What happened to the youngest Bolton Wanderers side who faced Coventry City?

WANDERERS’ clash with Coventry City in August 2019 will long be remembered by fans.

The first team – which had not been paid for five months due to off-field problems – went on strike.

In their absence, Los Blancos have named their youngest starting XI in club history.

Despite their lack of experience, Wanderers earned a 0-0 draw with nearly 9,000 supporters in attendance at the UniBol.

Two and a half years later, the exits of Harry Brockbank and Dennis Politic mean that only three members of the young XI remain at Bolton.

But what happened to the group known as “Junior Whites”?

MATT ALEXANDER

Highly rated goalkeeper who made his senior debut against Coventry, scoring the occasion with a clean sheet.

Joined Lancaster City on loan over the summer and spent several months at the Giant Ax as he continued his development.

One of UniBol’s four goalkeepers along with Joel Dixon, James Trafford and Luke Hutchinson, with Matt Gilks ​​returning to a coaching role.

HARRY BROCKBANK

Bolton-born defender who joined the Wanderers youth ranks aged seven and made 36 first-team appearances.

Spent several weeks on the sidelines after sustaining a partial Achilles tear but returned to the squad against Accrington last month.

He recently canceled the remainder of his contract by mutual consent to pursue an opportunity in the United States.

LIAM EDWARDS

Spent 23 months on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury in an accident at the training ground in January 2020.

Made his first-team return in the 3-0 win at Rochdale in November, replacing Lloyd Isgrove in stoppage time.

Joined Southport on loan several weeks later and impressed for the non-League side as he continues to develop his fitness.

YOAN ZOUMA

Brother of West Ham defender Kurt Zouma, the Frenchman was a regular starter in his first season at UniBol.

After leaving Los Blancos, he made a move to Barrow and recently joined Dagenham and Redbridge at the Conference side.

Has made five appearances for the Daggers so far and featured in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Southend in the FA Trophy.

JOE WHITE

Came through the Whites youth ranks and made five first-team appearances before being released in the summer of 2020.

After a stint with Lower Breck, he joined FC United from Manchester and was an unused substitute against Bamber Bridge at the weekend.

CALLUM KING-HARMES

A Welsh youth international who made seven first-team appearances before joining Bamber Bridge on loan.

The non-league winger’s time was cut short by the pandemic and he was released last summer.

He joined Sutton Coldfield in October and suffered a 5-2 loss to Ilkeston Town over the weekend.

SONNY GRAHAM

Morecambe-born midfielder who made 18 first-team appearances, becoming a regular starter under Keith Hill.

Was released by Wanderers last summer and later joined Trimpell and Bare Rangers.

JAMES WEIR

The former Manchester United youngster had only been signed up for the Bolton squad hours before the opener at Wycombe.

The midfielder went on to make 12 appearances for Los Blancos before being released in January 2020 to make room for new signings.

After leaving Wanderers, he made a surprising transfer to Slovenian Fortuna League side Pohronie and now plays in Hungary.

POLITICAL DENNIS

Was forced to watch from the sidelines last season after suffering a serious knee injury in a friendly at Loughborough.

Joined Port Vale on loan in the summer and scored five goals in 16 appearances for the League Two side.

Has now joined Italian side Cremonese, who sit fourth in the Serie B table – just three points behind leaders Pisa.

EDDIE BROWN

Joined the Wanderers youth ranks aged 10 and made seven first-team appearances before his season was cut short by a hamstring tear.

He was released the following summer and then had a brief spell at FC United in Manchester after returning from injury.

RONAN DARCY

Featured regularly in pre-season before joining Norwegian side Sogndal on loan in August.

Returning to England last month after the end of the Norwegian season, he was not available until January due to international bureaucracy.

Came off the bench in last week’s 2-0 loss to Wycombe at UniBol, replacing Marlon Fossey.


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