Chat with a fan ft. Chris Manning

Chris from Lion of Vienna Suite is next to answer our questions.

Why do you support Bolton?

I don’t think there’s anything better than the feeling when you come away from a game – from a victory. The sense of togetherness amongst supporters and the euphoria of a win makes the hairs on your arm stand on end. You can’t choose your club, or at least so the saying goes, but I think everyone who does support Bolton has made a choice. We’ve chosen to be forever unfashionable, to be an underdog and to look at our opponents with a sense of that spirit and no other club touches Bolton for that. I love the place and I love everything about it. Why would you want to support someone like Aston Villa or Middlesbrough? What would be the point? We may have ups and downs but I tell you what, it’s never boring supporting Bolton. Feast or famine you never know what is around the corner. I can’t imagine ever supporting the sort of club who comes 11th in the league every year and who epitomises blandness.

What has been your favourite game?

I have dozens. Munich away, United away, Munich at home, Barnsley at home in 1997, Swindon at home the same year. Stoke 5-0 at home after THAT game at Wembley. Beating Arsenal 2-0 when Stelios scored. The day we sent Leeds down. Beating Huddersfield 3-0 on the day I became convinced that Arnar Gunnlaugsson was going to be better than Maradona…..the list is endless. So as not to cop out I’m going to choose the 6-1 home win over Spurs in the cup. They had a fantastic team and we absolutely annihilated them it was the best sporting night of my life to that point and I still remember it so fondly.

Who has been your favourite player of all time?

Torn between about ten different players I could make convincing arguments for each but I think John McGinlay will always mean the most because he was my first favourite footballer. I loved his atittude to the game – like he knew it was a doss – but his desire to win and obvious love for the club shone through. Honourable mentions to Alan Thompson, Jussi, Ivan Campo, Simon Charlton, Youri and Jay Jay….we’ve had some amazing players and have been so lucky over the years. Let’s hope some of the current mob are able to reach that sort of status in a few year’s time.


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  1. I think we all regard the first players we ever watched, as being among the most memorable. When I look back in the 1950’s at the Wanderers, we could name the team off by heart. It never changed week-in-week-out, except for the odd injury. As a young teenager then, I kept a ‘scrap-book’ with all the players’ pictures and information. It was my pride and joy. I suppose in today’s world that seems rather trivial. But, footballers were still then regarded as special people. When I’ve spoken to fans from the 1930’s and 40’s, they’ve regaled me with similar stories of their favourites. In those days the Wanderers were a top team and more easily approachable. They were spotted in local pubs at lunch times etc. Also then, we fully expected to beat the likes of Chelsea, City or Arsenal. United were always a bit different! Unfortunately, we have roller-coasted since those halcyon days, but witnessed some truly fantastic players nevertheless. Chris has mentioned a few of them. But like he said, we would never dream of not supporting them or changing clubs. Like it or not we are part of the fabric and history of Bolton Wanderers. And that will never end. Having said that, don’t worry, it won’t be long before we are back on top. Mark my words, things are about to get better, or my name’s not Grumble!!


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