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'I'd expect': Manager thinks he'll sign Southampton player today
Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt believes Dan Nlundulu will be arriving on loan from Premier League outfit Southampton on Monday, speaking to Bolton News.  After... The post 'I'd expect': Manager thinks he'll sign Southampton player today appeared first on HITC.

Fabrice Muamba echoes thoughts of Robert Griffin III after Damar Hamlin collapse
Fabrice Muamba has echoed the thoughts of Robert Griffin III after Damar Hamlin collapsed during an NFL clash between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.... The post Fabrice Muamba echoes thoughts of Robert Griffin III after Damar Hamlin collapse appeared first on HITC.

Rangers want to bring Premier League talent to Ibrox - but manager suggests Gers have to wait
Rangers want James Trafford but Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt is confident that the Manchester City loanee isn’t going anywhere. The Daily Mail claim that... The post Rangers want to bring Premier League talent to Ibrox - but manager suggests Gers have to wait appeared first on HITC.

'Wow, some player': Opposition manager blown away by Liverpool starlet
Conor Bradley is shining on loan at Bolton Wanderers with manager Ian Evatt praising Liverpool’s Premier League starlet for his attitude and ability, speaking to... The post 'Wow, some player': Opposition manager blown away by Liverpool starlet appeared first on HITC.

'Top player': Defender Liverpool loaned out has as many goals as Mo Salah
Attacking full-backs are hardly a novel phenomenon these days. But Conor Bradley, on loan at Bolton Wanderers from Premier League giants Liverpool, appears to be... The post 'Top player': Defender Liverpool loaned out has as many goals as Mo Salah appeared first on HITC.

Remi Matthews among 5 former Bolton players Ian Evatt should now re-sign
Ian Evatt should look to re-sign these former Bolton Wanderers players to move the UniBol natives closer to the race for promotion out of League... The post Remi Matthews among 5 former Bolton players Ian Evatt should now re-sign appeared first on HITC.

Five of the best FA Cup finals ever: Comebacks, shocks and the Five-minute Final

Ahead the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley this Saturday, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable deciders in the competition’s history. Blackpool 4-3 Bolton – 1953 Imagine scoring a hat-trick in a cup final and not getting the plaudits. Worse still, the match in question is […]

The post Five of the best FA Cup finals ever: Comebacks, shocks and the Five-minute Final first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Every club to have fallen from the Premier League to League One
Birmingham City players George Hall and Tyler Roberts are looking dejected after the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Norwich City at St Andrews in Birmingham, on May 4, 2024, which saw the club get relegated to League One.

The fall from the Premier League all the way to League One is a hard, painful one to endure, as Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town learned this week.  Both clubs were relegated from the Championship to the third tier on Saturday, but it wasn’t so long ago that they were gracing the top flight with […]

The post Every club to have fallen from the Premier League to League One first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Controversy over new England kit ignores the real scandal
The new England kit by Nike features a multicoloured cross.

The new England kit has, regrettably, been front and centre of the interminable culture war this week.  Political leaders, pundits, keyboard warriors and columnists who haven’t written an original thought in years have all waded in, offering their tuppence on this confected quarrel. Nike, you see, had the temerity to alter the St. George’s cross […]

The post Controversy over new England kit ignores the real scandal first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Noughties Nines: Nicolas Anelka – Sullen and spectacular
Nicolas Anelka celebrates a goal for Chelsea

Nicolas Anelka found it hard to escape the accusations of his early career. An almost impossibly precocious talent, he burst onto the scene as a teenager with his raw ability captivating an English audience. In the infancy of Anelka’s career in the Premier League he was an exhilarating watch, boasting electric speed and an ice-cold […]

The post Noughties Nines: Nicolas Anelka – Sullen and spectacular first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Showboaters: Five of the Premier League’s great entertainers

While the pressure of winning football matches tends to dominate headlines at the highest level, there’s nothing quite like seeing players showboat and enjoying themselves out on the pitch. Throughout the years, fans have been wowed by some sublime skills from Premier League stars, players unafraid to express themselves and try something out of the […]

