Rovers fans will remember FGR being in conflict with Bolton 3 years ago over the Christian Doidge transfer fiasco. Doidge was loaned to Bolton ahead of a transfer, but the money never materialised and Doidge had to come back to Nailsworth a few months later in early 2019. Dale Vince said of the then Chairman, Ken Anderson, that he is “a rogue chairman, a slippery character and untrustworthy” and that Anderson’s attitude to running up debt was “shocking” and “a sign of somebody who has been round the block on this kind of thing”. T-shirts were released by Rovers with proceeds going to Bolton’s Supporters Trust while Wanderer’s fans travelling to see FGR play at home against Bury were rewarded with free beer!
In May 2019, Bolton went into administration and came close to being liquidated before being sold in August 2019. In the pandemic-affected 2019/20 season Bolton were bottom of League 1 when the season was halted and they therefore dropped into League 2.
Thankfully for this famous old club the stewardship of Anderson is over. No longer are players going on strike frequently after being unpaid for 20 weeks, the water in the stadium is now drinkable and the showers are now working. An owner, described by some as “tyrannical”, has gone, and few in Bolton were sorry.
Agreement between Bolton’s new owners and FGR over Doidge’s aborted transfer was finally reached in December 2019. Doidge is now at Kilmarnock, after a spell with Hearts.