Campo Thanks Bolton Fans

  • July 24, 2008 | By Chris Mann
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Ivan Campo has issued another open letter to Bolton fans, thanking them for their support during his time at the club.

Campo left Bolton at the end of last season without getting to say farewell to the Wanderers fans.

But after an open letter to supporters last month, he has received so many replies that a follow up letter has been made public.

Dear Bolton fans and friends,

I would just like to say a very big thank you to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to contact me, via Guillem's website, with your messages of support over the last couple of months.

Nothing could have prepared me for the huge number of emails that Guillem has passed on to me, and when he told me that he had some messages from the fans for me to read, I had no idea that there would be so many. I hope you will all forgive me for responding in an open letter, I would love to reply to each and every one of you, but there are so many that it would be impossible.

It is because of all your kind words that I am writing this letter in much better spirits than the last time Guillem published a letter from me on the site. Back then I was still very upset at the way that I had left Bolton Wanderers without ever having been given the opportunity to say goodbye to the fans. It would have been wonderful to have pulled on that white shirt one more time in order to thank the fans for all of the terrific memories that you have given me and the wonderful times that we have shared.

As I said in my last letter, I always imagined that I would have the opportunity to say goodbye in person, in front of the supporters, in a packed stadium. I shall always cherish the many times that the Reebok chanted my name and it would have been beautiful to hear it for just one last time.

However, along with so many great memories of my time at Bolton, I now have your wonderful messages of support to take with me wherever I go.

I have to admit that one of the reasons it has taken me a while to respond is because it has taken me a very long time to read through them all. I've only been able to read a few at a time because, if I'm honest, reading them has been very emotional for me.

I always hoped that I could return to Bolton one day and be considered as one of your own, and now, thanks to all of your letters, I know that I will always be a part of the Bolton family. I now know that I will always be welcome and I feel so honoured that you all remember me with such warmth.

I would love to be able to reply to each and every one of you: to those of you who reminded me of so many wonderful moments - like my debut at Old Trafford, my first goal against Liverpool and the cup final; to those of you who remembered singing Happy Birthday to me; to the guys who told me about the photographs and autographs that they cherish; to all of you who have invited me around for a cup of tea; to all of you with your Ivan Campo wigs; to those who posted messages of support in the forums - The Wanderer and Bolton Banter. To all of you: Thank you!

It would have been perfect to have said goodbye in person - and who knows, Guillem says there may be something in the pipeline - but at least now I have all of your words to take with me on my journey forward. And now that is what we all must do: look forward. I hope, from the bottom of my heart, that all of you can look forward to some wonderful times supporting the club. I shall be watching as well, cheering you on and dreaming of some great times ahead for Bolton. I was very upset at the way that I left the club, but I am not bitter, and I wish everyone associated with Bolton Wanderers football club all the very best of luck for the future.

Most importantly, I sincerely hope that you, the fans and people of Bolton - a place that I shall always think of as home - enjoy all of the success and happiness that you, some of the best fans in the world and such wonderful people, so very much deserve. I consider myself privileged to have had the opportunity to have represented you and - as I can see from your letters - to have helped bring as much joy to you as you have given to me.

As I said in my last letter, I am missing you all and I hope very much to return one day, but until we next meet again, thank you Bolton. Thank you.

Ivan Campo

You can read the article on Balague's website by clicking here.

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