The post Showboaters: Five of the Premier League’s great entertainers first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Five world-class players who arrived in the Premier League too late

Recognised worldwide as arguably the finest domestic competition in football, the Premier League has played host to some of the planet’s brightest talents throughout the years. English football fans have had the pleasure of enjoying some of the game’s greats at the peak of their powers, but several world-class stars have also arrived in the […]

The post Five world-class players who arrived in the Premier League too late first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Tommy Banks obituary

Former England and Bolton Wanderers footballer who played in the 1958 World Cup, and was admired for his rugged style

The footballer Tommy Banks, who has died aged 94, was a quintessential Lancastrian full-back of the 1950s and early 60s – rugged, ebullient, no nonsense, tough, yet admirably good tempered. His big year came in 1958, when he not only helped his beloved Bolton Wanderers win the FA Cup final against Manchester United, but played for England in the World Cup finals in Sweden, appearing in all four matches.

For England he had taken the place at left-back of Manchester United’s captain, Roger Byrne, who had died in the Munich air disaster earlier that year. They were very different players: Byrne composed and elegant, Banks a force of nature. But in the World Cup group stage game in Sweden against Brazil, Banks showed he could play cultured football with the best of them. At one point England’s right-back, Don Howe, mis-kicked and skied the ball, creating instant confusion. But there was Tommy, ready to step in almost casually, stretching out his left foot and coolly bringing the ball down from the air, as if to say: “Anything you Brazilians can do, I can do too.”

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Former England and Bolton defender Tommy Banks dies aged 94

  • Left-back won FA Cup with Bolton in 1958
  • Banks played for his country on six occasions

The Bolton FA Cup winner and former England defender Tommy Banks has died aged 94. Banks, who played as a left-back, joined Bolton in 1947 and went on to win the FA Cup with the Trotters in 1958 with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Banks was also chosen to be a part of England’s 1958 World Cup squad in Sweden chosen by Walter Winterbottom and went on to represent his country six times. Before his death, Banks was believed to be the Three Lions’ oldest living former international.

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Bolton 0-2 Oxford United: League One playoff final – as it happened

Two Josh Murphy goals defeat Bolton to send Oxford up to the Championship

4 mins: Evatt is having a word with a sub just in case in needs to come on. Maghoma is back on his feet but limping down the touchline while testing his ankle.

Not much early action of note on the pitch.

Continue reading...

Oxford beat Bolton in League One playoff final thanks to Murphy double

Revenge, as Oxford would swear, truly is a main course best dished out in front of a 30,000-strong ­yellow wall at Wembley, while contesting a Championship spot. Sixty-seven days might be footballing light years, but that Bolton swatted Des Buckingham’s team aside by five clear goals so recently did not bode well for Oxford. Yet the only point of clarity here was, courtesy of a pair of Josh Murphy goals, how deserving United were of victory.

Buckingham insists he has never rewatched that March defeat, but did use it to recalibrate. On Saturday, he implemented a plan that cackled in the face of Bolton’s “clear favourites” billing.

Continue reading...

Bolton hold off Barnsley fightback to seal spot in League One playoff final

Bolton secured their place in the League One playoff final despite being beaten by Barnsley at the Toughsheet Community Stadium as Ian Evatt’s side edged the visitors 5-4 on aggregate.

Holding the upper hand after last Friday’s 3-1 semi-final first-leg win at Oakwell, Bolton had their lead cut in the 36th minute by Sam Cosgrove before hitting back with a fine Aaron Collins strike and an Eoin Toal header in quick succession just prior to the break.

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Football League: Portsmouth win promotion to Championship and title

  • Stockport win League Two, Mansfield go up, Forest Green down
  • Southampton beat Preston to boost automatic promotion hopes

Late goals from Colby Bishop and Conor Shaughnessy confirmed Portsmouth’s return to the Championship after a 12-year absence. John Mousinho’s side twice hit back from behind to beat playoff hopefuls Barnsley 3-2 and ensure they will finish the season as champions, sparking celebrations at Fratton Park.

