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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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'Starting to get excited': Some Bolton fans discuss club tweet involving West Ham's Mark Noble

Some Bolton fans have taken to Twitter to react after Sharon Brittan – the club Chairman – was photographed alongside Mark Noble. The tweet states...

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'Come back home': Some fans urge Arsenal man to re-join after tweeting about their club

Bolton Wanderers have begun to put years of pain behind them as they clinched promotion to League One. The Trotters won 4-1 at Crawley Town...

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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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Midfield Magicians: The Greatest Showman, Jay-Jay Okocha

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Unforgettable Debuts: Cristiano Ronaldo, Old Trafford witnesses the birth of an Icon

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Five former top players available to sign on a free transfer

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Work Experience – Five of the best young Premier League loan signings

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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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League Two: Bolton and Cambridge earn promotion, Cheltenham take title

  • Cambridge beat Grimsby, Bolton sink Crawley
  • Cheltenham win over Harrogate clinches top spot

Cambridge and Bolton joined League Two champions Cheltenham in securing promotion on the final day of the season.

Cambridge had stumbled with back-to-back defeats but a 3-0 victory over already-relegated Grimsby ensured they will play in the third tier of English football for the first time since 2002.

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Chelsea, Liverpool, City and Man United's matchday income revealed: How much does your club make?
The study by the University of Liverpool reveals a huge disparity in what top flight teams take on match days, raanging from Chelsea at £1,648 to Burnley at just over £300 per fan per season.

Cristiano Ronaldo debut at Man United gave Sir Alex Ferguson 'a big problem'
The Portuguese star was only 18 when he announced himself in English football with a 30-minute cameo off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in August 2003.

LEAGUE ONE AND TWO ROUNDUP: Sunderland and Oldham finally win, and Wigan vs Oxford is postponed
There were plenty of thrills and spills in the third and fourth tier of English football at the weekend, with League One leaders Plymouth losing, positive Covid tests, and Sunderland finally winning.

Stockport 5-3 Bolton (AET): Non-league County stun League One Wanderers in FA Cup
Non-league Stockport County recovered from conceding two goals in the first six minutes to secure a memorable FA Cup upset over League One Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton Wanderers captain Antoni Sarcevic makes shock departure for non-league Stockport County
Bolton Wanderers captain Antoni Sarcevic is joining non-league Stockport County in a shock move following a bust-up with his manager Ian Evatt.

Wigan beat Bolton 4-0 but derby clash is overshadowed by crowd trouble with missiles thrown
Wigan's dominant display was spoiled by second-half crowd trouble. Missiles were thrown as McClean celebrated his opening goal while advertising signs were ripped.

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