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This page shows the ELO score history of the selected club - mapping their best and worst sides of all time, and their most unlikely victories and defeats based on their ELO score.

Inspired by ClubELO.com, the ELO rating system is a method of calculating and comparing the relative strengths of teams in competition. For every match played, the ELO scores of the two teams are considered, and adjusted for other factors (such as home advantage), to calculate the likelihood of the match result. When the actual result of the game is known, the ELO score is adjusted accordingly, comparing the expected outcome of the game with the actual outcome - so a victory over Manchester United will be worth more points than one over Supermarine. The resulting ELO score can be used to compare the strengths of teams over time, and to project future results based on the current form of all teams.

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BOLTON WANDERERS
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A historical overview of Bolton Wanderers's ELO scores.

 

A list of the top 15 Bolton Wanderers sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1896 Monday, December 7, 1896 4110.75  
  2005 Saturday, December 17, 2005 4109.29  
  2006 Saturday, December 30, 2006 4106.82  
  1925 Monday, September 7, 1925 4103.07  
  2007 Saturday, January 6, 2007 4098.86  
  1891 Saturday, November 7, 1891 4091.74  
  1892 Thursday, October 6, 1892 4089.10  
  1922 Wednesday, January 18, 1922 4077.91  
  1923 Saturday, December 29, 1923 4075.76  
  1907 Saturday, April 27, 1907 4075.07  
  1924 Saturday, January 19, 1924 4074.03  
  1921 Saturday, April 30, 1921 4067.84  
  1960 Saturday, January 23, 1960 4065.76  
  1897 Saturday, February 6, 1897 4062.81  
  1913 Saturday, January 4, 1913 4060.20  
 
 

A list of the worst 15 Bolton Wanderers sides in history, based on their ELO score.

  Year Date Recorded ELO Score  
  1987 Tuesday, December 15, 1987 3525.05  
  1985 Saturday, November 30, 1985 3526.96  
  1986 Saturday, January 18, 1986 3529.66  
  1988 Saturday, January 16, 1988 3530.75  
  1989 Saturday, March 4, 1989 3544.34  
  1990 Tuesday, October 9, 1990 3590.73  
  1971 Saturday, April 24, 1971 3598.70  
  1984 Tuesday, September 18, 1984 3600.03  
  1992 Wednesday, April 29, 1992 3618.29  
  1972 Saturday, January 8, 1972 3635.44  
  2016 Saturday, October 1, 2016 3654.25  
  1983 Tuesday, October 18, 1983 3662.10  
  1991 Saturday, October 19, 1991 3663.20  
  1982 Saturday, November 6, 1982 3670.14  
  1981 Saturday, October 24, 1981 3677.20  
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant victories in Bolton Wanderers's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Bolton Wanderers (3681) vs. Manchester City (4037)
  Tuesday, October 5, 1971
-254.3 18.8% 3-0 +28.4 
  Bolton Wanderers (3973) vs. Manchester United (4294)
  Saturday, November 24, 2007
-266.7 17.7% 1-0 +16.5 
  Wimbledon (3940) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3622)
  Tuesday, October 6, 1992
-391.9 9.5% 0-1 +9.1 
  Manchester United (4209) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3901)
  Wednesday, September 11, 2002
-373.3 10.4% 0-1 +17.9 
  Bolton Wanderers (3796) vs. Liverpool (4096)
  Wednesday, September 27, 1967
-195.3 24.5% 3-2 +15.1 
  Bolton Wanderers (3814) vs. Nottingham Forest (4110)
  Saturday, March 1, 1980
-192.9 24.8% 1-0 +15.0 
  Bolton Wanderers (3658) vs. Hull City (3951)
  Saturday, April 30, 2016
-252.8 18.9% 1-0 +16.2 
  Bolton Wanderers (3788) vs. West Bromwich Albion (4078)
  Saturday, January 22, 1966
-186.0 25.5% 3-0 +26.1 
  Bolton Wanderers (3904) vs. Arsenal (4186)
  Wednesday, March 2, 1932
-152.2 29.4% 1-0 +14.1 
  Liverpool (3981) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3703)
  Wednesday, January 13, 1993
-351.6 11.7% 0-2 +13.2 
  Huddersfield Town (3918) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3641)
  Tuesday, September 7, 1971
-379.1 10.1% 0-2 +27.0 
  Bolton Wanderers (3998) vs. Arsenal (4275)
  Saturday, January 15, 2005
-216.8 22.3% 1-0 +15.5 
  Manchester United (4187) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3923)
  Friday, March 26, 1948
-375.8 10.3% 0-2 +26.9 
  Manchester United (4224) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3961)
  Saturday, October 20, 2001
-327.9 13.2% 1-2 +17.4 
  Bolton Wanderers (3920) vs. Liverpool (4179)
  Saturday, January 21, 2012
-210.1 23.0% 3-1 +23.1 
  Bolton Wanderers (3880) vs. Sunderland (4132)
  Saturday, April 11, 1903
-114.1 34.1% 2-0 +19.8 
  Wigan Athletic (3778) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3528)
  Tuesday, August 18, 1987
-340.1 12.4% 2-3 +17.5 
  Bolton Wanderers (3858) vs. Blackburn Rovers (4106)
  Saturday, August 26, 1995
-180.0 26.2% 2-1 +14.8 
  Bolton Wanderers (3947) vs. Aston Villa (4194)
  Saturday, March 23, 1895
-115.1 34.0% 4-3 +13.2 
  Bolton Wanderers (3937) vs. Sunderland (4181)
  Saturday, September 29, 1894
-111.7 34.5% 4-1 +22.9 
 
 

A listing of the 20 most significant defeats in Bolton Wanderers's history, based on the ELO points difference between the two teams.

