History will tell you that in the first ever meeting between Wycombe Wanderers & Bolton Wanderers, Wycombe won 2-0 with goals from Paul Smyth & Fred Onyedinma.
But the result pales in comparison to the occasion as a whole.
It was a day for Bolton Wanderers fans to celebrate still having a club to support. A day to support the efforts of a squad with few players who had any first team experience. A day to show that Bolton Wanderers are still here & hopefully will be for many years to come.
Going into the game, the 1660 travelling fans were completely in the dark as to what team they would see at kick-off.
Bolton had six debutants in their starting XI; Liam Edwards, Yoan Zouma, Eddie Brown, Dennis Politic & the newly signed Josh Earl and James Weir.
Remi Matthews, Jason Lowe, Luke Murphy, Erhun Oztumer & the returning Harry Brockbank made up the rest of the starting line-up.
Wanderers were forced into a change fifteen minutes in, as Preston loanee Earl had to be replaced by seventeen year old full back Joe White.
The fact that Bolton went into the break with the game at 0-0 was testament to how the youngsters played. Particularly Zouma, who was far and away the man of the match and could prove to be a standout this season.
In the end, Wanderers held on for as long as they could. An error by Remi allowed Smyth to open the scoring ten minutes into the second half.
Wycombe then missed several chances before extending their lead ten minutes before full time through Onyedinma’s header.
The result doesn’t matter in the bigger picture, we’re still here.
I’ve never been prouder to be a Bolton Wanderers fan as I am right now. The atmosphere was simply sensational.
Up the Whites.