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Challenges Can you save Bolton Wanderers?

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Throughout the 2018–19 Championship season Bolton faced financial difficulties. On 12 September 2018, Bolton reached an agreement with their main creditor BluMarble Capital Ltd over an unpaid loan, avoiding administration and a points deduction from the EFL.[59] Bolton were served a winding-up order on 27 September 2018 after failing to make a payment to HM Revenue and Customs. This was the fourth such petition the club had faced in the previous 14 months.[60] After the collapse of the permanent signing of on-loan striker Christian Doidge, Forest Green Rovers commenced legal action over lost earnings.[61] In February 2019, Bolton were again issued a winding-up petition by HMRC which was subsequently adjourned until the end of the season as their search for a new owner continued.[62][63] The match against Brentford on 26 April was called off by the English Football League 16 hours before kick off after Bolton's players, supported by the Professional Footballers' Association, refused to play until they had received their unpaid wages;[64] the EFL awarded the win to Brentford.[65] The Bolton Whites Hotel, owned by Ken Anderson, was also issued with a winding-up petition in March 2019[66] (it closed on 1 May and went into administration on 14 May).[67] The team was relegated to League One in April after a 23rd-place finish.[68]

In May 2019 the club went into administration due to a £1.2m unpaid tax bill.[69] Fildraw (former owner Eddie Davies' trust fund) appointed administrators from insolvency firm David Rubin and Partners, which meant that the team would begin the new season with -12 points.[70] A 17 July statement from the Bolton players said that no-one at the club had been paid by owner Ken Anderson for 20 weeks, the training ground had no potable drinking water nor hot water for showers. Pre-season friendlies were cancelled as Bolton could not give assurances about fielding a competitive team.[71][72][73]

Anderson failed to find a buyer before the start of the season, and Bolton started their opening League One game on 3 August at Wycombe Wanderers with only three contracted senior outfield players, and lost 2–0.[74] A week later, Bolton fielded its youngest ever side, with an average age of 19, in a goalless home draw against Coventry City.[75] Manager Phil Parkinson expressed concern about the welfare of the youth players used in all of Bolton's games,[76] leading Bolton to postpone the game against Doncaster Rovers on 20 August[77][78] but without informing either Doncaster or the EFL.[77] Parkinson and assistant Steve Parkin resigned the following day, with academy manager Jimmy Phillips taking interim charge.[79] On 26 August, it was announced that the takeover by Football Ventures takeover fallen through one day before the EFL deadline, potentially risking the club going into liquidation.[80][81] After Bolton failed to meet that deadline, the suspension of its notice of withdrawal from the EFL was lifted; however, the club was not immediately expelled from the EFL – it was given until 12 September 2019 to meet all outstanding requirements of the League's insolvency policy.[82]

So, many of you who follows English Football would of heard about Bolton over the last year or so. On the brink of totally disappearing from the football leagues they were saved at the last minute, unlike fellow struggling club Bury. 


They started the season in League 1 (remember, not too long ago Bolton were a premier league club) with a staggering -12 points from the get go. 

Many fans however are quite thankful to at least still have a club to support and watch, no matter how bad the troubles off the pitch may be. 

The challenge;

  • Quite simply - Save Bolton Wanders - how high up the table can you finish. 
  • 1 season challenge. 


  • Main points = league points
  • Bonus Points;
  • +5 = Avoid relegation
  • +15 = League win
  • +10 = Promotion
  • +10 = Winning a cup



  • Usual rules apply
  • Own formation
  • No cheating (reloading, editor, hex etc etc)
  • Screenshots required - final league table, manager profile, cup win/defeat
  • Transfer allowed
  • Any badge/rep allowed
  • If we have a tie = goal difference will be used, then goals for, then goals against. 
  • And most importantly - HAVE FUN!

Quite a quick, simply challenge, i enjoyed playing 1/2 season challenges recently so will see how this one goes. 




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