The Month Ahead: BWFC - October Preview

  • September 30, 2013 | By Sean McNeilly
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With October upon us, we take a look at what is in store for Bolton Wanderers over the next month of football.

The first two months of the season are now under the bridge and Dougie Freedman's side are languishing in the bottom three, after failing to win any of their opening nine league games. The weekend's home draw against Yeovil Town summed up the season so far. Some promising football can be seen, but finishing chances is at a premium and goals are being leaked too often.

October has two matches away from home and two at the Reebok Stadium. The Whites' search for their first win starts on Tuesday at Blackpool. A Saturday lunchtime kick-off against Birmingham City, at St Andrew's, closely follows the seaside trip. The international break means Bolton will have two weeks until their next game, when Sheffield Wednesday visit the Reebok, and October finishes off on the 26th with the visit of Ipswich Town.

First up is Paul Ince's Blackpool. Ince has had a very positive start to the season, and not only by keeping hold of his prize asset, and son, Tom. The Seasiders currently lie in 7th and are only outside of the play-off places on goal difference. However, they ended September without a win in three so, like Bolton, will be working hard to get things back on track come Tuesday evening. It has, in fact, been the home form of Blackpool that has seen their season start so well - having already beaten Reading and Watford, and only conceding their first goals at Bloomfield Road in a draw against Leicester City last week. Three points for Wanderers will be hard to come by in this match.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
7 Blackpool 9 5 3 1 13 9 18 4
23 Bolton Wanderers 9 0 4 5 7 17 4 -10

One to Watch: Tom Ince
Last Season: Blackpool 2-2 Bolton Wanderers (Ince, Delfounso; M Davies, Chung-Yong)


Bolton visit St Andrew's the following Saturday (5th October), for an early kick-off in front of the Sky television cameras. The Blues' season so far has been mixed to say the least. Currently lying just three points above the drop zone, Lee Clark's men are still in the Capital One Cup, after knocking out the holders Swansea City, and have added some real quality to their ranks by loaning Jesse Lingard from Manchester United who, on his debut, got all their goals in a 4-1 home victory against Sheffield Wednesday. A very tough team to call, are Birmingham, and any result wouldn't be a surprise in this match. Expect former Wanderer, and Blues captain, Paul Robinson to be bang up for this one though.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
19 Birmingham City 9 2 1 6 8 13 7 -5
23 Bolton Wanderers 9 0 4 5 7 17 4 -10

One to Watch: Jesse Lingard
Last Season: Birmingham City 2-1 Bolton Wanderers (Lita, King(pen); Eagles)


The first home game of October isn't until the 19th, when Sheffield Wednesday roll into town. At the time of writing, the Owls and Bolton are the only two Championship teams without a win and are only separated by Wednesday's superior goal difference. Dave Jones' side would have been considered candidates for relegation at the beginning of the season, and it appears they are living up to that billing. Freedman will have to fancy his chances in this one if, of course, he is still in charge by the time this fixture comes around.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
22 Sheffield Wednesday 8 0 4 4 8 14 4 -6
23 Bolton Wanderers 9 0 4 5 7 17 4 -10

One to Watch: Michail Antonio
Last Season: Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday (Sidibe)


Bolton round off the month by welcoming Mick McCarthy's Ipswich side to the Reebok, on the 26th. The Tractor Boys currently sit comfortably in the top 10, due mainly to their home form. However, so far, they are yet to win away from Portman Road this campaign. McCarthy does have a goalscorer in his squad to rely on, after David McGoldrick's loan move was made permanent in the summer. The former Nottingham Forest man has bagged five league goals already. By the time this fixture comes around Bolton could be under new management, or could even be out of the relegation zone after getting their game together; Either way, this match is tough to predict right now, and I'd guess it will be right up until kick-off too.

Pos Team Pld W D L F A Pts GD
9 Ipswich Town 9 4 1 4 13 10 13 3
23 Bolton Wanderers 9 0 4 5 7 17 4 -10

One to Watch: David McGoldrick
Last Season: Bolton Wanderers 1-2 Ipswich Town (M Davies; Campbell, Chopra)


So far, my monthly predictions have been as poor as Bolton's performances. If my predictions had come true, the Whites would be, at the very least, flirting with the play-off places - so my positivity is a little dampened. Saying that, I believe that elusive league victory is awaiting us in October, with the two home games looking especially fruitful. Personally, I would take anything from the two away matches with open arms.

I finish this article wondering if I will be writing about a new manager in the November article. I hope not; I hope by then Dougie has a couple of wins under his belt and some confidence is back in the team. He is a great manager, as he proved in the second half of last season, and I hope that he begins to show it again as soon as possible.

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
15 Shrewsbury Town 26 30
16 Cambridge United 25 30
17 Bolton Wanderers 25 29
18 Lincoln City 25 28
19 Fleetwood Town 25 28
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