The Statistics - Bolton Wanderers 2013/14 Review

  • May 04, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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The 2013/14 Championship season is over, so it's time for our look back at Bolton's campaign and review with some statistics you may not have known.

Saturday's 2-2 draw with Birmingham City meant Wanderers ended the season in 14th position, while a stoppage time equaliser for the Blues kept them in the division at the expense of relegated Doncaster Rovers - who will join Barnsley and Yeovil Town in League One next season.

With Dougie Freedman's side facing a third successive season in the second tier of English football, we take a look at the ups and downs of a disappointing 2013/14 campaign.

Worst League Start in 111 Years

Bolton played 50 games in all competitions this season - winning 16, drawing 17 and losing 17, giving them an overall win percentage of 32% - down from 38% in 2012/13.

For the first time since 2004, Wanderers won more games on the road than they did at the Reebok Stadium. They played 25 games in front of their own supporters, and the same number on their travels. They won only seven times on home soil (D11 L7), giving them an overall win percentage of 28% - down from 56% last season - but their nine victories away from home (D6 L10) saw last year's win percentage of 20% rise to 36%.

After losing at Ipswich Town in February 1, Bolton remained unbeaten in their last eight away games (W4 D4). The last time they stayed unbeaten for the same number of games on the road was between April and October 2001.

The Trotters failed to win any of their opening 10 league games (D5 L5), as they recorded their worst start to a season since 1902 - when they drew two and lost eight in the same timeframe. They finished that season bottom of Division One.

Had the season started on February 9, Bolton would have finished 6th in the Championship and earned themselves a place in the play-offs. They won eight of their last 17 games (D6 L3), scoring 25 goals and conceding 13, picking up a total of 30 points. Over the course of an entire season, that would have seen them amass 81 points.

The Players

Lee Chung-Yong played a total of 47 games this season, more than any other Wanderers player. Jay Spearing took part in 46 games, while Tim Ream featured in 45.

Spearing's 46 appearances all came from the start of matches, a total no other player in the squad could match.

Bolton used a total of 36 different players throughout the campaign, with Tom Eaves and Chris Lester both featuring in just one game. Eaves played the full match in Wanderers' Capital One Cup defeat at Tranmere Rovers last August, while Lester played the final 13 minutes on his professional debut against Leicester City last month.


A total of 20 Bolton players registered goals this season, with Jermaine Beckford claiming the club's Golden Boot award with nine strikes to his name. Last season's top goalscorer, Chris Eagles, netted just once this campaign - down from the 12 goals he scored in 2012/13.

Despite finishing the season as leading goalscorer, Beckford's goals-per-game ratio was bettered by two Wanderers players. Beckford's nine goals saw him end the season with a ratio of 0.26 goals-per-game, the same as Andre Moritz, but Joe Mason's six goals in 16 games gave him the a squad-best ratio of 0.38 goals-per-game. Lukas Jutkiewicz, who scored seven goals in 20 appearances, ends the campaign with a ratio of 0.35 goals-per-game.

Lee Chung-Yong was credited with the most assists in the Wanderers squad, having teed up eight goals for his teammates throughout the course of the Championship season. Jay Spearing set up seven goals, while Neil Danns managed that same fate six times.

Although he laid on the most goals for his fellow players throughout the course of the season, Chung-Yong was substituted more than any other member of the Wanderers squad (15) in league competition.


Of the 36 players to feature this season, 22 of them received at least one yellow card from match officials. In total, 75 yellow cards were issued to Bolton players - down from 90 last season.

With eight cautions to his name, the player to pick up the most bookings was Jay Spearing. Alex Baptiste and Medo Kamara weren't far behind, with both picking up seven yellow cards throughout the campaign.

Alex Baptiste was the only Bolton player to receive a straight red card in 2013/14, which he received in March's 2-2 draw at Yeovil Town, but one more player was dismissed for two bookable offences. Darren Pratley was the recipient of two yellow cards last August, as Wanderers lost 3-0 at Nottingham Forest.

