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Gordon Sharrock's sporting memories: Historic relegation edged closer for Wanderers after Oxford defeat

The Bolton News: Bolton Wanderers and England legend Nat Lofthouse

7:52am Thursday 5th March 2015

FOUR successive defeats had plunged Bolton Wanderers deep into the Second Division danger zone – and manager Nat Lofthouse and his board of directors were coming under increasing pressure to prevent the club dropping into football’s third tier for the first time in their history.

Bolton Wanderers U18s claim a deserved point at Manchester City

The Bolton News: PRAISE: Coach David Lee

12:55pm Monday 23rd February 2015

WANDERERS under-18s bounced back from defeat to Derby County with a deserved draw at Manchester City on Saturday.

Gordon Sharrock's sporting memories: I'm going nowhere, assures new Wanderers manager Ian Greaves

The Bolton News: Ian Greaves, left, manager of Bolton Wanderers, with Frank Worthington.From:  ?Original Message From:  ?Created: ?Date email received: 28.9.2007 (18811171)

2:03pm Thursday 19th February 2015

THERE was no official confirmation that any offer had been made but it was one of the worst kept secrets in football that Jimmy Armfield, who had left Bolton Wanderers to manage league champions Leeds United, wanted his former Burnden Park assistant Ian Greaves to join him at Elland Road.

Harold Hassall funeral arrangements

The Bolton News: Harold Hassall

5:07am Tuesday 10th February 2015

THE funeral of former Wanderers inside forward Harold Hassall will take place at Christ Church, Chorley New Road, Heaton tomorrow at 2.30pm with fans welcome to pay their respects.

MEMORIES: Rioch's Wanderers storm to top of table with five-goal beating of Wolves

The Bolton News: Jimmy Phillips struck the best of Wanderers' five goals against Wolves

7:32am Thursday 5th February 2015

IT was all systems go at Burnden Park after Liverpool beat Stockport County at the second attempt to book an FA Cup fifth round date with Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton's 'Lancashire Rose' Lisa Ashton is on top of the world again

The Bolton News:

1:31pm Sunday 11th January 2015

LISA Ashton turned the tables on the British Darts Organisation’s seedings list when she retained her world title with a string of sensational displays at the Lakeside Country Club.

Manchester League: Breightmet rally to take prized scalp

The Bolton News:

6:53pm Monday 24th November 2014

BREIGHTMET United manager Simon Wilcox was delighted with Saturday’s 2-1 victory away to Boothstown – the team he regards as the “best footballing side in Division One”.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Confidence is key to improvement, says Breightmet United boss Simon Wilcox

The Bolton News:

7:49pm Monday 13th October 2014

BREIGHTMET United manager Simon Wilcox is confident his players have what it takes to make a big impression in the top half of Division One.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Atherton Town share the spoils with Prestwich Heys

The Bolton News:

5:42pm Monday 22nd September 2014

ATHERTON Town offered further evidence of their ability to hold their own in the Premier Division in a 1-1 draw with Prestwich Heys on Saturday.

Simon Wilcox steps down as manager of Breightmet United

The Bolton News:

6:31pm Monday 8th September 2014

SIMON Wilcox has stepped down as manager of Breightmet United to conentrate on his committee work at the Moss Park club.

FBT MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Hindsford chasing fourth successive title

The Bolton News:

6:30pm Monday 18th August 2014

HINDSFORD got off to a winning start in their quest for a fourth successive Premier League title with a 3-1 victory over newly-promoted neighbours Atherton Town on Saturday.

ANTHONY AXFORD BOLTON ASSOCIATION: Teams split into mini-leagues for honours battle

The Bolton News: Local youth cricket

9:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

THE second phase of the Bolton Association season gets under way on Saturday when the league splits into three mini-divisions with the top six fighting it out for the major honours.

ANTHONY AXFORD BOLTON LEAGUE: Bridge on receiving end as Social Circle bounce back in style

The Bolton News:

2:51pm Monday 28th July 2014

NORMAL service was resumed on Sunday when leaders Farnworth Social Circle bounced back from their shock defeat at home to Walkden to score a comfortable win at Astley Bridge.

Anthony Axford Bolton League round-up: Bradshaw put squeeze on leaders Social Circle with dramatic final-over triumph

The Bolton News:

11:15am Sunday 27th July 2014

BRADSHAW snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in a dramatic final over at Egerton on Saturday to put themselves right back into title contention.

Anthony Axford Bolton Association round-up: Big-hitting Flixton extend lead

The Bolton News:

11:51am Sunday 13th July 2014


Terry Halliwell's Atherton glove story reaches half-century

The Bolton News:

1:30pm Friday 11th July 2014

FIFTY years ago today Atherton wicketkeeper Terry Halliwell was the toast of the Bolton Association after claiming a record seven victims in an incredible Saturday afternoon’s cricket as the Collieries beat Roe Green.

