Vital Football

Latest Bolton Wanderers News

Joey O`Brien`s Big Season

Joey O`Brien`s Big Season

Go back twelve months and things were looking very different for Bolton midfielder Joey O`Brien. Then, he was preparing to return to the game after a season long lay-off with a knee injury. Yesterday, the 22 year-old was included in the Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly against Norway.

O`Brien is a product of Bolton`s youth academy and his development included a loan stint at Sheffield Wednesday, where he was highly regarded. On returning to the Reebok he was included in the team as a stand-in right back when Nicky Hunt was injured and performed the role so well that many considered him to be first-choice for the position. It also led to the first of three caps for his country.

Then came the injury that was originally diagnosed as tendonitis and which was to keep him out for all of last season. O`Brien struggled on his return, as players who have suffered long term injury often do, but by the end of the campaign, he was one of the better performers, in his preferred midfield holding role.

This time round things look promising for the young Irishman. He is well thought of by Gary Megson and has the ability and mentality to cement a place in midfield. Judging by his pre-season performances he has added mobility to his game and got on the score sheet with a spectacular strike at Doncaster.

The holding role has been a vital component of Bolton`s play over the past few years. It has been filled with distinction, most notably by Ivan Campo. That`s a hard act to follow and Joey O`Brien is a completely different sort of player, but he has the potential to do the job just as well.



Message Board

To visit the message board click here. This board needs YOU to join in. If you have an existing forum you are interested in moving over to Vital, we can offer free hosting. Get in touch!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Richard McCormick
Date:Thursday August 14 2008
Time: 11:35AM

Best of Vital Network

Vital Boxing - Can Crolla Beat Linares?

Login to post a comment

Recent Bolton Wanderers Articles

Vital Bolton Wants You!

Consider this a recruitment drive for new writers. Interested? Come this way

Amos Loaned Out

Ben Amos has joined Cardiff, and suddenly we could do with a goalkeeper being signed.

Preview: Charlton v Bolton

It has been a superb start to the season but Bolton face their toughest test so far tomorrow when they make their second trip to South London in the space of three weekends.

While four wins from four is not to be sniffed at, going by the league table it's a step up in opposotion awaiting the Whites as we take on Charlton.

The Addicks are in turmoil off the pitch while their owners try to do everything in their powers to alienate their fanbase, just like they did with the club in Be

Stats: Bolton Wanderers v Fleetwood

All the stats from Bolton Wanderers (2) vs (1) Fleetwood, Macron Stadium, 20 August Att: 13,524

Archived Vital Bolton Articles

Vital Bolton articles from

Site Journalists

Anthony Hart
Editor email
Profile
Tom Bevington
no email
Profile
Tom Jenkins
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Your Player of the Season is...
Suggested By:
Mark Davies4%
Rob Holding58%
Jay Spearing7%
David Wheater31%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Bolton 4 4 0 0 12 4
2 Scunthorpe 4 3 1 0 10 8
3 Bradford 4 3 1 0 10 4
4 Chesterfield 4 2 1 1 7 3
5 Charlton 4 2 1 1 7 2
6 Port Vale 4 2 1 1 7 2
7 MK Dons 4 2 1 1 7 1
8 Millwall 4 2 1 1 7 0
9 Swindon 4 2 1 1 7 0
10 Gillingham 4 2 1 1 7 -2
11 Peterborough 4 2 0 2 6 3
12 Fleetwood 4 1 2 1 5 1
13 Oldham 4 1 2 1 5 -2
14 Bury 4 1 1 2 4 0
15 Northampton 4 0 4 0 4 0
16 Southend 4 1 1 2 4 -1
17 Walsall 4 1 1 2 4 -1
18 Bristol Rovers 4 1 1 2 4 -2
19 Oxford 4 1 1 2 4 -2
20 Shrewsbury 4 1 1 2 4 -3
21 Coventry 4 0 2 2 2 -3
22 Rochdale 4 0 1 3 1 -3
23 Wimbledon 4 0 1 3 1 -4
24 Sheff Utd 4 0 1 3 1 -5
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Bolton Wanderers Results (view all)

Bolton Wanderers Fixtures (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.Barney Grumble19
2.Vital Bolton6
3.adlington21