part of the league's 125th anniversary celebrations.
For the second consecutive season, Bolton visited fellow founder members Burnley at Turf Moor on the opening day of the season. After falling behind to a Danny Ings shot that deflected off David Wheater in the 26th minute, the goal eventually being given to Ings by the Football League, Bolton equalised through Darren Pratley in the 37th minute. No further goals were scored to give Bolton a draw in their first match of the season. Bolton's first home game of the season was against relegated Reading. Darren Pratley got his second goal in as many league games to put Bolton in the lead, but Reading equalised through a Nick Blackman penalty early in the second half. On 17 August Bolton travelled to the City Ground to face Billy Davies' Nottingham Forest. Bolton conceded after two minutes to a Jamie Mackie goal, which was followed by two further goals in the second half for Nottingham Forest to hand Bolton their first defeat of the season, with Darren Pratley being sent off during the match. Bolton's second home game of the season came against QPR, who had been relegated from the Premier League the previous season. The game was preceded by the unveiling of a statue of Nat Lofthouse outside the Reebok Stadium. After a goalless first half, QPR edged ahead through Andy Johnson in the 54th minute. This was Bolton's first home loss in 2013, ending a 12-game unbeaten home run, and left them without a win in the new season. Bolton's winless run continued against local rivals Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, where they fell to a 4-1 loss. This left Bolton at the foot of the table going into September.
At home to Leeds United, Bolton conceded to an early Luke Varney goal from a corner and failed to respond; with Bolton registering only one shot on target throughout the match. The loss, Bolton's fourth in a row, left them winless in the new season, though they moved off the foot of the table courtesy of Millwall's poorer goal difference. Despite halting their four-game losing run with a 2-2 draw in their next game against Derby County, Bolton slipped to the bottom of the table again as Millwall beat Blackpool. Defender Alex Baptiste scored his second goal of the season to put Bolton ahead on five minutes before Johnny Russell scored two to put Derby in front. Chris Eagles equalised after forty minutes to earn Bolton the point. In their eighth match, Bolton faced Brighton & Hove Albion at the AMEX Stadium. After taking the lead through a Lee Chung-Yong cross that deflected off David López, Bolton went in at half-time a goal to the good. However, after conceding three goals in four minutes in the second half, Bolton left Brighton with no points. In their final game of September, Bolton faced the Glovers, Yeovil Town. Yeovil took the lead after 'keeper Ádám Bogdán spilled an Ed Upson shot before Alex Baptiste headed in his third goal of the season in the 90th minute to equalise and push Bolton off the foot of the table, with Barnsley dropping below them.
Aiming to finally get their first win of the season, Bolton kicked off at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road. Striker Jermaine Beckford hit the woodwork, while Kevin McNaughton and Neil Danns made their debuts and Liam Feeney earned his first start, but Bolton could not break the deadlock and the game finished 0-0, giving Bolton just their third clean sheet away from home since their win against QPR on the opening day of the 2011-12 season and ending Blackpool's season-long run of scoring in every match. After naming an unchanged side for the game against Birmingham City, Bolton took the lead with Jermaine Beckford's first league goal of the season before loanee Neil Danns scored against his former club to double the lead. Bolton were pegged back by substitute Nikola Žigić's header which looped over Ádám Bogdán, but held on to earn their first win of the season. Žigić's goal was later credited to Lee Novak. After the international break, Bolton played host to Sheffield Wednesday, the only team in the league without a win. Jermaine Beckford followed up his goal in the previous game by opening the scoring but Alex Baptiste put through his own net for Wednesday to equalise. In the last five minutes, Wednesday's José Semedo was sent off for a tackle on Jay Spearing but Bolton were unable to capitalise on the advantage as the match ended 1-1. The following match took place against Ipswich Town, with Bolton looking to win at home for the first time. After taking the lead through a free-kick taken by Medo Kamara, David McGoldrick equalised for Ipswich, leaving Bolton five games unbeaten but just one place above the relegation zone.
