Ernie Phythian (1942-2020)

  • August 12, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton Wanderers forward Ernie Phythian has passed away at the age of 78.

Born in Farnworth on July 16, 1942, Phythian joined Wanderers as a 15-year-old and made his senior debut in a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday in February 1960.

He would go on to make a total of 11 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals, before dropping down three divisions to represent Wrexham.

Phythian would spend three years at the Racecourse Ground before moving to Hartlepool United, where he got the opportunity to work under the management of Brian Clough.

In total, Phythian made 268 appearances in the Football League, scoring 98 goals, and won the Division Four Golden Boot in 1966/67 with a return of 26 goals.

He ended his playing career with a spell at South African side Southern Suburbs.

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

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