THE landscape has changed since Wanderers were last in League One.

There are new grounds to visit, old rivalries to renew and a whopping 5,335 miles to travel for the 23 trips between August 3 and May 3.

Here's a run down of what the Whites are up against...

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Accrington Stanley

Ground: Wham Stadium.

Distance: 25.6 miles (one way)

Best known for: ‘That’ milk advert. And having a chairman who talks sense on Twitter.

Any history? Not with the modern day incarnation – but the last and only meeting with the team that folded in the sixties was in the 1926 FA Cup run. David Jack scored in a 1-0 win.

AFC Wimbledon

Ground: Kingsmeadow

Distance: 243.4 miles

Best known for: Forming out of the ashes of ‘Wimbledon’ AFC and fighting their way from the Combined Counties League to the EFL.

Any history? Wanderers happened across them for the first time in their League One promotion season. Gary Madine and Liam Trotter scored to earn a 2-1 win away from home, with Madine netting again in a 1-1 draw at the Macron.


Ground: Bloomfield Road

Distance: 34.8 miles

Best known for: Pitch protests and barmy boardrooms. Life will hopefully be less eventful now that the Oystons are no longer in charge.

Any history? Plenty. You’ll all have heard about the Matthews Cup final in 1953. More recently, Sammy Ameobi scored to earn a 1-0 win in the EFL Trophy in 2017.

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Bristol Rovers

Ground: Memorial Stadium

Distance: 178.4 miles

Best known for: Referring to themselves as ‘Gasheads’ and singing ‘Goodnight Irene’. One of the more unique League One away days.

Any history? Hadn’t faced each other for 16 years before Josh Vela and Jay Spearing netted in a 2-1 win at the Memorial Stadium in 2016. Vela scored again in a 1-1 home draw six months later.

Burton Albion

Ground: Pirelli Stadium

Distance: 92.1 miles

Best known for: Brewing. The nation’s lager capital.

Any history? Somewhat of a bogey side for Wanderers, who have lost all three of the competitive games they have played against the Midlanders.


Ground: Gigg Lane

Distance: 10.1 miles

Best known for: Winning the FA Cup final 6-0, 106 years before Manchester City managed it.

Any history? Fixtures between the two Lancashire foes go back some 112 years, the latest being a goalless draw in April 2017.

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Coventry City

Ground: St Andrew’s

Distance: 101 miles

Best known for: Not playing in their own backyard thanks to some horrendous ownership issues.

Any history? Another side that have proved tough to beat down the years. Zach Clough scored in both games the last time Wanderers were in League One, Max Clayton securing a late point at the Ricoh Arena.

Doncaster Rovers

Ground: Keepmoat Stadium

Distance: 80.7 miles

Best known for: Toppling out of the league with a paltry 20 points in 1997/98, a record at the time.

Any history? Neil Danns and Joe Mason scored the last time Wanderers played at the Keepmoat, a 2-1 win in 2014.

Fleetwood Town

Ground: Highbury Stadium

Distance: 39.2 miles

Best known for: Captain Pugwash. The ditty from the children’s show is played when Fleetwood score a goal.

Any history? Promotion rivals the last time Bolton played in this division. A 4-2 thriller at Highbury will be remembered fondly with Adam Le Fondre netting twice.

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Ground: Priestfield

Distance: 199.8 miles

Best known for: Being a team with no real rivals. As the only professional club in Kent, Millwall – 30 miles away – are the closest they get.

Any history? Two 4-0 victories against the Gills in 2016/17, the latter coming courtesy of Fil ‘Postman’ Morais, who created all four goals.

Ipswich Town

Ground: Portman Road

Distance: 186.4 miles

Best known for: Playing in all three European competitions, winning the UEFA Cup and never losing a home game in the process.

Any history? It is 14 years since Wanderers have won any form of game against Ipswich. You might say Portman Road has been cursed since the stormy play-off semi-final in 2000.

Lincoln City

Ground: Sincil Bank

Distance: 85.9 miles

Best known for: The Dambusters. The famous tune is sung by the Imps fans during games.

