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1980’s Nevada skating rink destroyed by fire


1980’s John Spencer owned Spencer’s snooker in Bolton

He was world snooker champion in 1969, 1971 and 1977.


1980s W Foster & Sons: Rebranded as Reebok, its fashion shoes became highly successful in the 1980s.


1980s St Joseph’s School:  A fire in the 1980’s meant that the Key Stage 2 part of school had to be demolished totally rebuilt.


1980s Holcombe Moor Training Camp: In the 1980's a popular TV show, The Krypton Factor held part of its weekly programme on the range when its contestants used the Assault Course


1980 (28 Jan) Ian Greaves was sacked.


1980 (Feb) Brighton and Hove Albion acquired Neil McNab’s services for the fee of £220,000 in February 1980.


1980 (8 Apr) Tadeusz Novak (born 1948)   his first goal for Bolton Wanderers was on the 8th April 1980 versus Middlesbrough at home in the then Division 1.


1980 (May) Brian Kidd joined up with Bolton Wanderers in May 1980 for £110,000.


1980 (Jun) F W Woolworth:  In June 1980 a slump in summer trading forced store staff to agree to work a 36-hour week for three months to stave off impending redundancies.


1980 (Dec) Sweeten’s Book Shop opens in King’s Arms building


1980 John Thomas arrived at Burnden from Everton in 1980


1980 Old Station Park was officially opened on the site of the former railway station in Horwich


1980 Kearsley Power Station closed in 1980 when only 'B' station remained operational.


1980 In 1980 Tootal’s – by this time part of the Coats Viyella group - closed Sunnyside Mills at the height of a recession.


1980 The Turkish baths, Great Moor Street, closed in 1980. [Opened Sep 1891]


1980? New fire station


1980-1981 Stan Anderson Bolton 28 Jan, 1980 31 May, 1981 70 matches 20 wins 19 draws 31 losses.


1980–1982 Brian Kidd (Bolton Wanderers) scored 14 goals in 43 appearances.


1981 (Jan) The Queen’s Cinema was demolished.


1981 (16 Mar)  The Spread Eagle closed its doors for the final time


1981 (27 May) Johan Erik Calvin Elmander, a retired Swedish professional footballer, born in Alingsås.


1981 (5 Sep) Robert Parker, English professional rugby league player, born in Westhoughton.


1981 In 1981, Mike Walsh was snapped up by Howard Kendall at Everton for £90,000 plus Jim McDonagh.


1981 Brian Kidd was loaned out to NASL team Atlanta Chiefs in 1981.                                                                            He played 29 times for the chiefs, scoring on 23 occasions.


1981 Steve Kenyon ran the fastest ever Manchester Marathon, 2hrs 11mins 50secs, when he won it in 1981.


1981 The British Aerospace Apprentices team, most of them L.R.C. members and led by the indefatigable Dave Walker, were the victors in the 24 Hour Mini Le Mans pedal car race in Moss Bank Park, Bolton. The event is held on a circuit of 0.341 of a mile, and the B.Ae. team of six riders covered 1069 laps in the 24 hours, totalling 364 miles at an average speed of 15.167 mph, finishing 67 laps ahead of their nearest rivals. This was the third time that this annual event had been won by the B.Ae. team. The event is very popular with spectators, always attracting big crowds, with an estimated 5000 having watched the race during the 24-hour period. Through sponsorship, the Mini Le Mans race realised £6000 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind training centre in Bolton.

The pedal car had been built by the apprentices at B.Ae. and, after the triumph on their home ground, they went on to compete in the National Pedal Car Championship held at Milton Keynes. Despite being up against some of the powerful motor industry-backed teams from the Midlands, the B.Ae. /L.R.C. team were again victorious.


1981–1983 Jim McDonagh (Bolton Wanderers) scored one goal in 81 appearances.


1981–1985 Jeff Chandler (Bolton Wanderers) scored 36 goals in 157 appearances.


1982 (Jan) Brian Kidd moved on from Bolton to return to the NASL


1982 (11 Mar) PC John Egerton, aged 20, from Farnworth, Bolton, was stabbed to death in a factory yard in Farnworth on March 11, 1982, as he tried to arrest a man, he caught siphoning petrol from a van.


