Bolton Wanderers Players Stage Pre-Season Walkout

  • July 06, 2018 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/1069e

The ongoing financial debacle at Bolton Wanderers continues, with players agreeing to strike over unpaid wages and bonus payments.

Since completing a takeover from Eddie Davies in March 2016, majority shareholder Ken Anderson has used personal funds to finance payroll on multiple occasions after the club failed to meet the contractual demands of players.

Having spent the past week at a pre-season training camp in Scotland, during which wages once again failed to hit bank accounts, players have staged a walkout that means Saturday's friendly against St Mirren will no longer go ahead.

A statement, published via The Bolton News, read: "Due to circumstances beyond our control, we as a team have decided with deep regret we will not be playing tomorrow's game against St Mirren.

"We have been put in an impossible positon which has forced our decision, and we would like to explain our reasons why.

"Over the past two seasons we as a club have experienced unprecedented success in first achieving promotion to the Championship, then staying in the league last season.

"This was achieved despite extremely difficult circumstances. All players, current and past, who were contracted to the club have contributed to this success.

"Over the course of the two years on numerous occasions contracted players have not been paid on time. This has culminated in certain players not receiving their June wage.

"On each occasion this has happened we have received no notification or an explanation as to why. We feel this is totally unacceptable after a huge effort from everybody over the last two seasons.

"Regrettably, as a group, this has led to the decision. We unreservedly apologise to any supporters that have made plans to come and watch the game."

In response, a statement at bwfc.co.uk read: "Bolton Wanderers Football Club can confirm that Saturday's friendly game against St Mirren has been called off.

"The football club would like to apologise for any inconvenience this will cause."

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