Richard Oxtoby (1939-2020)

  • June 23, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton Wanderers defender Richard Oxtoby has passed away at the age of 80.

Born in Chesterfield on September 5, 1939, Oxtoby joined Wanderers as a 16-year-old and made his senior debut in a 5-2 victory at Birmingham City in March 1960.

He would feature in a home win over Tottenham Hotspur and away defeat at Manchester United over the course of the following fortnight, before completing a move to Tranmere Rovers.

Oxtoby's name would appear on a Trotters teamsheet one final time, however, when Bill Ridding's side were beaten 4-0 in a League Cup tie at Norwich City in September 1962.

In addition to his time at both Burnden Park and Prenton Park, Oxtoby played for Runcorn and Lancaster City before retiring in 1973, after which he briefly held the role of manager at Ashton United.

He was presented with an award by the Football Association in recent years, having dedicated his services to junior football well into his 70s.

Everybody at Burnden Aces and the extended Bolton Wanderers family would like to send their condolences to Richard's family at this difficult time.

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