1982 (11 Mar) PC John Egerton was attacked in a factory yard in Farnworth, as he tried to arrest a man, he caught stealing petrol. The 20-year-old, from Farnworth, was stabbed at least four times, once through the heart. He had been called to the Dynamics Plastic works to help PC David O'Brien, who saw a man climbing over the factory gate. Minutes later, PC O'Brien found the body of his colleague and close friend.                       PC Egerton's killer, Arthur Edge, was jailed for life and released in 2000 after 18 years.


1982 (30 Apr-1 May) Tony Knowles beat Steve Davis (1) 10-1 in the best of 19 frame first round of the World Snooker Championship


1982 (30 Apr-16 May) The 1982 World Snooker Championship (also known as the 1982 Embassy World Snooker Championship for sponsorship purposes) was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 30 April and 16 May 1982 at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England.


1982 (7 Jun) Amy Nuttall, British actress and singer, born in Bolton                                                                         Played the role of Chloe Atkinson in the long-running ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 2000 to 2005


1982 (13 Jun) Steve Kenyon set his personal best of 2:11:40 over the marathon on 13 June 1982 in Gateshead.


1982 (4 Sep) Frank Jefferson, who won a VC at Monte Cassino, died in Bolton after a train hit him on a line only 200 yards from his home.

1982 (14 Dec) A woman's partially mummified remains were discovered in the cellar of a house in Bromwich Street, Bolton.

1982 Andrew Biraj, Bangladeshi photojournalist, born in Dhaka.  Holds a BA in photography from the University of Bolton, UK.


1982 Bolton Institute of Higher Education was formed in 1982 by the merger of the Bolton Institute of Technology (or simply Bolton Institute) and Bolton College of Education (Technical). The first principal of BIHE was John McKenzie who was succeeded by Bob Oxtoby who began the campaign for university status.


1982 In 1982 Hubert "Bertie" Lewis (1920 – 2010) was expelled by his local branch of the British Legion after he laid a wreath bearing the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament symbol at the Cenotaph in Bolton on Remembrance Sunday. Lewis said that by opposing nuclear weapons and campaigning for peace he was doing nothing more than following the spirit of the words carved on the base of the Cenotaph in Bolton which read "Our brothers died to win a better world. Our part must be to strive for truth, goodwill and peace that their self sacrifice be not in vain." The national British Legion later ordered his reinstatement following a public outcry and Lewis continued to lay a wreath, often including white poppies each year as part of the official Remembrance Day ceremony until his death in 2010


1982 Tony Knowles sensationally thrashed reigning champion Steve Davis 10-1 in the opening match of the World Snooker Championship


1982 St Matthews Church, Mount Street, Little Bolton closed


1982 John David Stroud, aged 20, killed in action on H.M.S. Glamorgan off the Falkland Islands.


1983 (8 Jan) Odeon: All three screens closed on 8 January 1983 with “Mary Poppins” in Screen 1, “A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy” & “Hooper” in Screen 2 and “Flash Gordon” and “Battle Beyond the Stars” in Screen 3.


1983 (Jan) The Odeon closed

It was turned into a bingo hall


1983 (18 Feb) British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL) announced that Horwich Works was to close at the end of the year

Protest marches and spirited trade union resistance failed to alter the decision


1983 (Feb) After a £370,000 refit the Odeon was opened by Paul Shane, star of the BBC comedy series Hi Di Hi


1983 (9 Jun) Thomas Geoffrey “Tom” Sackville elected MP for Bolton West.


1983 (Summer) Chris Thompson left Burnden to join rivals, Blackburn, in the summer of 1983


1983 (Aug) Rialto Picture Playhouse, Temperance Hall, St Georges Road, gutted by fire


1983 (3 Sep) Nicholas Brett “Nicky” Hunt, English footballer, born in Westhoughton

Right back for Bolton Wanderers.


1983 (10 Sep) Bolton Wanderers most goals in a match 5 - Tony Caldwell v Walsall Division 3   


1983 (6 Dec) PC John Egerton was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct.

