The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Ben Baker

THINGS have ar­guably never been better for Fleet­wood Town, but you won’t hear de­fender Cian Bol­ger shout­ing this from any Lan­cashire rooftops.

Fleet­wood hosted Bris­tol Rovers yesterday un­beaten in their previous 12 matches – last tast­ing de­feat on Novem­ber 12.

That run of form lifted the Cod Army into the League One play­off places be­fore the week­end, and the cur­rent crop of play­ers look set to eclipse the club’s best-ever fin­ish of tenth in the 2014-15 sea­son.

What’s more, last week­end Bol­ger and Co kept Cham­pi­onship Bris­tol City at bay in a 0-0 draw to en­sure Fleet­wood were in the hat for the FA Cup fourth-round draw for the first time in the club’s his­tory.


And, away from the pitch, this is the first sea­son Fleet­wood have been able to use the £8m Pool foot Farm train­ing com­plex that was opened by Sir Alex Fer­gu­son back in April. These are heady times for a club that re­formed in 1997 and earned pro­mo­tion to the Foot­ball League only in 2012. Few pun­dits were ex­pect­ing such a good cam­paign from Uwe Rosler’s men – and cen­tre-back Bol­ger is more than happy for Fleet­wood to con­tin­u­ing fly­ing un­der the radar. “We don’t re­ally speak about that too much [the pos­si­bil­ity of pro­mo­tion],” the 24-year-old said. “We are just tak­ing it one game at a time. “If you take it one game at a time, then it will all take care of it­self, so we are not look­ing too far ahead.

“We have had a good run of re­sults and long may that con­tinue. It was a great Christ­mas pe­riod for us, which is al­ways good be­cause it fills you with con­fi­dence, and we will be look­ing to keep that up.

“It’s not re­ally down to one thing in par­tic­u­lar, but what we do on the train­ing pitch we are tak­ing into games and we have a great team spirit.

“There is great con­fi­dence around the club and the chair­man has been am­bi­tions, which you can see with the train­ing ground and ev­ery­thing else.

“He has put a lot of money into the club and it is up to us to re­pay that on the pitch, which is what we are try­ing to do.

“Some might still see us as ‘lit­tle old Fleet­wood’ but we are more than happy to fly un­der the radar. We will keep work­ing hard and see where it gets us.”


Fleet­wood’s climb up the League One ta­ble – they sur­vived rel­e­ga­tion by just five points last term – has co­in­cided with Bol­ger’s ar­rival at High­bury Sta­dium this sum­mer, af­ter he was re­leased by Southend.

And, while he isn’t about to take credit for the turn­around in for­tunes, the Ir­ish­man al­ways knew the club had the foun­da­tions to put their re­cent woes be­hind them.

“I am en­joy­ing my foot­ball again at Fleet­wood and that is the main thing for me,” Bol­ger added.

“One of the big­gest things that at­tracted me was the am­bi­tion of the club and where they want to get to.

“The man­ager (Rosler) is a great coach and a great man­ager.

“He has a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence, too and is great to learn from.”

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