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The 10 Year Curse Continues: Why Can't Bolton Wanderers Win Away in February?

We've run over about 10,000 black cats

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So at weekend Bolton Wanderers lost away.

Not that unusual, given that we've been bad on the road for most of my 25-odd years supporting the club. However, did you realise that we haven't won away from home, in February, since 2008? Nearly ten years!

Let's have a look at the stats:

2nd February 2008 - Reading 0-2 Bolton Wanderers

A Gary Megson-led Bolton strolled to an important win in the fight against relegation from the Premier League. Goals from Kevin Nolan and Heidar Helguson sealed the victory.

That same February saw us lose 4-1 away to Blackburn Rovers.

7th February 2009 - Everton 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Goals from Mikel Arteta and two from on-loan Manchester City striker Jo saw Megson's men fall to defeat. A 13th place league finish meant that the result didn't really matter.

9th February 2010 - Manchester City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Owen Coyle took his Bolton team to the Etihad where goals from Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor saw the home side take the win.

20th February 2010 - Blackburn Rovers 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Another shambolic February display from Wanderers saw us go three down to that lot from down the road. Nikola Kalinic, Jason Roberts and Gael Givet put Bolton to the sword.

5th February 2011 - Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Bolton Wanderers

Rafael van der Vaart and Niko Kranjcar saw Coyle’s Bolton defeated on the road in February again.

26th February 2011 - Newcastle United 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

Former Wanderer Kevin Nolan struck first for Newcastle, whilst Wanderers equalised through future Liverpool benchwarmer Daniel Sturridge. This season saw us finish 14th and lose heavily to Stoke City in the FA Cup Semi Final.

4th February 2012 - Norwich City 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Goals from Andrew Surman and Anthony Pilkington put Coyle's relegation threatened Wanderers away.

25th February 2012 - Chelsea 3-0 Bolton Wanderers

Our march towards the drop continued here as David Luiz, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard scored in an easy home win. Wanderers would go on to be relegated in May.

16th February 2013 - Nottingham Forest 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

Dougie Freedman took his Bolton side to Nottingham, and had a late Craig Davies strike to thank for us coming away with a point. Marcos Alonso was later sent off for two bookings.

19th February 2013 - Derby County 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

Our Midlands struggles continued with another away point, this time at promotion chasing Derby. A Richard Keogh own-goal put us in front at half time, though parity was restored through Jamie Ward's goal in the 81st minute.

1st February 2014 - Ipswich Town 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers lost on the road again, with David McGoldrick scoring for the home side.

15th February 2014 - Millwall 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

On-loan striker Lukas Jutkiewicz joined on loan from Burnley and put Wanderers ahead, although again they failed to hold out, instead dropping two points after Martyn Woolford's 82nd minute equaliser.

7th February 2015 - Derby County 4-1 Bolton Wanderers

Neil Lennon was the latest manager to try and sort out the mess that was Bolton Wanderers. In hindsight he was the wrong man, but his first February met with the same lack of success as his predecessors. Here, two each from Jeff Hendrick and Tom Ince condemned Wanderers to defeat, with our consolation goal coming from club legend Filip Twardzik.

21st February 2015 - Nottingham Forest 4-1 Bolton Wanderers

Wanderers' February malaise continued with another four goal thumping in the Midlands. Chris Burke scored twice, before Michail Antonio and Henri Lansbury completed the rout. Adam Le Fondre netted for Bolton.

24th February 2015 - Middlesbrough 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

Albert Adomah scored for Boro, as Lennon's Bolton continued to struggle. They would finish 18th in the Championship table.

2nd February 2016 - Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Lennon's final few weeks began with an away draw with Wolves. In a game of connections, former Wanderer Joe Mason and current Wanderers loanee James Henry scored for the home team, before Wellington Silva and Stephen Dobbie equalised in the last ten minutes.

13th February 2016 - Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 Bolton Wanderers

On the coast, Jamie Murphy put Brighton ahead, before Emile Heskey equalised. Later, Jay Spearing would add another equaliser after a home goal for Tomer Hemed. Former Celtic man Beram Kayal would grab the winner however on 52mins.

23rd February 2016 - Birmingham City 1-0 Bolton Wanderers

The slump continued back in the Midlands. Here, Clayton Donaldson struck on the 29th minute to give the home side the points. Lennon would be sacked in March and Bolton would be relegated soon enough.

4th February 2017 - Milton Keynes Dons 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

Phil Parkinson would be the next man tasked with leading our glorious boys into battle. His first taste of February action was against MK Dons, and we took the lead via Jay Spearing - however, we blew that lead when ex-Everton man Kieran Agard equalised after half time.

18th February 2017 - Bradford City 2-2 Bolton Wanderers

Parkinson's old mates took a 2-0 lead in the first half with two goals from Charlie Wyke. Wanderers however battled back to earn a point after goals from David Wheater and Gary Madine.

25th February 2017 - Sheffield United 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

So the most recent away game in February saw us go down to two goals from Billy Sharp.


So as you can see, we've had a shocking run this past nine years.

Why is that? Several managers, three divisions and hundreds of ineffective players have all combined to give us the month from hell.

Is it fitness? Form? Personnel? Leadership?

Either way, it's a bizarre statistic.