Hello again, dear readers. Yep, I'm here once more, asking if you'd be kind enough to have a quick gander at six nominations, then go to the effort to click on the one you would like to vote for in the poll below. What? You will? Cracking.
I don't think it would be too radical to say that, for the most part, this season has been a little bit shit. There was brief promise that Bolton Wanderers would mount a Play-Off challenge of some kind in the remaining months of 2014, but our season has certainly petered off into mediocrity. In fact, a large portion of this seen has been a mixture of tear inducing agony and laughable embarrassment.
But just what were the worst moments of the past season? I've gathered a few, and here they are:
Fulham 4-0 Bolton
The Whites' 4-0 demolition at the hands of lowly Fulham was Dougie Freedman's last game in charge at the club, and the game didn't half reflect his pathetic reign at the club. The London club were, if memory serves, were one of the few teams still behind Bolton in the table, but that didn't last for long as they spanked four goals past Bolton, in one of their most embarrassing games since relegation. Former Wigan Athletic striker, Hugo Rodallega, broke the dead lock with in ten minutes, as he capitalised on a Matt Mills slip, and then when centre back Fernando Amorebieta doubled his team's lead on the stroke of half time, the game was already over. It was a showcase of utterly diabolical defending as no marks Lasse Vigen Christensen and Tim Hoogland added to the score line during the second half. Bolton didn't even muster a single shot on target for the entirety of the game. The only good thing to come from the match was Freedman's sacking a few days later.
Chung-yong Lee's departure
There's no doubt that seeing the spark within Chungy be ignited again was one of the highlights of the season, but his departure was equally saddening. When Neil Lennon came into the club, he immediately spotted the ability Lee had and knew how best to utilise it - by playing the South Korean in the middle. Chungy dazzled and delighted us like he did back in the glory days, before his tragic leg break. It was a genuine joy seeing him back to his marvellous best. But playing so astoundingly good at a lower level is bound to attract suitors and somewhat inevitably, considering his contract was up at the end of the season, Crystal Palace came in for him and stole him away just as he'd found his again. It hurt. Chungy had been at the club since 2009, making him one of the clubs longest serving players, and he's created so many memories, not least his dramatic FA Cup semi-final winner against Birmingham City. It also felt like somewhat of a betrayal, the club had stood by him through his injury, through his recovery and through his couple of years of poor form. Then as soon as he was playing good again he was gone. Those feeling however, were completely outweighed by the fans' complete love for Chungy and the sadness of seeing him leave. You're a liar if you say that this letter didn't bring a tear to your eye.
Nottingham Forest 4-1 Bolton
Another one off game, this time the horrid affair that was Nottingham Forest 4-1 Bolton Wanderers. Absolutely nothing went right for the Trotters in the game, as it was just a long line of laughable occurrences. Forest took the lead after eight minutes when stand in, and not very good, left Filip Twardzik slipped in the box allowing Chris Burke to waltz into the box and burry the ball home on the second attempt. Things would not get easier for Bolton. On the other side of the pitch Michail Antonio was causing all sorts of problems with his blistering pace, and he single handedly destroyed Bolton's entire defence before firing into the roof of the net. Bolton found undeservedly themselves back in the game when Zach Clough was tumbled over in the box, and Adam Le Fondre buried the resulting penalty. However, the comeback was short lived as moments into the second half Mills got himself foolishly sent off. Which meant half time substitute, Emile Heskey, had to play at centre back in an hilarious but equally embarrassing and frustrating turn of events.
Bolton were managing to somehow stay in the game until a stupid back header from Dean Moxey left Andy Lonergan powerless as he gave away a penalty. However, I still find it hard to understand how the referee judged Lonergan to have committed a foul, as he was knocked unconscious in the process and had to leave the field on a stretcher. Debutant Ben Amos was unable to save the penalty. Things went from worse to horrific when Heskey proved he wasn't exactly cut out to be a defender, as he misjudged a header, then failed to win the ball twice before Burke made the score 4-1. We also lost Tim Ream and Twardzik to injury during the game.
Worst of all, Forest were managed by Dougie Freedman. Horrible.
Zach Clough’s injury
Bolton have been struck with an injury crisis from the doldrums of hell this season, with the dreaded plague wiping out at least half out squad at the peak of it's twatiness. Not one of the countless injuries hurt more than Zach Clough's did though. Forced into the team himself on the back of an injury to Mark Davies, the youngster proved everyone who was calling for him to get a chance in the first team right, as he lit up the Macron with several outstanding performances. In only twelve first team games he scored six goals, with all of them being excellent one way or another. Devastatingly, however, he would too succumb to the injury curse,as he dislocated his shoulder in an extremely frustrating game against Reading, meaning he would miss the rest of the season. He looked unstoppable in the position just behind the strikers, and there's no telling what he could have done in the season's remaining games, but sadly, that was taken away from him and us.
The last minute goal phenomena
There's not much I can really say about this that hasn't been said countless times already. For some explicable reason, Bolton have gone a horrible trend of conceding late goals which have cost us so dearly. It has happened 7 times in the last 18 games or so, and whilst there are some, like Henry's and Coutinho's, that you can't really complain about, the vast majority are all as a result of some awful defending in the closing moments. Is it a fitness issue? Is is it a concentration issue? Is it a psychological issue? I really couldn't tell you. All I know is that had we held our nerve and managed to hold on for the points, we'd be in the top half of the table. Instead we're languishing in 17th.
Bannan and Danns being suspended by the club
This is a late comer to the nominations list, and it's the news that broke prior to Bolton's valiant 2-2 draw with Brentford, the news that Barry Bannan and Neil Danns have been suspended indefinitely and may by fined the maximum amount for a breach of club discipline. There are no real specifics on the events, and all that is known is that it took place in the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Bolton Whites hotel, and that the club received complaints from staff and guests about the pairs antics. If you agree with Lennon's harsh but fair actions or not, the whole situation is deeply embarrassing to see and costs us on the pitch too. Danns maybe not so much, but Bannan has been fantastic since he joined the club in January and it looks as if any chances of signing him permanently have pretty much evaporated.
Bolton Wanderers 0-2 Derby County
Here's an other extreme late comer, in fact, this one has made the short list so late that I'm editing an already published article. This one definitely deserves to be on the list, it had just completely escaped my memory, thankfully the absence of Bolton 0-2 Derby was pointed out to me on Twitter. The game really should have been the end of Dougie Freedman's reign of terror at the club. Two goals from Derby that both derived from utter shambolic, inexcusable defending turned the atmosphere inside the Macron toxic. Fans invaded the pitch on multiple occasions, two just acted like dickheads in front of the Nat Lofthouse stand and messed about with a corner flag, the other made a beeline for Freedman, hurling abuse and his season ticket. It was truly a tragic, embarrassing and depressing time to support Bolton Wanderers.
Well then, sorry for reminding you about all those bad moments, but which one annoyed you the most? Vote below!