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Lennon wants Bolton survival for Gartside

Phil Gartside passed away on Wednesday. Credit: PA

Bolton manager Neil Lennon wants his players to honour long-serving chairman Phil Gartside by staying in the Championship.

Gartside died from cancer on Wednesday at the age of 63, three months after ill health forced him to step away from his duties at the club.

I'd like to think the players would make a stand for Phil now and do something positive in his memory. And that is to survive.

We've given ourselves a foothold in the race. We've got some difficult fixtures to negotiate but there's an extra motivation now - as if we needed any more.

I know some of the players were close to Phil as well and had a great relationship with him so hopefully through all these bad times there might be something good to come out of it in terms of driving the club forward.

– Neil Lennon

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Sian Williams becomes first Welsh female professional rugby player

Sian Williams has become Wales' first full-time professional female rugby player.

Williams hopes others follow in her footsteps. Credit: wru.co.uk

The 25-year-old flanker, who was born in Wrexham and plays for Worcester and Newport Gwent Dragons, has been awarded elite athlete status by the Royal Air Force to play rugby professionally.

It means that Williams, who joined the RAF eight years ago and is based at Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, will be able to train full-time as a rugby player.

Williams has won 20 caps and also represented Wales at sevens. She made her Test debut in 2011.

"I am at a point in my rugby career where I want to keep learning and keep getting better," she said.

"Achieving elite athlete status gives me time before the next Women's Rugby World Cup in 2017 to strive for excellence and do everything in my power to become a world-class rugby player."

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside dies aged 63

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has passed away. Credit: PA

Bolton Wanderers have announced that long-standing chairman Phil Gartside has died at the age of 63.

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

Bolton said in a statement on their website: "Bolton Wanderers Football Club is deeply saddened to announce that long-standing club chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63.

"Phil has passed away after a short and brave battle with cancer."

Hartlepool and manager Moore part company

Ronnie Moore has left his role. Credit: PA

League Two Hartlepool United have parted company with manager Ronnie Moore by mutual consent.

Moore leaves Hartlepool with the club in 22nd place, just one spot above the relegation zone.

“This is an extremely difficult decision but one we feel is right for the Football Club,” explained Chairman Gary Coxall.

“Ronnie has worked tirelessly to bring success to the Club during his time at The Vic and we thank him sincerely for those efforts and wish him well for the future.”

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