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1990 (20 Feb) The Charlatans at Crown & Cushion, Bolton, England


1990 St Joseph’s School: The rebuilt  Key Stage 2 part of school was opened in March 1990.


1990 (29 Apr) Congregational church, Blackburn Rd -final service 29 April 1990


1990 (24 Aug) Gary Lee Madine, English professional footballer, born.


1990 The Iron Church, in Blackburn Road, Bolton, is a Grade II listed building, last opened for worship in 1990. It then housed Iron Church Beds and Furniture shop, but that has now closed and the building is vacant.


1990 P J Proby was living in Bolton and suffering from alcoholism


1990 The Roberts’ firm closed.

The factory was at the back of Burnden Park

Roberts Croupline, a cough mixture which sold very well locally, and Zubes used for soothing a sore throat


1990 Horwich and Crowborough entered a town twinning agreement


1990–1991 Sammy Lee (Bolton Wanderers) made 4 appearances


1991 (4 Sep) Joe Haines, British former speedway rider, born in Bolton, England.


1991 Chris Thompson (1960-2012) retiring from football in 1991 at the age of 31.


1991 Horwich Resource Centre in Beaumont Road, which was formerly a Territorial Army barracks before being opened to the public in 1991.


1991 Capitol cinema replaced by Stone Cross House.


1991 In 1991, the club Pleasuredrome hosted raving royalty The Prodigy, as a youthful version of the band performed debut single Charly.                                                                  Pleasuredrome formerly Blighty’s Chapel Street, Farnworth


1991–1994 Andy Walker (Bolton Wanderers) scored 44 goals in 67 appearances


1992 (Jan) The television cameras also returned to the club The Pleasuredrome in January 1992 with Pete Waterman presenting a rave special of The Hitman and Her.

He was joined at various parts of the night by Jorinde Williams from Oceanic, and Dave Shaw of Love Decade.

It also featured performances from New Atlantic and Dream Frequency.


1992 (18 Feb) Merlyn Nuttall, the youngest daughter of Anglo-Indian parents, was just 27 and a buyer for BhS when she was so brutally attacked. She was hurrying to an underground station at the height of the morning rush-hour on February 18, 1992, when a man approached her and said his pregnant girlfriend had fallen and needed help.

 He then stuck a knife in her side and dragged her into a squat at the top of a nearby house, 9 Effra Road in Brixton, South London. There was no girlfriend.

 Forty-five minutes later, having left her for dead, he set the room alight and took the handle from the inside of the door. Miraculously, she regained consciousness, dragged herself to the door and tried to open it. The sounds were heard by a man in a downstairs flat who released her before running for safety. Naked and horrifically injured, she crawled to the front door where people at a nearby bus stop ignored her. When the fire brigade arrived, alerted by neighbours, firefighters had to be treated for shock after seeing her injuries.

 She doesn't even cry as she describes what happened to her in that filthy room but her eyes shine as she recalls the incredible relief of waking on the blood-soaked bed to discover that she was alive.   


1992 (28 Feb) The Pleasuredrome in Farnworth is closed after the police find the bar staff are dealing drugs.

1992 (Feb) The Pleasuredrome  closed in February 1992


1992 (Feb) Merlyn Nuttall was hurrying to work early one morning, heading for Brixton tube station. Then a man appeared and forced her at knifepoint towards an empty end of terrace house. Forty-five minutes later, naked, bleeding from throat slashes, Merlyn, near death, was on the front steps of the house trying to summon help. She survived the horrific rape and attempted murder but her fight to recover, and to gain compensation, brought her into surprising areas of resistance - including a refusal by the NHS to pay for plastic surgery to her neck scars.

1992 (3 Mar) Bolton Hospice first opened


1992 (1 May) Samuel Oluwaseyi Ameobi, professional footballer who plays as a winger for Championship club Bolton Wanderers, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear.


1992 (May) Bruce Rioch became manager of Bolton Wanderers.

1992 Doffcocker lodge is a small area of land and water that is less than a quarter of a square mile and in 1992 became Bolton’s first local nature reserve, the reed-bed and species of bird-life on this site have a been known to have great biological importance. This reserve was built on a now disused reservoir built in 1874.

The name Doffcocker comes from the Celtic meaning black or dark winding stream.