(<11 Mar 1982)


1983 (23 Dec) Friday 1pm-Horwich Works closed after 97 years.


1983 Chris Thompson made a total of 81 appearances in all competitions for Bolton, scoring 20 goals, before being transferred to Blackburn Rovers in 1983.


1983 Odeon became Mecca bingo


1983 Horwich Loco Works closed


1983 The Bolton Steam Museum opened to the public

In one of the original engine-houses of Atlas No 3 Mill


Atlas Forge and the figure of Atlas, as steel stockholders in 1983


Abt 1983 Farnworth Grammar School was closed about 1983.


1983-1985 Between 1983 and 1985 Jeff Chandler scored 37 league goals, and finished as the club's second highest scorer in his final two seasons, behind Tony Caldwell.


1983–1987   Tony Caldwell Bolton Wanderers 58 goals in 139 appearances.


1983-1997 Tom Sackville MP for Bolton West – Conservative.


1984 BMI The Beaumont Hospital in Bolton, Lancashire, is a private hospital that opened in 1984 and is part of BMI Healthcare. It is registered for 32 beds, which are positioned across 20 rooms. Currently there are 25 beds available for use. The registered manager is Mr. Wyn Davies who has been in post since 01 September 2013.


1984 The Black Dog, 82 Halliwell Road, closed in 1984.

1984 Anthony Griffin (Great Britain) won gold in the Men’s club throw C6 and men’s javelin throw C6 at the 1984 Summer Paralympics. He also won silver in Men’s 52kg powerlifting.


c.1984 Carly Bateman, prostitute, born.                                   Murdered Nov 2001


1985 At the age of 60, Nat Lofthouse became caretaker manager at Bolton again.


1985 (7 Feb-6 Dec) Charlie Wright manager of Bolton Wanderers from 7 February 1985 to 6 December 1985 (P 44 W 11 L 25 D 8 Win % 25.00) 


1985 (April) major restructuring of Moor Lane bus station begins


1985 (12 May) Kearsley Power Station demolished.


1985 (14 May) Kearsley Power Station: The 5 cooling towers were demolished during the week of 14 May 1985.


1985 (2 Jul) Thomas Benjamin "Tom" Lancashire English middle-distance runner, born In Bolton, Greater Manchester.                  He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics in the 1500 m. He went to Turton School in Bromley Cross, Bolton.

1985 (12 Oct) Samantha Kate Winward , English actress, singer and model born in Bolton.                                           Attended Turton High School Media Arts College, in Bromley Cross, South Turton. She is best known for playing Katie Sugden in the ITV1 soap opera Emmerdale.


1985 (Oct/Dec) Nevada burned down.


1985 Derby County paid  £38,000 to sign Jeff Chandler in 1985.


1985 Co-op build Normid Supermarket at embankment end of Burnden Park.


1985 The closure of the 82-year-old High Street Baths in 1985, after structural faults were found in the building.

1985 The Whitecroft Road school, off Doffcocker Brow, was closed down in 1985 and merged with the Deane School


1985 Steve Kenyon (born 1951) won the Great North Run in 1985.


1985/6 Market Place building commenced

1986 (1 Jan) Farnworth-born Paul Moulden made his first team debut against Aston Villa aged 18.


1986 (12 Mar) Daniel Alan David “Danny” Jones, English musician, born in Bolton, England

lead vocalist and guitarist with the pop rock band McFly


1986 (1 May) Hylda Baker (born 1905) died at Horton Hospital, Epsom, Surrey, of bronchial pneumonia.

She was cremated at Twickenham.


1986 (1 Jun) Chinedu Ogbuke "Edu" Obasi, Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for AIK in Allsvenskan, born.


1986 (21 Sep) Mark Stephen Howard, English footballer who plays as a goalkeeper, born in Southwark, London


1986 (8 Dec) Amir Iqbal Khan, British-Pakistani boxer, born in Bolton

He was educated at Smithills School, and Bolton Community College

He is current WBA World Light Welterweight Champion. He was Britain’s third youngest world champion

He previously held the Commonwealth, WBO Inter-Continental and WBA International Titles.


