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In Focus: Barrow's Record At Bolton

26 February 2021

A photograph of Bolton Wanderers' former home, Burnden Park Colorsport/Shutterstock
The last game played at Burnden Park in April 1997

We take a look at how The Bluebirds have fared on previous visits to Bolton ahead of this weekend’s encounter in League Two.

Saturday sees us make the trip down the M6 to The University of Bolton Stadium for the first time in the Club’s history.

Earlier in the season, when Wanderers made their visit to The Progression Solicitors Stadium, it was the first time the teams had ever met in league competition.

We have played Wanderers away just twice in the past and both of those fixtures took place at their old Burnden Park home.

The first meeting was well over 100 years ago in October 1911 when, as members of the Lancashire Combination First Division, we travelled to meet Wanderers, who were then in the top flight of English football. We had won at Rochdale and at home to St Helens Recreation to set up the tie. I’m afraid we don’t know if Wanderers put out a full-strength team or not, but we lost to the only goal of the game. They went on to win the competition that season.

Our second encounter with The Trotters is one that some supporters might remember - back in January 1991 in the FA Cup Third Round. Ray Wilkie took us there having won at Bishop Auckland and Whitley Bay in previous rounds.

Wanderers were in the third tier at the time and took the lead just past the hour mark through Tony Philliskirk. We so nearly equalised on 74 minutes when Danny Wheatley crossed and Billy Gilmour almost converted. Wanderers went on to meet Manchester United at Old Trafford in Round Four.


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