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Centurions could face a Hull of a test at Doncaster

The Bolton News: Leigh Centurions will be without FuiFui Moimoi at Doncaster on Sunday

10:06am Thursday 5th March 2015

PAUL Rowley is keeping an eye on events at Hull as he prepares the Centurions for Sunday's trip to Doncaster.

Cracking Colts Tyldesley Trio in Lancashire squad

The Bolton News: Tyldesley trio Jack McKerchar, Matthew Gallagher and Matthew Woodward have been selected for the Lancashire Under-17s squad

10:02am Thursday 5th March 2015

Three players from Tyldesley Colts have been selected to play for Lancashire Under-17s.

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.

Wanderers skipper Matt Mills delivers stinging riposte to the doubters

The Bolton News: CAPTAIN’S COMEBACK: Wanderers defender Matt Mills could be back in the side to face Watford today

6:57am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

MATT Mills believes a clean sheet on his return to the side against Brighton was the perfect riposte to his critics and now he wants a repeat performance against former club Reading tonight.

Lennon backs new Wanderers goal star Zach Clough to handle the pressure

The Bolton News: IN THE SPOTLIGHT Zach Clough has already built a reputation for himself

6:34am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

HE is the not-so-secret weapon who just loves his home comforts and Wanderers boss Neil Lennon is banking on Zach Clough lighting up the Macron Stadium again tonight.

Wanderers midfielder Darren Pratley could miss rest of season

The Bolton News: Darren Pratley faces another six or seven weeks on the sidelines

6:28am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

WANDERERS midfielder Darren Pratley may not play again this season.

Lisa Ashton's emotional triumph at BDO World Trophy showpiece

The Bolton News: Lisa Ashton, the Lancashire Rose

4:18pm Monday 2nd March 2015

LISA Ashton confirmed her status as the world’s top women’s darts player with an emotional victory in the British Darts Organisation’s World Trophy in Manchester.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Out-of-sorts Hindsford still eyeing fourth title

The Bolton News: Spennymoor Town 2 Radcliffe Borough 1

2:39pm Monday 2nd March 2015

NEW Hindsford manager Adam Scoular is refusing to write-off his side’s chances of claiming a fourth successive league title, despite going through the whole of February without a win.

GORDON SHARROCK'S SPORTING MEMORIES: Rioch launches scathing attack on Derby fans and the 'sick side of football'

The Bolton News: Bolton Wanderers defender Simon Coleman, after recovering from his broken leg, fends off Leeds striker Tony Yeboah

12:42pm Thursday 26th February 2015

20 years ago

Tyldesley 34 Marple 19

The Bolton News: Mark Dickinson on his way to four tries. Picture by David Balmer

9:52am Thursday 26th February 2015

DESPITE being slightly disjointed at times, Tyldesley put in a solid team performance to record a 34-19 victory over a robust and resilient Marple side that battled and dominated the game for long spells.

Roy Marland – A good 'un, top to bottom

The Bolton News: Roy Marland playing for Kearsley's 1975 double-winning team

10:33am Wednesday 25th February 2015

Warwick Mile, the president of Heaton Cricket Club, pays a personal tribute to much-travelled and well-respected Roy Marland, who died last week at the age of 65.

Wanderers boss Neil Lennon critical of his team's lack of discipline

The Bolton News: ON DUTY: Ben Amos will make his Wanderers debut at Middlesbrough tonight

6:46am Tuesday 24th February 2015

NEIL Lennon believes a failure to take responsibility on the pitch – illustrated by skipper Matt Mills’ dismissal at Nottingham Forest – is costing his side dear at present.

Boro boss Karanka expects a positive response to Leeds defeat

The Bolton News: Aitor Karanka

6:18am Tuesday 24th February 2015

MIDDLESBROUGH manager Aitor Karanka hopes Saturday’s surprise 1-0 home defeat to Leeds will be quickly forgotten when his side run out against Wanderers tonight.

Johan Mjallby struggling to put a case for the defence at Bolton Wanderers

The Bolton News: Johan Mjallby pulls the strings from the sidelines with Neil Lennon

6:16am Tuesday 24th February 2015

WANDERERS coach Johan Mjallby admits it is hard to make a case for the team’s defence at present.

Neil Danns: Selection problems have taken a heavy toll on Wanderers

The Bolton News: CONCERNS: Neil Danns says injuries have taken a toll on Wanderers

6:05am Tuesday 24th February 2015

MIDFIELDER Neil Danns believes Wanderers' alarming post-Christmas slide down the table has not been helped by an inability to keep a settled side.