Any history? Phil Neal was on the scoresheet the last time the two sides played in the league back in 1986. More recently, Gary Cahill, Mark Davies and Chung-Yong Lee netted in an FA Cup win.

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MK Dons

Ground: Stadium:MK

Distance: 132.5 miles

Best known for: Being the only club in League One who boast a 10XL shirt size – for fans with a 70-inch chest.

Any history? Met four times over two seasons and in 2016 Rob Holding scored his only Wanderers goal in a 3-1 victory. In 2016/17 both games ended in 1-1 draws - Mark Beevers scoring at the Macron, Jay Spearing at Stadium MK.

Oxford United

Ground: Kassam Stadium

Distance: 140.4 miles

Best known for: Calling in an exorcist in 2001 to rid the three-sided Kassam Stadium of an apparent curse.

Any history? Beat Oxford 4-2 at the Kassam in 2017 in a televised thriller. Morais, Beevers and Vela on target.

Peterborough Utd

Ground: Weston Homes Stadium

Distance: 118.3 miles

Best known for: Having a legal battle with Victoria Beckham for the use of their nickname ‘Posh’. The football club won.

Any history? A victory against Posh clinched promotion in 2016/17 but London Road has been a dreadful place to play. Nobody present will forget the rain-soaked 5-4 defeat in 2012, and the team suffered accommodation issues when they faced each other again a couple of years ago.

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Ground: Fratton Park

Distance: 202.3 miles

Best known for: The Pompey chimes. A clanging sound that can be heard throughout games at a partisan Fratton Park.

Any history? It has been nearly 10 years since the two sides met competitively. Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic scored in the last game at the Reebok in 2010 – but a friendly against a scratch Pompey side ended in embarrassment for Owen Coyle in 2012.


Ground: Spotland

Distance: 14.8 miles

Best known for: Spending an eternity in the fourth tier – but nowadays more for their excellent matchday music.

Any history? Mark Beevers gave Bolton victory in their last meeting with Dale. Less said about the performance at Spotland the better. Just ask Chris Taylor.

Rotherham United

Ground: New York Stadium

Distance: 49.4 miles

Best known for: Playing in the first-ever League Cup final in 1960/61 but losing to Aston Villa.

Any history? The Millers coughed up four points to Wanderers last season, most memorably at the New York Stadium when Christian Doidge scored his one – and only – Bolton goal to save a late point.

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Shrewsbury Town

Ground: Montgomery Waters Meadow

Distance: 89.9 miles

Best known for: Having the first safe standing area of any EFL club.

Any history? Wanderers have had seven straight wins against the Shrews, now managed by ex-Bolton defender, Sam Ricketts. The most recent, a sun-kissed victory in March 2017, came via goals from Adam Le Fondre and Mark Beevers.

Southend United

Ground: Roots Hall

Distance: 259 miles

Best known for: Their escape act last season when masked striker Stephen Humphrys scored a late winner against Sunderland.

Any history? Who could forget Beevers’ swivel and shot in the dying seconds at Roots Hall to put Bolton on the road to promotion in 2017?


Ground: Stadium of Light

Distance: 150 miles

Best known for: Putting themselves in front of the TV cameras for a Netflix documentary detailing a dreadful 2017/18 season.

Any history? The last time these two big clubs locked horns, Zach Clough scored the only goal on his return to Bolton on loan. Simon Grayson had been sacked as Sunderland boss earlier that season following a scrappy 3-3 draw.

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Tranmere Rovers

Ground: Prenton Park

Distance: 43.8 miles

Best known for: Having Premier League referee Mike Dean as a ‘celebrity’ fan, who pops up in every televised game.

Any history? Unfortunately, the rivalry between Wanderers and Tranmere has endured from the ugly late eighties and early nineties. Expect hostility.

Wycombe Wanderers

Ground: Adams Park

Distance: 191.8 miles

Best known for: Their guitar-toting manager, Gareth Ainsworth, who is currently the second-longest serving boss in the EFL.

Any history? None. Zero. Nada. The first day of the new campaign will be the first time that the two sides have met in any kind of fixture.