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Burnden Park: How to get there and how to buy tickets (2022)

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Nicole Sommer - Soccer expert Last updated: Monday, 04.July 2022 — 3min read

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Burnden Park was the home of Bolton Wanderers FC for over a hundred years. It was also the site of one of the worst stadium disasters in the history of English football. On 14 October 1952, ninety-six spectators died and over two hundred were injured when a fire broke out at the stadium during a match against Sheffield Wednesday. Bolton Wanderers needed a purpose-built ground from the early 1890s and began looking for one. They first played at Pike Lane in their early years, but by the 1890s they were in need of a new home.

Construction of Burnden Park was financed with a share issue that turned Bolton into a limited company. The stadium opened in August 1895 with a friendly match between Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End.

The stadium continued to be expanded over the following decades, eventually reaching its current size of 74,000 seats. In 1933, the record attendance was set when 69,912 fans visited a match between Bolton and Manchester City.

However, it is estimated that over 85,000 people saw Sir Stanley Matthews play in 1946 during a 6th round FA Cup match against Stoke. The huge Embankment terrace was far over capacity and when the crowd pressed forward two metal crush barriers broke. The resulting crush killed 33 fans and injured another 400.

By the 1980s, Burnden Park was in steady decline with low attendances and a heavily reduced capacity. In 1986, part of the Railway Stand was sold off to make way for a supermarket.

In the early 1990s plans were made for the conversion of the stadium into an all-seater, however it was decided later to build a new stadium.

The last league match at Burnden Park was played in April 1997, involving a Bolton vs. Charlton Athletic match. At that time, the stadium could only hold about 25,000 fans.

A few months later the club moved into the Reebok Stadium and two years later the stadium got demolished to make place for a supermarket.

As a 6 year old, I found the famous Burnden roar deafening and frightening. The atmosphere was always good. I also remember attending two semi-finals there - Everton v. Manchester United in 1966 and Leeds v. Manchester United in 1972. It was always a bogey ground for United.

As a 6 year old, I found the famous Burnden roar deafening and frightening. The atmosphere was always good. I also remember attending two semi-finals there - Everton v. Manchester United in 1966 and Leeds v. Manchester United in 1972. It was always a bogey ground for United.

Burnden Park had a "bogey ground" for the Blades, although I did witness our only win there in living memory, 2-1 in 1977 which probably cost The Trotters promotion. Although a bit primitive, the ground had a good atmosphere thanks to the partisan home crowd. The embankment surrounding the pitch made it difficult to take corners and long throw ins! Burnden Park's demise was another nail in the coffin of the traditional football ground where you could stand up and bay for blood!.

Although the ground was primitive, it had a good atmosphere thanks to the partisan home crowd. The embankment surrounding the pitch made it difficult to take corners and long throw ins! Burnden Park's demise was another nail in the coffin of traditional football grounds where you could stand up and bay for blood!.

The game was a total blackout and we couldn't get into the ground, Everton won 5-2, being utterly disappointed and not seeing the match, my Granddad took me and my Dad to see Bolton play Blackburn Rovers an evening match on Monday the 30th March. We were behind one of the goals and Bolton won 1-0.

It was a total lock-out and we could not get into the ground, Everton won 5-2, really disappointed and not seeing the game, my Granddad took me and my Dad to see Bolton play Blackburn Rovers an evening match on Monday the 30th March. We were behind one of the goals and Bolton won 1-0.

Kath Wass wrote: January 20, 2013 at 3:22 pm I have many happy memories of watching Wanderers play from the embankment come rain or shine back in the late 50s and early 60s. I still support them, even though I have lived in the North East for well over 20 years now. You can take me out of Bolton, but you will never take Bolton out of me.

I have many happy memories of watching Wanderers play from the embankment in Bolton, even in bad weather. I still support them, even though I have lived in the North East for over 20 years now.

Crazytrucker wrote: 9 May 2012 at 3:41pm Stayed in transport digs just across the road from the stadium in the 60s, sorry looking place then!

I stayed in transport digs just across the road from the stadium in the 60s, sorry looking place then!

Greg wrote: The stadium had a great atmosphere for Bolton but it did see the end of its days. It started falling apart.

