A Note to Bolton Supporters: Your Club Needs You!

  • January 07, 2019 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL: http://b-ac.es/ed263

The following is a joint statement, posted on behalf of Burnden Aces, Lion of Vienna Suite, Trotters Blog, The Burnden Way and fans of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

"The name of Bolton Wanderers has been dragged into the mud continuously in recent times.

"This once proud football club has been subject to humilation, with winding-up orders and failure to pay the wages of the players and staff.

"The lives of non-footballing staff, as well as those who have moved to Bolton on the pretence of a long-term career, have been messed about due the mismanagement of the club by Ken Anderson.

"Considering all of this, we feel as if there is no other option than to organise a protest before, during and after the game against West Bromwich Albion on Monday 21st January.

"In front of the Sky cameras, we need to voice our discontent.

"This is our football club and we shouldn't stand idly by and watch it disappear."

So, how did things reach this point?

Two years ago to this very day, prior to Bolton's FA Cup third round tie against Crystal Palace, representatives from Burnden Aces, Lion of Vienna Suite and Trotters Blog met with Ken Anderson and his son, Lee, witnessed by the club's Head of Marketing and Communications - Paul Holliday.

There was no agenda to the meeting, which served simply as an informal platform to discuss how we - the independent supporters' websites - could work in positive collaboration with the club.

None of the aforementioned outlets commented publicly about this said meeting, and no further face-to-face dialogue was held with Mr Anderson, who personally suggested and ultimately agreed to regular informal meets in the time that followed.

Two years on, Burnden Aces has had no further communication and has frustratingly watched on as the professionals in our field have been punished with the revocation of media access, as happened recently with the Chief Football Writer at the town's newspaper - The Bolton News.

Furthermore, a plea for transparency from the Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Trust continues to be ignored and joked about in Anderson's regular 'A Note from the Chairman' columns, while the denial of financial loans from the Professional Footballers' Association appear to be contradicted after the club was handed a registration embargo by the EFL - ultimately forcing Forest Green Rovers and Norwich City into unprecedented action by pulling the plug on loan-to-buy arrangements for Christian Doidge and Remi Matthews, respectively.

Doidge has been dealt a huge disservice in particular, having recently purchased property in the local area on the proviso of a long-term contract.

On December 5, 2018 - four days after pulling out of an arranged interview with BBC Radio Manchester and The Bolton News - the latter invited Mr Anderson to answer questions from both the newspaper and supporters, amid concern over the club's future.

Anderson hasn't been seen or heard from since, and has been absent from the last eight first-team fixtures dating back to December 1, 2018, when Wanderers hosted Wigan Athletic at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Former chairman Phil Gartside was often singled out for criticism over a perceived lack of openness and insight into club affairs, something Anderson initially identified as a weakness and set about correcting.

However, the situation now appears to be worsening by the day.

Founded in 1874 as Christ Church Football Club, before adopting their current name in 1877, the name of Bolton Wanderers Football Club and 145 years of history is at stake and you, the supporters, deserve answers!

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