Bolton Wanderers Football Club plays in the English Premiere League and is based in Horwich,
Bolton. They are one of the founders of the Football League. Periods during which the Bolton
Wanderers Football Club has been particularly successful include the 1920s, the late 1950s, the
mid-nineties and the recent years since the turn of the century (in 2005 they were able to reach
the last 32 teams in the UEFA Cup, competing in Europe for the first time in the club's history,
and they have qualified again to play the UEFA in the 2007 season).
A schoolmaster named Thomas Ogden founded the club in 1874, calling them the Christ Church
Football Club. The name was changed to Bolton Wanderers Football Club in 1877 when it was moved
from school to a nearby public house to avoid a dispute over control. In 1888, Bolton Wanderers
joined the Football League through invitation for its opening season, and became one of the
founders of the League. This same year was when Bolton Wanderers Football Club first settled on
the club kit design that would become their standard for the future - a white shirt and dark
blue shorts, leaving behind a number of widely variant designs with stripes, checkerboard
patterns and dots. For the most part, this simple club kit with white and dark blue colours would
remain the defining look of Bolton Wanderers; however there were some changes now and then.
The 1912 season club kit for Bolton Wanderers was very different from the club kits before and
after - it had a solid red shirt and red socks with a white pair of shorts. The shirt also had a
crest added and removed from the breast several times over the course of redesigns - crest periods
for Bolton Wanderers club kit were from 1921 to 1946, and from 1947 to 1966. The next most
significant period of design changes to the Bolton Wanderers club kit was in the nineties, when
Reebok took over the task of designing the uniform and experimented with striped patterns using
dark blue and red to accent the edges of the sleeves and shoulders, making it seem as though the
club kit had a somewhat different shape. In 2002, for the 125th anniversary of the club at a home
game against Fulham, a special anniversary kir was designed which was mostly white - white sleeves,
white shorts and white socks - and a body with red, white and blue vertical stripes.
Knight Security was the first sponsor to have its name centered on the front of the Bolton
Wanderers Football Club shirt in 1980. Later sponsors for the Wanderers included Ben, TSB, HB
Electronics and Normid Simplifile. From 1990 and on until the 2007 season, the sponsor on the
front of the kit has been Reebok (and Reebok has designed the Bolton Wanderers Football Club kit
during almost all of this period).
The most recent designs of Bolton Wanderers Football Club kit are nearly all white, with limited
dark blue and red highlights (and navy trim) to add interest to the design. The away colors for
the Bolton Wanderers are black with turquoise shoulders and trim. The have recently qualified to
compete for the 2007 UEFA Cup.