1992 Fred Dibnah topples the remaining mill chimney in Chorley Old Road, Bolton in 1992.


1992 In 1992, a commemorative plaque in memory of the 33 who had died 46 years earlier was finally unveiled at the Burnden Park ground by Nat Lofthouse and Sir Stanley Matthews.


1992 Boar’s Head on Churchgate closed


1993 (3 Jan) McGinlay netted his 10th goal of the 92/93 season in an FA Cup third round tie with a header against Liverpool at a frozen Burnden on January 3, 1993. Despite taking a 2-0 lead, Wanderers couldn’t see the game out and Ian Rush saved the holder’s blushes... temporarily.


1993 (13 Jan) FA Cup third-round replay, Jan 13 1993 Liverpool 0 Bolton 2

 John McGinlay put Bolton ahead after just three minutes

1993 (7 Apr) Nat Lofthouse appeared as a special guest on the TV guest show This Is Your Life.


1993 (5 Jun) A Hawker Harrier visited and displayed over Lostock on Sat 5th June 1993 as part of an air show.

1993 (1 Jul) Holy Trinity Church, Bolton  was declared redundant on 1 July 1993.


1993 The museum at Little Bolton Town Hall closed.


1993 In 1993 the Maxilin company saw an opportunity to extend its horizons, and acquired R Crawford (Northern ltd) which is based in Hadfield in Derbyshire. (<1946).

1993  In 1993 Nigel Short became the first English player to play a World Chess Championship match, when he qualified to play Garry Kasparov in the World Chess Championship 1993 in London, where Kasparov won 12½ to 7½.

1994 (1 Jan) Nat Lofthouse was appointed an OBE.


1994 (Mar) OneCard smartcard is trialled in Bolton, which allows non-cash payment of fares (March).


1994 Shallow Grave is a 1994 British black comedy crime film that marked the cinematic directorial debut of Danny Boyle with an original screenplay by John Hodge.


1995 (6 Jan) The film Shallow Grave released in UK


1995 (8 Mar) Zach Paul John Clough, English professional footballer, born in Denton, Greater Manchester.                       He came through the Bolton Wanderers academy having joined the club at the age of 8.


1995 (2 Apr) The 1995 Football League Cup Final was a football match played between Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers on 2 April 1995 at Wembley Stadium, London. It was the final match of the 1994–95 Football League Cup, the 35th staging of the Football League Cup, a football competition for the 92 teams in the Premier League and The Football League. Liverpool were appearing in their seventh final, they had previously won four and lost twice. Bolton were appearing in their first final. Watched by a crowd of 75,595, Bolton controlled the early exchanges in the match, but it was Liverpool who took the lead in the 37th minute when Steve McManaman scored. McManaman scored again in the 68th minute to extend Liverpool's lead to two goals. However, a minute later, Alan Thompson scored for Bolton to reduce the deficit to one goal. Despite repeated attacks, Bolton did not score an equaliser and Liverpool won the match 2–1.


1995 (20 Jun) Roy McFarland became manager of Bolton Wanderers.


1995 (Sep) Bolton Wanderers record fee received £4,500,000 from Liverpool for Jason McAteer  (September 1995)


1995 Liverpool beat Bolton in the Football League Cup Final.


1995 There is only one local brewery in Bolton - and that is the excellent Bank Top Brewery.                                            Since its creation in 1995 by lorry driver turned brewer John Feeney, Bank Top Brewery has produced a series of wonderful beers and ales which have rightly won him praise and admiration. His names have often reflected famous locals and places such as Samuel Crompton's Ale, Fred's Cap, Flat Cap, Brydge Bitter and Gold Digger to name but a few.


1995 Pharmacists Anwer Patel and his brother, Yakub, who own the Cohens Group took over the firm of Roocrofts in 1995 after David Roocroft, the then managing director, retired after more than 40 years in the company. The firm was renowned all over the world for production of its Tics liquorice pellets.


1995 Horwich Heritage Centre opened within the Resource Centre.

1995  The Trotters closed down around 1995


1995–1998 Nathan Blake (Bolton Wanderers) scored 38 goals in  107 appearances.


1996 (23 Feb) The film Trainspotting was released in the United Kingdom on 23 February 1996.


