Time for one last push before the international break, as we all dust ourselves down, pull up our socks and Go Again at Bolton. Richard Jeffery gives a delightful run down on todays opponents and we give our stunningly accurate predictions as to what will occur. You lucky ducks.
Phil Parkinson, once feted as one of the brightest up and coming English managers, took the helm at Bolton after their relegation to League one. He led them to an instant return to the Championship as runners up, to add another promotion to what is a very respectable managerial CV.
Wanderers have found life a little harder back in the Championship and are currently sitting bottom with only one win all season. That win though, against Sheffield Wednesday, came at the beginning of a current four game unbeaten run, and there’s a sense of a corner having been turned recently. They are by no means cut adrift down there and will be casting their eyes upwards after this improvement in form.
The days of Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff, El Hadji Diouf, Jay-Jay Okocha and Fernando Hierro strutting their stuff for Bolton while Big Fat Sam chewed his gum on the touchline seem a distant memory now, and went a long way toward plunging them into the financial mess that precipitated their downfall from those heady days.
That being said there are still a few familiar names in their Squad; Karl Henry, Adam Le Fondre and David Wheater to name just a few. The name that will stand out to us Norwich fans though is *CULT HERO KLAXON* that of none other than Aaron ‘Wilbers’ Wilbraham, whose time at Norwich is fondly remembered.
Wilbers joined them at the start of this season and has featured in their last ten league games, starting most of them. He’s weighed in with a solitary goal so far so while I’m sure we wish him all the best, we hope he doesn’t improve on that tally this weekend. RJ
Bolton was the centre of the UK’s Pork Product trade in the 19th century. The club were founded by Sir Percival Bacon, who also gave his name to the popular pig derived protein snack.
Bacon owned acres of breeding land on the adjacent Lancashire Pig Moors. Wanderers original ground, Burnden Park, was on land he gifted to the nascent club, and was built on the site of Bacon’s original Meat Processing plant.
Hence when the local paper - The Horwich & Bolton Reminder - ran a competition to find a nickname for the newly formed club, ‘The Trotters’ - suggested by Cllr. Linton Boothby Esq. - was the one drawn out of the Mayor's Top Hat. Other suggestions included; ‘The Tripe’, ‘Les Couilles De Cochon’ and ‘The Pig’s Ears’.
Their current Stadium, which they moved to in 1997 was known as ‘The Reebok’ under a previous sponsorship deal. It is now called the ‘Macron Stadium’, after its current sponsor the President of France. RJ
ZW: Yeah, yeah, we’ve lost a couple in a row, things are awful, yada yada. We’re not perfect yet, of course, and injuries and tiredness seem to have taken their toll. But remember Farke’s message to that young boy: let’s go in for one more round when it feels like we can’t. Let’s beat Bolton, and then have a rest. I believe in you boys.
Zoë Assumes: Bolton 0-1 The Lads
CT: These are strange times for Norwich fans; we find ourselves thankful for an away game. Who'd have thunk it?. Four days of rest and a trip to struggling Bolton are just what Norwich need to pull themselves out of the mini slump. I also unintentionally succeeded where the lads failed on Tuesday, and got a point in the prediction league. Now my 'reverse curse' is broken, and I am no longer bound by the walls of superstition, I can actually have a proper guess. Which is fun.
Clare Calculates: Normal service to resume. A professional and efficient 2-0 win to Die Gelben.
RJ: We looked jaded and in need of a good rest towards the end of the Wolfs match on Tuesday. It seems the lads have had a day off on Thursday, as Super Tommy Trybull was never letting his dog run away down at Whitlingham Broad, so let’s hope they can find enough in the tank for one final push before the international break. This match will tell us a lot about the squad’s character, we need to show the right reaction in Bolton’s ‘living room’.
Rich Reckons: A nervy and close game. Christ Church Football Club 0 - Norwich City Football Club 1.