Phil Bolland

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Phil Bolland
Phil Bolland 04-10-2008 1.jpg
Personal information
Full name Philip Christopher Bolland[1]
Date of birth (1976-08-26) 26 August 1976 (age 40)
Place of birth Liverpool, England
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Centre-back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Altrincham
1996 Salford City
1996 Trafford
1996–1997 Knowsley United
1997–2001 Southport 96 (9)
2001–2002 Oxford United 20 (1)
2002–2006 Chester City 139 (7)
2006 Peterborough United 17 (0)
2006–2008 Chester City 28 (1)
2008 Wrexham 18 (0)
2008–2009 Cambridge United 38 (0)
2009–2012 Barrow 101 (4)
2012 Droylsden 2 (0)
2012–2013 FC Halifax Town 7 (0)
2013–2014 Airbus UK Broughton 15 (3)
Total 481 (25)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Philip Christopher "Phil" Bolland (born 26 August 1976) is an English former footballer, who played as a centre back.


Bolland enjoyed two spells at Chester City, having signed from Peterborough United in the summer of 2006 – just a few months after he'd moved in the opposite direction. Mark Wright has managed him at the four clubs he has been in charge of, namely Southport, Oxford, Chester and Peterborough. Bolland had earlier played in non-league football for clubs including Altrincham, Salford City, Trafford and Knowsley United.[2]

Bolland struggled to stake a place in the first-team side at Chester under new manager Bobby Williamson in 2007–08, making just three appearances. He spent time on trial with Wrexham and it was announced in December 2007 he was no longer part of Chester's plans.[3]

On 8 January 2008 it was announced Bolland had been released by Chester[4] and he quickly agreed terms with Wrexham. He was released by Wrexham in May 2008 following the club's relegation to the Football Conference[5] and signed for Cambridge United on 31 July 2008 where he would be reunited with former teammates Gary Brabin and Paul Carden, manager and assistant manager of the Conference side.[6] He spent one season at Cambridge, before signing for Barrow AFC, also of the Conference National.[7]

Bolland won the FA Trophy with Barrow in the 2009–10 season. In May 2011 he was offered a new contract by Barrow and became the club captain.[8] He had a full further season at Barrow, but was released at the end of the 2011–12 season, having played over 100 league matches for the club.[9] He then joined Droylsden.

In January 2013, it was announced that Bolland had joined Airbus UK[10] Following helping airbus qualify for the Europa league in his final two seasons, Bolland announced he was retiring from playing to concentrate on his physiotherapy career with Liverpool F.C.


Chester City


Barrow AFC

  • FA Trophy winners: 2009–10 where he stayed until May 2012.


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J., ed. (2009). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2008–09. Mainstream Publishing. p. 229. ISBN 978-1-84596-324-8. 
  2. ^ Steve Whitney (1997). The Ultimate Book of Non League Players: 1997–98. p. 35. ISBN 0-9531258-0-7. 
  3. ^ "Five for Sale". Liverpool Daily Post. 28 December 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007. 
  4. ^ "Duo Released". Chester City Official Website. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  5. ^ "Roberts and Llewellyn leave Reds". BBC Sport. 6 May 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Centre Half to join United". 31 July 2008. Retrieved 31 July 2008. 
  7. ^ "Barrow swoop for defender Bolland". BBC Sport. 9 July 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Forrest, Goodfellow and Masters released by Barrow". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 6 May 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Barrow AFC Release Five Players". North-West Evening Mail. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
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