List of Bolton Wanderers F.C. managers

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The following is a list of managers of Bolton Wanderers Football Club and their major honours from the beginning of the club's official managerial records in 1885 to the present day. As of the 2012–13 season, Bolton Wanderers have had 24 full-time managers with one, Nat Lofthouse, being in charge on two separate occasions.

The most successful person to manage Bolton Wanderers, to date, is Charles Foweraker, who won three FA Cups in his 25-year reign as manager. He is also the club's longest-serving manager. The current manager is Dougie Freedman, who has held the position since 23 October 2012.

Statistics[edit]

Information correct as of match played 3 May 2014. Only competitive matches are counted.

Name Nationality From To P W D L Win%[1] Honours Minor Honours (First Team only) Notes
Tom Rawthorne  England 1 August 1874 31 May 1885 13 6 4 3 46.15 [2]
Bentley, JohnJohn Bentley  England 1 August 1885 31 May 1886 3 1 1 1 33.33 1 Lancashire Senior Cup: 1886 [2]
William Struthers  England 1 August 1886 31 May 1887 3 2 0 1 66.66 [2]
Fitzroy Norris  England 1 August 1887 1 December 1887 3 0 2 1 0.00 [2]
Bentley, JohnJohn Bentley  England 1 December 1887 31 May 1895 200 89 25 86 44.50 1 Lancashire Senior Cup: 1891 [2]
Harry Downs  England 1 August 1895 31 May 1896 35 19 6 10 54.29 [2]
Frank Brettell  England 1 August 1896 31 May 1898 68 26 13 29 41.94 [2]
Somerville, JohnJohn Somerville  England 1 August 1898 1 January 1910 438 192 77 169 43.84 Football League Second Division Champions 1908–09
Settle, WillWill Settle  England 1 January 1910 31 May 1915 224 97 46 81 43.84 1 Lancashire Senior Cup: 1912
Mather, TomTom Mather  England 1 August 1915 31 May 1919 0 0 0 0 0.00
Foweraker, CharlesCharles Foweraker  England 1 July 1919 1 August 1944 912 373 231 308 40.90 3 FA Cups: 1923, 1926, 1929 6 Lancashire Senior Cups: 1922, 1925, 1927, 1932, 1934, 1939 (shared with Preston North End)
Rowley, WalterWalter Rowley  England 1 August 1944 1 October 1950 197 64 44 89 32.49 1 Football League War Cup: 1945; 1 Lancashire Senior Cup: 1948
Ridding, BillBill Ridding  England 1 October 1950 1 August 1968 767 290 184 293 37.81 1 FA Cup: 1958, 1 FA Charity Shield: 1958
Lofthouse, NatNat Lofthouse  England 1 December 1968 1 November 1970 81 22 23 36 27.16
McIlroy, JimmyJimmy McIlroy  Northern Ireland 1 November 1970 19 November 1970 2 0 0 2 0.00
Meadows, JimmyJimmy Meadows  England 13 January 1971 30 April 1971 16 1 4 11 6.25
Lofthouse, NatNat Lofthouse  England 1 May 1971 1 August 1971 0 0 0 0 0.00
Armfield, JimmyJimmy Armfield  England 1 August 1971 4 October 1974 180 80 47 53 44.44 Football League Third Division Champions 1972–73
Greaves, IanIan Greaves  England 7 October 1974 28 January 1980 230 90 66 74 39.13 Football League Second Division Champions 1977–78
Anderson, StanStan Anderson  England 28 January 1980 31 May 1981 62 18 17 27 29.03
Mulhall, GeorgeGeorge Mulhall  Scotland 1 June 1981 1 June 1982 42 13 7 22 30.95
McGovern, JohnJohn McGovern  Scotland 1 June 1982 7 January 1985 118 37 26 55 31.36
Wright, CharlieCharlie Wright  Scotland 7 February 1985 6 December 1985 44 11 8 25 25.00
Neal, PhilPhil Neal  England 18 December 1985 8 May 1992 351 132 116 103 37.61 1 Football League Trophy: 1989 2 Lancashire Senior Cups: 1989, 1991
Rioch, BruceBruce Rioch  Scotland 29 May 1992 8 June 1995 172 83 42 47 48.26
McFarland, RoyRoy McFarland  England 20 June 1995 2 January 1996 28 5 16 7 17.86 [3]
Todd, ColinColin Todd  England 2 January 1996 22 September 1999 183 79 51 53 43.17 Football League First Division Champions 1996–97
Allardyce, SamSam Allardyce  England 19 October 1999 29 April 2007 370 153 114 103 41.35 1 FA Premier League Asia Trophy: 2005
Lee, SammySammy Lee  England 30 April 2007 7 October 2007 14 3 7 4 21.43
Megson, GaryGary Megson  England 25 October 2007 30 December 2009 97 27 45 26 27.55
Coyle, OwenOwen Coyle  Ireland 8 January 2010 9 October 2012 126 42 24 60 33.33
Freedman, DougieDougie Freedman  Scotland 23 October 2012 88 31 31 26 35.23

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Win% is rounded to two decimal places
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Secretary of the committee that chose the team
  3. ^ Colin Todd was appointed as a de facto co-manager with McFarland but McFarland was always treated as the senior partner by the press.