CRAIG NELSON: I don't so much wonder how people do the Ironman, but why?

The Bolton News:

11:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

I AM sure the thousands of Boltonians who lined the route of this year’s Ironman UK will, like me, have been impressed by the feats of human endurance.

NEIL BONNAR: Is homesickness a serious cause for concern or just another football fad?

The Bolton News: Andy Robinson could be on his way to Wanderers

12:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

PINK boots. You’ve got to be good to wear them.

DAVID PYE: Commonwealth Games still have a role on British sporting calendar

The Bolton News: OUT OF RACE: Mo Farah

12:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

THE World Cup has dominated the sporting landscape this summer for so long that it has hardly been mentioned the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is just six days away.

NEIL BONNAR: Big events in Bolton bring a sense of pride to the town

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

12:00pm Thursday 17th July 2014

PRIDE in your town is a prerequisite of working for any decent length of time in an industry which serves its public.

CRAIG NELSON: Go easy on footballers, they're braver than you think

The Bolton News: neymar.jpg

10:00am Saturday 12th July 2014

DO not be confused by the modern-day histrionics – professional footballers are brave.

DAVID PYE: World Cup's third-place play-off one of saddest events in sport

The Bolton News: David Pye

11:40am Friday 11th July 2014

IS the World Cup third/fourth place play-off not the most pointless sporting event known to man?

NEIL BONNAR: English players need to head overseas to broaden their horizons

The Bolton News: SHAME: David Beckham left out of Team GB

12:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

“GO west young man” is a famous old quote attributed to American newspaper editor Horace Greeley advising his countrymen should travel if they wanted to make the best of themselves.

CRAIG NELSON: Simon Yates Tour de France call-up what sporting dreams are made of

The Bolton News:

8:20am Saturday 5th July 2014

SIMON Yates admitted that while he is physically ready to make his shock debut in the Tour de France, mentally he is far from prepared.

DAVID PYE: Grab a bargain but beware they may not quite live up to the hype

The Bolton News: David Platt

12:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE transfer window is officially open and while that now infamous deadline day is two months away yet, big moves are already starting to happen.

NEIL BONNAR: Golf is criticised for being elitist, but that is not my experience

The Bolton News: Liam Ball, Glynn Evans (president) and Gareth Hastie

12:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

YOU don’t have to go to Brazil to see top-level sport.

DAVID PYE: World Cup fever might finally see football kick off across the pond

The Bolton News: David Pye

12:00pm Friday 27th June 2014

IT seems our American friends across the Atlantic have finally got the football bug in a big way.

NEIL BONNAR: England need to throw away the textbook and get more 'street'

The Bolton News: Paul Gascoigne

12:00pm Thursday 26th June 2014

YOU could tell a Cliff Booth player a mile off.

Marc Iles' World Cup sideshow: Don't worry kids, this isn't the real England

The Bolton News: Adam Lallana

9:00am Tuesday 24th June 2014

ONE of the most thoroughly depressing games I have ever watched as an Englishman was the third-place play-off against Italy in 1990.

CRAIG NELSON: Football directors should curb their positivity

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

7:10am Saturday 21st June 2014

A FOOTBALL fan I was speaking to last week came up with a quite amazing statement: “Positive people can be very dangerous.”

NEIL BONNAR: This World Cup is all talk

The Bolton News: Wayne Rooney scored in England's 1-0 win over Ukraine tonight

4:50pm Thursday 19th June 2014

THE great British – or should I say – English press and public’s nonsensical criticism of Wayne Rooney is probably the thing I have liked least about this World Cup.

MARC ILES' WORLD CUP SIDESHOW: Scarred by the weird and wonderful

The Bolton News: LATE WINNER: Thierry Henry scored Arsenal's winner and later received applause from the sporting Sunderland fans

6:10am Tuesday 17th June 2014

BRITPOP kings Blur once sang there must be more to life than stereotypes – but evidently, not at the World Cup finals.

MARC ILES WORLD CUP SIDESHOW: Wayne Rooney must go or England face the exit door

The Bolton News: LINK-UP: Wayne Rooney

4:20am Monday 16th June 2014

EVERYONE is putting a brave face on after defeat against Italy and, yes, there were aspects to admire despite the result.

CRAIG NELSON: Will Brazil 2014 see Barkley and Sterling write their names in history?

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

12:00pm Saturday 14th June 2014

THE majority of fans and pundits have been in agreement about England’s likely line-up ahead of their opening game of the World Cup against Italy tonight.

