Despite the depths of darkness last season, there were some bright spots in the club. It was a break-out year for Adam Bogdan, who effectively ousted again Bolton legend Jussi Jaaskelainen as top keeper. The degree to which he came into his own, proving that he is one of the best keepers in England today surprised even many Bolton fans. Deservedly, he is now up for the Northwest Football Awards' Barclays Premier League Player of the Year.
Also nominated is young left-back Andy Kellet for the Rising Star award. Kellet won Bolton's Academy Player of the Year award last year after earning himself a reliable place in the reserves squad. That hard work earned him a professional contract for this season, giving him the squad number 28. He has yet to make a full Bolton appearance.
The Bolton Wanderers Community Trust has been very busy indeed this year, and is nominated both for Community Initiative of the Year, and Community Club of the Year. Manager of the Trust, Ian Laithwaite said to the official site,
It is a great honour to be shortlisted for the regions football awards. Bolton Wanderers' Community Trust does some fantastic work and has a great team of committed individuals who work tirelessly within the community. To be shortlisted amongst some of the region's biggest clubs is testament to the hard work that has gone on behind the scenes in making Bolton Wanderers one of the leading community organisations in the country.
To round off Bolton's nominees is Andy Mitchell, Head Physiotherapist, who has been put up for Medical & Sports Science Professional. (Although Sean Davis might have something to say about that...) Good luck to all Bolton Wanderers affiliated people up for awards. To vote for the players go to this link, voting closes at %pm GMT on Monday October 29th