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Bolton Wanderers: The Worst Team in the Football League

Unsurprisingly for most Wanderers fans, the stats tell us that our beloved Whites are the worst team in the country - statistically, of course

We can't believe it either boys...
We can't believe it either boys...
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2015/16 was a cruel, brutal and depressing season for Bolton Wanderers fans, with tales of financial woe, injuries and dreadful football driving even the most positive of supporter to do some serious football soul searching. But all that misery wasn't enough for the Football League who, in their wisdom, today released their official club-by-club statistics for 2015/16.

It's safe to say this does not read well for Bolton so, if you're of a delicate nature, look away now...

Least wins in the country

The headline grabbing statistic here is that Wanderers won less games than any other Football League team last season. Their paltry collection of just five victories - all at home obviously. Of course, Aston Villa won only three games all season in the Premier League but that's not in the Football League, so there.

Bolton's total of five successes is two less than any other Football League club, which was achieved by the likes of York City - who finished bottom of League Two on goal difference - and Crewe Alexandra - who came bottom of League One. Dagenham & Redbridge, who were relegated from league football with York, notched up eight victories, while Charlton Athletic, Colchester United and Milton Keynes Dons all managed nine, and were all relegated.

That damn away form

Given that Bolton didn't win a single match away from home all season, it goes without saying that we won less games on our travels than any other side in the Football League. The nearest rival to this crown was York, who managed just one victory on the road, while MK Dons won two, Fleetwood Town won three and Charlton, Fulham and Blackpool won four.

Wanderers also suffered the taste of defeat more often than any other Football League side. They lost 19 of their 23 away games, a total barely challenged by York's 16 and Crawley's 15 away losses.

It will therefore come as absolutely no surprise that Bolton won less away points than any other side in the Football League. Their shambolic total of just four points up and down the country was just 6% of the total away points available to them and less than half the total of the next lowest points tally, that being York's nine. These two hauls were significantly lower than any other away points amassed, with MK Dons and Crewe on 15, Colchester on 17, Crawley Town on 18 and Charlton and Rotherham on 19.

Bolton also scored the joint least amount of goals on their travels, tied on 17 along with local rivals Blackburn Rovers, Charlton and, surprisingly, 12th place in the Championship Queens Park Rangers.

And in yet another wholly predictable twist, Bolton also had the joint least clean sheets in the entire Football League (two, along with York, Colchester and Dagenham). And now I'm bored of how crap we are away...

Mega negative goal difference

Although Wanderers don't do too badly on the goals conceded front - comparatively - we do come in second place for the worst goal difference in the Football League. Our embarrassing -40 goal difference is only exceeded by Colchester's -42 atrocity.

This terrible goal difference is purely down to our dreadful away form, as we racked up a mighty goal difference of -38 on our travels - seven more than any other side, yep Colchester (-31).

Wanderers conceded 81 goals in the league which, although awful, was surpassed by four even worse defences - Colchester (who leaked a mighty 99), Crewe (83), Morecambe (91) and York (87).

Draw happy at home

Wanderers' home form came ever so close to nearly rescuing them from their inevitable plight. On countless occasions we threw it away from decent positions, which is reflected by the fact that we drew the equal most home games in the Football League. Our total of 11 draws was matched by Exeter City and closely followed by Mansfield Town, Blackpool, Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers on ten.

Top of the league!

To finish on a somewhat dubious high, Bolton did actually come top of the class for one particular statistic. This particularly unwanted achievement was for being the side with the highest proportion of points won at home compared to points won away. Wanderers racked up a staggering 87% of their total points tally at the Macron, well ahead of the nearest challenger York City, who won just under three quarters of their total points at Bootham Crescent (74%).

Unsurprisingly, plenty of teams won more than 60% of their total points at home, including Championship play-off winners Hull City (63%) and finalists Sheffield Wednesday (64%), 8th in the Championship Cardiff City (66%) and mid-table League One side Bury (63%).

If these stats have sparked your interest in the nerdy side of football, then keep an eye out for our player-by-player statistical review of the entire Bolton Wanderers squad. We'll be publishing these very soon, and there's some really interesting analysis for you to digest.

And to check out the Football League season in stats in full, go here.