Paul Comstive (1961-2013)

  • December 30, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Paul Comstive has passed away at the age of 52.

Comstive, who played for Wanderers from 1989 until 1991, is reported to have suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday.

Southport-born Comstive began his career at Blackburn Rovers in 1979, before moving to Wigan Athletic in August 1983. His stay at Springfield Park lasted just one season, however, before he spent a three-year stint at Wrexham.

He joined Burnley in 1987, for a fee of £8,000, and was part of the Clarets side that lost to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the 1988 Sherpa Van Trophy final at Wembley Stadium.

A £37,000 move to Bolton was next for Comstive, in 1989, where he went on to score five goals in 67 appearances. He spent two years at Burnden Park, both of which brought play-off heartbreak for the then Division Three side, before moving on to Chester City for £10,000 in November 1991.

Comstive scored in the first ever Football League fixture to be played at the Deva Stadium, against former club Burnley, but was released at the end of his contract in 1993. He ended his career with brief spells at Southport, Morecambe and Chorley.

His most memorable day in a Bolton shirt came on New Year's Day 1991 - almost 23 years ago, to the day - when he scored directly from two separate corners in a 4-1 victory over Bournemouth at Burnden Park.

Everybody at Burnden Aces would like to send their condolences to Paul's family at this difficult time.

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