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  • Wanderers line-up £2m swoop

    WANDERERS are lining up a £2 million bid to prise Scotland international midfielder Scot Gemmill away from Nottingham Forest. read more

  • Cook lands dream World Cup call

    PAUL Cook, Leeds' talented teenage back, was today handed a sensational call-up to the England squad for next month's Halifax Rugby League Centenary World Cup. read more

  • AT the recent Memba/Karrimor British Open MTB Races at Bootle Fell Cumbria, Bolton riders had some e

    On the Saturday in the downhill Matt Holstead riding in the Seniors finish fifth. In the Juniors Neil Prentice was on his way to finishing well up the field, when gear problems dented his chances, in the end he had to settle for 20th place. read more

  • Crash mum slams boys' sentences

    A WOMAN who was badly injured when teenage joyriders smashed into her car, today slammed their sentences, saying that flogging would have been a better deterrent. read more


    HORWICH cyclist Vinny Smith finished in third place in the 48 mile Bishopswood Road Race at Selby while Pete Halliwell was unlucky to suffer mechanical trouble and was forced to retire when going well. read more

  • Crusade launched to revive Horwich rail link

    PLANS to re-open the rail link to Horwich are steaming ahead. Enthusiasts met this week - the 3Oth anniversary of the line's closure - and decided to launch a campaign to revive the town's railway. read more


    TERRY Williams beat Ian McNeill (level) 41-32 and Dennis Shepherd (1 and jack) beat Mark Bradshaw (scr) 41-39 in professional bowling at the Red Lion Hotel Westhoughton. Tomorrow at the Red Lion Hotel, Westhoughton 1pm. Summer Handicap final. D Eaton v K Heaps, Autumn Handicap first round, C Crompton v C Watkinson. read more

  • School lesson in recycling rubbish

    PROTESTERS have dumped masses of obsolete paperwork with a Bolton salvage firm - to demonstrate their anger at the waste caused by constant school curriculum changes. read more

  • 'Managers' of post office decided soon

    A NUMBER of firms and individuals will soon be interviewed to decide who will run Farnworth's Brackley Street post office from next year. read more

  • BOLTON Association side Astley and Tyldesley have signed Horwich player Charles Dagnall as their pro

    Dagnall has played regularly for second teams at Lancashire, Kent and Worcester and is considered a county star of the future. read more

  • Stan makes first move

    BURY boss Stan Ternent today made his first raid on the transfer market when he swapped striker Kevin Hulme for Lincoln City's Dean West. read more

  • Parking charge plans in chaos

    PLANS to bring in charges for Bolton town centre parking on Sunday have been thrown into chaos ... because of a mix-up about what time the fees come into force. Notices have gone out saying that on-street pay and display charges will start at 8.30am and at 12.30pm in council-run car parks. The charges are due to come into operation this weekend, but Labour Cllr Jack Foster, planning and environment committee chairman, said: "This is not what we wanted. read more

  • Triv king Martin in TV break

    A TRIVIA fanatic from Bolton has been signed up to provide the questions for a top TV game show. read more

  • Rise in jobless figures

    BOLTON'S jobless figure rose by 71 in August from 8,989 to 9,060. read more

  • Don't take cash aid for granted

    CHARTERED accountants Kidsons Impey are warning that small businesses should be on guard against grant consultancies which ask for a fee in advance or guarantee funding. The firm says a number are under investigation by the DTI and Trading Standards departments. John Parry, a partner at the Kidsons Impey Manchester office, said: "There is no guarantee that a company will be eligible for a grant and businesses should not agree to part with money in advance for this service." read more

  • St Andrews join WorldChoice

    ST Andrews Travel, Bolton has become the 500th member of ARTAC WorldChoice, the UK's largest group of independent leisure travel agents. read more

  • Leigh wary of Regal test

    WHILE the Hilton Park backroom staff have been polishing up on the entente cordiale coach Ian Lucas has been studiously preparing his young side for their tricky French test. read more

  • Save our centre

    SIR: I was at the last of the famous Dog Shows at the Silverwell Sports Centre. read more

  • Quick debut for West?

    NEW signing Dean West goes straight into Bury's squad for tomorrow's trip to high-flying Gillingham. read more

  • Fan power can make all the difference

    FAN power can make all the difference as Wanderers shape up for their second major away test in successive Saturdays. read more


    qWAYNE Burnett is back at Burnden Park to continue his trial with Wanderers, despite being recalled to Plymouth Argyle. read more

  • More ghostly goings on..

    THE ghosts of Timberbottom Farm and Bradshaw Hall won't go away . . . read more

  • For pedestrians only

    25 YEARS AGO read more

  • Big band fans go wild

    Syd Lawrence Orchestra read more

  • Super sleuth set a shining example

    ALWYN GRAHAM PAYS TRIBUTE TO A STAR ENTERTAINERS come and go and rarely is their passing marked or mourned by fickle audiences; after all, their work is on film or stored in a video library, so it isn't as though their performances are denied us forever. read more


    THE celebrated English Philharmonic Orchestra makes a welcome return visit to the Albert Hall, Bolton, on September 23 at 7.30 pm. read more

  • LR's injury worries

    NON-LEAGUE PREVIEW ATHERTON LR, unbeaten in the last six league games, face the long journey to Worksop Town tomorrow in the Unibond first division with manager Dave Morris still troubled by injuries to his centre backs. read more

  • Late goal robs RMI of second win

    LEIGH RMI's miserable run of six matches without a win continued at Worksop last night when they drew 1-1. read more


    UNITY Brook battled back to snatch a 4-4 draw after coming from 3-1 down at half-time against Morris Rangers. read more


    LANCASHIRE Amateur League Premier Division newcomers Old Boltonians put together two excellent results to get their season properly launched, holding 100 per cent leaders Leigh Athletic to a 2-2 draw and then defeating reigning champions Royton Town 5-1. read more


    ATHERTON LR 1 RADCLIFFE BORO 1 THE big Unibond Division One Derby never quite ignited into the magical encounter that many had predicted. read more


    PTEMPEST United started the match against Lytham where they left off last week continuing to play fast flowing interpassing football that all but overwhelmed their opponents read more

  • Gypsy ruling was stupid

    SIR: I refer to your recent news item about the ruling on gypsies. The ruling described in the story is the most stupid I have ever read. read more

  • £35m South African deal

    BELOIT Walmsley in Bolton have won an important contract in South Africa. The £35m order from Sappi Fine Papers (Pty) Ltd is to rebuild a fine paper machine at Enstra Mill. read more

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