Bolton Wanderers FC

Bolton Wanderers were among the twelve teams that were the originals members of the English Football League. They came in fifth place the first season (1888/1889) and in other words, it is a club with plenty of history. The club has never won the top leagues, but both FA Cup and the League Cup. Two of the most prominent players over the years are Joe Smith and Nat Lofthouse.

Basic facts

Founded: 1874
Country: England
City: Liverpool

Home grounds

Park Recreation Ground (1874-1881)
Pike’s Lane (1881-1895)
Burnden Park (1895-1997)
Reebok Stadium (1997-)

Main trophies

FA Cup: 4
Football League Cup: 2

Bolton Wanderers old photo
Men from Bolton Wanderers in 53rd Field Regiment during WWII.

History

Bolton Wanderers FC was founded in 1874, not to be confused with Wanderers FC, by pupils in Christ Church School on Blackburn Street. The second name “Wanderers” came from the fact that the club often changed head quarter.

They reach the FA Cup final for the first time in the 1893-94 season, and ended as runners-up. Almost twenty years later, in the 1922-23 edition, they won the FA Cup for the first time.

They were constantly playing in one of the two highest tiers in the league system until they were relegated to the third division 1983 after finishing last in Second Division. After another move in wrong direction, to the fourth division for one season in the 1980s, they ran from the lowest to the highest tier in English professional football in only seven years, and when the Division One became Premier League, Bolton was one of the participating teams.

By Oscar Anderson

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Trivia

Football clubs also founded in 1874

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League statistics

League record

Titles in total: 0
Premier League titles: 0
First participation: 1888-1889

All seasons

Season League Position Points Notes
2018-19 Championship 23 32  
2017-18 Championship 21 43  
2016-17 League One 2 86 Promoted
2015-16 Championship 24 30 Relegated
2014-15 Championship 18 51  
2013-14 Championship 14 59  
2012-13 Championship 7 68  
2011-12 Premier League 18 36 Relegated
2010-11 Premier League 14 46  
2009-10 Premier League 14 39  
2008-09 Premier League 13 41  
2007-08 Premier League 16 37  
2006-07 Premier League 7 56  
2005-06 Premier League 8 56  
2004-05 Premier League 6 58  
2003-04 Premier League 8 53  
2002-03 Premier League 17 44  
2001-02 Premier League 16 40  
2000-01 1st Division 3 87  
1999-00 1st Division 6 76  
1998-99 1st Division 6 76  
1997-98 Premier League 18 40 Relegated
1996-97 1st Division 1 98 Promoted
1995-96 Premier League 20 29 Relegated
1994-95 1st Division 3 77 Promoted
1993-94 1st Division 14 59  
1992-93 2nd Division 2 90 Promoted
1991-92 3rd Division 13 59 Promoted
1990-91 3rd Division 4 83  
1989-90 3rd Division 6 69  
1988-89 3rd Division 10 64  
1987-88 4th Division 3 78 Promoted
1986-87 3rd Division 21 45 Relegated
1985-86 3rd Division 18 53  
1984-85 3rd Division 17 54  
1983-84 3rd Division 10 64  
1982-83 2nd Division 22 44 Relegated
1981-82 2nd Division 19 46  
1980-81 2nd Division 18 38  
1979-80 1st Division 22 25  
1978-79 1st Division 17 35  
1977-78 2nd Division 1 58 Promoted
1976-77 2nd Division 4 51  
1975-76 2nd Division 4 52  
1974-75 2nd Division 10 42  
1973-74 2nd Division 11 42  
1972-73 3rd Division 1 61 Promoted
1971-72 3rd Division 7 50  
1970-71 2nd Division 22 24 Relegated
1969-70 2nd Division 16 36  
1968-69 2nd Division 17 38  
1967-68 2nd Division 12 39  
1966-67 2nd Division 9 42  
1965-66 2nd Division 9 41  
1964-65 2nd Division 3 50  
1963-64 1st Division 21 28 Relegated
1962-63 1st Division 18 35  
1961-62 1st Division 11 42  
1960-61 1st Division 18 35  
1959-60 1st Division 6 48  
1958-59 1st Division 4 50  
1957-58 1st Division 15 38  
1956-57 1st Division 9 44  
1955-56 1st Division 8 43  
1954-55 1st Division 18 39  
1953-54 1st Division 5 48  
1952-53 1st Division 14 39  
1951-52 1st Division 5 48  
1950-51 1st Division 8 45  
1949-50 1st Division 16 34  
1948-49 1st Division 14 38  
1947-48 1st Division 17 37  
1946-47 1st Division 18 34  
1939-46 - - - WWII
1938-39 1st Division 8 45  
1937-38 1st Division 7 45  
1936-37 1st Division 20 34  
1935-36 1st Division 13 41  
1934-35 2nd Division 2 56 Promoted
1933-34 2nd Division 3 51  
1932-33 1st Division 21 33 Relegated
1931-32 1st Division 17 38  
1930-31 1st Division 14 39  
1929-30 1st Division 15 39  
1928-29 1st Division 14 40  
1927-28 1st Division 7 43  
1926-27 1st Division 4 48  
1925-26 1st Division 8 44  
1924-25 1st Division 3 55  
1923-24 1st Division 4 50  
1922-23 1st Division 13 40  
1921-22 1st Division 6 47  
1920-21 1st Division 3 52  
1919-20 1st Division 6 47  
1915-19 - - - WWI
1914-15 1st Division 17 30  
1913-14 1st Division 6 42  
1912-13 1st Division 8 42  
1911-12 1st Division 4 43  
1910-11 2nd Division 2 51 Promoted
1909-10 1st Division 20 24 Relegated
1908-09 2nd Division 1 52 Promoted
1907-08 1st Division 19 33 Relegated
1906-07 1st Division 6 44  
1905-06 1st Division 6 41  
1904-05 2nd Division 2 56 Promoted
1903-04 2nd Division 7 34  
1902-03 1st Division 18 19 Relegated
1901-02 1st Division 12 32  
1900-01 1st Division 10 33  
1899-00 2nd Division 2 52 Promoted
1898-99 1st Division 17 25 Relegated
1897-98 1st Division 11 26  
1896-97 1st Division 8 30  
1895-96 1st Division 4 37  
1894-95 1st Division 10 25  
1893-94 1st Division 13 24  
1892-93 1st Division 5 32  
1891-92 Football League 3 36  
1890-91 Football League 5 25  
1889-90 Football League 9 19  
1888-89 Football League 5 22  

Note. The 1939-40 season was abandoned after three rounds and is therefore excluded.

Premier League – facts, stats and history

References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolton_Wanderers_F.C.

Image sources:
Imperial War Museums