The stadium had a great atmosphere for Bolton but saw the end of its days - it started falling apart.

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P. Bellon W. Tesillo
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A. Vazquez Vitinho
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R. Chavez J. Martinez
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J. Guemez Rodrigo Dourado
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A. Cruz E. Garcia
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O. Villa O. Rodriguez
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L. Montes V. Davila
74'
F. Ambriz F. Martinez
  • 56%
    Possession Time
    44%
  • 62
    Dangerous Attacks
    30
  • 12
    Total Shots
    15
  • 07
    Corners
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  • Today 02:05
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    39.6%
    39.6%
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    33.1%
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    btts
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    R. Aguirre (A. Gonzalez)
    (11m) F. Gorriaran
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    R. Funes Mori (11m)
    (B. Lozano) H. Preciado
    85'
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    90'+1
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    R. Prieto
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    42'
    C. Montes
    45'+2
    M. Meza
    J. Carrillo B. Lozano
    46'
    R. Prieto A. Cervantes
    46'
    F. Gorriaran
    50'
    E. Aguirre J. Correa
    61'
    69'
    J. Gallardo A. Gonzalez
    70'
    E. Gutierrez C. Montes
    70'
    R. Pizarro M. Meza
    C. Orrantia F. Pizzichillo
    75'
    L. Suarez J. Gonzalez
    76'
    79'
    H. Moreno R. Funes Mori
    86'
    J. Rojas R. Aguirre
    90'+12
    S. Medina
  • 49%
    Possession Time
    51%
  • 34
    Dangerous Attacks
    32
  • 20
    Total Shots
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  • 07
    Corners
    06
  • 1
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    0-0
    6.98%
    btts
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    J. Mensah
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    L. Zelarayan
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    39'
    J. Elliott
    E. Hurtado
    39'
    P. Santos
    43'
    J. Russell-Rowe E. Hurtado
    46'
    S. Moreira
    59'
    A. Morris J. Igbekeme
    60'
    61'
    A. Bedoya
    L. Zelarayán
    66'
    69'
    M. Uhre C. Donovan
    69'
    J. Carranza C. Burke
    S. Zawadzki K. Molino
    80'
    M. Degenek D. Etienne
    80'
    88'
    N. Harriel O. Mbaizo
  • 65%
    Possession Time
    35%
  • 47
    Dangerous Attacks
    48
  • 19
    Total Shots
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  • 06
    Corners
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  • Today 01:30
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    2-2
    19.4%
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    btts
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    (S. Lletget) D. Borrero
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    G. Bou
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    Brenner
    G. Bou
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    44'
    A. Powell
    D. Borrero E. Boateng
    46'
    H. Kessler J. Bell
    46'
    56'
    A. Barreal J. Nelson
    56'
    R. Gaddis A. Powell
    S. Lletget D. Rivera
    69'
    72'
    H. Medunjanin Y. Kubo
    76'
    L. Acosta
    L. Maciel J. Altidore
    78'
    87'
    T. Blackett I. Murphy
    87'
    N. Markanich B. Vazquez
  • 55%
    Possession Time
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  • 50
    Dangerous Attacks
    45
  • 17
    Total Shots
    13
  • 03
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    E. Reynoso
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    L. Amarilla
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    J. Savarino
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    A. A. Julio Santos (J. Savarino)
    M. Boxall
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    33'
    P. Ruiz
    37'
    A. Herrera
    46'
    J. Loffelsend S. Caldwell
    56'
    A. A. Julio Santos R. Rubin
    66'
    E. Holt A. Herrera
    66'
    M. Chang J. Meram
    F. Fragapane A. Danladi
    69'
    B. Hlongwane O. Fisher
    78'
    L. Amarilla J. Hayes
    83'
    89'
    A. Brody
  • 46%
    Possession Time
    54%
  • 59
    Dangerous Attacks
    48
  • 19
    Total Shots
