CRAIG NELSON'S COLUMN: Sporting idols were the key as a youngster but my golf game is sadly not on par

The Bolton News: Confident mood: Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley (right) will not take anything for granted against Tom Watson's United States team next week

7:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

I AM a living proof that sport needs its heroes.

STEVEN THOMPSON: Bolton born and bred — nostalgia

The Bolton News:

6:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

THIS week, Steve remembers the Water Place, chases mice, berates the Scots, and comes unstuck when quizzed on geography.

DAVID PYE: Referees should be seen and heard

The Bolton News: SUPPORTER: Bolton-based Premiership referee Mark Halsey has backed the academy idea

12:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

THERE is a famous saying that little boys should be seen and not heard. Well, applying that to football then referees must be the proverbial ‘little boys’.

We'll Miss Dr Kevin

The Bolton News:

4:31pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Popular medical funnyman Dr Kevin Jones is leaving the town for life in New Zealand

Public Rally Round Dogs Home

The Bolton News:

4:29pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The terrible fire at Manchester Dogs Home has prompted a huge response from a caring public

Game, Set and Match to Caroline

The Bolton News:

4:27pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Caroline Wozniacki reveals how she's getting over her much-publicised break-up with Rory McIlroy

Ironman Close To Our Hearts

The Bolton News:

4:25pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Places for the popular annual challenge have already been snapped up - and no wonder!

Keep Fashion Tasteful

The Bolton News: Tom Stocks shares Dame Helen Mirren's fears

4:23pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Ageless stars like Helen Mirren may enjoy today's fashions but they restrict them to the best possible taste

It's Downton not Walford!

The Bolton News:

4:20pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Downton Abbey may be in danger of going too downmarket even though we love it as it is

Bound By PC Rules

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

4:17pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Common decency and caring - not to mention sense - have been overtaken by pandering to the PC brigade

NEIL BONNAR: Which city really is the number one for football in England?

The Bolton News: NEIL BONNAR'S COLUMN: Wanderers and Wigan should stop flirting and make it a derby date

12:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

NOTTINGHAM was this week reported as being England’s “first City of Football”.

STEVEN THOMPSON: Bolton born and bred — litter

The Bolton News:

8:43pm Sunday 14th September 2014

STEVEN Thompson talks trash, telly, football and family — and comes crashing down to earth with a bump after boasting at a wedding.

CRAIG NELSON COLUMN: At least a ‘Yes’ vote would end all talk of Old Firm coming south of the border

The Bolton News: CRAIG NELSON: You can never go back to the days when grounds were not as safe

8:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

THE future of Scottish football has, understandably, not been high on the agenda during the independence debate.

DAVID PYE: We need to be pitch perfect at junior level, not just at the top

The Bolton News: David Pye

12:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE sight of Wales playing on an artificial surface in Andorra on Tuesday will have resonated with many an amateur footballer like myself.

NEIL BONNAR: Is paying amateur cricketers right or wrong?

The Bolton News: Garnetts Year - Nestled within beautiful woodland the cricket ground of  Upper Wharfedale. (9653138)

8:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

PROBABLY the prickliest subject in local sport is the payment of amateur cricketers.

Clare's Law Making A Difference

The Bolton News: VICTIM: Clare Wood

5:02pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Being able to check if a partner has a history of violence is making more women aware of the chances of domestic abuse and keep safe

Criticism Makes Us Strong

The Bolton News:

5:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Young Great British Bake Off contestant Martha Collison didn't deal well with criticism on the popular cookery programme

Town's Warmth For Erna

The Bolton News:

4:58pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Playwright's widow Erna Naughton had a great affection for Bolton

Find The Road Rager

The Bolton News:

4:56pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Police need the public's help in finding the thug who punched grandfather Peter Stringer in the face in a road rage incident

Joan's "Grave" Funeral Plans

The Bolton News: Joan Rivers was a recent visitor to Crosthwaite

4:54pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

No subject was too much for comedienne Joan Rivers to tackle - including her own funeral

Secret of a Happy Marriage

The Bolton News:

4:50pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

Hollywood star Sir Michael Caine has an interesting key to keeping his lengthy marriage strong

Society Needs Rules

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

4:47pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

We all need to keep to society's rules - whether it's having the right school uniform or wearing seatbelts in cars

EMIL ANDERSON: Mushrooms and MPs - what a result for non-league

The Bolton News: Emil Anderson

7:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

I BET plenty of you know last Saturday was designated Non- League Day.

I’m bidding a fond farewell

12:24pm Sunday 7th September 2014

AM very sorry to say but this will be the last Just Jane. Do not worry, I have not died. Or been sacked.

