Phil Gartside

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Phil Gartside
Phil Gartside.jpg
Gartside pictured in 2008
Born Philip Andrew Gartside
1952 (age 63–64)
Leigh, England[1]
Occupation Chairman of Bolton Wanderers
FA board member
Years active 1999–

Philip 'Phil' Gartside (born April 1952 in Leigh, Greater Manchester) is an English businessman, who is the current chairman of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.


He joined the board of Bolton Wanderers Football Club in April 1989, having been a fan of the club since his days as a pupil at Leigh Grammar School.

He became chairman of Bolton Wanderers in October 1999 at the same time Sam Allardyce was appointed as manager. While Gartside has been 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 only weeks later). Bolton were relegated to the Championship in 2012. As of September 2015 Bolton Wanderers are spending their fourth season in the Championship.

He has seen a number of high-profile footballers arrive at the club including Nicolas Anelka, Youri Djorkaeff, Jay-Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierro and Iván Campo. He is 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 have requested privacy. .[4]


  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".