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Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Richard Hammond, of Top Gear, takes charge of Bolton.
Started on 1 August 2014 by squirmy420 / First Post
Latest Reply on 7 September 2014 by squirmy420 / Last Post
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A formidable started 5 wins out of 5! Congratulations, and good luck!
great start mate, awesome results and fantastic detail in your update! keep it up!

Clarkson Issues First Media Response to Hammond “Crisis”


Top Gear co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson has finally come forward to media outlets to voice his displeasure with fellow presenter Richard Hammond after the latter's decision to quit Top Gear and focus on football. Something Clarkson says, “Hamster (Hammond) showed little to no desire to know more about football or any other sport. He liked Zonda’s, not Zaha’s.”

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Pagani Zonda F

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Wilfried Zaha, by comparison.

Many are speculating that this might not only be a result of last seasons “special” in which James May and Clarkson were especially rough on Hammond. However, Clarkson did go further stating, “Hammond, we want you back at the show. You’re an element lost, and a great friend who I feel is doing something awfully silly with his already lucrative career in motoring. I, we, May and I, do hope you come to your sense. We’d like you to come back home.”

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Clarkson issues first media response since Hammond “quit” Top Gear.
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5 yearsEdited

Transfer window Slams Shut!



Bolton weren’t the most active club in the transfer market this season.

Transfers In

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Will Keane: Brought in to play back-up to a weaker striking line here at the Reebok. He’ll get his time on the field and hopefully his youth can bring some energy to the front late in games.

Franco Zuculini: Brought in for Free after his contract with Real Zaragoza expired. At only 22 years old and valued at 1.6 million pounds I’d say he was a marvelous piece of business for the Trotters.

Paul Robinson: Brought in for cheap as a backup for Marc Tierney our only other left back at the club, he was the only player the Wanderers spend cash on in this window. Doubtful field time unless Tierney gets hurt.

Sofian Chahed: Another free transfer brought over from Germany where the 30 year old right back spent his whole career. He is another player brought in to back up a thin defensive line for Bolton Wanderers.

Transfers Out

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No major transfers out. All younger players going out on loan, hopefully to get some first team time and actually play some competitive games for a club. Maybe to build interest and sell later on in January of next season for some funds.
love the Clarkson update, and great August
2014-08-04 17:38#188213 fzemdegs : love the Clarkson update, and great August

Thanks, mate! I had tons of fun writing the Clarkson update. Expect more top gear media fights in the future.

September in Review


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Bolton Wanderers had another very strong month under the leadership of Richard Hammond, breaking the consecutive win records for the Championship at 12 in a row. Hammond has spoken to media earlier saying, “It was a great drive for me this month to prove to my old mates at Top Gear that I am where I need to be right now. I loved my time on the tele, but I think it’s time to exercise my mind and body in a way that tele presenting would never allow. I still love my Zondas but I really love to watch my boys win!”

Bolton started the month with a game vs promotion hopefuls Leeds United. It was highly anticipated game, as many Leeds fans hoped that Hammonds first month with the Trotters was more of a fluke than actual talent.

However, in the 9th minute Andre Mortiz found himself with a free kick at his feet within his range, and unfortunately for Leeds fans, he’d worn his shooting boots today. Displaying a wonderful left foot shot into the top left corner of the goal.

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Andre Moritz hits a deadly free kick with his left foot in the opening 10 minutes.

Leeds fought there way back into the game 3 minutes after the half hour when Jordan Bowery found himself in the box at a tight angle and tried his luck, barley skipping past keeper Adam Bogan and in.

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Bowery gets clear in the box and tucks one in for Leeds.

It only took the Wanderers ten minutes to claw their way back in front with David Ngog calmly finishing past charging keeper Paddy Kennedy after getting free of the back line and through on goal.

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David Ngog winds up to tuck one home for Bolton.

The game went into halftime with the Trotters up 2-1, and looking the better team for their chances in a close battle. However, ten minutes after opening up the half, a sloppy clearance by David Wheater and a poor effort from Marc Tierney allowed Stephan Warnock to score a wonderfully placed header that Adam Bogdan could only get a finger to in an attempt to stop it.

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Marc Tierney misjudges the ball, allowing Stephan Warnock to get up and head it home.

With things being played and tried by both teams it was a fairly open affair at 2-2. However, with the teams looking set to share a point and the spoils, Lee Chung Young came up big for the Trotters literally as the clock hit 90 minutes. Finding himself through on goal, he slotted into the net right behind the far post in the side netting to huge cheers from the fans. Richard Hammond was off his seat and happy to continue his winning streak, and Chungy was definitely the man behind it.

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Lee Chung Youngs shot finds its home just behind the far post in the net in a 90th minute thriller.

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Bolton were allowed the luxury of another short travel to Reebok stadium to play against Derby. Unfettered from conceding twice and waiting until the 90th minute to win, Richard Hammond was obviously cocky coming into this game. He met the press before hand saying, “If we play like we have this season, we’ll win by one or two goals, and keep the clean sheet for Adam.”

