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  • Ricardo Gardner thanks everyone for the great Bolton memories

    IT is nearly 15 years since Ricardo Gardner stepped nervously off the plane as a slight teenager to meet his new manager Colin Todd and begin a footballing career on foreign soil. read more

  • More luxury student flats due to demand

    AMBITIOUS plans have been unveiled for the expansion of Bolton’s luxury student accommodation building. read more

  • After Jaaskelainen Bogdan aims to rule the roost.

    IF a fresh challenger to Adam Bogdan’s number one spot is on the horizon, then it does not seem to be worrying him. It is seven months since the Hungary international dethroned the king, and kept a fit-again Jussi Jaaskelainen out of the team for the home victory over Liverpool. That set Bogdan on the way to an unbroken spell in the side, chalking up another 19 appearances, and effectively left the veteran Finn with little option but to seek a fresh challenge elsewhere at West Ham. The joy of receiving the player of the season award in May was tempered significantly by Wanderers’ relegation, and Bogdan admits that he may not get to celebrate the achievement until he has helped the club back into the top flight. Now he is in the Championship, his first task could be to fend off the challenge of a new signing, and the first goalkeeping arrival at the club since his own five years ago. Leeds United’s Andy Lonergan has been tipped as a likely addition as Coyle looks for a player capable of pushing Bogdan to even higher levels. But, typically, the boy from Budapest is not letting the thought of added competition put him off his stride. “It hasn’t been like this before but as I’m getting older, it feels like a natural progression for me,” he said. “Hopefully I can play well, keep my place and have a great season again. “It is pretty much the same work but you do have to find motivation when you are behind someone to push them and to overtake them. It's the same when you want to keep your place, it doesn't change, you just have to give 100 per cent.” Bogdan could hardly have had a better teacher in how to keep calm under pressure than his mentor Jaaskelainen, who stood virtually unchallenged for a decade in the Whites' goal. The methodical approach has worked so far for the 24-year-old, who is about to enter his sixth season at the Reebok since Sammy Lee signed him from Hungarian club FC Vasas. “It's a great feeling that all the work I have done in the last five years has paid off,” he agreed. “It took time, but the most important thing is that I have arrived and played as a first choice keeper. “Everything I have done so far has been step-by-step and hopefully that will work for me in the future too. “That would mean both me and the team would progress, and get back into the Premier League.” Unsurprisingly, with someone as buoyant as Coyle in charge, there has been no moping allowed at Euxton in the build-up to the club's three-game tour of Scotland. Training has been upbeat, intense, and in Bogdan's own estimation, no different whatsoever from any other pre-season campaign. But he admits relegation is something Wanderers are going to have to come to terms with quickly this season if things are going to go according to plan. “You can't forget,” he said. “I talk football with friends and you are always going to be reminded of all these memories and think 'what if?' “But we're in the situation we're in and we have to fight to get back to the Premier League. “So far it has been like a normal pre-season but at the back of everyone's mind they know they have to be focussed and fit enough for the Championship, to stay on top and fight for promotion. “When you look around, we have got a good bunch of lads and quality players, so I am hoping this will be a positive season.” Bogdan will have to get used to sizeable changes himself this year, without Jaaskelainen or long-term goalkeeping guru Fred Barber, he will be the standard bearer for youngsters Rob Lainton and Jay Lynch under the watchful eye of coach Phil Hughes. Luckily, he picked up a few good tips from the master. “When I came to this club I was 19 and watching Jussi was like seeing the perfect example of how to train,” he said. “He was a great example for all the young lads at the club, not just goalkeepers. “He's decided to move on and I'd like to wish him all the best. It's a great challenge for him. “But we have got to work just as hard now that he has gone. ” read more