Portsmouth seemed likely be frustrated in their search for the single point they needed in order to make certain of promotion when Devante Cole gave Barnsley an early lead then John McAtee restored the visitors’ advantage after Kusini Yengi’s equaliser. But Bishop levelled from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute and Shaughnessy headed in from a corner six minutes later to put the seal on Portsmouth’s promotion party.

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Premier League legend Emile Heskey pinpoints the surprising reason Australia can't be a soccer powerhouse - and A-League fans will NOT be happy
Premier League legend Heskey, 46, played for the Newcastle Jets over two seasons, before returning to England to finish his career with Bolton Wanderers in 2016.

Tributes paid as former England defender and Bolton Wanderers legend Tommy Banks dies, aged 94
Banks represented England six times during his career, making his debut against the Soviet Union in Moscow in 1958.

'Who was my husband - did I even know him?' Wife of ex Premier League star reveals how he converted to Islam to marry another woman in secret
The wife of a former Premier League star has revealed how he converted to Islam and married another woman to 'live another life' with her in Iran.

Liverpool prospect Calvin Ramsay joins Wigan on season-long loan after being restricted to just two appearances for the Reds since joining in 2022
The 20-year old right-back joined Liverpool from Aberdeen for £4.2m in 2022 but injuries hindered his start and he has had spells on loan with Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers.

Jurgen Klopp's Team of Flops! The German's first ever Liverpool signing and a Brazil star who played just 13 MINUTES on loan both make the XI... but which goalkeeper gets in over Loris Karius as the boss bids farewell?
Jurgen Klopp will wave farewell to Anfield on Sunday after nine glorious years at Liverpool, having marshalled the club to Premier League, Champions League and domestic cup honours.

Oxford United will return to the Championship for the first time in 25 YEARS after clinching League One Play-Off Final against heavily fancied Bolton Wanderers
JOE BERNSTEIN AT WEMBLEY: Favourites Bolton, who had beaten Oxford 5-0 in the regular season and finished 10 points ahead of their rivals in the table, failed to show up.

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'I'd expect': Manager thinks he'll sign Southampton player today
Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt believes Dan Nlundulu will be arriving on loan from Premier League outfit Southampton on Monday, speaking to Bolton News.  After... The post 'I'd expect': Manager thinks he'll sign Southampton player today appeared first on HITC.

Fabrice Muamba echoes thoughts of Robert Griffin III after Damar Hamlin collapse
Fabrice Muamba has echoed the thoughts of Robert Griffin III after Damar Hamlin collapsed during an NFL clash between the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.... The post Fabrice Muamba echoes thoughts of Robert Griffin III after Damar Hamlin collapse appeared first on HITC.

Rangers want to bring Premier League talent to Ibrox - but manager suggests Gers have to wait
Rangers want James Trafford but Bolton Wanderers boss Ian Evatt is confident that the Manchester City loanee isn’t going anywhere. The Daily Mail claim that... The post Rangers want to bring Premier League talent to Ibrox - but manager suggests Gers have to wait appeared first on HITC.

'Wow, some player': Opposition manager blown away by Liverpool starlet
Conor Bradley is shining on loan at Bolton Wanderers with manager Ian Evatt praising Liverpool’s Premier League starlet for his attitude and ability, speaking to... The post 'Wow, some player': Opposition manager blown away by Liverpool starlet appeared first on HITC.

'Top player': Defender Liverpool loaned out has as many goals as Mo Salah
Attacking full-backs are hardly a novel phenomenon these days. But Conor Bradley, on loan at Bolton Wanderers from Premier League giants Liverpool, appears to be... The post 'Top player': Defender Liverpool loaned out has as many goals as Mo Salah appeared first on HITC.

Remi Matthews among 5 former Bolton players Ian Evatt should now re-sign
Ian Evatt should look to re-sign these former Bolton Wanderers players to move the UniBol natives closer to the race for promotion out of League... The post Remi Matthews among 5 former Bolton players Ian Evatt should now re-sign appeared first on HITC.

