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How is the League One table looking so far

As we approach week eight of the League One season, there have been a few surprises up and down the table.

Flying high

Wycombe Wanderers have been the surprise package under Gareth Ainsworth this season, as the Chairboys sit top of the table, unbeaten this season.

Defender, Joe Jacobson has been the stand out performance so far as he has managed to grab four goals already this season.

Second place, Coventry City are level on points with the Chairboys, but sit behind them through goal difference.

Another side unbeaten this season, Mark Robins’ men have been producing eye watering football at their temporary home, St Andrew’s.

Coventry City’s temporary home, St Andrews Trillion Trophy Stadium

Ipswich Town are currently sitting in third place, a point behind the top two, but with a game in hand.

New signing, James Norwood has looked like signing of the summer in League One so far this season, as he currently has five goals in six games for the Tractor Boys, who will be fighting for promotion under Paul Lambert this season.

Facing the drop

However, Portsmouth, a team who looked to be fighting for promotion, is struggling in 18th place with only one win this season. No one would’ve predicted this start from Kenny Jacket’s side.

Kenny Jackett is feeling the pressure at Pompey

Another side struggling is Southend who are second from bottom, losing six out of six.

The Shrimpers have only scored four goals this season and conceded 17, which is the joint most amount. The Seasiders have a lot to do if they want to stay in League One this season.

Bottom of the table, Bolton Wanderers currently have -11 points, but with a new owner and an addition of 10 new signings, the Trotters will be hoping to pick up more points to try and get out of the relegation zone.

Bolton face Liquidation as takeover deal falls through

Bolton Wanderers are facing going into liquidation by Wednesday following their latest takeover deal collapsed on Saturday, it has been confirmed.

The Sky Bet League One outfit has been given until 17:00 BST on Tuesday (27th August) to complete the sale of the club or offer reasons for an extension or face expulsion from the English Football League.

The Administrators say that Wanderers aren’t in a position to carry on trading, which would lead to liquidation and a loss of over 150 jobs.

In a statement Paul Appleton, joint administrator for Bolton Wanderers, said the deal collapsed on Saturday, and despite working around the clock they have yet reached a solution.

The full statement from Paul Appleton read:“At 5pm on Friday August 23rd, the completion of the sale of the football club and the hotel had been agreed by all parties and undertakings had been issued by all solicitors except those of Ken Anderson.

Devastatingly, on Saturday morning that deal collapsed. At this stage, there seems little point in apportioning blame because that makes no difference to the staff, players, management, supporters and the community who have once more seen their club taken back to the brink.
My team have spent the last 48 hours working around the clock, striving to get a deal back on track and trying to convince the parties still in conflict that the very fate of Bolton Wanderers depends on them finding a compromise.
The EFL have made their position clear by insisting on a 5pm deadline on Tuesday for a deal to be completed or give compelling reasons for an extension. They have also written to everybody concerned in the process to underline that sense of urgency.
On Sunday evening, there was some tentative dialogue but we are still some way from reaching a solution. Therefore, I am appealing to those parties whose position seems intractable to do everything to reach a compromise.
In just over 24 hours, the club will have its membership of the EFL revoked. Over and above that, the club is currently not in a position to carry on trading and, as such, the process of closing down the company will commence on Wednesday. 
This will ultimately lead to its liquidation, the expulsion of the club from the EFL and the inevitable loss of over 150 jobs. More than that, it will devastate a community for whom the football club is a beacon of hope and expectation.
I reiterate, unless there is a change of position from any of the parties involved, the process of closing down the club and ultimately placing Bolton Wanderers into liquidation will begin this week.”
It would be a sad time if Bolton were to go into liquidation with the club being around for 145 years. Originally called Christ Church FC from 1874, they changed their name to Bolton Wanderers in 1877.
Bolton fans let us know your thoughts below? What has been your favourite memories watching Bolton? Can your club survive?

