Great Reputations: Bolton Wanderers, cup kings of the 1920s

Lancashire was the heartland of early industrial football. Look at the first Football League of 1888-89 and you’ll see that five of the 12 pioneers were Lancastrian. Bolton Wanderers were one of the five and it fifth place was where they ended up in 1888-89. The “Trotters” were not one of the more successful clubs from the region, although they finished runners-up in 1894 and reached the FA Cup final in 1904. It wasn’t until the 1920s that Bolton really made their name. In the days when winning the FA Cup meant as much as topping the championship table, Bolton … Continue reading Great Reputations: Bolton Wanderers, cup kings of the 1920s

Calling in on….Portsmouth, the Pompey clangers

I should have expected it. Two clubs, positioned at 86 and 91 in the rankings, terrified of making the drop into non-league football. Portsmouth and Torquay. The home side, reeling after three relegations in four years, the visitors looking like they might become something of a yo-yo club. Welcome to Fratton Park, “owned by Pompey fans”. Traditional football fans can’t help but like the place. It’s an old-fashioned ground with huge floodlights – the sort that help you  navigate a city like Portsmouth. Just what the locals – Pompey have neighbours as close as one door away from the Fratton … Continue reading Calling in on….Portsmouth, the Pompey clangers