Phil Gartside

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Phil Gartside
Phil Gartside.jpg
Gartside pictured in 2008
Born Philip Andrew Gartside
27 April 1952
Leigh, England
Died 10 February 2016(2016-02-10) (aged 63)
Cheshire, England
Occupation Chairman of Bolton Wanderers
FA board member
Years active 1999–2015

Philip Andrew "Phil" Gartside (27 April 1952 – 10 February 2016) was an English businessman who was chairman of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.


Gartside was born in 1952 at Leigh, England.[1] He joined the board of Bolton in April 1989, having been a fan of the club since his days as a pupil at Leigh Grammar School.

He became chairman of Wanderers in October 1999 at the same time Sam Allardyce was appointed as manager. While Gartside was chairman, the club gained promotion to the Premier League and reached the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history. He was unable to hold on to Sam Allardyce, allowing him to resign (only to be appointed manager of Newcastle United weeks later). Bolton were relegated to the Championship in 2012.

He oversaw a number of high-profile arrivals to the playing staff at the club, including Nicolas Anelka, Youri Djorkaeff, Jay-Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro and Iván Campo. He was a prominent football administrator, a Football Association Board Member and an executive director of the new Wembley Stadium.

On 23 April 2009, Gartside proposed a plan to his fellow Premier League chairmen about splitting the Premier League into two divisions of eighteen teams in each and allowing Scottish Premier League clubs Celtic and Rangers to join.[2] UEFA have said they will not veto the proposed move.[3]


In early December 2015 it was reported that he was gravely ill and his family requested privacy.[4]

Phil Gartside died of a brain tumour, on 10 February 2016 at his home near Northwich, Cheshire at the age of 63.[5][6] A memorial service was held for him on 16 March.


  1. ^ Hayes, Dean. (8 July 2009). Bolton Wanderers Miscellany (1st ed.). Brighton: Pitch Publishing. p. 27. ISBN 978-1-905411-21-4. 
  2. ^ "Gartside to propose plans". SkySports. 
  3. ^ "BBC SPORT - Football - Premier League - Top-flight 'reticent' on Old Firm". 
  4. ^ "Bolton News". Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  5. ^ "UPDATED/TRIBUTES: Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside dies aged 63 (From The Bolton News)". Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Phil Gartside: Bolton chairman dies aged 63 after illness". BBC Sport. 10 February 2016.