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.

NEIL BONNAR: Footballers - and David Beckham - putting their hands over their mouths is the talk of the town

The Bolton News: David Beckham

4:20pm Thursday 27th March 2014

I DON’T know who’s responsible, but the hand over the mouth in football has certainly become quite the fashion .

CRAIG NELSON COLUMN - Trial by Twitter

The Bolton News: Winger Kyel Reid looks to get the better of Joss Labadie

7:00am Saturday 22nd March 2014

BURY’S defeat at Torquay United on Tuesday night marked the culmination of an interesting development in football and social media – trial by Twitter.

DAVID PYE: Modern artificial pitches have more positives than negatives for small clubs

The Bolton News: Green grass of home: Maidstone United’s home games have avoided postponement due to their 3G artificial pitch          Picture: KM Group

11:00pm Friday 21st March 2014

TWENTY years since the last artificial football pitch was dug up at Preston North End, there is talk of a return to synthetic surfaces in the upper echelons of the English game.

Neil Bonnar: Why would you buy a season ticket and not go to games?

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

11:00pm Thursday 20th March 2014

IF there’s one thing that annoys me more than people leaving football matches before the end it’s people who buy season tickets and don’t go.

CRAIG NELSON: Horse racing is big – but is it sport or just a convenient excuse for a bet?

The Bolton News: CRAIG NELSON: Horse racing is big – but is it sport or just a convenient excuse for a bet?

11:00am Saturday 15th March 2014

I HAVE never been to the Cheltenham Festival but I have to admit I am intrigued.

DAVID PYE: Football clubs are alienating the common football fan

The Bolton News: Jose Fonte and Wayne Rooney at Old Trafford last week.

10:10am Friday 14th March 2014

REMEMBER when fans were considered a crucial part of a football club’s make-up?

NEIL BONNAR: There is too much praying on football pitches

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

5:20pm Thursday 13th March 2014

PRAYING is everywhere in football.

CRAIG NELSON: Sport psychology issue is a mind game everybody is playing

The Bolton News: NOT SATISFIED: Chris Waddle, pictured playing at Italia '90, is disappointed at England's failure to keep possession

9:00am Sunday 9th March 2014

I LISTENED with amusement as Chris Waddle derided the work done by sports psychologists and psychiatrists.

DAVID PYE: It's not so much about seeing the big occasion as being seen at it

The Bolton News: Boxer Ricky Hatton

11:00pm Friday 7th March 2014

THE clamour for tickets for the big boxing rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves is about to begin with the May showdown set to break the attendance record for a fight on these shores.

NEIL BONNAR: Forget tiresome international friendlies and try something new

The Bolton News: Vincent Kompany added a fifth late on to complete a miserable evening for Spurs

7:00am Thursday 6th March 2014

LET’S get radical and bring in a whole new way of playing football internationals.

CRAIG NELSON: The Champions League rules the football world

The Bolton News: steve bruce

6:28pm Friday 28th February 2014

WHEN people start to whinge about our place in the European Union I must admit I switch off.

DAVID PYE: There's something wrong when professional footballers need to be told how to play the game

The Bolton News: Get set for new-season football with the 2013-14 Martini league modules

5:20am Friday 28th February 2014

TACTICS have been high on the football agenda this week.

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

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

7:00am Thursday 27th February 2014

WE ran a vote this week in The Bolton News sport pages asking fans who they thought were Wanderers’ biggest derby rivals.

CRAIG NELSON'S COLUMN: The strictly test into deciding what actually is a sport

The Bolton News: Jenny Jones with her bronze medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi

7:00am Saturday 22nd February 2014

JUST what constitutes a sport is an argument we have time and time again on our desk.

NEIL BONNAR COLUMN: Some Manchester United fans should learn history didn't start in 1947

The Bolton News: A spellbound Old Trafford audience

5:41pm Friday 21st February 2014

IT’S always amusing when a Manchester United fan mentions the word history.

DAVID PYE COLUMN: Sport is full of different opinions but leave us to have our own

The Bolton News: David Pye

8:00am Friday 21st February 2014

SPORT can do funny things to the people of this great kingdom of ours.

DAVID PYE: Nothing wrong with our commentators talking up British successes

The Bolton News: David Pye

11:00pm Friday 14th February 2014

I WILL never forget the look on the careers advisor’s face at school when I proclaimed my ambition was to be a football commentator.

CRAIG NELSON: Fans are never first priority when football games are called off

The Bolton News: Craig Nelson

7:30pm Friday 14th February 2014

FOLLOWING a football team around the country can be a thankless task – just ask Bury fans.

NEIL BONNAR: Teaching boxing in schools could benefit kids in the future

The Bolton News: TURNING PRO: Haroon Khan, brother of Amir

8:00am Thursday 13th February 2014

BOXING does so much for young people it seems almost negligent that it isn’t taught in schools.

CRAIG NELSON: Lottery money has turned UK Sport into glory hunters

The Bolton News: Craig Nelson

11:00pm Saturday 8th February 2014

SOMEWHERE along the lines, I believe Olympic sport in this country has taken a wrong turn.

