Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside has passed away after a battle with cancer.
In his 16-year stint with the Trotters, Bolton had an 11-year stay in the Premier League and two UEFA Cup campaigns.
Gartside was forced to pull out of negotiations in helping to sell Bolton after his health deteriorated.
Many supporters of the clubs and high-profile athletes have offered his condolences to Gartside’s friends and family after his death.
Twitter: Just heard the sad news about Phil Gartside. My deepest condolences to all his family. Will always be remembered – a Bolton hero (@amirkingkhan)
Twitter: #BWFC is deeply saddened to announce that long-standing club chairman Phil Gartside has died aged 63. (@OfficialBWFC)
Twitter: So sad to hear of the passing of Phil Gartside. Fantastic man and will be sadly missed https://t.co/gaUhMRzmcl (@MCATEER4)
Wanderers’ vice-chairman, Brett Warburton, also spoke highly of Gartside.
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.
Everyone at Read Championship would also like to offer our condolences to the friends and family of Phil Gartside.