Bolton Wanderers heading for three-match tour of Denmark and Sweden

The Bolton News: Dougie Freedman is taking his side to Scandinavia in July to play three friendly matches Dougie Freedman is taking his side to Scandinavia in July to play three friendly matches

WANDERERS will kick-off their pre-season preparations in Scandinavia this summer.

The club announced yesterday that Dougie Freedman will take his side for three games in Denmark and Sweden before returning to the UK for at least four first team fixtures.

The mini-tour will see the Whites travel to Copenhagen to meet Danish giants Brondby at Vilfort Park on July 10.

They then travel west to Slagelse, where they face another Superliga club Vestjaelland FC at the Harboe Arena on Sunday, July 13.

Wanderers then play Swedish top flight side Mjallby AIF at the Strandvallen in Hallevik on Wednesday, July 16.

It will be the first time the Whites have travelled to Scandinavia since the turn of the millennium when Sam Allardyce took his side on a three-game tour of Denmark in his first full season in charge.

It proved to be an ill-fated trip, beset with injury problems, which saw Wanderers beaten 2-1 by Brondby, 6-0 by Lyngby and 6-1 by Odense.

Among the trialists that turned out on that trip were former Nottingham Forest midfielder Ian Woan, Dutch star Rob Maas, Germany international Matthias Hagner, Scotland Under-21 striker David Graham and Cameroon midfielder Alphonse Tchami.

The omens are good for Wanderers, however, as Allardyce’s side recovered from that ignominious start to gain promotion to the Premier League later that season.

Wanderers’ other confirmed first-team friendlies are at Macclesfield, Rochdale, Tranmere and Port Vale.

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