Five of the best FA Cup finals ever: Comebacks, shocks and the Five-minute Final

Ahead the FA Cup final between Manchester City and Manchester United at Wembley this Saturday, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable deciders in the competition’s history. Blackpool 4-3 Bolton – 1953 Imagine scoring a hat-trick in a cup final and not getting the plaudits. Worse still, the match in question is […]

The post Five of the best FA Cup finals ever: Comebacks, shocks and the Five-minute Final first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Every club to have fallen from the Premier League to League One
Birmingham City players George Hall and Tyler Roberts are looking dejected after the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Norwich City at St Andrews in Birmingham, on May 4, 2024, which saw the club get relegated to League One.

The fall from the Premier League all the way to League One is a hard, painful one to endure, as Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town learned this week.  Both clubs were relegated from the Championship to the third tier on Saturday, but it wasn’t so long ago that they were gracing the top flight with […]

The post Every club to have fallen from the Premier League to League One first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Controversy over new England kit ignores the real scandal
The new England kit by Nike features a multicoloured cross.

The new England kit has, regrettably, been front and centre of the interminable culture war this week.  Political leaders, pundits, keyboard warriors and columnists who haven’t written an original thought in years have all waded in, offering their tuppence on this confected quarrel. Nike, you see, had the temerity to alter the St. George’s cross […]

The post Controversy over new England kit ignores the real scandal first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Noughties Nines: Nicolas Anelka – Sullen and spectacular
Nicolas Anelka celebrates a goal for Chelsea

Nicolas Anelka found it hard to escape the accusations of his early career. An almost impossibly precocious talent, he burst onto the scene as a teenager with his raw ability captivating an English audience. In the infancy of Anelka’s career in the Premier League he was an exhilarating watch, boasting electric speed and an ice-cold […]

The post Noughties Nines: Nicolas Anelka – Sullen and spectacular first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Showboaters: Five of the Premier League’s great entertainers

While the pressure of winning football matches tends to dominate headlines at the highest level, there’s nothing quite like seeing players showboat and enjoying themselves out on the pitch. Throughout the years, fans have been wowed by some sublime skills from Premier League stars, players unafraid to express themselves and try something out of the […]

The post Showboaters: Five of the Premier League’s great entertainers first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Five world-class players who arrived in the Premier League too late

Recognised worldwide as arguably the finest domestic competition in football, the Premier League has played host to some of the planet’s brightest talents throughout the years. English football fans have had the pleasure of enjoying some of the game’s greats at the peak of their powers, but several world-class stars have also arrived in the […]

The post Five world-class players who arrived in the Premier League too late first appeared on The Football Faithful.

Tommy Banks obituary

Former England and Bolton Wanderers footballer who played in the 1958 World Cup, and was admired for his rugged style

The footballer Tommy Banks, who has died aged 94, was a quintessential Lancastrian full-back of the 1950s and early 60s – rugged, ebullient, no nonsense, tough, yet admirably good tempered. His big year came in 1958, when he not only helped his beloved Bolton Wanderers win the FA Cup final against Manchester United, but played for England in the World Cup finals in Sweden, appearing in all four matches.

For England he had taken the place at left-back of Manchester United’s captain, Roger Byrne, who had died in the Munich air disaster earlier that year. They were very different players: Byrne composed and elegant, Banks a force of nature. But in the World Cup group stage game in Sweden against Brazil, Banks showed he could play cultured football with the best of them. At one point England’s right-back, Don Howe, mis-kicked and skied the ball, creating instant confusion. But there was Tommy, ready to step in almost casually, stretching out his left foot and coolly bringing the ball down from the air, as if to say: “Anything you Brazilians can do, I can do too.”

Continue reading...

Former England and Bolton defender Tommy Banks dies aged 94

  • Left-back won FA Cup with Bolton in 1958
  • Banks played for his country on six occasions

The Bolton FA Cup winner and former England defender Tommy Banks has died aged 94. Banks, who played as a left-back, joined Bolton in 1947 and went on to win the FA Cup with the Trotters in 1958 with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Banks was also chosen to be a part of England’s 1958 World Cup squad in Sweden chosen by Walter Winterbottom and went on to represent his country six times. Before his death, Banks was believed to be the Three Lions’ oldest living former international.

Continue reading...

