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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".

Bolton announce death of chairman Phil Gartside

Phil Gartside dies at age of 63 Credit: PA

Phil Gartside, the chairman at Bolton Wanderers Football Club has died from cancer at the age of 63.

Gartside had been in the role for 16 years, after joining the board in 1988.

He spent 10 years as chairman while the club enjoyed Premier League success and two Uefa Cup campaigns.

The Championship side's vice chairman said in a statement:

"Phil has been a personal friend for more than 30 years. This is a very sad day for everyone. We send our deepest condolences to all Phil's family."

– Club's vice chairman

Football executive Trevor Birch took over Bolton's negotiations from Gartside recently after his health worsened.

Birch has been trying to to find a buyer as owner Eddie Davies wants to sell, with the club £172.9m in debt.

Bolton Wanderers Supporters' Trust wants to buy the financially-troubled club, who are second bottom of the Championship.

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Update: Beth Tweddle's parents thanks well-wishers and say she's managed to 'walk a few steps'

Olympic athlete Beth Tweddle Credit: ITV

The parents of Olympic athlete Beth Tweddle have spoken of the 30-year-old's surgery and recovery and have thanked the production team at The Jump and well-wishers.

Beth was injured last weekend when she hit a tree while training for Channel 4 programme The Jump.

Her parents, Ann and Jerry, said:

“The medical staff here in Austria have been fantastic, they have been so helpful, patient and incredibly attentive. We cannot thank them enough for what they’ve done for our daughter.

"Our thanks also go to the production team who have been helping and supporting us, and everyone who has sent a get well message to Beth. We’ve been reading every message to her and it really does make a difference knowing that there are so many people wishing her well. Thank you for your support.

"Since her surgery, Beth has managed to walk a few steps whilst being assisted by the nursing team. She is still very tired from the operation but the medical team are pleased with the progress she is making. At the moment we aren't certain of the timescale for her recovery. We are taking each day as it comes and will update you when there is further news.”

– Beth Tweddle's parents
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