ANTHONY AXFORD BOLTON LEAGUE: In-form Tim Rees keeps Farnworth Social Circle top of the pile

The Bolton News: Farnworth SCC V Farnworth CC

11:25am Sunday 22nd June 2014

TIM Rees maintained his incredible run of form to keep Farnworth Social Circle flying high at the top of the table.

Magic Mather mauls Farnworth in Hamer Cup demolition derby

The Bolton News: Dave Mather took eight wickets from 11 overs at a cost of just nine runs

6:12pm Monday 16th June 2014

DAVE Mather produced a sensational bowling performance as Farnworth Social Circle stormed into the semi-finals of the Thwaites Hamer Cup with a crushing 140-run derby victory over Farnworth on Sunday.

Anthony Axford Bolton League round-up: Rees gets a move on as Circle beat the weather to stay top

The Bolton News: Corey Collymore

11:39am Sunday 15th June 2014


Munich tragedy cost England 1958 World Cup, says Bolton Wanderers legend Tommy Banks

The Bolton News: Tommy Banks reflecting on the 1958 World Cup

7:00am Wednesday 11th June 2014

ENGLAND won the World Cup in 1966 to fulfil the prophesy of their manager Alf Ramsey.

Floyd Mayweather 'forced to cancel Bolton visit' - report

The Bolton News: Floyd Mayweather Junior is coming to Bolton next month

10:28am Thursday 5th June 2014

FLOYD Mayweather’s planned visit to the Reebok Stadium, where he would have been the star attraction at a £200-a-head sportsman’s dinner, has been cancelled, according to reports.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Atherton suffer last day heartache

The Bolton News: Girls' football team seeking to sign more under-sevens

5:00am Tuesday 13th May 2014

ATHERTON Town had the Manchester League Division One title cruelly snatched from their grasp in a dramatic climax to the season.

Floyd Mayweather Junior coming to the home of Bolton Wanderers

The Bolton News: Floyd Mayweather Junior is coming to Bolton next month

7:08pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

FLOYD Mayweather’s relentless sparring with Amir Khan over a potential match-up could reach fever pitch next month when the American, pictured, keeps a date in the Bolton superstar’s home town.

Bolton League Sunday, May 4, matches round-up: Bradshaw and Farnworth Social Circle still unbeaten

The Bolton News: Greenmount won at Tonge on Sunday

9:44am Monday 5th May 2014

Astley Bridge 216-8, Farnworth 214.

ANTHONY AXFORD BOLTON LEAGUE: Starlet Josh Bohannon puts down a marker as Circle march on

The Bolton News: Farnworth Social Circle's Josh Bohannon

11:13am Sunday 4th May 2014

EGERTON and the two Farnworth clubs maintained their 100 per cent starts to the season while champions Little Lever continued to struggle, humbled by Greenmount as they crashed to a third straight defeat.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Saturday round-up

7:00am Tuesday 29th April 2014

HINDSFORD could be just one win away from securing a third successive Premier Division championship after beating title rivals Prestwich Heys on Saturday.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Simon Wilcox predicts a Breight future

The Bolton News: Simon Wilcox believes Breightmet United could be capable of challenging for promotion next season

9:20am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BREIGHTMET United manager Simon Wilcox is planning to regroup in the summer with the aim of mounting a promotion challenge next season.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE ROUND-UP: Atherton Town on the up

The Bolton News: Shaun Lynch whose Atherton Town team will almost certainly be playing in the Premier Division next season

2:15pm Monday 14th April 2014

ATHERTON Town can look forward to playing Premier Division football next season after effectively clinching promotion with a 4-2 win at Heywood St James.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Breightmet captain Bancks puts on a United front

The Bolton News: Hindsford’s Portuguese striker David Moreno, right, challenges Walshaw Sports’ Nicky Barrass. Moreno scored in Hindsford’s 2-1 victory

7:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

BREIGHTMET United manager Simon Wilcox highlighted the leadership qualities of his captain Carl Bancks after the Moss Park outfit returned to winning ways on Saturday.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Treble title chance is still on, says Hindsford boss Bennett

8:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

HINDSFORD manager Lee Bennett is hoping to home in on a hat-trick of Premier Division championships.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Jones brace keeps Atherton Town on track

5:42pm Monday 24th March 2014

ATHERTON Town reinforced their bid for the treble with a 2-1 win at Breightmet United in a game played in treacherous conditions.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Round-up of Saturday's action

6:20am Tuesday 18th March 2014

HINDSFORD manager Lee Bennett believes his team’s success in reaching the Gilgryst Cup final can give his players the confidence to get their Premier Division title hat-trick bid back on track.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Sylvester inspires Hindsford revival

10:00am Tuesday 11th March 2014

HINDSFORD stopped the rot on Saturday and got their bid for a third successive Premier Division title back on track with a 2-1 win at Old Alts.

