Peter Reid Saddened by Bolton Food Bank

  • May 16, 2019 | By Chris Mann
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Peter Reid admits he never thought he'd see the day when a football club would be forced to open a food bank to assist employees.

It emerged on Tuesday that the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust had invited staff at the University of Bolton Stadium to take food and other essential supplies, with salaries for the month of April now two weeks overdue.

The Trotters were placed into administration on Monday, causing further concern for potential job losses, and Reid - who made 261 appearances for the club between 1974 and 1982 - hopes the off-field situation can be resolved in the not too distant future.

"Bolton Wanderers is a football club with fantastic history," Reid told Mirror Online. "But right now it's not a good place to be.

"Back in the day, I've managed Leeds and Plymouth when they were going through financial difficulties and it's really tough. It's too easy to forget the human cost - people have bills to pay, families to feed and bread to put on the table.

"Bolton have just gone into administration and people tend to lose their jobs when that happens. Starting next season 12 points down is only part of the story. But a food bank? I never thought I'd see one at a football club - certainly not one of Bolton's standing. It's such a sad state of affairs.

"Without being too specific or criticising individuals, because I don't know the whole story, it shouldn't happen in today's society.

"There is enough wealth in this country, and in football, for people to put food on the table. Living hand-to-mouth is no way to exist. Out of human decency, as much as anything, I hope the club gets back on its feet, people get paid and they can get on with their lives again as soon as possible."

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