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Bolton fans offered free pint and “No Ken Do T-shirts” by Forest Green owner

Bolton Wanderers supporters are being offered a free pint and “No Ken Do T-shirts” by Forest Green Rovers owner Dale Vince.

It comes after he revealed his anger at how the Championship club have treated Christian Doidge, a player who initially joined the Trotters on loan in August, with the deal to be made permanent in January. However a registration embargo meant the deal had collapsed.

Vince spoke of the transfer, he said: “[It] reminds me of Theresa May saying she’ll still get a Brexit deal. It’s not going to happen,”.

In a statement on Sunday, he also said: “Bolton entered into a contract to loan and then buy Christian last August without the means to honour it.

“They haven’t even paid his wages for the past four months – we have.

“We’ve taken the decision to recall him after his loan agreement expired last week.

“Anderson made a lot of promises on the last day of the transfer window, both to Christian and FGR, and has kept none of them.

“This is all his work and from talking to Ken he feels immune from the consequences – but some of these promises are written in legally binding contracts, and we’ll be pursuing them.”

The EFL also spoke of the situation in a statement: “We were advised of the issue towards the end of last week and since that point have been seeking an appropriate solution that meets the requirements of our regulations.

“The problem has arisen as a result of Bolton Wanderers being placed under a registration embargo which wasn’t in place when both clubs entered into the initial loan agreement in August 2018.

“We remain in dialogue with both clubs.”

Anderson responded to Vince’s comments: “I found the chairman of Forest Green Rovers Dale Vince’s media comments very disrespectful and misleading to say the least.

“Both he and I verbally agreed in August 2018 that the first instalment for Christian Doidge’s transfer would be paid as and when we received the January 2019 EFL distribution.

“This still remains the case despite his attempts to also try and bring an additional £250,000 payment forward to August 2019/January 2020 in addition to the already contracted £250,000 as well. This request was firmly rejected.

“For my part, I will not drop to the levels that he did in his various allegations to the press as I believe it will serve no practical purpose. The EFL statement is the best way forward as far as I am concerned.

“Regarding player registrations, the EFL agreed with us on Friday as to how we could register the three players for last weekend’s game against Walsall.

“As previously stated we are still hopeful of registering the three players and the manager has told me that having spoken to them all, the players want to stay with us. Hopefully, this will be achieved.”

It has been said that Norwich City are owed a six-figure sum by Bolton for unpaid wages and loan fees for goalkeeper Remi Matthews and Yanic Wildschut.

In September, financial stricken Bolton avoided administration after former owner Eddie Davies had agreed a £5m loan just days before his passing.

Because of the Doidge situation and ongoing events at the University of Bolton Stadium, Forest Green are now selling T-shirts which state “No Ken Do” in reference to Bolton owner Ken Anderson. The club says all profits will be to the Supporters’ Trust.

Quite a number of their frustrated fans are taking up the offer on attend the League Two side’s game against Bury on the 19th of January as Phil Parkinson’s side doesn’t have a game that day.

 

Since revealing the special offer and speaking out about Bolton owner Ken Anderson, Trotters fans took to social media to praise Forest Green’s Dale Vince as well as aim their anger at how Anderson responded to Vince’s comments – take a look at what supporters said on the next page.

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