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Pre-Match Nerves. Hope & Joy

We're back!

Bolton Wanderers v Bradford City - EFL Trophy Photo by Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images

It genuinely feels like the first game of the season doesn’t it? With nine new signings of which most we expect to start in front of an away crowd of well over 2,000, the feel good factor is very much back at the University of Bolton Stadium.

No longer are opposition managers discussing our chances of getting a hammering but now whether it is fair they have to face the new Bolton Wanderers. Yes you do, and we’re hardly Manchester City.

Life isn’t fair boys, just ask Bury fans.

Now, on to the famous Bolton Wanderers.

I’ve been content hungry for the last two weeks. Just desperate to read and know what I can about Bolton and their new team, new ownership, new management & even new kit.

I’m always mindful I tend to rant or wander on when discussing Bolton so It seems an easy writing structure to write about Bolton in exactly that order, so here we go.

What can be said about the new owners that hasn’t already said? Probably some things I imagine. My own view is their attitude is a breath of fresh air.

A focus on the future, rather than the past could not be a better strategy. I haven’t heard of a single negative interaction so far and whilst I don’t doubt difficult decisions need to be made in business, right now it is nice to see smiles around the place.

I can’t tell you how pleased I was seeing their ambition and not resisting the temptation to write off this season and make some real quality signings. I think we’ll stay up.

With local boys Keith Hill & David Flitcroft I don’t think anyone can have any complaints. What more could we ask for given the job in hand than local boys with experience and real knowledge in the League we are in (& the one we my enter).

The two have really tapped into the goodwill around the place and I bet they can’t wait to get underway after a very welcomed rest, no disrespect Bury fans.

The new kit will be the final piece in the puzzle and all of a sudden we will be a proper football club.

I’m not going to buy one because I’m an adult but I’m intrigued to see what it will look like. I would like to see a Hummel kit personally, the one they lent us for free was 10x better then anything Macron delivered and I can’t help but be grateful for their small help in our hour of need.

It would be remiss to not spend a short time writing about our heroic boys that have represented Bolton until this point.

I have never been prouder, nor have I experienced such joy at the UniBol than when Dennis Politic found the net against Bradford. You deserved that moment boys and the beauty of our squad size means some of you will get your chance again, some will even feature regularly. A quick shout-out to Matt Alexander as well, I’ve never been more sure of anything that your time will come, you took a big opportunity in those safe hands.

So here we go, a new season upon us, season ticket ready and a roses clash to get our new chapter underway!

Come on Bolton!