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Report: Rangers want to bring £1.5m talent to Ibrox amid £20m comparison, West Ham offloaded him

Rangers want to sign Bolton Wanderers star Oladapo Afolayan this summer and have already asked about his availability. That’s according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon,...

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Report: Fulham looking to sign former West Ham man with 14 goals this season

Fulham are looking to sign Bolton Wanderers’ former West Ham United starlet Dapo Afolayan after sealing their return to the Premier League, as reported by...

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'I could've stayed': 20-year-old explains why he just had to leave Arsenal

Bolton Wanderers loanee Xavier Amaechi has admitted that he decided to leave Premier League giants Arsenal after growing concerned about a lack of first-team opportunities...

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Former England international shares reasons why he rejected Arsenal and Leeds transfers

Alan Thompson never quite became a big name in English football, but claims he rejected both Arsenal and Leeds United whilst with Bolton Wanderers. Fans...

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'He's flying': 7-goal star released by West Ham may become a Premier League star

Former West Ham United starlet Dapo Afolayan has the potential to become a Premier League star, Bolton Wanderers teammate Antoni Sarcevic has told the Manchester...

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'Sublime', 'oozes quality': Player released by West Ham makes huge impact at new club

Ian Evatt isn’t the sort of character to let things slide.  So when the controversial James McClean claimed he had rejected a move to Bolton in...

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

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Ranking the Premier League players to score the most goals against their former clubs

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Five of the Premier League’s greatest left-footed strikers

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Five Premier League footballers the ‘streets won’t forget’

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Ranking the goalkeepers to have saved the most penalties in Premier League history

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Clubless Wilshere opens up on frustrations and being considered ‘an injury waiting to happen’

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Dion Charles inspires Bolton rout as sorry Sunderland are hit for six

If Sunderland’s recent past is littered with embarrassments, this was another candidate for the title of a historic low. They can seem to be slumming it in League One, but they slumped to their heaviest ever defeat in third-tier football.

Their afternoon was summed up when Danny Batth, with a finish that was both unwitting and unstoppable, donated Bolton’s fifth goal with a spectacular diving header.

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Boxing Day 1963 goal feast is famous but what happened two days later?

The results on 26 December 1963 – 66 goals in 10 games – are celebrated every year. They are only half of the story

By Richard Foster for The Football Mine

As the frenetic Christmas schedule swings into action, players in England are very much in the minority among major European leagues in readying themselves for the customary glut of games squeezed into the tightest of holiday schedules. While the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 are embarking on a winter break, Premier League and Football League clubs face the prospect of three games in a week, starting with the traditional Boxing Day fixture. Until the late 1950s, there was even a full programme of games on Christmas Day itself, as one of the few public holidays that allowed working people to attend matches.

Boxing Day has become enshrined in English football culture as a much-loved curiosity of the fixture list. One reason why Boxing Day matches gained popularity was the extraordinary events of 1963, when 10 matches in the First Division produced a scarcely credible 66 goals, a feat that is still commemorated to this day. What fans may not know is what happened in the fixtures that followed two days later on 28 December. Many of the games were rematches from Boxing Day and there were some stunning turnarounds.

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Without a regulator with teeth, my beloved football will destroy itself | Alison McGovern

Rewards at the top are extreme, so people take crazy financial risks with clubs’ futures while fans can only look on in horror

If you are reading this article, you probably already care about football. Perhaps you protested against the European Super League or felt the pain of Bury, Bolton or Wigan fans. You have heard the football rumour mill grinding: the Crouch review is on its way and, with it, the potential for major change.

Here’s a common story. Some people inherit houses, some even still inherit titles. I inherited football. My grandad got a free ticket to Anfield in school and 55 years later he took me. My life has been counted not just in school years and, every so often, elections, but in football seasons. It is how my family functions.

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The power of perceptions and PR in football management

Football is a results business but it is also a branding exercise. And, once you have a reputation, it’s hard to shake it

By Chris Evans for The Set Pieces

“I won’t ever be going to a top-four club because I’m not called Allardici, just Allardyce,” joked Sam Allardyce nearly a decade ago. He was the West Ham manager at the time and was fielding a question before a match with Manchester City. He quickly qualified that what he said was “tongue in cheek” but there was a ring of truth to what he said. Allardyce had a PR problem, an issue that has only exacerbated in the nine years since he made that jibe to the roomful of reporters. Many other managers have struggled with the same issue in recent years.

Even if manager PR is not a tangible thing, there is no doubt it affects coaches’ job prospects, especially in an era when the sheer mention of a club being linked with a new boss can inspire a huge reaction online. Terrace opinions have always influenced the game, but social media only magnifies perceptions, whether they are factual or not.

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FA Cup roundup: St Albans stun Forest Green, Stockport earn draw at Bolton

  • National League South side beat League Two leaders 3-2
  • More than 5,000 away fans see Stockport earn replay

St Albans City produced the surprise of the FA Cup first round so far with a 3-2 home win over Forest Green Rovers.

The Saints, currently second in National League South, fell behind to Matty Stevens’ near-post finish after 18 minutes but were level eight minutes later, Mitchell Weiss heading home to spark wild scenes at Clarence Park.

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Roger Hunt obituary
One of Liverpool’s greatest strikers who played a key role in England’s 1966 World Cup victory

The footballer Roger Hunt, who has died aged 83, was a key member of the England team that won the World Cup in 1966, appearing in all six games in the finals and scoring three goals in the process. He was also one of Liverpool’s all-time greats, winning two First Division titles and an FA Cup at Anfield in the early 1960s and becoming the club’s highest league scorer – a position he retained, with only Ian Rush surpassing him in all competitions.

However, for all his feats Hunt was occasionally a target for criticism from the footballing public, not least because in 1966 he had inadvertently taken on the role of the man who kept Jimmy Greaves out of the World Cup final.

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Former Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing returns to club to work as Under 18s coach nine years on
Spearing, 33, made 55 appearances for Liverpool's first team between 2008 and 2013, before going onto play for Bolton Wanderers, Blackpool, and Tranmere Rovers.

LEAGUE ONE ROUND-UP: Wigan are crowned champions with Rotherham also securing promotion
The Latics secured a 3-0 victory away to Shrewsbury, while Rotherham also achieve automatic promotion as they won 2-0 against Gillingham, who suffered relegation.

Bolton striker Dion Charles warned by FA following probe into offensive historical tweets
The 26-year-old has not received a fine or been banned for any matches as a result of the punishment, which has been imposed by an independent Regulatory Commission.

Ex-Man United ace Chris Eagles pictured looking very different from playing days
The 36-year-old wore a hoodie, shorts and trainers and sported a beard as he was pictured wheeling around outside a house months after he was banned from driving.

Mick McCarthy 'wants to return to Sunderland' nearly 20 years after first taking over on Wearside
Mick McCarthy has reportedly contacted former club Sunderland to say he is willing to take over until the end of the season and help the club achieve their stated aim of promotion.

Transfer Deadline Day RECAP: Barcelona sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on a free transfer
The January window closes tonight in the Premier League and around Europe, with clubs across Europe desperately trying to finish off their transfer business.

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