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Bolton Wanderers Announce Two New Pre-Season Fixtures

Bolton Wanderers have added to their list of pre-season friendlies with new fixtures against Sturm Graz and SC Paderborn to be played in Austria.

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On Monday 6 July Neil Lennon and his Bolton Wanderers side will head out to Austria for an eight-day long training camp, where they have scheduled two pre-season friendlies to take place.

The first will take place against three-time Austrian champions Sturm Graz on Saturday 11 July at Stadion Kumberg in Kumberg, in Austria. The kick off will be 6pm local time, however Wanderers fans can watch the game live in the comfort of their own home, as the fixture will be broadcasted on http://SKSturm.TV.

Sturm Graz will be a tricky opposition for Neil Lennon's side having come from a successful season in the Austrian Bundesliga, where they finished fourth.

Two days later on Monday 13 July, the Wanderers will take on Bundesliga outfit SC Paderborn at Franz Fekete Stadion in Kapfenberg, Austria. Kick off 5pm local time, however this game will not be broadcasted live.

Paderborn is a small regional city in the North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany with a population of just over 140,000. It is an unspectacular urban centre, fittingly twinned with our very own glorious town, Bolton. Paderborn is best known to many people in this country because it is the home of a British Army base, however the small town hosts a relatively small team who have risen through the German leagues to the country's top flight last year.

After surprising a few in the Bundesliga playing an attractive and successful style of football Markus Gellhaus' side were sitting comfortably above the relegation zone, however after teams caught on to their expansive counter attacking style the results consequently dried up.

Paderborn and Freiburg were dramatically relegated together on the final day of the Bundesliga, as favourable results maintained Stuttgart and Hannover's status in Germany's top division.


A comprehensive list of the club's pre-season fixtures can be found here.