Phil Gartside Dies Aged 63 Following Battle With Cancer

  • February 10, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has passed away at the age of 63, following a short battle against cancer.

Gartside was elected to the Wanderers board in 1988 and appointed chairman in 1999, a role in which he served until November 2015 when he was forced to step away from the club due to declining health.

During his 16 years in the chair, Gartside helped oversee promotion to the Premier League in 2001, as well as the Trotters' first-ever qualification for European competition in 2005 - an achievement which was later repeated two years later.

Much of that early success has since been followed with disappointment, however, with relegation to the Championship in 2012 quickly followed by financial mismanagement that has amounted to the club being close to £200million in debt and on the verge of dropping into the third tier of English football for the first time since 1993.

In a statement, posted on the club's official website, Bolton vice chairman Brett Warburton said: "Phil has been a personal friend for over 30 years and this is a very sad day for everybody associated with Bolton Wanderers.

"On behalf of Eddie Davies, the board and everyone associated with the club we send our deepest condolences to all Phil's family and ask that their privacy is respected during what is a difficult time for all involved."

Gartside is survived by his wife Carol, daughter Beverley and son Andrew, who have requested privacy at this difficult time, ahead of a private funeral service in the coming days.

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