Bolton first game of November came against Bournemouth at the Goldsands Stadium. Late in the first half, David N'Gog rounded Bournemouth 'keeper Lee Camp to open the scoring. Bolton held out for the second half until Jermaine Beckford scored his fourth goal of the season in the 90th minute to seal the win which left Bolton with a six-match unbeaten run with four draws and two wins. Bolton's next game against Millwall extended that run with their first home win of the season as Robert Hall, Jermaine Beckford and André Moritz all scored past David Forde in a 3-1 victory. Extending their unbeaten run to eight matches and earning their third consecutive away win, Bolton edged past Watford at Vicarage Road in their next match. When Manuel Almunia dropped a Neil Danns cross, Jermaine Beckford was there to score his fifth goal in six games and give Bolton the three points. On the final day of November, Bolton travelled to the Riverside Stadium to face Middlesbrough for new manager Aitor Karanka's first home game for Boro. The match was decided by two penalties; Grant Leadbitter scoring his after Tim Ream fouled Marvin Emnes in the box, before substitute André Moritz won a penalty only for Jermaine Beckford to miss. This 1-0 loss ended Bolton's eight-match unbeaten run.
Back at the Reebok Stadium against Huddersfield Town after an international break and two away matches, Bolton failed to capitalise on their previous home win against Millwall, falling to Ollie Norwood's second strike in two games, beating Andy Lonergan from 30 yards.
|3 August 2013||Burnley||1 – 1||Bolton Wanderers||Turf Moor|
|12:15 BST||Ings 26'||Report||Pratley 37'||Attendance: 12,919
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
|10 August 2013||Bolton Wanderers||1 – 1||Reading||Reebok Stadium|
|15:00 BST||Pratley 14'||Report||Blackman 51' (pen.)||Attendance: 15,551
Referee: Carl Boyeson
|17 August 2013||Nottingham Forest||3 – 0||Bolton Wanderers||City Ground|
|15:00 BST||Mackie 2'
|Report||Pratley 53'||Attendance: 22,306
Referee: Mark Haywood
|24 August 2013||Bolton Wanderers||0 – 1||QPR||Reebok Stadium|
|12:15 BST||Report||Johnson 54'||Attendance: 14,999
Referee: James Adcock
|31 August 2013||Blackburn Rovers||4 – 1||Bolton Wanderers||Ewood Park|
|15:00 BST||Dunn 27'
Rhodes 28', 83'
|Report||Baptiste 45'||Attendance: 15,882
Referee: Keith Stroud
|14 September 2013||Bolton Wanderers||0 – 1||Leeds United||Reebok Stadium|
|15:00 BST||Report||Varney 6'||Attendance: 19,622
Referee: Andy D'Urso
|17 September 2013||Bolton Wanderers||2 – 2||Derby County||Reebok Stadium|
|20:00 BST||Baptiste 5'
|Report||Russell 7', 18'||Attendance: 14,260
Referee: Scott Mathieson
|21 September 2013||Brighton||3 – 1||Bolton Wanderers||AMEX Stadium|
|15:00 BST||Spearing 53' (o.g.)
|Report||López 29' (o.g.)||Attendance: 26,319
Referee: Mike Jones
|28 September 2013||Bolton Wanderers||1 – 1||Yeovil Town||Reebok Stadium|
|15:00 BST||Baptiste 90'||Report||Upson 79'||Attendance: 14,716
Referee: Tony Harrington
|1 October 2013||Blackpool||0 – 0||Bolton Wanderers||Bloomfield Road|
|20:00 BST||Report||Attendance: 13,819
Referee: Neil Swarbrick
|6 October 2013||Birmingham City||1 – 2||Bolton Wanderers||St. Andrew's|
|12:15 BST||Novak 69'||Report||Beckford 12'
Referee: David Coote
|19 October 2013||Bolton Wanderers||1 – 1||Sheffield Wednesday||Reebok Stadium|
|15:00 BST||Beckford 16'||Report||Baptiste 26' (o.g.)||Attendance: 17,177
Referee: Chris Foy
|26 October 2013||Bolton Wanderers||1 – 1||Ipswich Town||Reebok Stadium|
|15:00 BST||Medo 65'||Report||McGoldrick 73'||Attendance: 15,222
Referee: David Webb
|2 November 2013||Bournemouth||0 – 2||Bolton Wanderers||Goldsands Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Report||N'Gog 37'
Referee: Darren Deadman
|9 November 2013||Bolton Wanderers||3 – 1||Millwall||Reebok Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Hall 5'
|Report||Easter 28'||Attendance: 14,830
Referee: Graham Scott
|23 November 2013||Watford||0 – 1||Bolton Wanderers||Vicarage Road|
|15:00 GMT||Report||Beckford 27'||Attendance: 15,247
Referee: Brendan Malone
|30 November 2013||Middlesbrough||1 – 0||Bolton Wanderers||Riverside Stadium|
