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32 April 2019 Follow us on facebook: yourlocalindependent SPORT SUITES MADE TO YOUR OWN REQUIREMENTS MYRTLE GROVE, BACUP ROAD, RAWTENSTALL 01706 831630 RE-COVER & REPAIR SERVICES AVAILABLE • • OPEN 7 DAYS NO MIDDLEMAN • BUY DIRECT FROM THE MANUFACTURER LARGE RANGE OF BEDS AT FACTORY PRICES BOLTON Wanderers’ players have been paid their overdue February wages, the Champion- ship club has confirmed. Earlier, a statement from the squad asked the Professional Foot- ballers’ Association to act on their behalf. They had been told they would be paid by owner Ken An- derson if a proposed takeover was not completed by last Monday. But a club statement said “all outstanding salaries for players and coaching staff have now been paid in full”. In a further statement on the club website, Anderson said he hoped a takeover will be complet- ed within days. He also thanked playing, managerial and club staff for their efforts during his three years involved with the club. An- derson said he believes he has done a “reasonable job in trying to control costs at the club” but acknowledged the financial issues and “apologised unreservedly” for delays to wage payments. “Cash flow has always been a problem at the club, both before and since I became involved, and if it wasn’t for [former owner] Ed Davies and my limited financial support, I can assure you things would have been far worse,” said Anderson. “I understand why staff and sup- porters seem to believe that it’s the owner’s sole responsibility to just keep on personally topping up the bank accounts and pay everything and everybody, but unfortunately that’s not always possible. “Business life is just not like that and sometimes I have had to make difficult decisions that obviously don’t make me popular and I can assure you that if there had been a viable alternative I would have taken it. That said, paying the staff salaries late once and the players twice in the three years of my own- ership certainly did not sit comfort- ably with me and is not something I would have chosen to do in other circumstances and I apologise un- reservedly to all concerned.” Flatley sets up title fight BOLTON boxer Jack Flatley contin- ued his promising rise up the rank- ings after he impressively defeated former Olympian, Serge Ambomo on points at the Whites Hotel. The Farnworth fighter is now look- ing forward to the prospect of compet- ing for the English super welterweight title on May 11. Flatley topped the bill after fellow Bolton boxer Jack Cullen’s opponent, Ricardo Fernandes, was forced to pull out at short notice. But 24-year-old Flatley, nicknamed ‘Quiet Storm’, coped with the added pressure, before eventually winning 59-56 on points. The win extended his unbeaten re- cord to 14 wins and a draw since turn- ing professional. their preparations for a potential double Bolton bill of English title fights at the Whites Hotel on May 11. It is expected Cullen will fight cham- pion Reece Cartwright for the middle- weight title in the biggest fight of his career until Cartwright was forced to pull out with injury two weeks ago. Likewise, Flatley is confident he will get the opportunity to take his career to the next level by fighting for the En- glish super welterweight title. Lowe is Manager of the Month RYAN Lowe has been named the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for February and for the third time this season. The pursuit of leaders Lincoln City continues, with Lowe’s second Manager of the Month award in as many months. His side took over second place by extending their unbeaten run to 10 games and taking 10 points from a possible 12 – testimony to the consis- tency of performance he has been able to inspire. Lowe said: “I’m over the moon to get a hat-trick of Manager of the Month awards for the season, but as I’ve said before, it’s not just me, it’s my staff, my players. “It’s nice to have them accolades, it’s recognition we’re playing the right way, but ultimately, it’s just another personal accolade, with the big picture at the end of the season. I’d happily trade them all in for where we want to get to. “The lads are playing well and buy- ing into what we’re trying to do, we know we’ve got a good team, we’ve got an honest group with some talent- ed footballers and when you’re win- ning games, it’s only natural you win these awards.” George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel. He said: “Another strong perfor- mance in February, gaining 10 points from four games, means that Bury have now gone twelve games without defeat. They are beginning to look comfortable in the automatic promo- tion places and won’t let up over the remaining fixtures. Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Good- man said: “Bury have been one of the standout attacking teams not only in the EFL, but across English football this season “Nicky Maynard and Jay O’Shea continue to provide bundles of goals, and Lowe’s ability to keep the focus week in, week out means that Bury fans dreams of promotion are becom- ing more real by the week.” BOLTON School Girls’ Division Junior and Intermediate Swim Teams both became Town Champions after winning their tournaments in the Bolton Town Championships held in the town centre venue, Bolton One. Town swimming champions Ken Anderson has apologised for the late payment of wages BOLTON School Boys’ Division U18 water polo team successfully defend- ed their English Schools Swimming Association. The final saw Bolton School defeat Dulwich College 4-1 and retain the title for the sixth consecutive year. The U15 team travelled to Northampton Boys’ School to defend the title they have held since 2014. The final saw the school nar- rowly lose to Trinity School 2-3 in an ex- citing and closely contested final. Water Polo champs - again Wanderers players paid overdue wages