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  • 05
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    A. Long (L. Morgan)
    73'
    S. Nealis
    26'
    C. Harper O. Fernandez
    57'
    P. Klimala T. Barlow
    58'
    C. Harper
    66'
    S. Ngoma L. Morgan
    79'
    J. Tolkin
    83'
    F. Amaya
    F. Hernandez M. Tzionis
    85'
    A. Fontas
    90'
  • 63%
    Possession Time
    37%
  • 52
    Dangerous Attacks
    26
  • 16
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    G. Vera (OG)
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    A. Shinyashiki (B. Bronico)
    (D. Quintero) F. Picault
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    D. Ceren
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    S. Ferreira F. Picault
    61'
    D. Ceren T. Pasher
    61'
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    J. Mora Y. Reyna
    61'
    Bender Ben Q. McNeill
    66'
    S. Ruiz
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    71'
    A. Shinyashiki K. Swiderski
    71'
    O. McKinze Gaines II K. Jozwiak
    D. Steres
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    G. Vera M. Rodriguez
    77'
    A. Lundqvist S. Junqua
    77'
    85'
    A. Shinyashiki
    87'
    J. Lindsey H. Afful
    90'+1
    O. McKinze Gaines II
  • 59%
    Possession Time
    41%
  • 62
    Dangerous Attacks
    34
  • 11
    Total Shots
    15
  • 05
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  • 1
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    2-2
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    btts
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    (R. Leal) S. Davis
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    (L. Haakenson) H. Mukhtar
    57'
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    64'
    D. Asprilla (11m)
    2 - 2
    70'
    J. Niezgoda (E. Williamson)
    29'
    D. Ayala
    46'
    E. Williamson Y. Chara
    50'
    Z. McGraw
    C. Sapong A. Loba
    74'
    L. Haakenson J. Maher
    74'
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    M. Loria S. Blanco
    W. Zimmerman
    77'
    80'
    F. Mora J. Niezgoda
    R. Leal T. Bunbury
    82'
    D. McCarty B. Anunga
    82'
    90'
    G. Fochive D. Ayala
    90'+1
    D. Zuparic D. Asprilla
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    Possession Time
    53%
  • 13
    Total Shots
    16
  • 01
    Corners
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  • 2-1
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    59.9%
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    2
    18.3%
    18.3%
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    btts
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    B. Kikanovic
    47'
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    (J. Monteiro) B. Kikanovic
    87'
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    90'+5
    B. Gutierrez (J. Duran)
    27'
    C. Mueller
    43'
    G. Gimenez
    46'
    A. Reynolds II J. Bornstein
    61'
    B. Gutierrez X. Shaqiri
    61'
    J. Espinoza B. Sekulic
    P. Marie
    63'
    72'
    J. M. Torres Ramirez I. F. Herbers
    B. Kikanovic
    73'
    P. Marie T. Thompson
    74'
    M. Lopez
    75'
    77'
    J. Duran K. Przybylko
    J. Gregus Judson
    79'
    C. Espinoza S. Salinas
    90'+4
  • 56%
    Possession Time
    44%
  • 57
    Dangerous Attacks
    42
  • 22
    Total Shots
    16
  • 04
    Corners
    05
  • Today 02:00
    02:00
    1
    1.34
    +0.02
    2-1
    62.5%
    62.5%
    X
    22.6%
    22.6%
    2
    14.9%
    14.9%
    2-1
    9.42%
    btts
    43.3%
    (11m) G. Lezcano
    39'
    1 - 0
    1 - 1
    42'
    M. Lopez (S. Cordero)
    (G. Lezcano) C. Waterman
    86'
    2 - 1
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    C. Diaz
    46'
    P. Magalhaes C. Diaz
    46'
    A. Cuadra M. Fredes
    50'
    B. Hurtado
    57'
    N. Penailillo M. Collao
    M. E. Gonzalez
    63'
    J. Gaete C. Munder
    66'
    M. E. Gonzalez C. Mesias
    66'
    66'
    G. Tello Mery B. Hurtado
    75'
    A. Souper C. Rodriguez
    C. Waterman
    87'
    N. Sepulveda P. Cardenas Baeza
    88'
    G. Lezcano I. Villalba
    90'
  • 63%
    Possession Time
    37%
  • 77
    Dangerous Attacks
    57
  • 19
    Total Shots
    10
  • 04
    Corners
    04
  • Today 19:00
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    58.4%
    X
    21.6%
    21.6%
    2
    20.0%
    20.0%
    1-1
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    btts
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