  • ROY BARNES

    ROY BARNES On May 25, 2012, peacefully at home, Roy, aged 65 years. Beloved partner of Lydia, much loved dad of Jenny, loving brother of Joyce and Kath, also a dear brother in law, uncle and friend. The funeral service will take place on Friday, June 8, 2012 in St. Peter's Church, Halliwell at 10.30 am, followed by interment in Heaton Cemetery at 11.30 am. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired, for Cancer Research (cheques only please, payable to the charity). Donations and enquiries to Relph's Funeral Service, Arden House, Blackburn Road, Bolton Tel: 01204 523488 read more

  • david banton

    DAVID BANTON On May 19, 2012, suddenly, Dave aged 40 years. The dearly loved husband of Jane and daddy of Poppy, Zach and Molly, loving son of Dorothy and John and brother of Vicki and Michael. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, May 31, 2012, in Christ Church, Walmsley, Egerton at 1.00 pm followed by interment in the churchyard. Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired for The Joshua Short Foundation (supporting families affected by autism) or Community Heartbeat Trust (providing life-saving defibrillation facilities in local communities) (cheques only please payable to Michael Hawksworth ) Donations and enquiries to Relph's Funeral Service, Arden House, Blackburn Road, Bolton. Tel; 01204 523488. read more

  • TINA LEWIS

    TINA LEWIS (nee Beeby) On April 13, 2012 peacefully in Bolton Hospice and of Little Lever, aged 61 years. Loving mum of Glyn, Jason, Kate and James, loving sister of Melanie, dearly loved by Allan and a dearly loved nana. The service and committal will be at Overdale Bolton on Friday, April 20 in the West Chapel at 4.00pm. Family flowers only please, donations if so desired, cheques only made payable to Bolton Hospice to Silletts Funeral Service, Spring Lane, Radcliffe M26 2TQ Tel: 0161 723 2383. read more

  • constance shaw

    CONSTANCE SHAW On March 31, 2012, peacefully in Bolton Hospice and of Westhoughton, Connie aged 75 years. Dearly loved wife of Roland, loving mum of Derek, mother in law to Lynne and devoted nan of Nicholas, Joseph and Jessica. Also a dear sister of Elsie, Albert and Eric. Funeral service to be held in Westhoughton Methodist Church on Wednesday, April 11, at 11.00 am followed by interment in Westhoughton Cemetery. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu, if desired are for ‘Bolton Hospice’. Donations and enquiries to Cowburn Funeral Service, 1 King Street, Westhoughton, BL5 3AX. Tel: 01942 813105. read more

  • ALLAN ADAMSON

    ALLAN ADAMSON Peacefully, in hospital, on February 4, 2012, aged 66 years and of Bolton, Allan. Beloved husband of Jean, much loved dad of Allan, Pamela and Christine, a devoted and proud grandad and great grandad, loved father in law, uncle and friend. Allan will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Cortege will leave Bolton Co-op Funeralcare, Crompton Way on Friday, February 17 at 10.00 am, for service and committal at Overdale Crematorium West Chapel at 10.30 am. Flowers and all enquiries to: Bolton Co-operative Funeralcare, Crompton Way, Bolton BL1 8NZ Tel: 01204 307151 read more

  • wendy brocklehurst

    WENDY BROCKLEHURST Treasured memories of a wonderful daughter and cousin who fell asleep 10.2.84. Her 20th birthday. There's always a longing in our hearts for yesterday and you. Happy birthday love. Enjoy it with Tot and our Wendy Miss you so much Your loving family xxx read more

  • Doreen Dickinson

    DOREEN DICKINSON 20th January Birthday memories of a very dear Mum, Nan & Great Grandma, Linda, Dave, Richard, Kerry, Sarah, Pete, Sam, Phil & all your Great Grandchildren read more

  • ROY HOPLEY

    ROY HOPLEY December 22, 2011 On the eve of his 77th Birthday, at his home in Jersey, late of Blackrod. Will be sadly missed by his wife Lorna, children Kim, Kay and Garry and grandchildren. His funeral will be at St Brelade Church, Jersey on January 4, 2012 at 1.30pm Floral tributes are welcome or donations to Guillain Barre Syndrome Support Group. Enquires to Pitcher & Le Quesne Tel: 01534 733330 "Keep on stompin pal" read more

