Bakayoko’s Wanderers to start pre-season against Longbridge Town

Bakayoko’s Wanderers to start pre-season against Longbridge Town

Just back from Portugal, Bolton Wanders to start new season preparation with an eye-catching away trip to Longbridge on Tuesday, June 28th.

The home side is no stranger to their visitors as it’s expected to be a mouth-watering game to open the 2022/23 campaign.

Sierra Leone International was part of the 23-man squad boss Ian Evatt named for pre-season training in Algarve, Portugal.

The Wanderers camp lasted for a week as they get ready for the new English League One campaign.

Bakayoko, who started for Sierra Leone in a 2-2 draw against Guinea-Bissau at General Lansana Conté stadium looking sharp and fully fit.

Wanderers’ EFL League One campaign is set to start on Saturday, 30 July.

The Wanderers will kick off their 2022/23 League One campaign with a trip to Ipswich Town. The Whites will then face Wycombe Wanderers – beaten in last season’s play-off final – in their first home game of the new season.

Bolton Wanderers 2022/23 pre-season fixture schedule

– Longridge Town (A), 7.45 pm, Tuesday, June 28

– Chorley (A), 2 pm, Saturday, July 2

– Stockport County (behind closed doors), Tuesday, July 5

– Watford (A, behind closed doors at London Colney). 3 pm, Tuesday, July 12

– Atherton Collieries (A), 7.30 pm, Wednesday, July 13

– Carlisle United (A), 3 pm, Saturday, July 16

– Bamber Bridge (A), 7.30 pm, Tuesday, July 19

– Huddersfield Town (H), 3 pm, Saturday, July 23

– Southport (A), 7.30 pm, Tuesday, July 26

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