Bolton Wanderers: Kevin Nolan and Kevin Davies on clubs heartbreaking plight – BBC Sport

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Preston North End believed to have helped out unpaid staff at Bolton Wanderers by donating £2,000 worth of shopping vouchers

Kevin Nolan says he is “heartbroken” by Bolton Wanderers plight, while fellow former Bolton star Kevin Davies fears more clubs may face administration.

Bolton went into administration on Monday and will start next season with a 12-point deduction in League One.

Colours are worn with pride – white, blue, red, claret, tangerine – and nothing matters more than taking three points against a neighbouring town, at least until a situation develops like the one at Bolton which makes the whole sport sit up, forget the tribalism and take notice.

The club have set up an emergency food bank with donations from local businesses to help staff who have not yet been paid their April salaries.

Football rivalries run deep in this part of Lancashire, once the hotbed of English football and home to some of the most famous names in the game.

“I wouldnt be surprised if there were one or two more, with other clubs that have been to court recently,” 42-year-old former striker Davies told BBC Radio 5 Live.

THEY say you find out who your real friends are in times of need – and that is certainly the case at Bolton Wanderers.

“The EFL, the PFA [Professional Footballers Association] and the FA need to look at this a little more closely, because outside the Premier League it can be very difficult for clubs to maintain the sort of sustainability that everyone is trying to achieve.”

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Davies scored 73 goals in 351 league appearances for Bolton over a far more successful spell in the clubs history between 2003 and 2013.

Club chaplain Phil Mason told The Bolton News: “When people talk about football they often associate it with big salaries and luxurious living but the reality is that many of our staff – as we all do – live within their means.

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Ex-midfielder Nolan, who made 257 league starts for the club where he started his career as a trainee in the 1990s, hopes Wanderers entering administration can prove to be the start of a positive chapter.

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“All of us who love the club, were hoping this is now the start of something and [the club] can look forward again,” Nolan added.

“To be putting food banks up is a sorry state of affairs. Its heartbreaking to see. Im still very close with a lot of people there behind the scenes.

“There are people who have been there through thick and thin for Bolton who are now having to rely on food banks to make ends meet – its so sad.

“They have donated a significant amount in terms of Asda and Sainsburys vouchers so we can use those in order to get additional provisions for the food supplies that were offering to staff.”

“Im hoping this administration can get the club back on an even keel. Its a special club. We had some special times and I hope this is the start of more special things to come.”

Staff at the University of Bolton Stadium have been able to take advantage of free supplies, with donations to the Bolton Wanderers Community Trust being received from local businesses, charities and rival football clubs – with Preston North End known to have contributed supermarket vouchers to the value of £2,000.

For the food bank, businesses have helped provide toiletries and nappies, as well as tinned goods, pasta, rice, freezer meals, frozen vegetables and bread.

The April salaries of office and administrative staff are now two weeks overdue, while playing and coaching employees havent received a full wage since the end of February. To compound matters, the club entered into administration on Monday, leaving many fearing potential redundancies.

And the Community Trust have also been given assistance from within the wider football community, including an unnamed Championship club believed to be Preston North End.

As a fan-driven website, it would be amiss of us to accept publicity and credit at what is such a difficult time for those involved. So, rather than request contributions ourselves, we invite you to donate directly to the Community Trust via their JustGiving page.

Players are still owed wages for March and April, while the club could face further sanctions from the EFL after their final home match of the season against Brentford was ultimately called off when the playing staff went on strike over going unpaid.

"At least if people can go home with some food to take for them and their families, then any money that they have got in spare capacity they can use for outstanding bills, for putting petrol in their car, for any other things that they might have within their families that need support of that type."

It also revealed that a Championship club had sent the £2,000 worth of shopping vouchers to distribute to staff.

The Deepdale outfit have not looked to gain publicity from doing so and when asked for their views on the matter, stopped short at confirming it – instead focusing on the need for Bolton staff to be given assistance.

A PNE spokesman said: “It is more important at times like these that both their local community and the wider football community try to assist in any way possible.

Read more Bolton will start next season in League One with a 12-point deduction and owe more than £1m to HMRC, putting them in danger of dropping into the fourth tier for only the second time in their history. Players have recently been given financial assistance in the form of a small loan by the Professional Footballers Association but of more pressing concern is the welfare of employees on modest incomes who have had to go without pay.

“It is not something that is ever done in an attempt to gain positive publicity and therefore all we would do in making a comment is to send our very best wishes to all the staff at Bolton Wanderers FC and hope that others similarly find it within themselves to support the staff in their hour of need.”

The cash-strapped club faced a winding-up petition on 3 April over an unpaid tax bill but the case has now been adjourned twice. They were unable to fulfil their final home league game of the season against Brentford after the players went on strike in protest at unpaid wages. Brentford were awarded three points on the basis of a 1-0 win, with the EFL opening disciplinary proceedings afterwards.

Bolton went into administration on Monday and will start next season in League One with a 12-point deduction.

We have tried to offer whatever support we can to people and that has included trying to get some provisions in order that people can continue to live a normal life, the club chaplain, Phil Mason, told the Bolton News. Through the chaplaincy and the Community Trust we have been able to offer food provisions.

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