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Former Bolton owner Eddie Davies dies

Eddie Davies Credit: Press Association

Bolton Wanderers have announced the death of the club's former owner, Eddie Davies, at the age of 72.

His financial backing helped the club enjoy a successful era in the Premier League in the 2000s, a period when a string of big name stars signed for Wanderers.

Players including Jay-Jay Okocha, Youri Djorkaeff and Ivan Campo were signed during the reign of Sam Allardyce.

Mr Davies wrote off more than £175 million in loans when he sold the club in 2016.

In a statement the club said: "It is with great sadness that Bolton Wanderers Football Club has learned of the passing of former owner Eddie Davies CBE.

"The thoughts of all at the club are with his wife Sue, his family and friends at this sad time. Rest in peace, Eddie."

Bolton Wanderers facing administration

University of Bolton Stadium Credit: Press Association

Bolton Wanderers chairman Ken Anderson says the club will be placed into administration due to a dispute over a loan repayment.

Anderson claims his offer to pay a £4million debt with interest has been rejected by finance company BluMarble Capital Ltd.

Slipping into administration would result in a 12-point deduction for the Sky Bet Championship side.

Bolton chairman Ken Anderson Credit: ITV Granada

Anderson said: "They (BluMarble) will now need to fund the club administration going forward, which will take a minimum of three months and will automatically put the club in a two-year transfer embargo and a minimum immediate points deduction of 12 points.

"In my opinion, their actions will substantially reduce the value of the club in respect of any future sale and will make it far more difficult to find a future investor/buyer."

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Man arrested after pedestrian dies crossing road in Bolton

Police have made an arrest after a man was hit by a car as he crossed the street in Bolton.

It happened on Topp Way in Bolton just after 10pm on Saturday night.

The 65-year-old man died at the scene. A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving, causing death whilst uninsured and driving whilst over the prescribed limit for drugs. He is currently in police custody for questioning.

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Police are now appealing for witnesses to the collision.

My thoughts are with the man’s family at this devastating time.

We have a man in custody but our investigation has really only just begun so I am hoping that anyone who witnessed the incident will come and tell us what they saw.

We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam footage which catches the incident or the white Range Rover Sport prior to the collision.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police 0161 856 4741 alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Sergeant Lee Westhead from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit
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