Bolton Wanderers F.C. Reserves and Academy

Infobox Football club
current = Bolton Wanderers F.C. season 2008-09#Reserves_and_Academy
clubname = Bolton Wanderers Reserves

fullname = Bolton Wanderers F.C. Reserves
nickname = The Trotters
founded = 1874 (as "Christ Church FC")
ground = County Ground
capacity =
manager = flagicon|ENG Alan Cork (Reserves)
flagicon|ENG Jimmy Phillips (Under-18s)
league = Premier Reserve League
Premier Academy League
season = 2007-08

position = Premier Reserve League North 10th
Premier Academy League
Under-18 Group C, 9th

Reserve team

Bolton Wanderers Reserves play in the Barclays Premiership Reserve League North. They also participate in the Manchester Senior Cup, although in recent years the teams entered in this competition have featured an increasing number of youth players.

The current Reserve team manager is Alan Cork, who was appointed in the summer of 2008. Bolton Wanderers Reserves play their home games at the County Ground in Leyland, the home ground of the Lancashire F.A.

Throughout the history of Bolton Wanderers F.C. many of the club's best known players have progressed through the reserve team. These include current first team squad members Kevin Nolan, Nicky Hunt and Joey O'Brien.

The Academy

The Bolton Wanderers Academy was established in 1998 and is based at the club and the main training ground. It replaced the older, more informal youth system, and enables the club to focus their youth development and scouting, employing new techniques and FA standards.

It is overseen by former Bolton Wanderers F.C. player Jimmy Phillips. It provides a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Bolton Wanderers.

Scouts attend many local youth matches looking for talented boys. A boy will then be invited to attend training sessions at the Academy. They are taken in as young as the age of eight. At this age, the boys start by simply attending after-school training sessions, but as they reach their middle-teens, their academic needs will be taken over by the Academy if they are deemed athletically-talented enough.

Between the ages of eight and twelve the boys play in eight-a-side games of three twenty-minute periods. It allows the boys to play as defenders or as attackers in small groups within a system and is not as physically-demanding as playing eleven-a-side matches.

The first player to graduate from the Academy to the first team was the current club captain, Kevin Nolan who had previously been on the youth books of Liverpool. He has since been followed into the first team by Joey O'Brien, Ricardo Vaz Te and Bolton born Nicky Hunt



The following players are expected to play for the reserves during the Premier Reserve League 2008-09. In addition, all members of the first team squad are eligible to play for the reserves, as are players from the Academy. Additionally, some of the younger players in the reserves may still feature for the academy side:

"As of 08 August 2008."cite web|url=,,1004,00.html||accessdate=2008-09-03|title=First Team Players And Staff] "Squad Numbers refer to players' first team squad number (for season 2008-09), where applicable. Reserve and youth games are 1-11."

Academy (Under-18s)

The following players are expected to play for the team during the Premier Academy League 2008-09.

"As of 07 August, 2008."cite web|url=,,1004~1365309,00.html||accessdate=2008-09-03|title=Bolton Wanderers F.C. Youth Squad - 2008 -09]


Current coaching staff

* Reserve team coach: flagicon|ENG Alan Cork
* Academy director: flagicon|ENG Jimmy Phillips
* Academy assistant director: flagicon|ENG Peter Farrell
* Academy assistant director: flagicon|ENG Pete Almond
* Head of education, welfare, child protection officer: flagicon|ENG Fran Walsh
* International academy manager: flagicon|ENG John Hindley
* Academy physiotherapist: flagicon|ENG Steve Foster
* Academy sports psychologist: flagicon|ENG Clive Reeves
* Academy doctor: flagicon|ENG Dr. Phil Riley
* Academy fitness coach: flagicon|ENG Andy Renshaw

In addition, the reserves and academy employ staff from the first-team.


External links

* [ Bolton Wanderers FC Official Website]
** [,,1004~1019188,00.html The Academy]
** [,,1004,00.html1st Team/Reserves Squad Profiles]
** [,,1004,00.html Reserves Fixtures and Results]
** [,,1004,00.html Under-18s Fixtures and Results]

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