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Welcome to the The Buff, a brand new Bolton Wanderers podcast from The Bolton News.
Join chief football writer Marc Iles for a light-hearted look at the latest on and off the pitch as well as rumours, reaction, and some big-name guests.

The Buff The Bolton News

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    • 4.9 • 36 Ratings

Welcome to the The Buff, a brand new Bolton Wanderers podcast from The Bolton News.
Join chief football writer Marc Iles for a light-hearted look at the latest on and off the pitch as well as rumours, reaction, and some big-name guests.

    Wycombe, Salford and a bit of blue for the dads...

    Wycombe, Salford and a bit of blue for the dads...

    THE Buff has returned after a week away, and this week we have a smorgasbord of wonderful football after two wins at Wanderers and a brilliant Carabao Cup draw.

    MARVEL at the 31-pass move for the second goal against Salford City, WONDER at the rout against Wycombe and SWOON at the record-breaking season ticket sales and a Fan Zone that sells half-decent ale.

    We break down all the week’s headlines, build up to a tough trip to Port Vale, rank the Wycombe win on the Evatt-o-meter, and discuss that harsh red card for George Thomason.

    Of course, we bring the listener emails too – including which former Bolton Wanderers manager shares a name with an adult film star, and why the sound system at the UniBol is showing its age.

    We try to separate six degrees of Kevin Nolan and take a first look at who is succeeding and who is failing miserably in The Buff’s Fantasy Football League.

    This season we’ll be running a special Fantasy Football League for listeners of The Buff – and will be dishing out monthly prizes, plus recruiting some special guests to play against from the world of Wanderers.

    If you’d like to join, follow the link below, pick your team and enter the league code.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/90eb76

    League Code: 90eb76

    Remember, it isn't just a podcast, it's The Buff Podcast. And we're here every Friday.

    If you want to get in contact with the show, please email thebuffmail@gmail.com or tweet Marc on @MarcIles and @Henry__Hewitt 

    And please, please leave a review. We work hard to put these episodes out every single week, in-season and out, and the more feedback we get, the better the product. Having said all that, we are currently only accepting five-star ratings, as all the other ratings are broken. 

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The Official Buff League One prediction podcast

    The Official Buff League One prediction podcast

    WELCOME back to The Buff’s annual League One prediction extravaganza – and who we think will be riding high or sinking low this season.

    Soothsayers Marc Iles and Henry Hewitt take out their crystal ball to see who will be struggling at Burton on windy Tuesday night, and which clubs will be on the beach by April.

    The boys analyse some of the big headlines at Bolton Wanderers from the week and analyse the final pre-season friendly against Huddersfield Town.

    There is a game-by-game breakdown of the summer to see what has gone right and what has gone wrong for Ian Evatt and his squad.

    But most importantly we give our 1-24 predictions, safe in the knowledge that the podcast will be clipped and thrown back in our faces by fans of the clubs who exceed our expectations!

    This season we’ll be running a special Fantasy Football League for listeners of The Buff – and will be dishing out monthly prizes, plus recruiting some special guests to play against from the world of Wanderers.

    If you’d like to join, follow the link below, pick your team and enter the league code.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/90eb76

    League Code: 90eb76

    Remember, it isn't just a podcast, it's The Buff Podcast. And we're here every Friday.

    If you want to get in contact with the show, please email thebuffmail@gmail.com or tweet Marc on @MarcIles and @Henry__Hewitt 

    And please, please leave a review. We work hard to put these episodes out every single week, in-season and out, and the more feedback we get, the better the product. Having said all that, we are currently only accepting five-star ratings, as all the other ratings are broken. 

    • 1 hr 28 min
    The one where we pick a side to beat Ipswich at Portman Road

    The one where we pick a side to beat Ipswich at Portman Road

    IT'S that time of the week where Marc Iles and Henry Hewitt thumb through all the Bolton Wanderers headlines and bring you the details behind every story.

    Yes, it's The Buff Podcast. And on this week's show we build up to the final pre-season friendly against Huddersfield Town by weighing up the pros and cons of the summer so far.

    We channel our inner Ian Evatt and see if we can already pick his team to beat Ipswich Town on the opening day of the season. 

    Of course we investigate the Carlisle United defeat, and the B Team's inauspicious start, and Evatt's heatwave comments which seem to have caught a few people's attention. 

    But most of all we fish through the minutiae of Wanderers life: Ponder what cocktails might be served at the FanZone bar, what Disney film Medo Kamara might like, and why Henry knows so much about Darren Pratley and ice cream.

    There's also a Nat Lofthouse quiz and your emails on iFollow in a bumper episode that is bound to whet the appetite for the final dress rehearsal this weekend. 

    This season we’ll be running a special Fantasy Football League for listeners of The Buff – and will be dishing out monthly prizes, plus recruiting some special guests to play against from the world of Wanderers.

    If you’d like to join, follow the link below, pick your team and enter the league code.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/90eb76

    League Code: 90eb76

    Remember, it isn't just a podcast, it's The Buff Podcast. And we're here every Friday.