Bolton 0-2 Oxford United: League One playoff final – as it happened

Two Josh Murphy goals defeat Bolton to send Oxford up to the Championship

4 mins: Evatt is having a word with a sub just in case in needs to come on. Maghoma is back on his feet but limping down the touchline while testing his ankle.

Not much early action of note on the pitch.

Continue reading...

Oxford beat Bolton in League One playoff final thanks to Murphy double

Revenge, as Oxford would swear, truly is a main course best dished out in front of a 30,000-strong ­yellow wall at Wembley, while contesting a Championship spot. Sixty-seven days might be footballing light years, but that Bolton swatted Des Buckingham’s team aside by five clear goals so recently did not bode well for Oxford. Yet the only point of clarity here was, courtesy of a pair of Josh Murphy goals, how deserving United were of victory.

Buckingham insists he has never rewatched that March defeat, but did use it to recalibrate. On Saturday, he implemented a plan that cackled in the face of Bolton’s “clear favourites” billing.

Continue reading...

Bolton hold off Barnsley fightback to seal spot in League One playoff final

Bolton secured their place in the League One playoff final despite being beaten by Barnsley at the Toughsheet Community Stadium as Ian Evatt’s side edged the visitors 5-4 on aggregate.

Holding the upper hand after last Friday’s 3-1 semi-final first-leg win at Oakwell, Bolton had their lead cut in the 36th minute by Sam Cosgrove before hitting back with a fine Aaron Collins strike and an Eoin Toal header in quick succession just prior to the break.

Continue reading...

Football League: Portsmouth win promotion to Championship and title

  • Stockport win League Two, Mansfield go up, Forest Green down
  • Southampton beat Preston to boost automatic promotion hopes

Late goals from Colby Bishop and Conor Shaughnessy confirmed Portsmouth’s return to the Championship after a 12-year absence. John Mousinho’s side twice hit back from behind to beat playoff hopefuls Barnsley 3-2 and ensure they will finish the season as champions, sparking celebrations at Fratton Park.

Portsmouth seemed likely be frustrated in their search for the single point they needed in order to make certain of promotion when Devante Cole gave Barnsley an early lead then John McAtee restored the visitors’ advantage after Kusini Yengi’s equaliser. But Bishop levelled from the penalty spot in the 83rd minute and Shaughnessy headed in from a corner six minutes later to put the seal on Portsmouth’s promotion party.

Continue reading...

Premier League legend Emile Heskey pinpoints the surprising reason Australia can't be a soccer powerhouse - and A-League fans will NOT be happy
Premier League legend Heskey, 46, played for the Newcastle Jets over two seasons, before returning to England to finish his career with Bolton Wanderers in 2016.

Tributes paid as former England defender and Bolton Wanderers legend Tommy Banks dies, aged 94
Banks represented England six times during his career, making his debut against the Soviet Union in Moscow in 1958.

'Who was my husband - did I even know him?' Wife of ex Premier League star reveals how he converted to Islam to marry another woman in secret
The wife of a former Premier League star has revealed how he converted to Islam and married another woman to 'live another life' with her in Iran.

Liverpool prospect Calvin Ramsay joins Wigan on season-long loan after being restricted to just two appearances for the Reds since joining in 2022
The 20-year old right-back joined Liverpool from Aberdeen for £4.2m in 2022 but injuries hindered his start and he has had spells on loan with Preston North End and Bolton Wanderers.

Jurgen Klopp's Team of Flops! The German's first ever Liverpool signing and a Brazil star who played just 13 MINUTES on loan both make the XI... but which goalkeeper gets in over Loris Karius as the boss bids farewell?
Jurgen Klopp will wave farewell to Anfield on Sunday after nine glorious years at Liverpool, having marshalled the club to Premier League, Champions League and domestic cup honours.

Oxford United will return to the Championship for the first time in 25 YEARS after clinching League One Play-Off Final against heavily fancied Bolton Wanderers
JOE BERNSTEIN AT WEMBLEY: Favourites Bolton, who had beaten Oxford 5-0 in the regular season and finished 10 points ahead of their rivals in the table, failed to show up.

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