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9 December 2022

Shrewsbury Town welcome Bolton Wanderers to Montgomery Waters Meadow this Saturday in the Sky Bet League One. Kick-off is at 12:30.

Last Saturday, Salop scored in either half to secure a 2-0 win at home against Lincoln City. Luke Leahy’s goal from the penalty spot in first-half stoppage time gave Steve Cotterill’s side a 1-0 lead going into the break. Tom Bayliss then made it two with his goal in the 60th minute.

Bolton’s last outing in the league ended in a 1-1 draw at home against Bristol Rovers. The visitors took the lead after just two minutes, but a dramatic finish saw Dion Charles score in the 94th minute to rescue a point for Bolton.

There have been 27 meetings between Bolton and Shrewsbury, with Salop winning on eight occasions, drawing eight and losing 15. The sides last met in the previous Sky Bet League One campaign. Bolton won the fixture at Montgomery Waters Meadow 1-0 in January this year and were also victorious in the reverse fixture, winning 2-1 in October 2021.

Name: Bolton Wanderers

Stadium: University of Bolton Stadium

Founded: 1874 (148 years ago as Christ Church F.C.)

Chairman: Sharon Brittan

Manager: Ian Evatt

Record win (in any competition): 13-0 vs Sheffield United, FA Cup Second Round, 1st February 1890

Record defeat (in any competition): 1-9 vs Preston North End, FA Cup Second Round, December 10th 1887

Highest league finish: Premier League 6th, Barclays Premier League, 2004/2005 season

One to watch: Oladapo Afolayan

Winger/forward Oladapo Afolayan was voted the Club’s Player of the Year last season after scoring fourteen goals across all competitions. Initially, Afolayan joined Bolton on loan on the 1st of February 2021 but made the switch permanent from West Ham in May 2021. So far, Afolayan has netted three times in the league and once in both the EFL Trophy and the League Cup this season.

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