Much has been made of Bolton Wanderers’ financial woes, and their situation appears to lurch from one disaster to another.
The Trotters have not only suffered relegation to League One, but are heading into administration. We’ve seen players go unpaid, a game called off over a strike and all manner of other financial nightmares.
Ken Anderson has run the club into the ground, and they will start next season on -12 points due to their administration. Today’s latest news highlighted just how bad the situation is.
With staff going unpaid, Wanderers have been forced to set up an emergency food bank. It’s a frankly absurd position for any football club, especially one in the Championship this past season.
Remarkably though, North End have answered the call. An ‘unnamed’ Championship club donated £2000 worth of food vouchers to Bolton, and it’s emerged that the club in question is Preston.
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A North End spokesperson has also offered comments to BBC Radio Manchester, acknowledging that it’s important to stick together. The spokesperson added that North End didn’t make the gesture for publicity, and wished Bolton all the best.
North End also called on other clubs to join the aid. After all, North End are far from the biggest club in the area. Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United…even Burnley, Blackburn and Wigan, all possibly in a place to help out.
For now, North End appear to be the only ones, and all credit to Trevor Hemmings, Peter Ridsdale and all involved for making such a great gesture to a local rival.