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In Pictures: Bolton’s journey over 145 years

Wanderers have been saved from league expulsion following a takeover.

Bolton marking the 125th anniversary of the Football League (Dave Thompson/PA)
Bolton marking the 125th anniversary of the Football League (Dave Thompson/PA)

By PA Sport Staff

Bolton will survive beyond their 145 years to date after a takeover was completed to save the stricken Sky Bet League One club from expulsion from the English Football League.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at Wanderers’ history in pictures.

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Fans congregate on the pitch at the 1923 FA Cup final at Wembley, where Bolton beat West Ham 2-0 to lift the trophy for the first time (PA Archive)
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Bolton also won the FA Cup in 1926, beating Manchester City 1-0 in the final at Wembley (PA Archive)
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Bolton captain Nat Lofthouse holds aloft the FA Cup following their 2-0 win over Manchester United at Wembley in 1958 – the last of Wanderers’ four FA Cup triumphs (PA Archive)
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Bolton great Lofthouse scored 255 goals for his hometown club between 1946 and 1960. He also netted 30 times in 33 appearances for England (PA Archive)
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Bolton added the Sherpa Van Trophy (Football League Trophy) to their silverware collection in 1989 after beating Torquay 4-1 in the final (PA Archive)
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Bolton established a reputation as FA Cup giantkillers in the mid-1990s, knocking out several top-flight teams, including holders Arsenal in a fourth-round replay (above) at Highbury in 1994 (John Giles/PA)
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Bolton held an auction at their Burnden Park ground ahead of the move to their new stadium in 1997 (Dave Kendall/PA)
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Burnden Park had been Bolton’s home for over 100 years (PA Archive)
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Bolton moved to the Reebok Stadium – now known as the University of Bolton Stadium – in 1997 (Dave Howarth/PA)
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After several seasons bouncing between the top two divisions, Bolton beat Preston in the 2001 Division One play-off final to win promotion back to the Premiership – where they would stay for the next 11 seasons (Tom Hevezi/PA)
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Bolton manager Sam Allardyce celebrates Premiership survival in 2003, when Wanderers finished one place and two points above the drop zone (PA Archive)
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Bolton, boasting the international talents such as Jay-Jay Okocha (pictured), Youri Djorkaeff and Ivan Campo, reached the 2004 Carling Cup final but were beaten 2-1 by Middlesbrough (Nick Potts/PA)
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Bolton were relegated from the Premier League in 2012 and dropped down to League One in 2016 (Dave Howarth/PA)
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Bolton have been beset by financial problems in recent years (Martin Rickett/PA)

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