Last week, ahead of the beginning of the 2018/19 season, supporter representatives of each of the 72 EFL clubs were gathered for the EFL Launch, thus launching the new campaign. Along with the group of supporters, players, staff and managers of clubs were also present. The event took place at Meadow Lane, home of Notts County – the oldest club in the EFL.
Former Wanderers favourite Kevin Nolan was present. He of course now manages Notts County of Sky Bet League Two. The supporter representative of Bolton Wanderers was Jordan Hookway, and bwct.org.uk had a quick chat with him, allowing him to provide us with more details of the experience.
How did it come about, you representing Bolton at the EFL Launch. Who contacted you and why?
I was in a meeting with Richard Slater and Nathan Saint, who I work with on the Adult Disability Football and the Every Player Counts program and it was a discussion about how my coaching progress was going. Then they asked whether I’d like to be Bolton’s representative at the EFL Launch which was an amazing opportunity for me.
How did it feel to be representing Bolton at the EFL Launch?
As a Bolton Wanderers fan, it was a incredible experience because it’s not something you’d expect to have the chance to do. It’s one of those events that most fans would love to do and I was humbled to that I got this opportunity.
What sort of things did you get up to on the day at Meadow Lane?
The start of the day was watching a press conference which involved Gary Rowett, Kalvin Phillips, Matty Blair, Kevin Nolan, Jacob Brown and Tom Pope, this was a good experience as i’d only ever watched one on TV and was able to see this live.
We then had a photo-shoot which I was involved in alongside the members from all 72 football league clubs as this was the main part of the season launch.
I was then interviewed by the EFL Trust about what I do on the Every Player Counts programme and how my journey has progressed over the 18 months I’ve been with the Community Trust coaching.
Did you do much communicating with the other people there, did you get to speak to people who were representing other clubs?
I got the opportunity to speak to Mustafa, he was representing Northampton Town and he was pleasure to talk to. He was there representing them as the 17/18 League One Supporter of the year. It was good talking about our journeys from where we started to what we were currently doing within our clubs/community trust which was good.
You went in the new home kit. What do you think of the new home kit?
I think the home kit is very smart, I like the collar on the new kit as it’s different to normal and also the subtle touches on the kit such as stripes, and the ‘supera moras’ on the back of kit as this makes it unique to Bolton.
Finally, how do you think Bolton Wanderers will do this season?
I think we will push on from last season as the manager has brought some good signings just to name a few in Olkowski, Magennis, Wildschut and Lowe as these were areas that we did need some reinforcements in and this should see a comfortable survival this season.
Jordan with Notts County and former Wanderers player, Kevin Nolan.