The country famously went for a new beginning in 1971 when decimilisation was introduced on 15 February. The Colls committee had also decided on a new start which although not as seismic as the overhauling of the money system was more than likely out of their comfort zone. At the end of the 1970/71 campaign the first team would leave their beloved Bolton Combination and join the Lancashire Combination. After ten Combination titles and a record breaking six Lancashire Amateur Shield Trophy wins the club would now face up against the creams of clubs from the County Palatine Of Lancashire. Substitute your Walkers Institute’s, Eagley’s and Little Lever’s with your Accrington Stanley’s, Nelson’s and Bacup Borough’s. New beginnings for the black ‘n’whites stripes in the non league pyramid!
This grainy photo from July/Aug ‘71 of the pyramid pathfinders was supplied earlier this year by ex keeper Andy Funnell.