Andy Lonergan and Tim Ream give Bolton Wanderers a fitness boost

The Bolton News: Tim Ream

6:05am Tuesday 24th February 2015

WANDERERS duo Andy Lonergan and Tim Ream have been given the all-clear to resume training this week and could be back in contention for Saturday’s home clash with Brighton.

Roy Marland funeral

The Bolton News: Roy Marland playing for Kearsley's double winning team in 1975

5:03pm Monday 23rd February 2015

THE funeral of former Bolton League and Bolton Association cricketer, Roy Marland, who died on Friday after a short illness, will take place on Tuesday, March 3, at St Thomas's Church, Eskrick Street, Halliwell at 10.30am followed by committal at Overdale West at 12noon.

Scorers course

The Bolton News: Scorers course

4:44pm Monday 23rd February 2015

AN Introduction to Cricket Scoring Course will be held at Atherton Cricket Club on Thursday, from at 7.15pm to 9.15pm.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Lewis double helps Leigh Athletic battle to derby victory against Pennington

The Bolton News: MATCH WINNER: Leigh goal hero Tim Lewis jumps for the ball

1:00pm Monday 23rd February 2015

TIM Lewis scored twice as Leigh Athletic claimed the bragging rights with a hard-fought 2-1 derby victory over Division One rivals Pennington on Saturday.

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.

Kenny: I may have to pile on the pounds for Rio

The Bolton News: OFF TRACK: Jason Kenny in action with the Great Britain sprint team at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the Velodrome National, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France

6:45am Saturday 21st February 2015

THREE-TIME Olympic champion Jason Kenny is considering piling on the kilograms to aid his bid for glory at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Local cricket mourns loss of all-rounder Roy Marland - one of the game's true characters

The Bolton News: Heaton Cricket Club where Roy Marland played as professional and in recent years coached the juniors

5:45pm Friday 20th February 2015

ROY Marland, a much-travelled and highly-regarded all-rounder on the local cricket scene, has died at the age of 65 following a short illness.

Neil Lennon hopes his Bolton Wanderers players can give him the inside track on Dougie Freedman

The Bolton News: Forest will miss the injured Britt Assombalonga

6:54am Friday 20th February 2015

NEIL Lennon is plotting Nottingham Forest’s downfall tomorrow, hoping inside knowledge in the Wanderers camp can help his staff out-think former Whites boss Dougie Freedman.

Dougie Freedman playing down the 'ex-factor' before Forest-Wanderers clash

The Bolton News: Dougie Freedman

6:41am Friday 20th February 2015

DOUGIE Freedman says he holds no grudges after his exit from Wanderers and is pleased to see their fortunes turn around under Neil Lennon.

Amir continues to play the waiting game

The Bolton News: HEAD TO HEAD: Amir Khan, left, meets possible opponent Manny Pacquiao

6:33am Friday 20th February 2015

AMIR KHAN expects rivals Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao to finally clash in May but is waiting in the wings to fight either of them should the blockbuster showdown fall through again.

FABRICE MUAMBA: Getting one over on Dougie Freedman will be a big motivation for some of the Bolton players

The Bolton News: Forest will miss the injured Britt Assombalonga

6:07am Friday 20th February 2015

WHENEVER you face a former colleague in any game it is always an opportunity to try to defeat an old friend or manager.

Wanderers ready to put the heat on Nottingham Forest after Spain break

The Bolton News: IN THE FRAME: Wanderers skipper Matt Mills is expected to return at Nottingham Forest

6:02am Friday 20th February 2015

WANDERERS boss Neil Lennon has been suffering from cold symptoms this week but hopes sending his players to warmer climes will see them re-energized at Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

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.

Atherton Collieries claim another prized scalp to book semi-final

The Bolton News: Fourth time lucky for LR

10:58am Thursday 19th February 2015

HIGH-FLYING Atherton Collieries claimed another big scalp on Saturday when they reached the semi-final of the Men United Cup (League Cup) for the first time since 2002 with a fine 2-0 away victory at inform NWCFL Premier Division side Colne.

Leigh Miners 26 Walney Central 18

The Bolton News: Leigh Miners 26 Walney Central 18

10:25am Thursday 19th February 2015

LEIGH Miners Rangers made the most of their Ladbrokes Challenge Cup reprieve with a hard-fought victory over Walney Central at Twist Lane on Saturday.

Vital win for top-five Genesis

The Bolton News: Fourth time lucky for LR

9:58am Thursday 19th February 2015

LEIGH Genesis stayed in tough with the leaders in the South Lancs Counties Premier Division with a hard-earned 1-0 victory over Highfield Grange at St George's Park.