1986 In 1986, fresh on the success of monster hits Happy Hour and Caravan of Love, The Housemartins performed at the club City Lites.

The performance was for a special edition of ITV programme Hold Tight and host Peter Simon stood in front of a packed out crowd at the club as he introduced the indie band for a short 20-minute set.


1986 By 1986, Bolton found themselves in severe financial difficulties and on the verge of relegation to the Fourth Division. To raise money, their directors sold off part of the ground and a Normid Superstore was built at Burnden Park on the site of the tragedy.


1986 Halliwell Local History Society was formed in 1986 by a group of people who were intent on recording and keeping alive the history of the Halliwell Township


1986 Nat Lofthouse became president at Bolton in 1986.


1986 Ben Topp's opened at the top of Bath Street in 1986.


1986 The Wheatsheaf pub Great Moor Street, Bolton became  Serendipity’s in 1986.


1986 A section of the embankment at Burnden Park was sold off to make way for a new Normid superstore.


1986–1993 Julian Darby Bolton Wanderers scored 36 goals in 270 goals.


1987 (1 Jan) Benjamin Robert Alnwick, English professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for EFL Championship club Bolton Wanderers, born.


1987 (15 Apr) The new Bolton Moor Lane Bus Station is officially opened (15 April).


1987 (25 Apr) Johann Smith, American soccer player, born in Hartford, Connecticut.                                                        He currently plays for FC Edmonton in the North American Soccer League as a forward, winger, and left back.


1987 Originally opened in 1987 the Olympus Fish and Chip Restaurant was extended and refurbished in 2010


1987 Bolton’s new bus and rail interchange becomes fully operational and Wigan’s new bus station is opened.


1987 In 1987, Bolton Interchange was opened incorporating the site of the Railway as well as the former buildings behind it on Newport Street.  After the interchange was completed the clock from the old Trinity Street railway station was placed on land formerly occupied by the pub.


1987 Britvic closed the Welsh Hills plant in Porth in 1987 with production being transferred to Bolton in England.


1987 Newport Street shops opposite Town Hall have now been rebuilt, the Samuel Wigglesworth fountains


1987 Trinity Street bridge has been rebuilt and widened, the station clock has been rebuilt on the other side of the road but the old station remains.

1987 St Mary of the Assumption, Palace St, Bolton Lancashire: The church was opened on Palace Street in I847 and closed in 1987. The building survives and has been integrated into the Holiday Inn hotel as the restaurant.


1987-1988 Bolton had been relegated to the Fourth Division for the first time in their history but went on to win promotion at the first attempt after finishing third during the 1987–88 season.       However, Chandler played little part in the success, having suffered a serious knee injury after falling awkwardly whilst jumping to head a ball in only his fourth game of the season, a League Cup tie against Wigan Athletic. Although he was expected to miss the remainder of the season, he did return to make one appearance as a substitute in a match against Colchester United at the end of the season.


1987–1989 Jeff Chandler (Bolton Wanderers) scored 4 goals in 24 appearances.


1987–1989 Trevor Morgan (Bolton Wanderers) scored 17 goals in 77 appearances.  


1988 (23 Mar) Jason Francis Kenny MBE, English track cyclist, born in Bolton, United Kingdom


1988 (29 Apr) Dean Worswick, actor, born

Played the part of Warren Shipley in the soap opera Coronation Street

Died 29 Mar 2004

1988 (May) Bentleys bar opened on the corner of Bradshawgate and Great Moor Street in May 1988 

1988 (16 Sep) Dick Pym died aged 95.

He currently holds the record for the longest-lived England footballer.

1988 (1 Dec) The Market Hall opened by The Queen

A refurbished Victorian building


1988 (1 Dec) The Queen opened the £5.8 million state-of-the-art Water Place fun complex in Great Moor Street on December 1, 1988, and it was supposed to herald a new era of swimming in Bolton.                                                                             Built over two floors, the pool area was planted with palm trees imported from Florida, had two water flumes, a wave machine, river rides, cascades and disco music. Visitors could enjoy refreshments at a bar or cafeteria and there were meeting rooms and offices. Council officials hoped the facility would attract about 350,000 swimming visits a year. But the Water Place was plagued with problems and just eight months after opening it had to close for two weeks for repairs.


