The Wanderer: Yeovil - one of the last 10 league clubs that Bolton have to face
12:00pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Sport
WANDERERS can now tick Yeovil Town off the list of clubs they have met in the league – so just another 10 to go.
The vista in the Football League has changed considerably whilst the Whites spent a happy decade living it large in the Premier League, with plenty of new names making their name.
Yeovil made their way up the ladder from the Conference since their promotion in 2003 and the same can be said of other former non-leaguers like Accrington Stanley (modern day), Crawley Town, AFC Wimbledon, Dagenham and Redbridge, Burton Albion (modern day), Macclesfield Town, MK Dons, Stevenage, Fleetwood and Cheltenham – all of whom have never played against Wanderers in a league game.
Two other clubs – Aldershot Town and Colchester United – have spent only a single season in the same division as Bolton, and played them only once home and away in a regular league game.
Those who have not wiped out the memory completely may recall that it was Aldershot (and specifically Glenn Burvill) who sent Wanderers tumbling into the bottom tier for the only time in their history in a wretched two-legged play-off in 1987.
A couple of seasons later and Phil Neal’s team made some happier memories at the Recreation Ground when two goals from Ian Stevens and one from Nicky Brookman earned a 3-0 win.
The return at Burnden Park was a tighter affair, with Robbie Savage (the original one) scoring the only goal of the game in front of 4,407 fans.
During the club’s one and only dalliance with Division Four football, Wanderers made their only trip down to Colchester’s ramshackle Layer Road, to be spanked 3-0.
They got their own back at Burnden with a 4-0 win, courtesy of goals from Mark Came, Jeff Chandler, John Thomas and that man Savage again.
But what club has provided the opposition for Wanderers on the most occasions? It’s Aston Villa, although that could be about to change.
Bolton have met Villa 152 times in all competitions between 1888 and 2012.
But when Blackburn Rovers come to the Reebok later this season it will be the 150th Lancashire derby between the two local rivals, meaning that if the two teams remain in the same division for one more season, that fixture will draw level with Bolton-Villa.
And the signs at present point to that being the case.