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BWFC Guest Article: Let Me Introduce Myself





As I try and write something resembling an article after yesterday's cull of players, an American Wanderer introduces himself to the rest of the White Army.
A US fan calling himself rayfinkle (I think from Pet Detective)who has never even been to the UK, let alone a Bolton game, has seen what managers have missed. Enjoy and you're very welcome to the site, rayfinkle...



So here`s the dealů

I`ve been following Vital Bolton for about 3 years now (3-4 visits a day) and, up unto this point, I have never felt the need to throw my opinions into the mix.

I'm a 33 year old American that has been supporting Bolton Wanderers since the turn of the century. I`ve never been to Bolton, let alone witnessed a live match-day- hell I`ve never even been to the UK. Why should my opinion matter? Well, I may not have the answer for you, feel free to blow me off; I only request the opportunity to mingle amongst the comments. I really do enjoy the differing views.

Bolton? Do you realize how many times I`ve been asked that question? Small-ish club, with lots of heart- that was my answer 13 years ago. I loved watching Bolton play the big clubs. I so enjoyed watching the finesse teams struggle against the physical style of play. I`ve never been one for following the best, most popular teams in any sport. For me it was lame to just jump on board with one of the big clubs and as satellite TV grew, games were more available. I found myself watching wanderers on a weekly basis. Then it was the occasional summer transfer watch, to club website member.

At this point, I don't think I could do a whole lot more to support/follow the club from this side of the Atlantic. Last year I was able to watch a total of 48 minutes of live action. Forest 2-2 and the satellite screwed me for the first half. 2 of the first 5 games live this season, oh how excitement can lead to depression so quickly.

I was glued to my phone today, waiting for something, and I just kept waiting. The loan market better be friendly to us, I`d still like to think DF has an idea of where he wants to go with the team, but at this point, I may be a more successful selection at centre back than our current starting duo. It`s like they are running with ankle weights on.

Let`s try Baptiste in the middle? I`ll take Mears on the right just to see what happens. It`s worth a try. Hall on the left, lee on the right, eagles behind Beckford, Medo/Spearing protecting our sure to be timid backline, if Tierney isn't available give Ream another lb shot. Guess it was wishful thinking that Dawson would be back. I`ve said too much, but at least you know I can talk, don't get me going. This was supposed to be a letter of introduction, and it got a little long, for that I apologize.
The Journalist

Writer: rayfinkle1979 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday September 3 2013

Time: 9:56AM

Your Comments

So PG would not provide the funds for 2 loan players. He laughs at his duping of Man City into paying for a player we did not own. How would we feel if this happened to us ? If Arthur Daley sold a car he did not own to another car dealer he would get his collar felt !! He expects DF to generate his own funds after giving him a legacy of players that no other clubs want to buy. It is beginning to look like the parachute money is being saved for the sacking of DF and his staff unless they manage to turn things round by November . DF performed a miracle turning things round last year - can he do it again ?
norjoy
is it finkle or ihorn or ihorn and finkle!???? i agree with that analysis ray. mears has his doubters, i personally think he is solid enough but when he has played he hasn't had sufficient help from his winger. baptise would be far better suited in the middle, and ream should provide more than adequate cover at left back. could of done with a few signings. hay ho we still got some loans.
bowton_wanderer
What a load of old guff, typical yank..... No idea
kevin ballsack
Not bothered that we missed out on Kightly, Id rather see Hall given a chance who has far more potential. Dougie has brought in a lot of players so far (Beckford, Hall, Spearing, Medo etc) and he cant really complain no funds where made available. The only thing i'm disappointed by is the failure to offloead Knight. Win our next two home games and all will be forgotten, we all know how fickle we can be
Chris_AC
Not bothered that we missed out on Kightly, Id rather see Hall given a chance who has far more potential. Dougie has brought in a lot of players so far (Beckford, Hall, Spearing, Medo etc) and he cant really complain no funds where made available. The only thing i'm disappointed by is the failure to offloead Knight. Win our next two home games and all will be forgotten, we all know how fickle we can be
Chris_AC
We need more surporters but they pple insult them
crunch78
Great to have some new people on here, the more the merrier and welcome! I agree about Baptiste in the middle, but not sure it's worth it for Tyrone Mears. Still got my fingers crossed for Dawson when the loan window opens!
jayjaybwfc
Welcome US of A ! You must be mad though, to be fair !
ChicoryCoffee
.......to support BWFC......
ChicoryCoffee
Welcome ray, enjoyed reading your perspective on things. Sorry some here have no manners.
Boltongav
Nice to hear from you Ray, ignore that ballsack. On the signings I think DF's planning may have been scuppered by the latest untimely injury to another American, Holden. He was going like a train for the US pre-season and it has long been noted how much his loss in first place precipitated our decline. It is true our central defence is woeful currently and no striker has yet scored but I do hink that if Students had been in the team from the start we would be doing better. The lack of forward momentum from midfield means less chances created, equals less goals etc... However, given Mavies' s long term injury Dougie should probably have strengthened that area more in the window before it got to crisis point. Moritz may help when his 7 day a week fitness push gets him back to match level, but as DF has admitted we could already be fatally off the pace. May get worse before it gets better.
Skopelos Chris
 

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