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Bolton Wanderers F.C.

Bolton Wanderers F.C.
Football club information
Full nameBolton Wanderers Football Club
NicknameThe Trotters, The Wanderers, The Whites, The White Men
Founded1874 (as Christ Church FC)
StadiumReebok Stadium (capacity : 28101)
OwnerEddie Davies
ChairmanPhil Gartside
ManagerOwen Coyle
LeaguePremier League
2010 11Premier League, 14th
Current season2011 12 Bolton Wanderers F.C. season

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Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional association football club based in the area of Horwich in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater Manchester. They began their current spell in the Premier League in 2001.

Founder members of the Football League, Bolton were a successful cup side in the 1920s, winning the FA Cup three times. The club won the cup a fourth time in 1958 thanks to two Nat Lofthouse goals. A leaner spell followed, reaching a nadir in 1987 when the club spent a season in the Fourth Division. The club regained top-flight status in 1995 after a 15-year absence; their current spell in the top division started in 2001. In 2005 06 they participated in European competition for the first time, reaching the last 32 of the UEFA Cup. Bolton qualified for the 2007 08 tournament by finishing 7th in the 2006 07 Premier League season and this time they managed to reach the last 16 of the competition. Bolton Wanderers moved to the Reebok Stadium in 1997. Their former home was Burnden Park, where they played for 102 years.

Bolton have spent the highest number of seasons in the top flight without winning the title (the 2010 11 season was their 72nd, non-consecutive, year in the top flight). The highest position they have achieved in the top flight is third in the Football League First Division on three occasions (1891 92, 1920 21 and 1924 25).

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