Bolton have had two wins in three league games since that fateful day on March 17th, when their midfielder Fabrice Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest, during the FA Cup quarter final tie at White Hart Lane.
Recent photo of Fabrice Muamba – soon to be released from hospital
It was news around the world, and a stunned London crowd watched as medics gave Fabrice fibrilation, and pumped his chest, as it looked like he could even lose his life.
And after he was rushed to hospital and the game rightly abandoned, we heard from the doctors, that his heart had stopped beating for 78 minutes.
But the great news is that Fabrice is now making steady progress, and he celebrated his 24th birthday last Friday, and could soon be released from the hospital.
It’s events like these that show what the really important things are in life.
Alan Pardew thinks that events like that can meld the Bolton players even more closely together:
“Sometimes situations like that can harness the group,” “Owen Coyle was brilliant. He’s a lovely man and a fine manager, I think this time last year he was being talked about as a manager of the year.”
“It just goes to show you how quick it can turn. I’m really pleased for him.” “I was there for the Fulham game. I got a chance to see them and they have one less day to recover – which could be significant.”
We have to admit that Owen Coyle’s treatment of the Muamba scare was just superb, and indeed the Bolton Wanderers club came out of it smelling like roses, and they showed how a club can really care for their players.
Bolton deserve enormous credit for the humane way in which they handled themselves during Muamba’s terrible tragedy – and all credit goes to them.
And before Muamba began to make his unbelievable recovery, Bolton were willing to cede their place in the FA Cup, so as not to have their players return to White Hart Lane.
But with Muamba’s recovery, they did decide to go back and play 10 days later, but they were beaten 3-1.
And there will be a lot of emotional support for Bolton this season, and hopes they can avoid relegation, and rightly so.
We think tomorrow’s game could be a tricky one for Newcastle, and we will have to again be at our best to get all 3 points.
A win would make it five wins on the trot with just 5 games to play, and the lads don’t play again until the Stoke game at home on 21st April, so it would be great to get the win.
And next Saturday we are hoping to see a Liverpool resurgence, and a win at Wembley against Everton to get to the FA Cup final, and if that happens Newcastle qualify for the Europa League next season.
Here’s hoping, and we send our best wishes to Fabrice and his family.