ON THIS DAY – March 20, 1935

After drawing 1-1 in their first meeting, Wanderers met West Brom at Stoke City’s Victoria Ground in the FA Cup semi-final.

Despite dominating the game for longer periods Bolton would not be going to Wembley, losing the game 2-0.

The Bolton News:

FROM THE BOLTON NEWS – March 20, 1993

STUART Storer is set to make his debut for Exeter City at Chester after completing a £25,000 move from Bolton Wanderers.

But the speedy winger cannot feature in the Devon club’s Wembley bid after being cup-tied in the Autoglass Trophy.

Wanderers are understood to be one of a number of clubs tracking Oldham’s 18-year-old defender Marvin Harriott.

The Bolton News: Jimmy Phillips with Bruce Rioch and Gudni Bergsson at the Coca Cola Cup final in 1995

FROM THE BOLTON NEWS – March 20, 1995

WEMBLEY-MAD Wanderers fans have snapped up their entire allocation of 33,000 Coca Cola Cup Final tickets in just five days of frantic selling.

And club officials say they could have sold at least twice as many.

Apart from a limited number of 86 tickets for the Olympic Gallery the last of the allocation was sold to non-priority fans, some of whom had queued for 20 hours to book their places at the April 2 showdown with Liverpool. Thousands more were heartbroken.

Unprecedented scenes on the Burnden forecourt prompted the club to start selling the remaining tickets three hours before the scheduled opening time.

“We started selling at noon rather than three o’clock for the public’s safety and wellbeing,” explained secretary Des McBain. “At that time there was well over 6,000 people queueing for approximately 6,000 tickets. It would have been unfair to make them wait.”

The Bolton News:

FROM THE BOLTON NEWS – March 20, 2006

HOT-SHOTS Kevin Davies and Kevin Nolan ensured Wanderers came through their encounter with rock-bottom Sunderland without a hitch.

Although the seventh-placed Trotters are four points adrift of Tottenham, they do have two games in hand in the chase for that prized Champions League place.

The second-half goals from Davies and Nolan ensured Sunderland are just waiting to be put out of their misery following the 24th defeat of a miserable campaign.

It would take an unthinkable six wins on the trot to get them above West Brom, who still hover just above the relegation water mark despite their home defeat to Manchester United.

Louis Saha's double ensured the Red Devils came through their test at the Hawthorns, although they remain highly unlikely to overhaul Chelsea at the head of the table despite the Blues' shock London derby defeat at Fulham.

The Bolton News:

FROM THE BOLTON NEWS – March 20, 2009

ARIZA Makukula admits his move to Wanderers has not yet worked out as planned.

The Portugal international arrived at the Reebok on loan from Benfica in January but has made just four starts in two months.

The 28-year-old is yet to score his first goal in English football but insists he is not losing heart.

“Despite the fact that I haven’t been playing a lot, I didn’t start the last two or three games, I am still the same and feel I have settled day by day,” he said.

“My objectives are to play and make the most of every minute in order to be called up again.”

Makukula has been on the bench for the last four games and, even though he does not yet know whether he will return to Portugal, he has vowed to get back into Gary Megson’s plans.

“Things haven’t happened like I expected, but I don’t feel bad,” he said. “Football is like that and you have to carry on working.

“Down at Benfica you have good players who play well, like I used to. I do respect all of them, but I’m involved in another war.”