MARC ILES' WORLD CUP SIDESHOW: Sorry Rickie, this is serious business

The Bolton News: RICKIE LAMBERT

10:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

FABIO Cannavaro could hardly keep the sarcastic grin off his face when asked by ITV host Adrian Chiles whether the Italians feared fairytale striker Rickie Lambert.

DAVID PYE: Cricket's rethink has made Twenty20 a whole new ball game

The Bolton News: Jos Buttler is relishing the start of the T20

12:00pm Friday 13th June 2014

THE World Cup has arrived and as of last night the mainstream TV channels are now focused on the stars at one huge summer event – and I am not talking about the latest collection of wannabes on Big Brother.

MARC ILES' WORLD CUP SIDESHOW: Come on Edin! My two quid's riding on you

The Bolton News: Edin Dzeko

9:04am Friday 13th June 2014

FOOTBALLERS don’t read newspapers, or so a lot of them tell us, but I am hoping to use my World Cup column to reach out to someone who might be very important to me this summer.

CRAIG NELSON: It just isn't cricket, but you can't put back the lid on Pandora's box

The Bolton News: Jos Buttler shows his frustration after being controversially dismissed earlier this week

12:00pm Saturday 7th June 2014

ANGRY reaction to Sri Lankan bowler Sachithra Senanayake’s controversial ‘Mankad’ run-out of England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler went along the lines of: “That just isn’t cricket.”

DAVID PYE: Let's make Saturdays a World of Sport on TV again

The Bolton News: Wrestler Big Daddy, who was popular on television in the 1970s

12:00pm Friday 6th June 2014

REMEMBER when Saturdays were all about sport on television?

NEIL BONNAR: Club academies are shattering the dreams of our young footballers

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

12:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

YOUR eight or nine-year-old child may be called up into a professional football club academy shortly, if he hasn’t already been.

CRAIG NELSON: It may have taken time but Diego got his dose of bad karma in the end

The Bolton News: HELPING HAND 2: Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal against England in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico

12:00pm Saturday 31st May 2014

THERE was something incredibly satisfying about seeing Diego Simeone implode at the end of last Saturday’s Champions League final.

NEIL BONNAR: Before demonising boxing, look at all the lives it enhances

The Bolton News: SEEING STARS: Carl Froch

12:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

IS boxing brutal or brilliant?

NEIL BONNAR: Avoid England World Cup hope or you'll go through these seven stages of fan...

The Bolton News: Ross Barkley is one of a number of exciting youngsters included in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad

BUCKLE up for the World Cup because you are about to enter the seven stages of fan.

If Yaya Toure wants to have his cake and eat it, he should come to The Bolton News

The Bolton News: File photo dated 29/03/2014 of Manchester City's Yaya Toure. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday May 20, 2014. Yaya Toure has reinforced his commitment to Manchester City following a series of extraordinary claims from his agent. See PA story

12:10pm Friday 23rd May 2014

THE domestic football season is still to be concluded this weekend but already the silly season of transfer gossip is in full swing.

CRAIG NELSON: Gone are the magical days of cup final day on TV

The Bolton News: Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa Celebrate At Wembley

7:00am Saturday 17th May 2014

WHEN Greg Dyke makes it his personal mission to mend the FA Cup, you know the famous old competition is in trouble.

DAVID PYE'S COLUMN: Bolton is boxing clever as new Fury gym shows the town's ringmaster status

The Bolton News: David Pye

6:00am Friday 16th May 2014

IT was great to see Bolton boosted by another fantastic sporting facility with the opening of the new Team Fury gym on Halliwell Road this week.

NEIL BONNAR: Steven Gerrard's been widely mocked, but every fan wishes their club had one just like him

The Bolton News: Boyman on Sport - Steven Gerrard deserves a Premier League winner's medal, but Liverpool supporters will be unbearable if they win the title

9:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

ALTHOUGH I wanted Manchester City to win the Premier League I take no pleasure out of the decisive moment.

CRAIG NELSON: Grinding out results in snooker is not past its Selby date yet

The Bolton News: ON TOP OF THE WORLD: Mark Selby

11:00pm Saturday 10th May 2014

WHEN Ronnie O’Sullivan described his World Championship tormentor Mark Selby as the modern-day Cliff Thorburn, I couldn’t have imagined a worse insult.

DAVID PYE: Play fair with the big-spenders, they are already selling their souls

The Bolton News: David Pye

11:00pm Friday 9th May 2014

IT seems a week never passes by in football these days without those dreaded three words – Financial Fair Play – cropping up.

NEIL BONNAR COLUMN: What makes a good football manager?

The Bolton News: Daily Sports Debate: Are you bored with Jose Mourinho?

