Bolton Wanderers continued their march towards promotion with a busy April, as the end of the season began to move closer.
The month began with a disappointing home 0-0 with Chesterfield. The game was depressing as fuck, in all honesty.
The mood was lifted just three days later, when a 95th minute Mark Beevers goal saw us take the three points away at Phil Brown's Southend United. Things went from rock bottom to sky high in the blink of an eye.
A second consecutive away game, this time at Scunthorpe United, saw us drop to an undeserved 1-0 defeat.
It seemed to be a recurring theme, as we would lose by the same scoreline away at Oldham Athletic soon after. It seemed as though the wheels were beginning to come off.
It was to continue later that week as we could only draw 0-0 at home to Bury. Doubts in the team and management became all too loud both online and in the stands.
Gary Madine was absent with a shoulder injury. Rumours abound that he didn't want to play through the pain, which seemed all too plausible.
Success came off the pitch, with David Wheater and Mark Beevers being named in the divisional PFA Team of the Year.
April 22nd saw things finally turn back towards the light. A straightforward 2-0 away win against Port Vale meant that we had promotion back in our own hands. Goals from David Wheater and Madine saw the thousands of fans who had travelled go home with smiles on their faces. Had results gone our way we could've earned promotion that day but instead it would have to wait for the week after.
So it was that April 30th came along and we welcomed Peterborough United to the Reebok. A point or better would see Wanderers earn an immediate return to the Championship.
It turned out to be a great occasion, with a 3-0 win taking Wanderers back into the second tier of English football. Goals from Jem Karacan, Adam Le Fondre and David Wheater preceded the Reebok's first ever pitch invasion and the presenting of a trophy to mark our achievement.
It had been a long season, with numerous ups and plenty of downs, but ultimately we had done what we set out to do and much, much, much joy was on display.