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In The Spotlight – Rob Ryan FC

Over the coming months, we’ll be getting to know more about our resident football teams, finding out why they play football at Bolton Arena and what it has led them to achieve.

First up, we spoke to Rob Ryan FC, a 5-A-Side team who ply their trade in our Monday Night Premier League.

The initial team was formed in an 11-A-Side League, before the team then transitioned into 5-A-Side Leagues. After initially playing in Chorley, they opted for change and have been playing at Bolton Arena for 2 seasons now.

The Premier League side, managed by Jonny Oates, stated game length, facilities, knowledge from events hosted by Bolton Arena and already knowing existing players for reasons as to why they chose to come to Bolton Arena.

In terms of their approach to each game, Rob Ryan FC opt for the same tactics, sticking to their philosophies. However, if needed, they are capable of adapting their tactics at half-time depending on how the match is going.

The above tactics stood them in good stead last season as they won promotion to the Premier League from the Championship as winners, with former Arena Leagues Player of the Month, George Hough, spearheading the title win as the side’s talisman, as well as being industrious enough to display his versatility in midfield.

Unsurprisingly, the side mentioned that last season’s Championship title win was the highlight of their time playing at Bolton Arena, as not only did they win promotion to the Premier League, they also won a prize from our League sponsors.

When asked what tips they would give to teams who were potentially looking at joining our 5-A-Side Leagues, they recommended to make sure you have eight people interested, so you have a solid core of players in case people have to drop out. They also recommended to make sure that you are fit before joining as the intensity of matches can be very high!

Thanks for speaking to us, lads, and good luck for the rest of the season!

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