|15:00 GMT||Leadbitter 82' (pen.)||Report||Attendance: 23,679
Referee: Mark Brown
|3 December 2013||Bolton Wanderers||0 – 1||Huddersfield Town||Reebok Stadium|
|20:00 GMT||Report||Norwood 71'||Attendance: 15,452
Referee: Geoff Eltringham
|3||Queens Park Rangers||17||10||5||2||20||11||+9||35|
|9||Brighton & Hove Albion||17||6||7||4||20||15||+5||25|
|Promotion to Premier League|
|Qualification to Championship playoffs|
|Relegation to League One|
|Last updated: 17:04, 30 November 2013 (UTC)|
Results by round
Last updated: 3 December 2013.
Source: BBC Sport
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.
Last updated: 3 December 2013.
Source: BBC Sport
Bolton will enter the FA Cup at the Third Round stage with the other Championship clubs, as well as those from the Premier League.
Bolton entered the League Cup at the first round stage for the first time since the 2000-01 season, alongside all other Football League clubs except Wigan Athletic and Reading. The draw took place on 17 June 2013 and gave Bolton an away tie at Shrewsbury Town. Bolton took the lead with a long-range goal from Robert Hall, before Shrewsbury Town equalised through Aaron Wildig. Making his full debut for the club, academy graduate Sanmi Odelusi then scored two goals either side of half-time to put Bolton 3-1 up. Bolton saw out the game to progress into the second round of the League Cup. André Moritz also made his debut, coming off the bench, after joining on 1 August 2013. The draw for the second round of the League Cup was made on 8 August, with Bolton playing Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park on 27 August. At Prenton Park, Bolton went 1-0 down just before half-time as Cole Stockton scored for Tranmere. Bolton equalised through Jermaine Beckford's first goal for the club, but could not find another before the end of normal time, thus forcing the game into extra time. With no goals scored in the extra half-hour, the game moved to a penalty shoot-out. André Moritz and Alex Baptiste both had penalties saved by Owain Fôn Williams to send Bolton out of the League Cup.
|1st Round 6 August 2013||Shrewsbury Town||1 – 3||Bolton Wanderers||Greenhous Meadow|
|19:45 BST||Wildig 29'||Report||Hall 26'
Odelusi 43', 52'
Referee: Steve Bratt
|2nd Round 27 August 2013||Tranmere Rovers||1 – 1 (aet)
(4 – 2 p)
|Bolton Wanderers||Prenton Park|
|19:45 BST||Stockton 45'||Report||Beckford 66'||Attendance: 3,379
Referee: Stephen Martin
|No.||Pos.||Name||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Total||Discipline|
On 7 May 2013, it was announced that seven academy graduates would not have their contracts renewed. Adam Blakeman, who made a senior appearance against Macclesfield Town in the League Cup, Alex McQuade, Jack Sampson, Joe McKee and goalkeeper Lewis Fielding were all released. On 30 April 2013, it was confirmed that Alex McQuade had signed a one-year deal with Shrewsbury Town. A further announcement was made by the club website on 8 May 2013, detailing two more academy graduates who would be leaving; defenders Ben Dennis and Ben Hampson. It had previously been announced that club captain Kevin Davies would not be offered a new contract at the end of the preceding season. On 14 May, it was announced that Bolton had signed two teenagers to add to their academy; 17 year-old Sheffield Wednesday full-back Hayden White and 18 year-old Millwall forward Conor Wilkinson. On 20 May, it was announced that Bolton had signed out-of-contract left-back Marc Tierney from Norwich City. Bolton further bolstered their defence with the signing of another out-of-contract defender, Alex Baptiste, on 22 May. On 30 May, the signing of Marc Tierney was further confirmed by the club. On 31 May, it was confirmed that left-back Marcos Alonso had completed his move to Italian side Fiorentina. On 3 June, it was announced that Scottish winger Gregg Wylde had his contract terminated over the preceding weekend, making him a free agent. On 25 June, it was announced that 23 year-old goalkeeper Rob Lainton would not have his contract renewed making him a free agent. The following day, on Tuesday 26 June, released forward Jack Sampson signed