Rob will be attempting the Goggins Challenge, to raise money for charity, you can donate anytime by clicking the Just giving button.


The "GOGGINS" challenge was created by David Goggin in 2020 who was  a former US Navy seal, the 4x4x48 challenge involves running 4 miles, every 4 hours, for 48 hours. Basically 48 miles in total, we're well into ultramarathon territory here. This is ultra-running with a twist. Instead of doing all those miles in one run, the challenge is broken into 12 x  4 hour chunks, this has proved to be a success and is now followed by serious runners.

Rob intends to make a video about each player that wore that shirt number for each of the 12 runs ie run 1  = shirt 1 upto 12

Image 1: Waiting for my Hero! (Just waiting for that magical day when I meet Jeff in person, with my son 'Chandler', then I can place this autographed HB Electronics shirt in its frame 🙂)


Image 2: Kits and Lowry Print of Burnden Park


Image 3: Framed shirt with programmes from January 1984 vs Scunthorpe (when I was mascot) and December 2000 vs W.B.A. (full feature in the programme)


Image 4: Close up of programme 12.01.1984 when I was mascot (vs Scunthorpe with Ian Botham in their squad!) and stating that Jeff Chandler was my favourite player 🙂


Image 5: 2000 Programme that featured 'BWFC throughout the generations' (30.12.2000 vs W.B.A.)


Image 6: Full page of the 1984 programme


Image 7: Me with the Pennants when I skippered Junior Whites Vs Gillingham and Doncaster (we won these games and I scored in both too!)

​Some words from Rob and his personal timeline :

  • 1970's - 80's: My Nanna used to be one of the Chefs at Burnden Park and arranged for me and brother to meet the inspirational legend Nat Lofthouse.

  • App. 1982 - 1987: My Dad, John Marsden was the first real coach of Junior Whites. One heck of a commitment and responsibility to run the weekly training for a hoard of kids behind Burnden, followed by games that my brother and I played in, in the Bolton & District League at weekends. During this time, we rarely missed a home game, sat in the Manny Road Stand.

  • 1984: I was the proud matchday mascot versus a Scunthorpe United side that had Ian Botham in their squad!

  • When the main BWFC squad played against a Team who had a Junior side, we would occasionally travel home or away to play them, before watching the main game together.

  • 1990 - 1997: I was a matchday steward at Burnden and never missed a fixture, I also started to watch the Reserve Team and travel to many away fixtures. With no mortgage, no kids and a wonderful office job at HB Electronics on Lever Street, the World would never be simpler than these times!

  • 2000: Named after my BWFC hero 'Roast 'em Jeff', my son 'Chandler' was born.

  • 2000 - '21: Too many triumphs and tribulations to mention. Promotions, Relegations, Cup Finals - iconic games from Barrow to Bayern Munich. Life as a Bolton fan has never been 'bang average'. 

  • 2020: I became aware of the Remembrance Group and the impressive work that they do within the local community.

  • 2021: Feeling compelled to bring more exposure and recognition to a Group that does so much for the people connected with Bolton, I just had to try and get involved to help somehow. Hence, the 'Goggins 4x4x48 Challenge' on Thursday 1st April. Brave or stupid.. decide!