After a solid nine months of blood, sweat and tears, it all comes down to this for the Wanderers. Avoid defeat and we’ll be back in the Championship come August; end of story. If we lose and Fleetwood win against Port Vale, we’ll be forced into an uncertain fate and another potential three games via the play offs... but, touch wood (go on, touch it) it won’t come to that.
Sceptics (and Twitter Lemons) will say that we should’ve been home and dry by now, but less-than-convincing performances against Scunthorpe, Oldham and Bury, largely down to the absence of Gary Madine, have set us up with a real grandstand finish.
I can’t remember a time since that day at Wembley that I’ve been this excited for a Bolton game. It’s a bank holiday weekend lunch time kick off in front of the Sky Sports cameras - what more could we ask for? For some of the players, this will be the biggest game they’ve ever been involved in, not just in a white shirt, but maybe in their entire careers. We’ll need the experience of our senior squad members to calm everyone both on and off the field, to make the whole squad treat this crucial game as nothing more than a routine league tie.
Now, down to the most important message of this article: it’s time to #FillTheMacron. This is the biggest game for our club since the FA Cup semi-final against Stoke six years ago. Despite the game being on TV, we have absolutely no excuse not to turn up and be the 12th man. Peterborough have nothing to play for, but we do. With adult tickets starting at just £26.00, U23’s from £18.00 and U18’s from £10.00, there aren't many reasons why we shouldn’t have 23,000+ white shirts under the Macron’s roof on Sunday.
So, ladies and gents of the Bolton Wanderers community, I urge you to buy your tickets before they sell out. I urge you to rally every able member of your family to attend the game on Sunday and support the players in what could be the most positive thing to happen to us in a very, very long time.
Get up, get out there and #FillTheMacron.