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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match 16:02 - Aug 21 with 1057 viewsCrawfordsboot

On first take I had some sympathy with Bolton not wanting to overplay their youngsters but on reflection I think they should not be allowed to get away with this. It is not fair on other clubs that play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday for them to have to play against a Bolton team that is rested and fresh. Sooner or later one of those teams will be leggy and get beaten.

Its sad but either they need to put a proper team out and fulfil their fixture obligations, or they should withdraw from the league.

When you see that Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Macclesfield are all struggling in the shadows of United and City it highlights the fact that a league structure that dates from the forties and fifties, when travel was difficult, is today totally impractical and that the 90 odd teams in the league should be heavily pruned.
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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:05 - Aug 21 with 1021 viewsGeoffSentence

Too right they should be punished. They are playing for time until the takeover goes through and they can play those like Adam Thompson whose signing is delayed due to the takeover.

The game against Donny will be re-arranged and when they do play it Bolton will be in a much stronger position.

In the 38 games in which ALB played in goal for us, we averaged 1.53 points per game which, had they been over the course of a single season, would have seen us challenging for the play offs. This at a time when we were otherwise struggling against relegation. Oh, and didn't Mick Mills have terrific posture.
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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:25 - Aug 21 with 945 viewsclive_baker

Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:05 - Aug 21 by GeoffSentence

Too right they should be punished. They are playing for time until the takeover goes through and they can play those like Adam Thompson whose signing is delayed due to the takeover.

The game against Donny will be re-arranged and when they do play it Bolton will be in a much stronger position.


Agreed. It’s absolute BS this excuse for not playing their young players 3 times per week or whatever. If there were 7 or 8 academy players featured last match, then they should be forced to rotate them for 7 or 8 that didn’t play. As you say they’re playing for time and I hope they have the book thrown at them. Horrible situation for them but not acceptable that they’re manipulating it to push back as many fixtures as possible.

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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:34 - Aug 21 with 905 viewsjaykay

i could understand this if they had been playing 3 games a week for a month or so, but this early in the seasons is not on.
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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:37 - Aug 21 with 887 viewsBloomBlue

Maybe just the current Prem and Championship teams?
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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:44 - Aug 21 with 853 viewsPinewoodblue

Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:25 - Aug 21 by clive_baker

Agreed. It’s absolute BS this excuse for not playing their young players 3 times per week or whatever. If there were 7 or 8 academy players featured last match, then they should be forced to rotate them for 7 or 8 that didn’t play. As you say they’re playing for time and I hope they have the book thrown at them. Horrible situation for them but not acceptable that they’re manipulating it to push back as many fixtures as possible.


Bolton still haven't been punished for not playing the last game of last season. Time must be running out the transfer window closes in ten days so presumably after then they can't sign loan players etc.

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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:46 - Aug 21 with 836 viewsBigManBlue

Yes. It's starting to bring the integrity of the league into question. If we're talking about protecting players, then that's fine , but then Bolton will just have to field different players, not have the match put off.

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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:50 - Aug 21 with 816 viewsHerbivore

Was it Bolton that cancelled it? I didn't think a club could do that. Surely the game should be forfeited rather than postponed?

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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:50 - Aug 21 with 823 viewsIllinoisblue

didn't realise Pompey v Rotherham has been postponed this weekend too. Clashes with a music festival which seems like a bad case of planning from pompey and the EFL fixture dept.

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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:59 - Aug 21 with 779 viewsPinewoodblue

Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:50 - Aug 21 by Illinoisblue

didn't realise Pompey v Rotherham has been postponed this weekend too. Clashes with a music festival which seems like a bad case of planning from pompey and the EFL fixture dept.


With the agreement of the away side and the approval of the league

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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 17:03 - Aug 21 with 765 viewsIllinoisblue

Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:59 - Aug 21 by Pinewoodblue

With the agreement of the away side and the approval of the league


I know that. Just seems like bad planning given that clubs have the opportunity to tell the EFL about any requests to play away on certain weekends. The usual catch-all "safety reasons" cited for the postponement as if having a football game on and a music festival on is somehow impossible to deal with.

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Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 17:08 - Aug 21 with 738 viewslinhdi

Should Bolton be punished for cancelling their match on 16:44 - Aug 21 by Pinewoodblue

Bolton still haven't been punished for not playing the last game of last season. Time must be running out the transfer window closes in ten days so presumably after then they can't sign loan players etc.


Glad you've reminded us that Bolton have not been punished for failing to fulfil a fixture last season. EFL should be reminded too, just in case they want to sweep this under the carpet.

They should have been relegated 2 divisions for that failure alone.
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