It took 27 minutes but Ngog started the scoring into an open net after a wonderful series of play in which Lee Chung Young beat two men on the right wing before hit a lovely ball to Andre Mortiz who tapped it out of the air with his left foot, past the diving keeper and the two sprawling centerbacks into the path of inform striker David Ngog for his 6th goal of the season.

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David Ngog scores into basically an open net after a wonderful series of passes.

Roughly 9 minutes later, Ngog finished off the scoring and a lovely brace by keeping his head and sliding a shot low past the helpless keeper Lee Grant.

The second half was a rough one, seeing both teams get yellow cards and Adam Bogdan make a number of key saves to finish with a match rating of a 7.6.

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Andre Mortiz’s lovely through ball need only be tapped home by David Ngog for his 7th of the season.

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The next game saw Bolton travel to play against Brighton in what turned out to be an overly physical game with both sides receiving many knocks and quite a few cards. David Wheater managed to find the net late in the first half stoppage time for the only goal of the game as he smashed home a Chris Eagles corner kick with a thumping header.

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David Wheater rises tall to head home the only goal of the night.

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Boltons next game would be a Capital One Cup game vs QPR, who they defeated earlier this season 3-0 thanks to a Ngog hat-trick. This game felt very much the same as the Trotters warmed up in front of their traveling fans in Loftus Road.

However it did not start the same, when the Trotters gave up an 11th minute free kick and Niko Kranjcar managed to find the top corner of the net with a wonderful effort.

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Kranjcar watches his shot go goalwards after hitting it sublimely.

Things did not look good for the Wanderers, however, late into the first half Marc Tierney made a lovely run down the left side a drove a dangerous cross in low towards the near post which Julio Cesar could not deal with and ended up scoring it himself.

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Tierney’s driven cross is too dangerous of Julio Cesar and he ends up scoring and embarrassing own goal.

Three minutes later, in the stoppage time of the first half Chris Eagles broke free from his defender on the left and managed to loft in a lovely ball for Zuculini to volley home for his second goal of the campaign.

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Franco Zuculini scores the second goal in his Wanderers career when it matters most.

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Injury Report Lee Chung Young suffered a gashed leg after a sliding challenge from Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the 59th minutes and will miss 4-6 weeks.

Bolton traveled back to the Reebok stadium for their next and final match of the month vs recent promotion winners Yeovil. It was a very physical game, with both sides suffering a game ending injury and a number of yellow cards being produced. However, David Ngog, before suffering a game ending injury, was able to tuck in another goal, for his 8th of the season, matching the number of goals he scored in the best year of his career.

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Ngog’s glancing foot manages to be enough to create a goal, and win the match.

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Injury Report David Ngog suffered a bruised rib going up for a header on a corner kick and will miss between 11 days and 2 weeks of time.

Richard Hammond once again proved that Bolton Wanderers Football Club are a force to be reckoned with this year, winning 4 more league games and another cup game. Fans are really beginning to flock behind him and his Trotters and are beginning to think, after two months of victories if he will get them back to top flight football faster than expected.

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Wanderers sit top of the table, 6 points up on Leicester, who had a perfect month as well but started this season much more rockily than the Wanderers did.

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Next Months Fixtures

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Brilliant, win-filled month for Bolton there!! Fantastic detail in your updates as well, really enjoying this :)
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This is an outstanding start, but Fm wise and story wise. The attention to detail in this story is really something, and I'll continue to follow this. You look a good bet for promotion! :)
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@Neal Thank you sooo much for your help! Glad you're enjoying this!

@TheMadridista Thanks you for your support! Means a lot having some good followers!
Outstanding start, detail in your updates are great, too!
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Hahaha yes Jeremy! Not long until he comes to the training ground and starts a using any Mexican players! :D :O
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great month, and brilliant detail :D

Breaking News


David Ngog seals future to the Wanderers after putting pen to paper on a 3 year deal.

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“I’m happy to stay here at Reebok stadium. The fans love me, the coach, (Richard Hammond), is proving to me that we have a chance of playing at a higher level, and has really given me the responsibility to lead his attacking line up. It’s nice playing for a coach that believe in your skill and ability.”

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Hammond was his usual cheery self when asked about the contract negotiations, “It’s simple David Ngog has proved himself to this club, and to me. He was on his last year and I felt it was better to secure his future now rather than fighting for it later.”

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“David has a physical ability to get himself into the places to score vital goals, and he also has the strength to fight for those places in the box. Once he starts to perfect his technical abilities with the ball, there’s no reason he can’t be a top striker in the Premiership.”

Hammond seemed thrilled to answer question now that he’s settled into his role in charge of Bolton Wanderers, and was all smiles as usual.

“We’re more than happy to pay David the kind of money he deserves when he scoring goals at the level he has been and the quality of goals he has. Even with the minor injury he’s suffered we’re sure he’ll come back stronger and better than ever.”

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Ngog's been in great form, fantastic that you've tied him down with a new deal! Long may the goals flow :D

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