Ken Anderson: A Day to Remember Forever

  • May 07, 2018 | By Chris Mann
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Ken Anderson admits the emotion of Bolton's last-ditch survival brought a tear to his eye and is a day he, along with those in attendance, will never forget.

Trailing 2-1 with just four minutes to play and seemingly set for relegation to League One, Wanderers turned the table on it's head with two goals in as many minutes - through David Wheater and Aaron Wilbraham - as they ensured safety with a remarkable 3-2 victory.

Posting at, Anderson, the Trotters chairman, reserved praise for supporters who had stuck by their team throughout the course of the season, whilst echoing his previous views that the achievement tops the promotion of 12 months ago.

"Well, where do I start? I am sure there were a few sore heads this morning. What a day! Football is like nothing else when it comes to stirring the emotions. Yesterday we experienced the full scale. From hope to despair then to pure unadulterated ecstasy all in the space of a few moments.

"It was nothing less than we deserved and I am so pleased for all our supporters who have stuck with us throughout the entire campaign. That win was for you - the Bolton Family. I will never forget those joyous scenes at full time.

"We were written off almost before a ball had been kicked at the beginning of the season and to find ourselves without a victory after 11 games must have brought fear into even the most eternal of optimists. Indeed, I'm led to believe that no team has ever survived a league campaign from such a torrid start.

"But the manager stayed strong and we all kept our belief in him and the squad. After recovering from that very challenging start we started to get the results that gave us hope.

"But as always there were many twists and turns along the route. I cannot believe how quickly the season went and before we knew it, we arrived at the last day knowing that we had to beat Forest and rely on our rivals to slip up.

"Your support yesterday, as it has always been this season, was inspiring and magnificent. When it really matters you turn out in force and wear your hearts on your sleeves.

"Our never-say-die spirit was on display and in full force. Lesser teams would have crumbled after our result against Burton Albion the previous week. The staff and players' strength of character and will to succeed against all odds was on display yesterday and ultimately, along with your passion, got us over the line.

"Many are describing what we achieved as a miracle and I cannot think of a better description. Yes, retaining our Sky Bet Championship status was what we had set out to achieve but to do so in such dramatic circumstances showed the character that resonates throughout the club. Even though the odds were heavily stacked against us and the time was ticking along we never gave up hope!

"I well remember saying at the beginning of the season that if we finish one place above the bottom three then we will have won our own mini league. Well, we did it! Was it ever in doubt? Winning promotion last season was a tremendous achievement but like the manager has said and also in my opinion, retaining Championship status yesterday was probably an even bigger achievement insofar as it gives us the opportunity to go on and take the club back to the higher levels of where it truly belongs.

"Truthfully, l think our season ticket holders, supporters, players, management and staff at the club, hotel and training ground have been magnificent and supportive throughout the long, testing and arduous season that this has been, but yesterday is the just reward for all of that and fully deserved.

"This has really been a truly monumental ending to a very difficult and, at times, frustrating season, and when you take into account the success throughout the club of the  under 18s and under 23s then and only then can we say that all in all we couldn't have wished for anything else. Everybody throughout the club has given their all and played an essential part in ensuring we succeeded on every level of the playing field this season.

"As they say, the table does not lie and all three sets of the tables that mattered to the club make for very good and pleasant reading today. Well done and congratulations to everyone.

"I have to say that watching the supporters and players on the pitch yesterday, along with Lee, and all the people around me that have supported and assisted me over these last two seasons brought a lump to my throat and tears to my eyes. I cannot ever remember being so emotional about any football game in my entire life. I know l will remember yesterday for the rest of my life and l feel sure that you, our fantastic supporters, the players and management will do so too."

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