WANDERERS fans have come to the aid of their club by buying tickets in their thousands for today’s League One clash against Coventry City.

Despite going on sale just 28 hours before kick-off, around 8,500 tickets were sold by the close of play last night.

Coventry City supporters also raced to secure their seats, with the away section also nearing a sell-out of around 1,800.

Only the lower tiers of the UniBol will be open and fans are strongly advised to print off their tickets at home to minimise queueing.

An amazing 7,000 tickets were sold in the first three hours and office staff stayed late to cater for the increased demand.

A spokesman for Wanderers told The Bolton News last night: “Given the short notice that supporters of both clubs have been given, we’re heartened by their response.

“The passion and commitment both sets of fans have shown for their team is tremendous and we look forward to welcoming them to the University of Bolton Stadium.”

Phil Parkinson will name a youthful side for Coventry’s visit, as uncertainty over the club’s ownership continues to affect player morale and recruitment.

“The team tomorrow will be younger than the one we fielded last weekend at Wycombe,” he told the official site.

''It’s been another turbulent couple of days at Bolton Wanderers, as we all know, but the young team we put out will give the Wanderers supporters an opportunity at close hand to see them in action.'

“The atmosphere generated by our fans at Wycombe was terrific and if that can be replicated here at the University of Bolton Stadium it will give the young players a tremendous boost.''

“We cannot thank our fans enough for the patience they have shown the club over these last few months and we look forward to playing in front of them tomorrow.”

It is understood Under-18s coaches Nicky Spooner and Gavin McCann prepared the players yesterday, given their familiarity with the available squad.

On the takeover front, Quantuma, the administrators of the hotel, were preparing to move forward on the sale of the business despite Laurence Bassini’s court injunction, lodged against Burnden Leisure Limited and Inner Circle Investments Ltd on Thursday night.

One, and possibly two bidders were due to be selected yesterday evening with a view to moving towards a Sale and Purchase Agreement, and then completion.

It is understood Football Ventures, who are preferred bidders for the football club, have now ironed out issues in their bid.

Legal representatives continued to work yesterday on overturning the injunction gained by Bassini – and the former Watford owner has said he will be at the game despite a warning from administrators that he should not attend.