Football can no longer expect children to follow their fathers' path from park to pitches

12:06pm Friday 24th October 2014

THERE was a time when sport was something you did at school as the healthy aspect of the curriculum and if you found out you were any good at a particular discipline, you could join a local club to enhance your talents.

NEIL BONNAR: As Harry Redknapp asked 'what's the game coming to,' I thought I'd tell him

The Bolton News:

8:10am Thursday 23rd October 2014

ANYONE who has ever written a weekly newspaper column knows it’s not always easy to decide on the subject matter.

MARK HALSEY: Neil Lennon should take the rap but keep his passion as Bolton Wanderers manager

The Bolton News:

7:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

NEIL Lennon should keep his eye on the post box for a letter from the Football Association – but under no circumstances should he lose the passion that Bolton fans have instantly identified with since he walked through the door.

CRAIG NELSON'S COLUMN: Ticket prices are high but while fans remain loyal, it will not change

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

10:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

ONE bizarre statistic jumped out at me from the masses of information published in the BBC’s annual price of football survey.

DAVID PYE: Clubs' kit sales need to be stripped right back

The Bolton News:

12:00pm Friday 17th October 2014

THE price of attending football has been making the news this week with a comprehensive BBC study assessing the cost to the average fan at clubs up and down the land.

Lively Neil Lennon will bring passion to Wanderers

The Bolton News:

10:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

I’M looking forward to seeing how Neil Lennon does at Bolton Wanderers – and I hope he can inject just as much passion into the job as he did when he was a player.

Fantastic Friday was a winner and could set a non-league trend

The Bolton News:

8:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

WE at Atherton Collieries had put our heart and soul into attempting to make our Friday night derby game with Daisy Hill a success, but could we carry it off?

Swans stunned as Foy returned to offer advice

The Bolton News:

10:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

SWANSEA City were scratching their heads about some refereeing decisions made by Chris Foy recently, so imagine their surprise when he turned up on their doorstep to analyse whether he was right or wrong.

Referee Mark Clattenburg left kicking his heels

The Bolton News:

8:30am Wednesday 15th October 2014

I KNOW all about sitting around as a fourth official or kicking my heels as I was overlooked for the top games in the Premier League, so I sympathise with Mark Clattenburg, pictured, right now.

DVD reviews have led to yellow peril

The Bolton News:

8:00am Wednesday 15th October 2014

I’M convinced referees don’t know what a yellow or red card is any more.

CRAIG NELSON: To pick the right manager you have to know what makes a club tick

The Bolton News: Phil Gartside

10:30am Saturday 11th October 2014

A VERY important process is going on behind closed doors at the Macron Stadium, the success of which will determine the path Wanderers take over the next season, and beyond.

DAVID PYE: Sports people just use autographies to settle vendettas

The Bolton News: There were too many occasions when Kevin Pietersen appeared to be playing for himself rather than the team

12:00pm Friday 10th October 2014

IT may be too early for the Christmas 24 movie channel on Sky and we are yet to see what John Lewis have come up up with for their festive advert this year but Christmas is certainly on its way.

NEIL BONNAR: The Premier League 39th - or 37th and 38th - game must be a fair deal

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

8:10am Thursday 9th October 2014

THE Premier League’s 39th game reared its head again this week and I suspect will continue to do so until it is brought in. Only it’s not the 39th game but the 38th this time.

MARK HALSEY: Hectic schedule makes life hard for the top referees

The Bolton News:

7:00am Wednesday 8th October 2014

YOU wouldn’t necessarily ask a top footballer to play in three huge games in a week – so why would you do that to a top-class referee?

CRAIG NELSON'S COLUMN: Was Phil Mickelson's attack on Tom Watson an attempt to get the USA captaincy?

The Bolton News: USA’s Phil Mickelson gives a thumbs up on the eighth green during the singles matches on day three of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 28, 2014. Photo credit should rea

5:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

PHIL Mickelson’s attack on Tom Watson’s Ryder Cup captaincy still astounds me, a week on.

DAVID PYE: City's empty seats are a sign of the costly times

The Bolton News:

7:10am Friday 3rd October 2014

PAUL Scholes and Rio Ferdinand certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons with their comments about the atmosphere and empty seats at Manchester City on Tuesday for the Champions League visit of AS Roma.

NEIL BONNAR: Keep off the pitch, a march is a much better class of protest

The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author

10:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

I’M sure there would have been plenty of people wondering why a guy ran on to the pitch at Wanderers last week.

MARK HALSEY: Rooney lost it, but he is no hot head any more

The Bolton News: TEAM MAN: Wayne Rooney

7:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

THERE was a time when you might have worried about Wayne Rooney’s discipline on a football field – but those days are long gone.

CRAIG NELSON: Why do football bosses escape the political style grilling?

The Bolton News: Jeremy Paxman

12:00pm Saturday 27th September 2014

I WAS given an insight this week into the world of heavyweight political journalism and it occurred to me how different the interviewing techniques are between the Westminster press pack and those in the sporting world.

DAVID PYE: Gaelic football is like our football used to be... but how long can it last?

The Bolton News:

12:10pm Friday 26th September 2014

IN days when footballers are on weekly wages of £¼million and golfers are able to take home a whopping $7million for one tournament, it is easy to concede sport as a whole has lost its true values and soul.

NEIL BONNAR: Battling bosses give feud for thought

The Bolton News:

12:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

MANUEL Pellegrini and Jose Mourinho follow in a long line of feuding managers.

MARK HALSEY TALKS FOOTBALL: All referees should get Premier class help

The Bolton News:

7:20am Wednesday 24th September 2014

WELCOME to the first of my weekly columns in The Bolton News where I will be addressing all aspects of football.

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.

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’.

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”.

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.

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