Bolton Wanderers book first trip to Wembley in over a decade
Here's hoping for a positive result than last time.
It was a massive night for Bolton Wanderers as they booked their place in the EFL Trophy final, securing their first visit to Wembley since 2011.
Beating Accrington Stanley 2-0 on the road with a quickfire pair of goals from Elias Kachunga and Aaron Morley in the 82nd and 84th, the Trotters managed to book themself into the Papa Johns Trophy final 100 years on from their first-ever trip to the iconic English stadium.
The hosts were forced to play with 10 men after just 20 minutes or so which might sound like an advantage for Bolton, but it also made for a very tense and defensive display, meaning they had to battle for a win at the Wham.
Nevertheless, Ian Evatt’s side managed to break down the low block in some stunning scenes.
Set to face off against fellow League One club Plymouth Argyle on April 2, this will be Bolton’s 14th showing at Wembley in their nearly 150-year history. Last time they were there they got pumped 5-0 by Stoke City in the FA Cup semi-final.
As one of the oldest clubs in the world (1874) and one of the founding members of the football league in 1888, their recent history has been a turbulent one, to say the least, nearly going bust altogether back in 2019 and only being saved by the taxpayer, pandemic loans and a last-minute buyout.
That being said, it’s no wonder that the fans erupted in ecstasy when the full-time whistle blew and an almost requisite pitch invasion ensued.
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Speaking after the game, Evatt admitted: “This is probably the most nervous I’ve ever been in my career. This is the first time I’ve felt a bit of pressure because I wanted it so much for so many people.
“Most importantly, the fans. They’ve been through so much and now, to have a Wembley cup final is something to be incredibly proud of.”
It isn’t the only big news for Bolton this week, though, as on Monday the Wanderers finally announced the new name for their iconic stadium. Safe to say it’s tickled a few…
We’ll let you decide which is the bigger story:
You can watch the full highlights of Accrington Stanley vs Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Trophy semi-final down below:
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