Don’t get over-heated about baking show

12:23pm Sunday 7th September 2014

I HAVE long been a fan of the Great British Bake Off.

School run? Walk instead

12:23pm Sunday 7th September 2014

SOMETHING awful has happened this week.

Divided in speech, too

12:22pm Sunday 7th September 2014

THERE is endless discussion about the cultural divide between the north and south. Undoubtedly, the gap between the cost of living in the south east and the rest of the country is widening at an alarming rate.

A happy train of thought . . .

12:22pm Sunday 7th September 2014

I AM about to report a strange and wonderful thing — I have had two decent train journeys.

CRAIG NELSON: Wembley debt has FA backed into a corner over England games

The Bolton News:

8:10am Saturday 6th September 2014

IT was hardly a surprise when FA chief Adrian Bevington revealed on Wednesday that all England matches would have to be played at Wembley for at least the next decade.

It's A Blame-less Culture

1:52pm Friday 5th September 2014

No heads have rolled in the Rotherham scandal where young girls have been consistently abused by gangs of older men

Off The Fashion Track

1:50pm Friday 5th September 2014

Tracksuits are making another foray into the fashion scene - unfortunately!

Food For Thought

1:49pm Friday 5th September 2014

There's plenty of criticism around currently about hospital food but personal experiences really do seem to vary

Strictly Bland!

1:47pm Friday 5th September 2014

The latest series of Strictly Come Dancing to hit screens this weekend seems devoid of real celebrities

Public Investment Needed Too

1:45pm Friday 5th September 2014

Alongside the substantial commercial investment being made in Bolton town centre, the Council also has plans to help attract visitors

DAVID PYE: Is English youth really good enough to compete at the highest level?

The Bolton News: MAN OF THE MATCH: Raheem Sterling impressed for England on Wednesday

12:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

ROY Hodgson’s plan to go with youth did not pay much dividends on Wednesday with yet another uninspiring display by the England football team, albeit in victory against Norway.


10:32am Thursday 4th September 2014

Swedish scientists have recently come up with some new advice which may delay the ageing process ! How ??

Bolton town centre - don't knock it until you've tried it

The Bolton News:

8:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

AND so it's over for another year.

RHS Drives Wives Mad

11:36am Friday 29th August 2014

Why do men who retire often become grumpy and difficult - to the exasperation of their wives?

Loyal Stu Deserves Success

11:34am Friday 29th August 2014

Comedian Stu Francis is a Boltonian through and through and always supports his hometown

Keep Festival Spirit Going

11:32am Friday 29th August 2014

The town's Food and Drink Festival has again brought thousands of people into the town centre - the trick now is to keep them coming

So Over Bucket Challenge

11:26am Friday 29th August 2014

The ice bucket challenge for charity is laudable but now very over-hyped - so can we please stop?

Hurray - Cilla's Back in Corrie!

11:23am Friday 29th August 2014

Actress Wendy Peters returns to The Street as the awful Cilla Battersby-Brown

Stop This Abusive Control

11:21am Friday 29th August 2014

Controlling behaviour is a significant part of domestic abuse but now the Government is trying to criminalise this

DAVID PYE'S COLUMN: Rooney was the obvious choice as captain but can he lead the team?

The Bolton News: SHOT SHY: Wayne Rooney has scored just one goal in three World Cup finals

5:00am Friday 29th August 2014

WE have a new England captain ready for yet another fresh start following a dismal World Cup campaign and the task has fallen to the obvious choice of Wayne Rooney.

In my next life I want to come an Italian

8:00am Saturday 23rd August 2014

I HAVE decided in my next life I want to come back Italian.

CRAIG NELSON COLUMN: Lancashire hoping to have a Blast

The Bolton News: Freddie Flintoff is the big name in action for England

5:50am Saturday 23rd August 2014

LANCASHIRE go into today’s T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston brimming with confidence that this could finally be their year.

DAVID PYE COLUMN: Fergie and Cook are rare examples of patience paying dividends in sport

The Bolton News: Alastair Cook

5:10am Friday 22nd August 2014

PATIENCE is a virtue but rarely one that is applied in sporting circles – just ask ex-Huddersfield boss Mark Robins.

NEIL BONNAR: All amateur cricket leagues need to live in harmony for wider good of local game

The Bolton News: Local youth cricket

2:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

LOCAL cricket is in danger of disappearing up its own silly point.

Role Maid For Sue

10:37am Thursday 21st August 2014

Octagon favourite Sue Johnston is joining the cast of Downton Abbey for its latest series

Theatre Church Under Threat

10:35am Thursday 21st August 2014

The former Theatre Church which was home to many local am-dram groups could be demolished

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