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."