Wanderers will be aiming to finish their campaign with a flourish on Saturday as they welcome Birmingham City to the Reebok Stadium. With the weekend’s midday kick-off (6am CT) marking the conclusion of each side’s respective seasons, the Whites themselves will be hoping to continue their fine form in recent months – a run which has seen them defeated just twice in 15 outings.
The Blues on the other hand make the trip to BL6 needing to better Doncaster Rovers’ result against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium to preserve their status in the second tier of English football after a difficult season at St Andrew’s.
So City will be battling to avoid relegation, Wanderer’s to send their fans home for the season thinking positive thoughts. It will be our last chance to see Tim Ream (St Louis University/St Dominic HS) until the Fall unless the string of positive news coming out of Reebok Stadium leads Jurgen Klinsmann to call him in for the World Cup.
Tim Ream has been named as the club’s official Player of the Year for the 2013/14 season.
It is the second individual award in a week for Ream, who was recently crowned as the Bolton Wanderers Supporters Association Player of the Year at their end of season social at the Reebok.
The American international claimed the annual award after winning 39 percent of fans’ votes in an online poll.
Lukas Jutkiewicz finished runner-up with 19 percent of the votes, whilst Neil Danns round off the top three with 13 percent.
Ream has made a total 44 appearances for Bolton this season, impressing in a number of different positions.
“It’s a really cool feeling to be recognised again by the club’s supporters,” Ream told bwfc.co.uk. “As I said before, it’s nice and humbling knowing that people think you’ve done a good job, but at the end of the day it’s about the squad.
“Personally, the past two years have definitely been a real eye opener. When I was involved last season I was a little unnerved purely by how different the style was to the other leagues I’ve played in.
“There are so many demands in this league and to begin with I probably wasn’t prepared for that, but it definitely gave me motivation coming into this season.
“I feel settled off the field, and that’s also a big factor whether people believe it or not. I feel happy and am working in a structure and programme that really helps us, as players.”
Previous years’ winners
2013/14: Tim Ream
2012/13: Jay Spearing
2011/12: Adam Bogdan
2010/11: Stuart Holden