John McGinlay to Join Bolton Pre-Match Protest

  • January 10, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Upon collating the feedback of Bolton supporters ahead of a proposed protest, we now share an amended plan and news of backing from a Wanderers legend.

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.

It has this evening been confirmed that Bolton Wanderers legend John McGinlay will be joining fans at their organised pre-match protest ahead of our fixture with West Bromwich Albion.

After seeing the reaction to our joint statement this morning, we have decided against endorsing and encouraging a mass walkout in the 58th minute of the game. Rendezvousing at 7pm, as initially planned, we encourage you to get down to Nat's statue. That is the meeting point.

At 7.15pm there will be a peaceful (but hopefully noisy) lap of the outside of the ground for all taking part, congregating eventually outside the front doors of the stadium where the singing and chanting will continue, express any reasonable, desired and discontented feelings and emotions.

However you want to show your support/frustration/discontent inside the ground during the game is entirely down to you.

Bring flags. Bring banners. We believe Ken is not going to be there but we want to make such a noise regardless to allow ourselves to be heard. Get your extra free tickets. Give them to a friend. Bring them with you on the night and hand them to a stranger. We need bodies in the ground.

As if in a bid to spoil these heartfelt demonstrations, (which he hasn't) chairman Ken Anderson has this evening emailed season ticket holders in a last ditch attempt to retain some, if any, moral high ground over his opposers would it not have already been read and expressed clearly enough in his notes which unsurprisingly, hasn't received the best of receptions and are therefore hoping that those of you joining us will provide your say along the way.

We hope that these pre-match arrangements will bring us together as a fanbase and collectively show both Ken and the nation that we mean business and will not cease till our club is returned to its rightful owners, ourselves, the fans.

I trust many of you will be encouraged to join by John's presence and will boost the agenda of this protest further with the help of a more than recognised personality in the mix. The more we can get behind this, the more of a point we can prove and the bigger the message we can get across and avoid this being anything other than what this football club deserves.

Whoever's name is above the door,
Whoever holds the key,
They'll never own our football club,
It belongs to you and me.

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