Bolton : Matches Could be Postponed

Bolton Wanderers, yes the great Bolton Wanderers, for who, Stanley Matthews plied his trade along with Nat Lofthouse, way back in the day, are now facing the very real threat that their next two championship matches could be postponed, as their very sorry saga carries on and developes into something much worse.

Ken Anderson the clubs current owner, who has the club up for sale, has been unable to pay the wages of the players and management staff, but the crisis worsened today when the EFL were informed that the Safety Advisory Group (SAG), responsible for issuing the general safety certificate at Bolton, has placed a prohibition notice preventing fans from entering the ground, with stewards and safety staff refusing to work until they are paid.

Effectively what this means is that the supporters, will not be allowed into the ground, as no one can guarantee their safety, unless the club can demonstrate that they can deliver a matchday operation.

Bolton, have lurched from one crisis to another in recent years and it was interesting to hear former manager Sam Allardyce comment recently that the problems the clu bare facing today, were very evident and looming even when he was in charge of the club year ago.

Boltons problems apparently stem from the fact that it chooses to be self sufficient in its operation, which is a good thing to try and aspire to, but the downside to it is that it doesn’t generate enough income as a stand alone model to do this, hence it is where it is.

Lets hope for Boltons sake the situation is remedied quickly.

More Worries for the Wanderers?

Bolton Wanderers were forced to close their training ground as of Monday due to financial worries continuing to mount over the club.

This Monday, it was announced that the Championship side would have to close their training ground due to food shortages. According to sources, training ground staff were told not to report for duty due to ‘Food And Water shortages’.

However, this isn’t the only worry for the Wanderers. They
currently face a winding-up petition from HMRC, the players and staff haven’t been paid their February wages, and the club are also in negotiations with the Greater Manchester Police regarding money owed over the policing of matches.

The wage issues at the club seemed to have had a negative impact on the players. Bolton have won a mere 6 games so far this season, with some of the players even refusing to play before the season started due to no payments from the Greater Manchester side.

The Wanderers are currently situated in 23rd in the Championship, with the threat of relegation looming over the club. Last season they narrowly managed to stay in the Championship thanks to two late goals from club captain, David Wheater, and Aaron Wilbraham.

Will They be able to pull off the great escape again? Bolton face a tough run of fixtures to end the season, including trips to fellow relegation-candidates Millwall and Wigan as well as a vital home clash against East-Anglian side, Ipswich Town.

Will the Wanderers be able to turn their season around and save themselves from relegation back to League One?

Could this former Premier League striker be the right fit for Bolton?

Bolton have fought valiantly against the drop this term, and have managed to scramble away from the relegation zone. Sitting in 19th place in the table and only two points clear of the bottom three, they are not safe yet. After the departure of top scorer Gary Madine to Cardiff, Bolton are in desperate need of a goalscorer.

With Victor Anichebe available on a free transfer after his disastrous spell in China with Beijing Enterprises, could he offer the goals that could save The Trotters? The big targetman has scored goals in the top flight, but has often not been fit enough to string a long run of games together.

Dropping down to the Championship could be the perfect way to reinvigorate his stalling career, and if he can stay fit and score goals, he could prove to be an inspired signing. Standing at 6 ft 1 in and being a physical powerhouse, Anichebe’s style of play could be well suited to the Championship, and could also link up well with Bolton’s other strikers. In particular, a classic big man- little man partnership with either Adam Le Fondre, or Zach Clough could be very fruitful.

The major doubt over Anichebe is his injury record, the 29 year old has often struggled with injuries and has received the tag of being injury prone. This obviously would be a major concern for Bolton, as they need someone they can rely on when it comes to the business end of the season.

Anichebe provides the best option for Bolton now the transfer window has slammed shut, and especially on a free transfer it provides little risk and potentially a huge reward if his goals keep them up.

Bolton fans would you like to see Victor Anichebe at the Macron Stadium? Let us know in the comments section…