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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."

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Man United fans had been hoping for someone in the class of Mats Hummels, and may have suffered from a mixture of confusion and disappointment when Kellet's loan deal was confirmed.

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Police: Gas supply was tampered with before house fire

Police have said they believe a house fire which killed three people in Bolton, Greater Manchester was started after the gas supply was tampered with.

Earlier this week they said they were treating the blaze as suspicious.

It is understood one line of inquiry was that Hassan Rafie, 49, had unlawfully killed his wife before deliberately setting the fire.

Neighbours spoke of hearing an explosion from the kitchen of home shortly before flames spread throughout the property.

Police 'not looking for anyone else' after house fire

Police have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with a house fire in Bolton, Greater Manchester which killed three people in the early hours of Monday.

The bodies of architect Hassan Rafie, 49, and his law student wife, Mahnaz, 48, were discovered in the blaze at the family home.

Post-mortem examinations showed Mrs Rafie died from stab wounds and Mr Rafie from smoke inhalation and burns.

Mrs Rafie's mother, Dolleh Joseph, 74, was rescued by firefighters from an upstairs bedroom but died soon after in hospital from the effects of smoke inhalation and burns.

Bolton house fire victim named

A woman who died following a house fire in Bolton that killed two other people has been named by police.

Dolleh Joseph, 74, was rescued by fire fighters from an upstairs bedroom and taken to hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Greater Manchester Police has said the fire is being treated as suspicious.

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