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Great Expectations

Liam uses the tea break of the second day of the third test between England and Pakistan to talk about a different sport that more people are interested in. His topic is great expectations and Bolton’s covert pre-season. 

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Personally, I’m about as negative as it comes when it comes to football. I don’t mean it particularly it’s just the way I am. As most people’s hopes and expectations rise at the thought of a new season and the possibilities of success it could bring, I simply see as another way to potentially be disappointed. It isn’t as bad as you might think though as life will tend to pleasantly surprise you, rather than constantly let you down.

That said, even for the biggest cynic/pessimist like myself, it is impossible not to get excited about the upcoming season and what Bolton could potentially achieve. For me, there are two simple goals, promotion and a day at Wembley in the Leasing.com trophy (if that is still it’s name, I haven’t checked). It seems as though the club recognises that, the statements of pure intent from Wanderers’ new ambitious manager Ian Evatt confirms the clubs has eyes on promotion this season and that ambition has seen signings of a significant nature.

A lot has been made of the financial risks involved in Wanderers’ window activity but it is important to note we are not privy to the finances at Bolton and it is somewhat frustrating to hear that matter discussed by opposition fans/officials. To those that have commented, I pose another question, what is more dangerous, Wanderers’ looking to invest in their results or a club the size of Bolton making it’s home in League 2 with it’s restricted revenues? Bolton can only be positive.

There was of course some rather disappointing news as Bolton’s young forward Dennis Politic has been crocked with serious knee injury. It was particularly distressing as it seemed as though a real breakthrough season was on the cards for the Romanian and everyone at Lion of Vienna wishes Dennis well in his recovery.

There have been some dominating scorelines from our pre-season games and as the quality in opposition increases, Bolton seemed to be continuing their winning trend. At the time of writing, it has just emerged that Wanderers have beaten Accrington Stanley 3-0 with marksmen Eoin Doyle and Nathan Delfouneso getting on the scoresheet. Of course the signing of Doyle was a real coup for Bolton but I must admit, I feel the Delfouneso signing will prove a shrewd one for Bolton as well and I predict him to become a real fans’ favourite.

My only slight disappointment is not being able to see any of the pre-season games through a stream, although I’m sure the club will have their reasons why. It’s not a real issue but I have been starved of watching my own team for so long now I just want the opportunity to see them, particularly with the intrigue of all that’s new with our new-look Bolton Wanderers. The season ticket has been renewed and we don’t have long to wait, even if it’s a cup game to kick us off, I just can’t wait for it to start.