7:00am Thursday 8th May 2014

IS Dougie Freedman a good manager? Was Sir Alex Ferguson a good manager? Or Jose Mourinho and Ryan Giggs?

CRAIG NELSON: A ton of centuries or a maximum... the pros make it look so easy

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

5:00pm Saturday 3rd May 2014

YOU can understand Judd Trump’s disappointment after surrendering an 11-8 lead to lose to Neil Robertson in the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championships.

David Pye: World Cup is threatening to kick me back into my sticker addiction

The Bolton News: David Pye

11:00pm Friday 2nd May 2014

YOU know the World Cup is drawing ever nearer when every other TV advert features a footballer or two.

NEIL BONNAR: If Jose Mourinho ever loses his Chelsea dressing room he might find it behind the bus

The Bolton News: Daily Sports Debate: Are you bored with Jose Mourinho?

11:00pm Thursday 1st May 2014

IF an alien landed I wonder what he/she/it would make of football.

CRAIG NELSON: Anfield’s stability and a transfer war chest means the future is Red

The Bolton News: Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers

6:00pm Saturday 26th April 2014

EVERYTHING I see and hear about Liverpool makes me think that they could be the dominant force in the Premier League for years to come – not just this season.

NEIL BONNAR: My Premier League team of the season

The Bolton News: KICK-START: Sergio Aguero scored twice at the Etihad Stadium in a 4-0 win over Leeds United, with manager Roberto Mancini hoping that the Argentine striker can stay in form for the Premier League run-in

8:50am Friday 25th April 2014

LUIS Suarez is nailed on for this year’s player of the season. But the team of the year is not so cut and dried.

CRAIG NELSON COLUMN - The battle for the Bolton Cricket League is intriguing

The Bolton News: Oliver Newby was lined up to play for Westhoughton but the Bolton League has blocked the signing

10:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

ANTICIPATION is building ahead of the start of this season’s Bolton Cricket League, which kicks off tomorrow.

DAVID PYE: Luton Town are proof there is always a way back for troubled clubs

The Bolton News: David Pye

11:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

THE popular Looking Back section in the sports pages of yesterday’s The Bolton News made for interesting reading as it recalled the proposal of Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside to have a ‘Premier League 2’.

NEIL BONNAR COLUMN: Being a volunteer on the Bolton parkrun was not easy

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

11:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE wonderful Bolton parkrun organisers have a time honoured tradition of beginning their weekly website blogs with the words “this is the one when…” followed by some witty ending (the Bolton parkrun being a free, timed 5k run at Leverhulme Park every Saturday morning, by the way.)

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

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

10:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

ROBERTO Martinez praised the decision to delay the start of today’s football matches until 3.07pm as a fitting tribute to mark this week’s 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy, in which 96 Liverpool supporters lost their lives.

DAVID PYE: Getting shirty over the high price of wearing your club's colours

The Bolton News: David Pye

1:20pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE furore over the price of the new England World Cup replica shirt seems to have died down rather quickly – I hope it is not being swept under the carpet.

NEIL BONNAR: United's Schadenfreude for Liverpool is more than for City

9:51pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

AT the time of writing I have no idea how Manchester United went on against Bayern Munich last night, but I hope with all my sporting heart they lost.

CRAIG NELSON: Golf doesn't need another Tiger, it needs a golden era of competition

The Bolton News: Tiger Woods

11:00pm Saturday 5th April 2014

THE panic that sets into the world of golf when Tiger Woods goes AWOL indicates a sport that has lost all confidence in its worldwide appeal.

DAVID PYE: Moores is the best man for England now Pietersen is out of the picture

The Bolton News: Peter Moores

11:00pm Friday 4th April 2014

ONE of the biggest decisions in sport is the appointment of a new coach – and the pitfalls of getting it wrong can prove a costly affair.

NEIL BONNAR: Armies of volunteers make kids football such a treat for parents to savour

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

11:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

IT took me back watching a game of kids football at Eagley Sports Complex last Saturday.

CRAIG NELSON: New Nations League is just a money-maker and will lead to football overload

The Bolton News: Craig Nelson

11:00pm Saturday 29th March 2014

WHY is it that I am instantly suspicious when footballing authorities push through a “good idea”?

David Pye: Escape to Victory is a warning to all footballers to forget the theatrics

The Bolton News: Interview and GVs with Vinnie Jones as he launches the npower Football League's Tackling it Together campaign

11:00pm Friday 28th March 2014

DAVID Beckham’s guest appearance in an Only Fools and Horses Sport Relief special was comedy gold – Beckham and Peckham were certainly the perfect fit.



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