College rugby team are top of the pile

The Bolton News: Table-topping Wigan and Leigh College's rugby team

9:38am Thursday 19th February 2015

WIGAN and Leigh College’s rugby team enjoyed an emphatic 34-10 victory over local rivals St John Rigby to all but confirm the North West League One title.


The Bolton News: Tom Armstrong touches down

8:52am Thursday 19th February 2015


Bolton cricket duo to tour Oz

The Bolton News: Haseeb Hameed

6:41am Thursday 19th February 2015

BOLTON cricket rising stars Haseeb Hameed and Matt Parkinson have been named in a 16-strong England Under-19s touring party to play a five-match one-day series and one-off four-day match against Australia Under-19s in Western Australia next month.

Rowley: We can get better

The Bolton News: Fuifui Moimoi on the charge on his Championship debut against Bradford Bulls

6:06am Thursday 19th February 2015

LEIGH Centurions will renew old rivalries with Halifax at The Shay on Sunday brimming with confidence after kicking off their Kingstone Press Championship defence with a thrilling victory over Bradford Bulls.

Captain Cameron re-invented at Gigg Lane

The Bolton News: Nathan Cameron in an aerial battle

6:28am Wednesday 18th February 2015

NATHAN Cameron continues to repay the faith shown in him by manager David Flitcroft following another impressive defensive display at Cheltenham on Saturday.

Towsend family affair for Cherry and Whites

The Bolton News: FATHER AND SON: Mark Townsend, left, and Louis Townsend

4:52pm Tuesday 17th February 2015

SHORT-HANDED Bolton played the generation game at Broughton Park on Saturday when father and son – Mark and Louis Townsend – played alongside each other.

Fourth time lucky for LR

The Bolton News: Fourth time lucky for LR

10:00am Tuesday 17th February 2015

ATHERTON LR made a winning return to action after a month's lay-off LR with a long-awaited derby victory over North West Counties Division One neighbours Daisy Hill on Friday nightl.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Massey steps down at Hindsford

The Bolton News: PLAYER MANAGER: Barry Massey, right, during his playing days at Hindsford

3:02pm Monday 16th February 2015

BARRY Massey has stepped down as manager of champions Hindsford.

Kevin Davies: Manchester United players are 'glum' under Louis van Gaal

The Bolton News: Kevin Davies battles with Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic during his days with Wanderers

7:02am Saturday 14th February 2015

KEVIN Davies suspects Manchester United's players are not enjoying life under Louis van Gaal and has been unimpressed by their style of play.

GORDON SHARROCK'S SPORTING MEMORIES: Target man Davies shoots down the sceptics

The Bolton News: GORDON SHARROCK'S SPORTING MEMORIES: Target man Davies shoots down the sceptics

12:28pm Thursday 12th February 2015

Five years ago

Bolton notch third successive win on route to survival

The Bolton News: Ash Cooper scored the fourth of Bolton's tries

6:35am Wednesday 11th February 2015

BOLTON took a giant stride towards securing a second season of Level Six rugby with an impressive 32-13 victory over Widnes at Avenue Street on Saturday

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.

MANCHESTER LEAGUE: Shaw bags another hat-trick as Town push on

The Bolton News: Atherton Town are on the up after back-to-back 6-1 wins

2:20pm Monday 9th February 2015

GARETH Shaw scored his third hat-trick in successive matches as Atherton Town beat East Manchester 5-0 to maintain their push for a mid-table finish in their first season back in the Premier Division.

Rowley puts his case for the defence ahead of Centurions' final warm-up game

The Bolton News: Fuifui Moimoi on the charge against Keighley Cougars. Picture by Brian King

10:39am Thursday 5th February 2015

PAUL Rowley's focus will be on defence when his free-scoring Centurions host Oldham Roughyeds on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) in their final pre-season fixture.

A&T add three more to booming squad

10:32am Thursday 5th February 2015

ASTLEY and Tyldesley added three more experienced cycle speedway riders to their first-team ranks for the new season in the final week of the transfer window.

Burgess progresses to NW regional final

The Bolton News: Matty Burgess

10:28am Thursday 5th February 2015

TEAM Leigh Boxing's international middleweight Matty Burgess produced another all-action performance at Walkden in the National Youth Championships.

Saint Michael's take dodgeball title

The Bolton News: Dodgeball winners St Michael's

10:19am Thursday 5th February 2015

MORE than 100 children from 13 primary schools in Atherton and Tyldesley took part in the Atherton and Tyldesley Sports Association Year 5 and 6 Dodgeball Festival at Atherton Community School.

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.

How they rated: Bolton Wanderers 2 Wolves 2

The Bolton News: Zach Clough in action against Wolves

2:07pm Sunday 1st February 2015


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