Two straight relegations put Bolton Wanderers on the bottom rung of the Football League ladder in 2020. It was the first time the Trotters had fallen so far since 1988 – and only the second time this side of the Second World War. More importantly, it put Boro’ and them on course for a historic first-ever meeting. The silver lining for them, we say.
For the Trotters, the club’s golden age arguably came in the 1920s; three FA Cup wins to their name and fighting it out at the top end of the top flight. Did you know that Bolton are a club that has spent more time in the top division than any other side without winning it? Of course, we can look back on plenty of other highlights since too.
The 1950s saw a fourth FA Cup win. And who can forget the Sam Allardyce era; them a top-half team in the Premier League for four years on the spin? But it didn’t last. After 11 years in the Premier League, relegation in 2012 started the decline. Since 2015, they’ve had cash issues; their future in severe doubt until new owners arrived in summer 2019.
Bolton Wanderers: The Facts
University of Bolton Stadium
Burnden Way, Bolton, BL6 6JW
If arriving by car, there are dedicated spaces in Car Park A for Blue Badge holders. Your badge must be shown to the car park steward before you’re allowed in, however. And the prices are the same i.e. there’s no discount for Blue Badge holders.
Inside the ground, the Trotters will send a ticket allocation for wheelchair users and carers to Boro’ to be sold in advance. It’s also recommended that fans with ambulant disabilities sit in the front two rows of the stand for ease of access.
A commentary service for fans with a visual impairment is available. You must book this in advance, however, and collect the headsets from a designated steward on the day. As you would expect, headsets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
To book a headset or for any other questions relating to facilities for disabled fans, contact Daniel Scott at the club: 01204 673652 or [email protected].
As a relative noob to Bolton, we’re going off the recommendations of others here. The Football Ground Guide lists The Beehive as the main watering hole for travelling fans. You’ll have to walk for around 10-15 minutes to get to it. But that’s never really been an issue before, has it?
If you’re feeling lazy, you can grab a pint inside the ground.
Bolton Wanderers Travel Information – Distance: 193 miles
At the time we looked at this, Google told us that using the A1 was the best route for a trip to Bolton. This is despite the fact that going via the M6 is shorter and faster. Well, it should be. Our guess is that using the A1 doesn’t take much longer and will skip the M6 Toll if that’s important to you. We’ll give you both options anyway.
Go north on the A1(M) and A1 for quite a long time. At Ferrybridge, use the left two lanes and exit the A1(M) for the westbound M62. Stay on here for about 48 miles. Take care at the junction with the M1 and M621 that you don’t get in the wrong lane. We doubt you will.
Continue onto the M60 for just under four miles; leaving at Junction 15 for the M61. At the Worsley Braided Interchange, stay on the M61 and follow the signs for Preston. Next, at Junction 6, come off for the A6027. Take the third exit at the roundabout and then the first exit at the next one.
After heading north on the M1 and M6, use the Toll road to skip around Birmingham and keep going. At Junction 19, leave for the A556 exit towards Manchester Airport and take the third option at the roundabout. Join the M56 and continue on when this becomes the A5103. Up the road, stay in the left lane for the M60 towards Liverpool and Bolton.
Junction 15 is what you want here. It’s about 10.5 miles further on; leaving for the M61 in the direction of Preston. Then, your instructions are as above. Head for Junction 6 and leave for the A6027; taking the third exit at the roundabout.
The stadium has a number of car parks – but not all are available to away fans. We’ll get to that bit in a sec. All places are available on a first-come, first-served basis; costing £7 per car or £12 per minibus. Now, for the car parks you need to look for.
Car Park A is the one that you want. It’s to the south of the stadium and you can get to it by following the driving guide above. It’s also clearly signposted from the motorway – you can’t miss it.
Station: HORWICH PARKWAY
Services to: MANCHESTER PICCADILLY (for Leeds)
The nearest station to the ground is Horwich Parkway, which you can get to from here with either two or three changes – depending on whether you go via Leeds or London Euston.
It’ll be quite obvious when you arrive what you’ll need to do to get to the ground. Leave the station and walk up Arena Approach; Bolton Arena on your left. Next, you’ll get to Burnden Way. We don’t need to tell you what to do here. But, if you’re in any doubt, cross the road.
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