Merry Christmas - A Thank You to Bolton Wanderers Fans

  • December 25, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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2016 will forever be synonymous with one thing at Bolton Wanderers - survival. Today, we celebrate and offer our best wishes to you on Christmas Day.

The last 12 months have been a rollercoaster ride at Macron Stadium, with our club coming within minutes of administration at the High Court prior to an eleventh hour takeover by the duo of Ken Anderson and former player Dean Holdsworth back in March.

Relegation from the Championship was confirmed just a matter of weeks later, with five games of the campaign remaining, but a summer overhaul and subsequent appointment of Phil Parkinson as manager has seen fortunes turn on the field, with Wanderers set to end the calendar year firmly in the hunt for an immediate return to the second tier.

Keeping with survival, the same term can be used to describe Burnden Aces. On April 16, a major fault at our hosting provider knocked the site offline for a total of 34 days and caused serious doubt as to whether it would ever return.

Miraculously, we bounced back to the web in June and have since commissioned a complete redesign that is set to launch in 2017 - coinciding with the 10th anniversary year of our initial launch.

We recently met with senior officials at Bolton and are due to engage in dialogue with the club chairman in January, as we look to further establish ourselves as the number one online Wanderers fanzine.

Details regarding our relaunch are being closely guarded at present, although we can confirm the return of familiar favourites such as Fantasy Football, Super 6 and our very own Prediction League game. There will also be further opportunities for you to get involved in the daily operation of our website, as we seek to open our platform to aspiring bloggers and journalists.

One feature that unfortunately won't be carried over is our long-serving fans' forum, which has served as a gathering place since 2008.

Once a hive of activity, the forum has seen a 50% decrease in activity based on 2015 figures, which themselves saw a similar drop from 2014. The forum represents 87% of our total database storage, leading to the decision that the return on time spent developing and maintaining the system is no longer sufficient.

The existing forum will become a read-only section from January 1, 2017, before being removed completely upon relaunch of the entire website later in the year. Existing memberships will be transferred to the refreshed site, while a new registration process will be generated for new users.

The closure of our forum will spark an increased presence on social media, keeping in-line with our recently revised publication schedule which has seen a 24% increase in Twitter followers in 2016, while the number of subscribers on Facebook has risen by 19%.

Finally, we are excited to announce that 2017 will see the rebirth of a former go-to website for Bolton Wanderers supporters.

In January, we completed purchase of BWFC Stats. Once run by Nigel Sheppard, the new brand will initially begin publishing on Twitter (@BWFCStats) on New Year's Day, with the intention of launching a fully-fledged website later in the year.

We close by thanking you once again. 2016 has been our most difficult year yet but, just like they do at Bolton Wanderers, things are beginning to look bright again for Burnden Aces, which, without you, would serve no purpose.

Merry Christmas to the best supporters in the world. We Are Bolton - The One and Only!

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