Stats You May Not Have Known

The 14th-placed finish was Bolton's worst ranking in the Football League since 1993/94, when they finished in the same position under Bruch Rioch. Wanderers won promotion to the Premier League the following season.

Bolton ended the season with a total of 29 points from home games - 19 less than they managed in 2012/13. 17 of the Championship's other 23 teams recorded more.

In contrast, Wanderers picked up 30 points on their travels - 10 more than last season. Only Leicester City (47), Burnley (41), Derby County (38), Reading (37) and Brighton & Hove Albion (32) recorded more.

Bolton lost a total of 22 points from winning positions - a total only better Middlesbrough (23), Watford (28), Ipswich Town (30), Blackpool (30) and Yeovil Town (31). However, it has come down from last season's total of 34, which was the highest figure in the entire Football League.

On the other hand, Wanderers only picked up a total of seven points from losing positions. Only four teams picked up less - Doncaster Rovers (6), Barnsley (6), Blackpool (5), Yeovil Town (3) - three of which were relegated.

If games ended at half-time, Bolton would have finished the season in 4th place with 71 points. Derby County (80) and Burnley (72) would have occupied the automatic promotion places, while Wanderers would have been joined in the play-offs by Blackburn Rovers (71), Watford (70) and Nottingham Forest (69). Eventual champions Leicester City would have finished 7th, with 66 points.

If only the second half of games counted, Bolton would have ended the campaign down in 19th position with a total of 50 points. Only Millwall (48), Blackpool (47), Barnsley (44), Doncaster Rovers (39) and Yeovil Town (31) performed worse in the second period of matches.

Bolton scored a total of 59 goals in the Championship, which was the 14th highest in the division. Derby County's total of 84 was higher than any other side, while Blackpool's 38 goals was the lowest total in the league.

The Trotters failed to score on 12 occasions (26%). Nine teams held a better record than Bolton, with Leicester City, who were crowned champions, being shut out just three times. Barnsley, Charlton Athletic and Doncaster Rovers all failed to score in 20 of their 46 games.

Bolton were responsible for the first goal in 23 of their league fixtures. Leicester City (31), Burnley (28), Ipswich Town (26), Watford (25), Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County (both 24) were the only teams to net first more often.

Wanderers picked up a total of 50 points from games in which they scored first, losing just once in 23 games (W14 D8).

Bolton conceded the first goal in 20 of their 46 league games, picking up just six points from a possible 60 having drawn six (W0 L14).

The Reebok Stadium saw an average attendance of 16,141, down from last year's mean total of 18,034. That total gave the stadium an average occupancy of 56.1%, which is down from 62.7% last season. The highest attendance of the campaign came on the final day of the season, with 19,622 in attendance for the 2-2 draw against Birmingham City.

From their 24 games against teams in the top-half of the table, Bolton picked up just 15 points from a possible 72 - winning two, drawing nine and losing 13 of their outings. Only Birmingham City (13) and Yeovil Town (9) picked up fewer points against those same teams.

On the other hand, Bolton accrued 44 points against sides that shared the bottom half of the table with them. Having won 12, drawn eight and lost only two, the only teams to pick up more points against those same teams were Derby County (57), Burnley (57), Leicester City (55), Queens Park Rangers (51) and Reading (48).

Wanderers' 7-1 defeat at Reading on January 18 was their heaviest since they were beaten by the same scoreline at Queens Park Rangers in May 1982. Only once in the club's history have they conceded more than seven in one game, in what was a club record 9-1 defeat at Preston North End in December 1887.

Bolton kept 12 clean sheets in all competitions, with first-choice goalkeeper responsible for eight. Andy Lonergan, who deputised between October and February, kept four in his 21 appearances.

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Pos Team Pld Pts
1 Cheltenham Town 40 72
2 Cambridge United 41 71
3 Bolton Wanderers 40 67
4 Tranmere Rovers 40 65
5 Morecambe 40 63
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