DAVID PYE: Football fans can stick together, wherever their allegiances lie

The Bolton News: It must have been tough for Wanderers fans after the Madejski Massacre at Reading

7:10pm Friday 7th February 2014

LIKE all aspects of society, football has its unsavoury element – those who do not care about tarnishing the game’s name whether it be antagonistic banners, despicable chants or unruly behaviour with rival supporters.

Neil Bonnar: If only newspaper letter writers would praise Bolton Wanderers once in a while...

The Bolton News: Time is running out, warns Bolton Wanderers keeper Andy Lonergan

11:00pm Thursday 6th February 2014

IF I was of a mind, I wouldn’t have to follow Bolton Wanderers’ results to know if they were winning or losing.

CRAIG NELSON: The Europa League spot is treated like a poisoned chalice

The Bolton News: Gary Megson 10.JPG

11:00pm Saturday 1st February 2014

WHAT is the point of the Europa League?

DAVID PYE: How soon before Wembley hosts the Superbowl?

11:00pm Friday 31st January 2014

NOBODY relishes a Monday morning in the workplace but the first one in February is always a little harder after a late night watching the Superbowl.

NEIL BONNAR: Invest in pitches and we will reap the dividends

11:00pm Thursday 30th January 2014

IT’S amazing what you can learn in our paper.

CRAIG NELSON: My hat goes off to Team GB's winter olympians

The Bolton News: On her way: Twickenham's Chemmy Alcott will be on the plane to the Sochi Winter Olympics

11:00pm Saturday 25th January 2014

TEAM GB named their strongest Winter Olympic squad in decades this week as they prepared for next month’s Games in Sochi, Russia.

DAVID PYE: Mind games are key to overcoming a crisis of confidence

11:00pm Friday 24th January 2014

I’M a great believer in the power of the mind and the effect – both positive and negative – it can have on sportsmen and women.

Neil Bonnar: My six-point plan to help FIFA get football back on the rails

The Bolton News: Liverpool's Luis Suarez. Picture: Action Images

11:00pm Thursday 23rd January 2014

IT’S appropriate that someone called Champagne is looking to run football.

CRAIG NELSON: If sports stars can't stand heat then they should get out of the kitchen

The Bolton News: green EPS Reports that Andy Murray is set to lose £500,000 are rubbished

11:00pm Saturday 18th January 2014

WHENEVER I hear professional sportsmen and women complaining about weather conditions, the saying “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” comes to mind.

DAVID PYE: Let's give a big shout-out to the people behind the familiar sporting voices

The Bolton News: HEROES: Chloe, two, meets Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at a meet and greet event after Disney Live! Mickey’s Rockin’ Road Show

6:10am Saturday 18th January 2014

WATCHING Bolton’s Lisa Ashton win the World Darts Championship was great last weekend as yet more sporting pride was bestowed on Bolton.

CRAIG NELSON: Under pressure Big Sam is doing Moyes a favour

The Bolton News: Difficult times: West Ham boss Sam Allardyce. Picture: Action Images

10:00am Saturday 11th January 2014

IT is hard to imagine David Moyes burrowing his way out from under the media microscope at the moment, but his old mate Sam Allardyce is doing a good job of taking some of the pressure off him.

David Pye: I'm backing Pietersen but it's a big call for England chiefs

11:20pm Friday 10th January 2014

ONE of the biggest posers for English cricket chiefs as they dissect the remnants of a failed Ashes series Down Under is just what to do with the enigmatic Kevin Pietersen.

NEIL BONNAR: Justin Fashanu abuse is warning to gay footballers thinking of coming out

The Bolton News: Justin Fashanu

11:00pm Thursday 9th January 2014

THOMAS Hitzlsperger coming out as gay once again begs the question why players don’t come out while they are still playing.

CRAIG NELSON: Kevin Pietersen should be given an ultimatum

The Bolton News: Kevin Pietersen reflects on another batting failure.

7:00am Sunday 22nd December 2013

THE inquest began immediately after England’s latest Ashes defeat in Perth, and all fingers seemed to be pointing towards Kevin Pietersen.

Neil Bonnar: Owners/chairmen who repeatedly change managers are the real failures

11:00pm Thursday 19th December 2013

THE departures of Andre Villas-Boas and Gianfranco Zola have sparked the predicatable furore about managers not getting enough time.

ALAN HOUGHTON: Back to the bad old days puts us back in trouble

6:00am Monday 16th December 2013

A massive Bolton following turned up to cheer the Wanderers on at the DW Stadium.

David Pye: We’ll have more heroes to cheer if we can keep kids off the couches

7:00am Friday 13th December 2013

FIGURES released yesterday show participation in sport is up in the UK by 1.5million since London won the bid to host last year’s Olympics.

CURTIS ROTHWELL: FC United are moving on but will be forever grateful to Gigg Lane

11:00pm Thursday 12th December 2013

AMBITIOUS FC United of Manchester will be leaving their Gigg Lane base next year when they move to their new ground in Moston.

Craig Nelson: Ignore the negative press and enjoy sport's prestige events

11:00pm Saturday 7th December 2013

BRAZIL seems to be wilting at the moment under the full glare of the world’s media.

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