1996 (19 Sep) George Hunt (1910-1996) died in hospital in Bolton in 1996, at the age of 86, having suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the last few years of his life.


1996 (17 Oct) Tyler J. Andrew Walker, English professional footballer, born son of former England defender Des Walker.


1996 Harold Kroto was one of three recipients to share the Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Curl and Smalley


1996 Bolton Royal Infirmary closed



1996 Fred Dibnah made an appearance in a television advertisement for Kelloggs.


1996 After a considerable amount of building at Townleys - more correctly the Bolton District General Hospital the name Townleys having been officially abandoned years before but still used by much of the population - the Infirmary was closed.

1996 The Orlando Village student complex was built in 1996.


1996 (Feb) It was Paul Nicholls’ character of Joe Wicks in BBC's long-running soap series EastEnders which earned him national attention. He made his first appearance in the series in February 1996 and soon attracted a large fanbase of teenage viewers, reportedly receiving more mail than all other cast members combined.                                                         In 1997 the BBC initiated a fan club to which mail could be directed. National (UK) membership reached 3500 with newsletters and photo packs provided to subscribers.            Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, he was being widely featured in numerous posters and teen/television/pop culture magazines (often on the front covers) including Attitude, BIG!, Bliss, Gay Times, Heat, Just Seventeen, Live & Kicking, MIZZ, My Guy, Now, OK, Radio Times, Shout, Sky International, Sky magazine, Smash Hits, Sneak, Sugar, TV Hits, TV Times, and What's on TV. Although he was offered a lucrative long-term EastEnders contract by the BBC and was reportedly the highest-paid teen actor in the United Kingdom, he did not wish to be typecast and left the series in September 1997.


1996-1997 Nathan Blake rediscovered his goal scoring prowess in the 1996–97 season though, as he notched 19 league goals to fire Bolton back to the top flight as champions.


1997 (18 Jan) Bolton decided to name their East Stand at their new Reebok Stadium after Nat Lofthouse


1997 (31 Mar) LG Pathak peacefully died at Kirit’s home in Bolton.


1997 (Apr) Bolton Wanderers v Charlton Athletic, last game at Burnden Park before move to Reebok Stadium.


1997 (Apr) the last ever Wanderers game at Burnden Park was against Charlton Athletic. Bolton, who were already Division One champions, defeated Charlton 4-1 after being 1-0 down at half time

John McGinlay scored the final goal shortly before Bolton received their trophy


1997 (1 May) Ruth Maria Kelly elected MP for Bolton West


1997 (1 Sep) Reebok Stadium was opened by the recently appointed Labour Party deputy prime minister John Prescott.


1997 (1  Sep) Monday  The first competitive – and English Premier League – match at the Reebok stadium was a 0–0 draw between Bolton and Everton .                                     Nineteen days later, Bolton drew 0–0 with Manchester United.


1997 (23 Sep) The first player to score at the Reebok Stadium was Alan Thompson, a penalty in the 1–1 draw against Tottenham Hotspur, on 23 September. Chris Armstrong, who later in his career had a short spell with Wanderers, got the equaliser.


1997 (30 Sep) The first League Cup match took place at Reebok Stadium. Bolton drew 4–4 with Leyton Orient but won the penalty shootout.


1997 (4 Oct ) Saturday The first club to win a competitive match at the Reebok Stadium was Aston Villa, 1–0, in the stadium's fifth match. Savo Milošević scored the goal.


1997 (Oct) Dean Holdsworth was signed to Bolton Wanderers in October 1997 for £3.5million, which was a record signing for Bolton at that time.


1997 The final game at Burnden Park.


1997 Southeast side of Nelson Square redeveloped


1997 Bolton: The Borough shut in 1997 and remained closed and boarded up for a number of years. It was demolished around 2006 and is now used as a car park for a nearby motor dealer.


1997 General Election

Kerry Pollard elected MP for St Albans and held the seat until his defeat in the 2005 general election


1997 Bolton Wanderers modern, all-seater Reebok  stadium with a capacity of 28,723 was completed , replacing the club's old ground, Burnden Park.


