|Full name||Bolton Wanderers F.C. Development Squad|
|Nickname(s)||The Trotters, Junior Whites|
|Founded||1874 (as Christ Church FC)|
|Manager|| Sam Hird (reserves)|
Mark Litherland (Under-18s)
|League|| The Central League (Reserves)|
EFL Youth Alliance North West (Under-18s)
|2020–2021||EFL Youth Alliance North West, 6th of 14 (Under-18s)|
They participate in the Manchester Senior Cup, although in recent years the teams entered in this competition have featured an increasing number of youth players.
Bolton Wanderers Development Squad play their home games at the County Ground in Leyland, the home ground of the Lancashire F.A.
Notable graduates of the squad include former captain Kevin Nolan.
Bolton first ever reserve team was set up in 1921.
In August 2016, the U21 side was renamed as the U23 side, after a consultation involving all 31 clubs in the Professional Development League 2, voted in favour of the new age parameters.
Due to Bolton dropping to Category Three in March 2020 Bolton had no Development Squad in the 2020–21 season.This was the first time since the reserves were created in 1921 that Bolton had not had a reserve team.
After nearly a year without reserve team football, Bolton started setting up reserve friendlies in March 2021 so that their fringe players could get game time and plan to relaunch a reserve team for the 2021–2022 season.Bolton Reserves entered The Central League starting with the 2021–2022 season.
The Bolton Wanderers Academy was established in 1998 and is based at the club and the main training ground. It replaced the older, more informal youth system, and enabled the club to focus their youth development and scouting, employing new techniques and FA standards.
It was last overseen by former Bolton Wanderers F.C. player Jimmy Phillips. It provides a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Bolton Wanderers.
Scouts attend many local youth matches looking for talented boys. A boy will then be invited to attend training sessions at the Academy. They are taken in as young as the age of eight. At this age, the boys start by simply attending after-school training sessions, but as they reach their middle-teens, their academic needs will be taken over by the Academy if they are deemed athletically talented enough.
Between the ages of eight and twelve the boys play in eight-a-side games of three twenty-minute periods. It allows the boys to play as defenders or as attackers in small groups within a system and is not as physically demanding as playing eleven-a-side matches.
The first player to graduate from the Academy to the first team was the former club captain, Kevin Nolan who had previously been on the youth books of Liverpool. He has since been followed into the first team by Joey O'Brien, Ricardo Vaz Tê, Nicky Hunt. Josh Vela, Zach Clough and Rob Holding amongst others.
In December 2012, the Bolton Academy was awarded Elite status by the Premier League.
In June 2015, it was announced that the club had sought to downgrade from a Category One status in order to save money.On March 2020, the club announced it would down grade to Category Three.
As of July 2021.
|Name||Position||Date of Birth||Nationality|
|Joseph Brown||Defender||23 April 2004|
|Maxwell Conway||Midfielder||5 September 2003|
|Mitch Henry||Striker||2 September 2003|
|Kian Le Fondre||Midfielder||2 February 2005|
|Ellis Litherland||Goalkeeper||5 May 2004|
|Arran Pettifer||Midfielder||1 October 2003|
|Sonny Sharples-Ahmed||Midfielder||3 March 2005|
|Jack Thompson||Defender||2 November 2003|
|Lamine Toure||Defender||24 December 2003|
|Mathew Tweedley||Midfielder||16 April 2004|
|Max Wilcox||Midfielder||11 September 2003|
In addition, the academy employ staff from the first-team.
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Academy Graduates who have made at least one senior appearance for the Bolton Wanderers first team.
Other players associated with the Academy who have made at least one senior appearance for league clubs in Britain or abroad.
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