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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CRAIG NELSON: Cricket's production line is running at full throttle in the Bolton League

The Bolton News: Josh Bohannon

12:00pm Saturday 16th August 2014

THE ECB is currently at the forefront of a national debate over the future of local cricket, with the key question of how to increase the number of youngsters taking up the sport dominating the agenda.

DAVID PYE: England football team should be taken back out on the road

The Bolton News: David Pye

6:07pm Friday 15th August 2014

FOOTBALL clubs around the country are again likely to have problems filling their grounds regularly this season as fans continue to feel the pinch of costly ticket prices.

CRAIG NELSON'S COLUMN: Bury chairman Stewart Day trying to allay fears of doubters

The Bolton News: BOARD Bury chairman Stewart Day, left, and chief executive Glenn Thomas

8:00am Saturday 9th August 2014

IT is no coincidence Bury chairman Stewart Day has chosen the week leading up to today’s big kick-off to give fans a revealing insight into the inner workings of the club’s summer transfer dealings.

DAVID PYE: Hope abounds as the regular Saturday football fix returns

The Bolton News: David Pye

12:00pm Friday 8th August 2014

THE waiting is almost over – the new football season kicks off this weekend and I cannot wait.

CRAIG NELSON COLUMN: There is always going to be a place for the Commonwealth Games

The Bolton News: Usain Bolt set to compete at Glasgow games

7:50am Saturday 2nd August 2014

THE Times opened up a can of worms this week when it reported derogatory comments about the Commonwealth Games claimed to have been made by Usain Bolt.

NEIL BONNAR: Chess is not a sport... but what constitutes a sport?

The Bolton News:

9:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

IS chess a sport? Bolton MP Yasmin Qureshi thinks so, and has got a group together in Parliament to get it recognised as one.

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


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?

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