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Bolton were initially formed in 1874 as Christ Church FC by the Reverend Joseph Farrall Wright, Perpetual curate of Christ Church Bolton and Thomas Ogden, the schoolmaster at the adjacent church school in 1874 as Christ Church FC. Three years later in 1877, the football club went on to rename themselves as Bolton Wanderers. Their nickname of ‘Wanderers’ came from their struggle to find a permanent ground to play on during the early years of their existence, with three different grounds used in four years.
Bolton Wanderers grew in stature and in 1888, they were one of the 12 founding members of the Football League as it is known as today. Kenny Davenport scored the first ever Football League goal against Derby County in 1888, putting his club in the history books. Bolton have had a great stadium history over the years, they started off at Pikes Lane in 1881, until soon moving to Burden Park where the Wanderers played their home football for over 100 years.
Wanderers current home of football was opened in August 1997, and has a great capacity of over 28,000. It was originally named Reebok Stadium which was notable for many football fans. In recent years, the stadium underwent a name change to Macron Stadium, and is currently occupied by the University of Bolton. Get the latest Bolton FC news from the University of Bolton Stadium, including breaking news stories and transfer rumours.
Unlike other League One clubs, Bolton have won the infamous FA Cup four times; however, the last time the domestic trophy was lifted was in 1958. The Wanderers were also known as a Premier League club for 11 consecutive seasons from 2001 to 2012, their highest finish was 6th in 2004-05 where they first qualified for the UEFA Cup the following season.
Nat Lofthouse is the Wanderers all-time top goal-scorer with 285 goals in 503 games, Joe Smith was not far behind with 277. Eddie Hopkinson has made the record number of appearances for the club with 578, whereas Finnish legend Jussi Jaaskelainen made 527 appearances for the Wanderers. Get the latest player updates and Bolton FC news, including breaking transfer rumours.
Bolton are facing a near impossible challenge to get out of the League One relegation zone as they are battling the possibility of back-to-back relegations to League Two which would be their first time since 1992. They are currently rock bottom of the table and their escape looks very unlikely, and manager Keith Hill has an enormous challenge on his hands to keep them up in the remaining games. Find out the latest Bolton FC news, and stay updated with breaking stories and transfer rumours here.