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Total Belief: How Bruce Rioch Brought the Good Times Back to Bolton Wanderers

Chris Evans

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From the publisher:

Total Belief looks back at three incredible years in the early 1990s when Bruce Rioch transformed the fortunes of a football club on its knees. In the summer of 1992, Bolton Wanderers were a club in distress. With an aging stadium and struggling in the league, chairman Gordon Hargreaves made the difficult decision to sack manager Phil Neal and employ Bruce Rioch and his assistant Colin Todd.

Over the next three seasons, Bruce began to change attitudes by instilling a new mentality. Working his players hard on the pitch and restricting their lives off it, Bruce won the hearts of players and fans alike. With his blend of youth and experience, Bruce took Bolton on incredible cup runs with attractive attacking football that finally brought the crowds back to Burnden Park.

The story ended with yet another cup run and two trips to Wembley, including one of the most dramatic comebacks of all time. Sadly, the celebrations were cut short as Bruce Rioch left to join Arsenal, but his legacy lives on.

The author:

Chris Evans's first published book comes after years of Bolton-related contributions in the Bolton News and across a range of fan websites. He has also written regular articles for the League Express newspaper. Chris has been a season-ticket holder at Bolton for 30 years. His first match was also Bruce Rioch's first game in charge.

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Pitch
22 x 14 cm
Hardback
256 pages
April 2024
English
9781801507011