    If you want to get in contact with the show, please email thebuffmail@gmail.com or tweet Marc on @MarcIles and @Henry__Hewitt 

    And please, please leave a review. We work hard to put these episodes out every single week, in-season and out, and the more feedback we get, the better the product. Having said all that, we are currently only accepting five-star ratings, as all the other ratings are broken. 

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Paperbacks, wing-backs and a shed tonne of friendlies

    Paperbacks, wing-backs and a shed tonne of friendlies

    WELCOME to another episode of The Buff Podcast as we continue the countdown to the start of the League One season.

    Marc and Henry sift through the details of friendlies against Wigan Athletic and Watford plus the debut of the B Team at Atherton Colls.

    We flick through the sports pages of The Bolton News to talk about the big Wanderers stories of the week including the departure of Ronan Darcy to Swindon Town, the weird rumour about Wrexham and Declan John and the latest transfer news from the UniBol.

    We read out some of our reader emails and then dig into Marc’s extensive archive of programmes to pick some of the best player Q&As and do a half-time quiz from 2015.

    This season we’ll be running a special Fantasy Football League for listeners of The Buff – and will be dishing out monthly prizes, plus recruiting some special guests to play against from the world of Wanderers.

    If you’d like to join, follow the link below, pick your team and enter the league code.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/90eb76

    League Code: 90eb76

    Remember, it isn't just a podcast, it's The Buff Podcast. And we're here every Friday.

    If you want to get in contact with the show, please email thebuffmail@gmail.com or tweet Marc on @MarcIles and @Henry__Hewitt 

    And please, please leave a review. We work hard to put these episodes out every single week, in-season and out, and the more feedback we get, the better the product. Having said all that, we are currently only accepting five-star ratings, as all the other ratings are broken. 

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The officially behind-closed-doors Buff Podcast

    The officially behind-closed-doors Buff Podcast

    WELCOME to another edition of The Buff Podcast, as Marc Iles and Henry Hewitt take you through another week of pre-season, and a week closer to the big kick-off in League One.

    The lads peek through the long grass at Chorley and see how Ian Evatt’s side is getting on – then we grab the binoculars and suss out how the Whites went on behind closed doors against Stockport.

    The accounts are out, so Marc and Henry discuss whether there are any major concerns, and also point in the direction of Kieran Maguire’s Price of Football Podcast for some proper analysis.

    We’ll be going through our listener emails – with a set piece complaint, a comment of bringing back women’s football to Bolton Wanderers and a point on safe standing at the University of Bolton Stadium.

    This season we’ll be running a special Fantasy Football League for listeners of The Buff – and will be dishing out monthly prizes, plus recruiting some special guests to play against from the world of Wanderers.

    If you’d like to join, follow the link below, pick your team and enter the league code.

    https://fantasy.premierleague.com/leagues/auto-join/90eb76

    League Code: 90eb76

    Remember, it isn't just a podcast, it's The Buff Podcast. And we're here every Friday.

    If you want to get in contact with the show, please email thebuffmail@gmail.com or tweet Marc on @MarcIles and @Henry__Hewitt 

    And please, please leave a review. We work hard to put these episodes out every single week, in-season and out, and the more feedback we get, the better the product. Having said all that, we are currently only accepting five-star ratings, as all the other ratings are broken. 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Barry Knight album: Number nine Evo-lution

    The Barry Knight album: Number nine Evo-lution

    WELCOME back to The Buff – and the first one of Wanderers’ pre-season!

    We look back at the opening friendly against Longridge Town and a nine-goal haul that has got everyone very excited, rightly or wrongly.

    The club’s new home shirt was launched this week, so we ask whether it is alright or Barry Knight in the fashion stakes.

    Ian Evatt announced there were “conversations” with other clubs about top stars like Dapo Afolayan and Ricardo Santos, so should Bolton supporters be nervous?

    The B Team squad is padding out, so we examine a couple of their new recruits, and we discuss where Ian Evatt still needs to strengthen his first team squad… if at all!

    Of course we read out our listener emails, because they are the best bit. And one raises the distinct possibility that Stephen Dobbie could one day become Bolton Wanderers manager.

    Marc and Henry try to tackle a two-minute challenge, rather unsuccessfully, and we also tip our cap to The Beatles. No spoilers.

    Remember, it isn't just a podcast, it's The Buff Podcast. And we're here every Friday.

    If you want to get in contact with the show, please email thebuffmail@gmail.com or tweet Marc on @MarcIles and @Henry__Hewitt 

    And please, please leave a review. We work hard to put these episodes out every single week, in-season and out, and the more feedback we get, the better the product. Having said all that, we are currently only accepting five-star ratings, as all the other ratings are broken. 

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Chris D1972 ,

Marc

It’s what Friday mornings are all about. All footballing weekends begin with The Buff Podcast and a balanced dose of debate, humour and dare I say a bit of controversy for good measure.

Brilliantly compiled and massively entertaining each and every week. And sometimes Henry is triumphant!

Jake kirkman ,

Great Podcast

Great work from Marc and the team on The Buff. A very original podcast and an insightful view into the world of Bolton Wanderers FC.

HRich1214 ,

Great podcast

Definitely won’t be in the unhappy shop!

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