As you should be more than aware of at this point, we here LoVS towers are currently asking readers to vote on the LOVS Awards, with all the winners being revealed a week after the season has ended.
As difficult as it may seem to fathom, considering the way most of us are now willing this turgid season to finally draw to a close, there have actually been several great moments for Bolton Wanderers over the course of the past nine months. But which one was your favourite? Here are the nominations:
Matt Mills’ equaliser vs. Chelsea
This one is my personal choice for the award. Our season had already reached a fairly depressing standard already, so seeing us display qualities that had been lacking in all our previous games: heart, fight, grit, commitment was fantastic to see. And well, I don't think I've celebrated a goal more in recent times than Mills' equaliser against the best team in the country. Having travelled to the game with a few hundred other hearty souls, we were treated with a truly excellent moment, no matter the result.
The emergence of Zach Clough
Many Bolton fans had been calling for youngster Zach Clough to be given a real chance in the team for ages, but I don't think any of us predicted just the magnitude of the impact he'd make in the first team. The 18-year old made his first star in a white shirt against Wigan in the third round of the FA Cup, scoring the winer with a delicate lob over Ali Al-Habsi. After a brief stint on the sidelines, Clough returned to make his league debut against Wolves, in which he scored two sublime goals with in two minutes. A stunning free kick and a quick feint on the ball before slotting past the goalkeeper. He scored a total of six goals in twelve appearances before injury cruelly cut his season short, but has a Bolton player put a smile on your face as much as Zach Clough in recent seasons?
Joe Mason's hat trick
You'd be forgiven for forgetting this one, as it feels as if it was years ago, not months. But our three-time loanee striker, Joe Mason, as surprising as it may seem, actually broke the curse of Fredi Bobic, as he became the first Wanderer to score a hit trick since the German scored three goals against Ipswich town in 2002, 12 years prior. It was a very good hat trick too, coming in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Rotherham United. His first goal was a daisy cutter from just over 20 yards out, which was just out of the goalkeepers reach. His second was a brilliant header from a Jay Spearing corner, powerfully directing the ball past the 'keeper and into to the goal. He completed his hat trick with another smart finish, taking down the goalkeeper's poor clearing punch on his chest before hitting the ball into the ground so it bounced over the line.
Chung-yong Lee finding his form again
It had been a rough few seasons for our former South Korean winger, Chung-yong Lee. Ever since the Blue Dragon suffered a horrific leg break he'd found it difficult to consistently recapture his excellent form. That was until Neil Lennon came in. The Northern Irishmen instantly recognised the quality Chungy possessed and chose to play him in an attacking midfield role, rather than farmed out wide. It did him wonders. He instantly looked like the player he once was, he was stunning to watch on the ball as he picked out passes that no other player in our team could. He scored three goals and set up another three with Lennon as manager, but he brought so much more to the team, with his unparalleled ability on the ball. Devastatingly, however, just as he was once again at the peak of his game, he was snatched away from us by Crystal Palace. Still, it's hard to over look how great it was seeing Chungy back to his best.
Eidur Gudjohsnen's return v Ipswich
It seemed like it would be too good to be true. Eidur Gudjohnsen was back training with the club, with serious talk of him signing for the club for a second time. A few weeks later and the amazing news broke, EIDUR GUDJOHNSEN HAS SIGNED FOR THE CLUB. It was absolutely fantastic to hear, and I don't think a signing has made me as ecstatic in recent years. The Iceman made his return to the club as a second half substitute in a 0-0 draw with Ipswich Town. In an otherwise drab affair, Gudjohsen lit up the stadium with his mere presence as chants of "ohhh Eidur Gudjohnsen" and "He's coming, Eidur's coming home" echoed around the stands.
Emile Heskey's debut goal