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Bolton pitch invasion: Trotters behaviour sparks debate

On Tuesday night, Bolton Wanderers secured their place in the League One play-off final after a 5-4 aggregate victory over Barnsley. The Trotters had been looking to secure automatic promotion this season but ended up finishing five points adrift of Derby County in second place.

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Bolton fans can now look forward to a return to Wembley after overcoming Barnsley – Photo by Icon Sport

As a result, they have been forced into the playoffs and have overcome their first hurdle. They will face Peterborough or Oxford United in the final at Wembley at the end of the month but the club's fans are already in the mood for celebrating after a Bolton pitch invasion took place at the Toughsheet Community Stadium on Tuesday following their triumph.

The pitch invasion has sparked controversy online with many football fans believing that pitch invasions should be reserved for real accomplishments such as winning a final or securing promotion, not merely reaching the final.

Fans wade in on Bolton pitch invasion debate

The Bolton pitch invasion has sparked a ferocious debate online about whether such an act is appropriate when there is still a match at Wembley on the horizon. One fan posted on social media:

“Sorry but Bolton fans doing a pitch invasion for winning a League One Play-off Semi Final is nothing short of embarrassing.” Another said: “Watch it now, they go on to lose the final and this just makes them look like absolute sausages.”

A third added: “It's very strange, I think they thought they were up. Players on the peronis and that – when they bottle it at Wembley it is going to be tremendous viewing.”

There were plenty of other fans who thought the pitch invasion was fine and appropriate. Explaining why, one fan posted: “As fans we pay a fortune each season, get soaked, freeze to death and most of us often don’t have a lot to cheer about. Let them be happy I say.”

Another said: “Last home game of the season. Progress to a Wembley play-off final. Completely fine.”

Finally, one Bolton fan posted: ” We nearly went into extinction 4/5 years ago. Now, we're on the verge of promotion after losing out at the same stage last season. Let us celebrate!”


Andy Delaney

Andy is a freelance sports writer with ten years of experience covering major sporting events across Europe. He has also been a season ticket holder at Old Trafford since 2008 and has visited over 40 football stadiums in the United Kingdom and abroad following the Reds.

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