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Bolton stars past and present pay tribute to Phil Gartside

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Bolton players past and present were among those to pay tribute to long-serving chairman Phil Gartside, who has died at the age of 63 after a battle with cancer.

On the Wanderers board since 1988, Gartside served as club chairman from 1999 until stepping away from his duties in November due to illness.

Sports stars and celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute.

Wigan forward Craig Davies, who left Bolton last summer, said: "Sad to hear about Phil Gartside was always a top bloke with me. My thoughts are with his family".

Birmingham left-back Paul Robinson, who played for Bolton between 2009 and 2012, posted: "So sad hearing the news that Phil Gartside has passed away. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family #RIP #bwfc".

Andy O'Brien, a Wanderers signing back in 2007, said: "RIP Phil Gartside @OfficialBWFC".

Rob Hall, currently on loan at MK Dons, tweeted: "Thoughts go to Phil Gartside's family! Was a great man and always great towards me! @OfficialBWFC".

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