a two-year deal with League Two side Morecambe. After his contract with Blackpool ran out on 30 June, the signing of Alex Baptiste was confirmed by the club on 1 July. Later the same day, Bolton confirmed the signing of West Ham winger Rob Hall on a three-year deal. Hall had been on loan to Bolton towards the end of the previous season. On 4 July, the club confirmed that defender Sam Ricketts' contract had been cancelled by mutual agreement. Later the same day, Wolverhampton Wanderers confirmed that they had signed the Wales full-back on a free transfer. On 10 July, Bolton signed Gary Fraser, who had turned down an offer from the club in January, from Scottish outfit Hamilton Academical. This transfer was further confirmed by the club on 18 July. Former Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford's protracted transfer from Leicester City was finally completed on 17 July. Bolton also signed 16 year-old Hungarian 'keeper Erik Bukran from Budapest Honvéd. Although not confirmed by the club, Bukran appeared as a substitute in a Bolton XI's pre-season game against Chorley. As was previously thought, Gary Fraser was loaned out to Partick Thistle in the SPL on 22 July, for an initial six month period. On 1 August 2013, Bolton confirmed the free signing of Brazilian André Moritz on a one-year contract. Moritz had previously rejected a contract extension at his last club Crystal Palace. Shortly after it was confirmed that Marvin Sordell had moved to Charlton Athletic on a season-long loan. On 8 August, Bolton announced that former loanee Jay Spearing was having a medical with the club. The following day, Bolton's 2012-13 player of the year joined on a four-year contract. Released midfielder Adam Blakeman signed for non-league Hyde on 9 August. Following the arrival of Jay Spearing, fellow midfielder Keith Andrews was loaned to Brighton & Hove Albion for a season. Following on from Adam Blakeman's departure to Hyde, fellow academy graduate Ben Dennis also joined the non-league side.
Bolton's first piece of transfer activity following the opening of the loan transfer window was to send young striker Tom Eaves on loan to Rotherham United. The first incoming player of the loan transfer window for Bolton was Leicester City midfielder Neil Danns, who was brought in on a three-month deal. Following this, Bolton also signed midfielder Liam Feeney from Millwall, who also arrived on a three-month loan. After a month, Millwall chose to recall him. On the same day, Cardiff City's longest serving player Kevin McNaughton joined on a 28-day emergency loan deal. Following injuries to goalkeepers Ádám Bogdán and Jay Lynch in late October 2013, Bolton signed Arran Lee-Barrett on a short term contract as back up to Andrew Lonergan on 24 October. On the same day, reserve team center back, Cian Bolger joined League One team Colchester United on a month's loan. Meanwhile, Millwall activated the 28-day release clause in Liam Feeney's contract to take him back to The Den two months earlier than expected. On 31 October, youth duo Chris Lester and Conor Wilkinson joined Conference Premier side Chester on month-long loans.
On 11 November 2013, a deal was agreed with Premier League side Cardiff City to loan forward Joe Mason until 5 January 2014. However, the following day it was announced that Cardiff manager Malky Mackay had had a change of heart over the deal and the striker stayed in South Wales, despite having travelled up to Bolton to train with them on the previous day. The deal was finally completed on 27 November, with Mason signing until 5 January 2014. On 28 November, Craig Davies was set to move on loan to Wolves, before the deal fell through.
Although Hayden White, Conor Wilkinson and Robert Hall were signed by Bolton after their contracts had run out, Sheffield Wednesday, Millwall and West Ham, respectively, would be entitled to compensation as the players were under the age of 23. This also applied to Marcos Alonso, who moved to Fiorentina, although his former club Real Madrid would also be entitled to compensation, as he had come through their academy.
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