  Match Diff. Win/Draw
Exp %
Score ELO Score Change
  Sheffield Wednesday (3312) vs. Bolton Wanderers (4064)
  Saturday, January 23, 1892
+653.9 97.7% 4-1 -34.2 
  Bolton Wanderers (4008) vs. Sheffield Wednesday (3261)
  Saturday, March 8, 1890
+746.7 98.7% 1-2 -19.7 
  Macclesfield Town (3502) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3930)
  Tuesday, September 5, 2000
+361.5 88.9% 3-1 -13.3 
  Bolton Wanderers (3951) vs. Bradford Park Avenue (3573)
  Saturday, November 7, 1908
+502.7 94.8% 0-1 -19.0 
  Bolton Wanderers (3913) vs. Bury (3536)
  Wednesday, October 2, 2002
+441.7 92.7% 0-1 -9.3 
  Bolton Wanderers (3978) vs. Leicester City (3626)
  Saturday, March 25, 1905
+485.8 94.2% 0-1 -18.8 
  Chester City (3375) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3714)
  Wednesday, September 14, 1983
+247.2 80.6% 3-0 -28.2 
  Bolton Wanderers (4013) vs. Tranmere Rovers (3676)
  Tuesday, January 13, 2004
+396.6 90.7% 1-2 -9.1 
  Bolton Wanderers (3965) vs. Reading (3633)
  Saturday, February 23, 1901
+462.8 93.5% 0-1 -18.7 
  Barnsley (3695) vs. Bolton Wanderers (4001)
  Monday, April 24, 1905
+172.3 72.9% 2-1 -14.6 
  Bolton Wanderers (3898) vs. Chesterfield (3608)
  Saturday, January 14, 1911
+415.1 91.6% 0-2 -27.5 
  Bolton Wanderers (3801) vs. Bury (3512)
  Tuesday, August 17, 1993
+361.0 88.9% 0-2 -13.3 
  Bolton Wanderers (3945) vs. Crewe Alexandra (3657)
  Saturday, February 27, 1999
+355.2 88.5% 1-3 -26.6 
  Exeter City (3634) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3916)
  Wednesday, October 4, 1978
+177.2 73.5% 2-1 -14.7 
  Crawley Town (3637) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3919)
  Tuesday, August 28, 2012
+235.6 79.5% 2-1 -8.0 
  Gainsborough Trinity (3683) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3965)
  Saturday, January 9, 1909
+157.7 71.3% 2-1 -14.3 
  Bolton Wanderers (3970) vs. Northampton town (3695)
  Tuesday, August 26, 2008
+326.7 86.8% 1-2 -8.7 
  Tottenham Hotspur (3717) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3984)
  Saturday, September 19, 1908
+143.6 69.6% 2-1 -13.9 
  Rochdale (3388) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3652)
  Tuesday, August 22, 1989
+187.0 74.6% 2-1 -14.9 
  Stockport County (3600) vs. Bolton Wanderers (3859)
  Saturday, December 19, 1903
+123.5 67.1% 3-2 -13.4 
 
   

The twenty teams that Bolton Wanderers are most successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Port Vale 36 +5.14 
  Wrexham 12 +3.15 
  Peterborough United 11 +2.99 
  FC Halifax Town 11 +2.63 
  Doncaster Rovers 11 +2.41 
  Shrewsbury Town 22 +2.26 
  West Ham United 67 +2.00 
  Southampton 42 +1.99 
  AFC Wimbledon 16 +1.93 
  Queens Park Rangers 30 +1.88 
  Gillingham 17 +1.88 
  Luton Town 36 +1.66 
  Charlton Athletic 91 +1.53 
  Aston Villa 161 +1.51 
  Cardiff City 76 +1.48 
  Cambridge United 13 +1.46 
  Manchester United 121 +1.23 
  Huddersfield Town 101 +1.23 
  Middlesbrough 125 +0.96 
  York City 21 +0.93 

The twenty teams that Bolton Wanderers are least successful against, based on the average ELO points won in games against them (minimum ten games played).

  Team Games Avg. Score
+/-
  Rotherham United 38 -4.30 
  Stockport County 23 -4.07 
  Bradford Park Avenue 14 -3.95 
  Bristol City 58 -2.38 
  Swansea City 34 -2.34 
  Lincoln City 19 -2.34 
  Brighton and Hove Albion 20 -2.31 
  Brentford 40 -1.99 
  Southend United 18 -1.83 
  Everton 151 -1.79 
  Barnsley 39 -1.74 
  Bury 75 -1.73 
  Sheffield Wednesday 118 -1.55 
  Derby County 129 -1.44 
  Coventry City 21 -1.43 
  Northampton Town 13 -1.38 
  Crewe Alexandra 16 -1.32 
  Watford 33 -1.31 
  Newcastle United 118 -1.26 
  Fulham 87 -1.20