LOSING my football club has been a humbling experience and, I'm not too ashamed to say, an emotional one – Bury were a massive part of my life and between the age of 8 and 18, it's fair to say they were my life.
Of all my memories, there was nothing like the Bury/Bolton derbies in the 80s and 90s – it was nothing less than pure hatred and I can still taste the atmosphere nearly 30 years on.
I think moving away from the area has slowly diminished that inbuilt loathing for The Trotters and that combined with our own plight has made me look at things a little differently – while it kills me not to be able to look out for my team's results every week, I do look out for the fortunes of those Northwestern sides that once repelled me and say a little prayer their fans don't befall the same fate as us.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED VS. BOLTON WANDERERS (3.00pm)
Alas, the future doesn't look bright for Bolton and it's a foregone conclusion they will drop down to the 4th tier of English football after 6-month spell that has seen their own survival sit on a knife-edge.
Posh will be rubbing their hands in anticipation ahead of today's game and a solid win will set them up for a good Christmas run-in; the two teams ahead of them, Ipswich and Wycombe, go head to head on New Year's Day and so, will naturally help to close that gap further whatever the outcome!
Bolton have held bragging rights across the last two meetings but that was a different set of circumstances and the hosts will go into this one with a galvanised team against a Bolton outfit that has had to draw upon its own youth side during the current campaign.
Recommended English League One Tips
- Over 2.5 Peterborough goals
- (5/4, bet365) NAP
- Over 3.5 Peterborough goals
- (10/3, bet365) NB