1997 First Bolton Wanderers match at the Reebok Stadium


1997 Brian Iddon was first returned to Parliament as the MP for Bolton South East. He was elected with a majority of 21,311


1997 New Fire Station opened in Horwich


1997 The Shamrock pub, 2-4 St Helens Road, shut in 1997.

1997 The Trotters on Bradshawgate, built in 1966, demolished in 1997 


1997-1998 Nathan Blake: His best seasonal tally in the top flight as he bagged 12 goals, however this couldn't prevent yet another relegation for the club after one season.


1997-1998 Dean Holdsworth scored just three goals in 17 Premier League starts in 1997–98, as Colin Todd's side slipped out of the top-flight after finishing 18th, behind 17th place Everton on goal difference.


1997–2003 Dean Holdsworth (Bolton Wanderers) scored 39 goals in 158 appearances.


1997-2007 Tony Blair, Labour Prime Minister of the UK

His great – great – great – grandfather Thomas Ridgway Bridson had been Mayor of Bolton in 1847-1848


1997-2010 Ruth Kelly – MP for Bolton West – Labour.


1997-2012 Jussi Jääskeläinen is equal third on Bolton Wanderers' record appearance list, making 530 appearances between 1997 and 2012.


1998 (Jan) At the time of its opening in January 1998, Atlantis was Bolton's largest nightclub with a 2,500-person capacity.    The owners' vision was for it to be "a super club for the Millennium." The £5 million club boasted six bars, two dancefloors, a diner and VIP lounge, and attracted chart toppers including Girls Aloud.


1998 (13 Jun) Fire wrecked the Rawson Arms pub, in Peel Street, Farnworth, in the early hours of Saturday.

1998 (25 Aug) Ricardo Gardner came on as a substitute to make his debut against Hartlepool in the League Cup on 25 August 1998.


1998 (Aug) Burnden Park demolished to be replaced by ASDA etc.


1998 (8 Sep) Ricardo Gardner made his league debut as a substitute again against West Bromwich Albion on 8 September 1998. In this game, Bolton were reduced to 10 men after the sending off of Guðni Bergsson shortly after Gardner came on, but he scored a late winner to give his team a memorable 3–2 victory over West Brom

1998 (22 Oct) Private James Smith was the subject of a play, “Early One Morning”, written by Bolton playwright Les Smith and presented at the Octagon Theatre in Bolton, with its first performance on 22 October 1998,


1998 (24 Dec) Matt Gillies, 77, died.                                He managed Leicester City to their first major trophy in 1964 when they won the League Cup during his club record 10-year spell as manager. They also reached two FA Cup finals when he was in charge, losing both times. He had also played more than 100 league games for the club as a player in the 1950s, signing from Bolton Wanderers after starting his career with Motherwell in his native Scotland.


1998 (Dec) ACDO purchased the Brightmill Chemical Company at Little Lever


1998 Bolton New Infirmary closed


1998 Bolton Royal Infirmary closed (patients   removed 1996) and demolished. It was flat by August 1998


1998 Boar’s Head on Churchgate demolished

1998 Empire Cinema, Farnworth, Lancashire  demolished 1998


1998 Ian McKellen nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in the film Gods And Monsters, wherein he played James Whale, the gay director of Showboat and Frankenstein.


1998-1999 Dean Holdsworth rediscovered his scoring touch in the First Division, hitting 12 goals in 26 starts in 1998–99.


1999 (1 Jan) The first FA Cup match at Reebok stadium took place. It finished Bolton 1–2 Wolves.


1999 (21 Sep) Lowest attendance for a competitive match at Reebok stadium: 3,673 v Gillingham, (League Cup 2nd round 2nd leg)


1999 Burnden Park demolished


1999 Horwich Parkway Railway Station opened


1999 Brian Finch dramatized Michelle Magorian’s Goodnight Mister Tom


1999 Pikes Lane Health Centre was built on the site of the former primary school and opened in 1999.                       The school was rebuilt on a new site in Gibraltar Street.


c.1999 Kiera Byland, Special Olympics athlete, born.


1999-2000 Dean Holdsworth hit 14 goals from 24 league starts in 1999–2000, as Sam Allardyce led Bolton to the semi-finals of the play-offs, the FA Cup and the League Cup.


1999-2000 should have been one to remember, but defeats in the semi-finals of both domestic competitions made it a nearly season for the Trotters, especially when they went and lost the play-off semi-final (in controversial style - two men sent off and three penalties given against them) too .

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