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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

A Bolton Perspective of Bolton and QPR


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Many thanks to Maudesfishnchips for conducting this interview on behalf of QPR Report.

Many thanks to Lofthouse Lower from http://the-wanderer.co.uk/

How long have you supported Bolton?

Too long. First game was vs Brighton in 1992, aged 9yrs

How long have you been involved with your Website? How did you get to your site?

Not too long. Got on via a recommendation from a close chum

Who's Bolton’s biggest Rival (or Rivals)?

Bury or Tranmere, though I could give you a valid reason for having an enmity with most other football clubs

Are you happy with your team and how things are? – What are your opinions on Owen Coyle’s spending this summer?

Very pleased with the outgoings, some real deadwood has gone - as for incomings well am very pleased with Coker and Pratley - Mears and Eagles less so but will always have faith in the manager.

What do you think of the current - and previous- Owners? WHY are they involved? WHO ARE THEY?! What do you expect? Could they realistically have done more to boost your chances?

Eddie Davies - kettle element magnate and not-very-rich-by-Mittal-standards old chap. Wouldn't be in the top flight without him, though if you listen to some of our more uneducated supporters you'd think he was some miserly old scrooge holding us back

How do you think Bolton treats its fans? Appreciates them? Listens to them? Screws them?

No-one is ever happy with how their club is run, but I think we get a better deal than some. You wouldn't find our lot suddenly ramping up ticket prices in an attempt to turn us into some kind of *** boutique football club. (edit by maudesfishnchips )

Who are you Dangermen/Most valued/most overrated/most underrated players?

Dangerman - Petrov
Most valued - Cahill
Most overrated - Cahill
Most underrated - Holden

Are you happy with your youth set up? Is your club doing enough to bring young/local talent through the ranks?

Getting better of late. Not brought anyone through since Hunt and Nolan - though I would caution that things look on the up - we invested in the youth setup 4/5 years ago and we're starting to see the fruits of that.

Josh Vela was on the bench for the final game of last season, he's the Academy Player of the Year and a really good midfield prospect.

We paid £250,000 to Oldham for Tom Eaves after he scored a hattrick against us last pre-season, he took time to settle but has since gone on to score 10 in 10 at the arse-end of last year for the reserves. He's going to be a good'un.

Adam Blakeman is a young left back/left winger who we signed after his release from Liverpool - has a really nice left peg and scores plenty of goals. He was on the cusp of the first team too.

Mark Connolly was signed from Wolves for £1m as a 16yr old, he captains the reserves and will be in the first team squad this season.

Rhys Bennett is a classy ball-playing centre half, who is on loan to Falkirk at the moment getting rave reviews and is gaining useful experience. This lad will go far.

Jay Lynch is a 16yr old goalkeeper and the best prospect of the lot. He'll go far.

One we lost is Kyle Bartley at Arsenal, swiped away for £1.5m about two years ago and seems to be progressing well.

Things are looking up for our youngsters.............for once.

Who would you say was the greatest Bolton player that you yourself personally saw? (You can name more than one if it's that close!)

Fernando Hierro - class

Your prediction for Bolton this season?

Mid-table would suffice, anything above would be great, below wouldn't be a shock

Are you aware of any player or manager links between our two clubs past and present?

Les Ferdinand played for us - that's about it from the top of my head

What is your view and the general Bolton view of QPR (If we even feature in your consciousness) or of Neil Warnock?

Love him. Work with a Blade who never shuts up about his love for him. Any man who has a chapter in his autobiography devoted to how much he hates Megson is fine by me.

What are your past Encounter Memories - Best Memory/Worst Memory of Past QPR- Encounters? Who is your memorable QPR Player over the years?

I remember Kevin Gallen well, but only through Championship Manager. My match memory comes from the first game of our then-record breaking season when we won 1-2 with goals from SJM and Tomo, if memory serves. Don't like your ground

What do you think of our owners? Have our ticket prices affected your travelling support?

W****rs. Yes we've got a little boycott going - sold about 200 tickets as a result. Feel sorry for your regular supporters but from the outside in it just smacks of greed and short-termism.

Your score prediction for QPR v Bolton?


What, realistically, do you think Bolton are capable of achieving in the next five years?

Getting back into regular European football would be a delight, realistically to still be in the league would be a massive achievement.

What one or two questions do you wish I had asked you (and how would you have responded?!)

You haven't asked if I'm single or not.......I'm not

Again many thanks to Many thanks to Lofthouse Lower from http://the-wanderer.co.uk/

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