Preston and England legend Tom Finney was the Lionel Messi of his day, says former Bolton Wanderers ace Tommy Banks

The Bolton News: Tom Finney in England colours

6:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

TOMMY Banks paid a personal tribute today to Sir Tom Finney, describing the former Preston North End and England international as the “Messi of his day”.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: The drinks are on delighted Latics chairman

6:00am Tuesday 25th February 2014

LEIGH Athletic’s impressive 3-2 win at Irlam Steel on Saturday cost their chairman Richard Render a round of drinks.

Bolton Wanderers fan Dave Bushell has been integral to Manchester United success

The Bolton News: Dave Bushell is a Wanderers fan who has been a key figure in Manchester United's success

6:10am Friday 14th February 2014

WHAT, you might ask, is a dyed-in-the-wool Bolton Wanderers supporter doing spending all his working hours – and many more besides – in the service of Manchester United?

Manchester League round-up: Atherton Town stay on course for double

8:20pm Monday 10th February 2014

ATHERTON Town continued their defence of the Murray Trophy with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Division One top-four rivals Chapel Town.

TENNIS: How Bolton Tennis Academy is putting the town on the world's sporting map

The Bolton News: Bolton Tennis Academy coach Wayne Jones with pupils from St Andrews Over Hulton

7:00am Friday 31st January 2014

HAVING the distinction of being one of only three international high performance centres in Britain, Bolton Tennis Academy is as well-placed as any of the Lawn Tennis Association’s elite bases to produce future Grand Slam champions.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Hindsford suffer a rare defeat

8:00am Tuesday 28th January 2014

HINDSFORD’S home match against Royton was one of just six that beat the weather on Saturday, but the Premier Division leaders were wishing it hadn’t after they lost for only the second time this season.

Your letters: Bolton Wanderers fans react angrily to worst defeat in 32 years

The Bolton News: Bolton letters

1:25pm Monday 20th January 2014

BOLTON Wanderers fans have reacted angrily to their team’s 7-1 thrashing at Reading with a wave of letters and emails to The Bolton News.

MANCHESTER FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Breightmet United book their place in the next round

7:00am Tuesday 14th January 2014

REVENGE was sweet as Breightmet United booked their place in the semi-finals of the Murray Trophy with a 4-1 win away to Division One rivals Beechfield United.

'Nat Lofthouse would have been so proud of exhibition'

The Bolton News: Nat Lofthouse

9:11am Tuesday 3rd December 2013

NAT would be bursting with pride.

Brilliant Breightmet stun leaders Elton Vale

The Bolton News: Tommy Williams celebrates scoring for Breightmet

6:00am Tuesday 19th November 2013

BREIGHTMET United produced the shock of the day in the Manchester League when they hammered Division One leaders Elton Vale 7-2 on their own patch.

Bolton Association: New-look league format outlined in 2014 fixture list

6:36pm Friday 1st November 2013

THE radical format of the Bolton Association for next season is reflected in new-look fixture list which incorporates four extra clubs in the expanded league.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Rico stars for super Hindsford

8:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013

HINDSFORD sent a message to the rest of the Premier Division that they can achieve a hat-trick of title wins when they returned to the top of the table with a resounding 3-1 win at Manchester Gregorians.

ANTHONY AXFORD BOLTON ASSOCIATION: Watkinsons fire Edgworth to Knockout spot

9:00am Monday 16th September 2013

ADLINGTON, Walshaw and Edgworth will join double-winners Atherton and runners-up Flixton in next year’s Lancashire Knockout competition.

Brian Smith: A homespun, unsung Bolton Wanderer

7:00am Thursday 5th September 2013

IN the company of the likes of Frank Worthington, Willie Morgan, Sam Allardyce, Paul Jones, Peter Reid and Roy Greaves, Brian Smith was not one of the more famous or instantly recognisable members of the Bolton Wanderers squad that ruffled the feathers of the First Division elite in 1978-79 season.

Anthony Axford Bolton League: Egerton home in as Little Lever stumble

10:58am Tuesday 20th August 2013

LITTLE Lever’s title prospects suffered a setback when they got bogged down on a slow Piggott Park wicket on Sunday.

Just 66 overs managed in washout day for Bolton League

6:00am Monday 19th August 2013

RAIN ravaged the Bolton League programme on Saturday with all seven matches adandoned – one without a ball being bowled.

Anthony Axford Bolton Association: Atherton show their title credentials

9:00am Monday 12th August 2013

ATHERTON took a huge step towards securing the Association title when they won their top-of-the-table duel with Flixton at Lawrence Road.

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