1988 The last remaining old-style baths, in Moss Street, Halliwell, which had served the area since 1924, were closed.


1988 The Moss Street baths, by then known as Halliwell Baths, closed in 1988. The building was demolished soon afterwards. (<1970)


1988 HM Queen Elizabeth opens the Market Place and the Water Place


1988 Farnworth Grammar School was demolished in 1988


1988 Lostock railway station re-opened

Served by Northern Rail who operate services on the Manchester to Preston line.

1988  Corks Cafe Bar re-opened.


1988-1989 Farnworth-born Paul Moulden started the majority of matches, finishing the season as top scorer with 13 goals in 36 league appearances as Manchester City gained promotion to the First Division.


1988-1989 The 1988–89 Associate Members' Cup, known as the 1988–89 Sherpa Van Trophy, was the sixth staging of the Associate Members' Cup, a knock-out competition for English football clubs in the Third Division and the Fourth Division. The winners were Bolton Wanderers and the runners-up were Torquay United.

The competition began on 21 November 1988 and ended with the final on 28 May 1989 at Wembley Stadium.

In the first round, there were two sections split into eight groups: North and South. In the following rounds each section gradually eliminates teams in knock-out fashion until each has a winning finalist. At this point, the two winning finalists faced each other in the combined final for the honour of the trophy.


1988-1989 Jeff Chandler again suffered injury trouble and struggled to return to the same level he was playing at prior to his injury, later stating that he was "never the same player after that". He argued frequently with manager Neal which, along with his injuries, restricted his appearances; however, he did feature in the club's Associate Members Cup success, scoring a goal in a 4–1 win over Torquay United in the final


c. 1988 St Matthews Church, Mount Street, Little Bolton demolished due to dry rot.


1989 (1 Apr) David Philippe Henri Ngog, known as David N'Gog,  French professional footballer, born.

1989 (19 Apr) The statue of Atlas from Walmsleys Atlas Forge, moved to its new site on Kay Street, April 19th 1989.               A crane lifted it into position.


1989 (28 May) The 1988–89 Associate Members' Cup, the final at Wembley Stadium.


Bolton Wanderers


Torquay United



Wembley Stadium, London

Attendance: 46,513

Referee: G. Courtney (Spennymoor)


1989 (Nov) Jeff Chandler  joined Cardiff City in November 1989 for a fee of £15,000


1989 (2 Dec) Nat Lofthouse was made a Freeman of Bolton.


1989 (12 Dec) Helen Flanagan, English actress, born in Bury

Pupil of Thornleigh Salesian College, Bolton

Rosie Webster in Coronation Street


1989 Amy Leigh Barnes, teen model, born

She had left Lord's school in Bolton to study performing arts at Pendleton College, Salford

Murdered in 2008 in Farnworth, Bolton.


1989 Julian Darby (born 1967) scored in the 1989 Associate Members Cup final, with Bolton beating Torquay United 4–1 at Wembley Stadium, in a side captained by future Derby boss Phil Brown.


1989 Bolton’s beloved Woolies revamped, modernised look to the shop in 1989 which incorporated a kids wear department and the store’s famous sweets counter, which remained a children’s favourite to the end.


1989 In 1989, Thomas Walmsley’s Atlas Forge on Bridgeman Street was demolished (the site is now the Mill View nursing home). A large statue of Atlas with the world on his shoulders was rescued from the old forge and was placed on Kay Street at its junction with St George’s Street on the corner formerly occupied by the Bank Of England.  


1989 Oscar’s opened in 1989 in the cellar of The Wellsprings, an office block built on the site of which a large stone building that once housed Bolton Central Library.


About 1989 Jennifer Thompson born in Aberdeen

Educated at £1,555-a-term Lord's Independent School in Bolton
Prostitute at the centre of a Wayne Rooney sex scandal.

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