Bolton Wanderers saved as League One club sold to Football Ventures

Bolton Wanderers, which was under threat of expulsion from the Football League, has been sold, the club's administrators said in a statement on Wednesday.

Bolton Wanderers' survival has been secured after Football Ventures (Whites) Limited completed its protracted takeover of the League One club.   -  Getty Images

English third-tier club Bolton Wanderers, which was under threat of expulsion from the Football League, has been sold, the club's administrators said in a statement on Wednesday.

The new owners are Football Ventures (Whites) Limited, joint administrator Paul Appleton said in a statement on the club's official website, a day after Bolton was given two weeks to find a new owner or be thrown out of the league.

“This has been one of the most complicated administrations I've been involved with but I'm delighted to say we have finally reached a satisfactory conclusion with the sale to Football Ventures,” Appleton said.

“At times, some of the hurdles appeared insurmountable and the frustration felt has been immense, not least by the supporters who have had to endure too many weeks of uncertainty.”

The announcement came a day after Bury, another third tier North West club with a long and illustrious tradition, was expelled from the league after failing to provide guarantees about their finances.

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The mascots of Bolton Wanderers and Bury FC stand together at Gigg Lane in support of each other.   -  Getty Images

 

Bolton, a four-time FA Cup winner, was a Premier League club just seven years ago and played in the UEFA Cup as recently as 2008 with a team featuring several well-known internationals.

It took part in the first FA Cup final to be staged at Wembley in 1923, beating West Ham United 2-0 in a match which became famous when crowds surged onto the pitch and were cleared off the field by a policeman on a white horse.

Founder members of the Football League in 1888, Bolton, who have been in administration since May, started the season with a 12-point deduction and manager Phil Parkinson and his assistant Steve Parkin resigned last week.

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