  • ROY Penn

    ROY PENN On December 20, 2011, Roy aged 75 years. The funeral service and committal will take place on Friday, January 6 at Overdale East Chapel at 1.45pm. Family flowers only please donations in lieu if so desired for Bolton Hospice. All enquiries and donations to Fred Hamer Funeral Services, 243 / 245 Tonge Moor Road, Bolton. BL2 2JG. Tel. 365501 www.fredhamer.co.uk read more

  • Fred Penn

    ROY PENN On December 20, 2011, Roy aged 75 years. Son of the late Willett and Margaret, brother to the late Alan and the late Eric, loving uncle and great uncle, special friend to Patricia and George and friend to many. The funeral service and committal to be announced. Family flowers only please donations in lieu if so desired for Bolton Hospice. All enquiries and donations to Fred Hamer Funeral Service, 243/245 Tonge Moor Road, Bolton, BL2 2JG. Tel 365501 www.fredhamer.co.uk read more

  • lynne king

    LYNNE KING (nee Shepherd) On December 15, 2011, peacefully at home with her daughters by her side, Lynne aged 61 years. Dearly loved mum of Lisa and Victoria, dear mother in law of Jonathan and Stephen, devoted nanny of Brandon, Abigail, Callum and Ashton, a loving sister in law, aunt and friend to many. Always Loved by Terry. A true lady. She will be sadly missed. The funeral service will take place on Friday, December 23, 2011, in St Paul's Church, Astley Bridge at 12.45 pm followed by committal at East Lancashire Crematorium Radcliffe at 2.00 pm. Please wear something bright. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired for Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary or Marie Curie Cancer Care (cheques only please payable to the relevant organisation). Donations and enquiries to Relph's Funeral Service, Arden House, Blackburn Road, Bolton. Tel: 01204 523 488. read more

  • DORIS GRIFFIN

    DORIS GRIFFIN Keith and family wish to express sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for all their support, kind words and prayers. We also appreciated the lovely cards, flowers and donations. Special thanks for the loving attention Doris received from Doctors and Staff at Mandalay, District Nurses, Carers and Marie Curie Foundation. God Bless the N.H.S. and the Reverend William Baldwin who brought comfort to us all and also Howarth's Funeral Service for their excellent funeral arrangements. read more

  • thomas sewart

    THOMAS SEWART Passed away peacefully on November 13, 2011 in the Royal Bolton Hospital, aged 73 years. The loving husband to Joyce, much loved father of Karen, Thomas, Tony, Jamie, William, also a dear Grandpa, Papa, a loving Brother and Uncle and a friend of many. Missing you. The cortege will leave the funeral home on Tuesday November 22, 2011 at 12.30pm for service at Overdale West Chapel at 1.00pm. All enquiries to Westhoughton Funeral Services. Tel. 01942 811000 read more

  • HILDA CONWAY

    HILDA CONWAY On October 19, 2011 peacefully in hospital, Hilda, aged 95 years. Dearly loved mum of Gordon, Dennis and Sheila, devoted grandma, great grandma (Little Nan). Sadly missed The cortege will leave Hall and Heyes Chapel of Rest, at 3.00 pm on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 for service and committal at Overdale Crematorium, West Chapel at 3.30 pm. Family flowers only please by request, donations if desired to Diabetes UK (please note only cheques made payable to the charity accepted, no cash). All enquiries and donations to Hall Heyes and Brammalls Funeral Service, 68-70 Higher Market Street, Farnworth. Tel: 01204 862690 read more

  • dorothy chappell

    DOROTHY ANNE CHAPPELL (nee Leack) On October 12, 2011, suddenly after a short illness in hospital. Loving wife of Wayne, loving mother of Philip, mother in law of Mandy, nan of Darren, Scott and Nicky, great nan and a friend to many. The funeral service and committal will take place on Friday, October 21, at Overdale Crematorium, West Chapel at 12.00 noon. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if so desired for I.C.U. Nurse Endowment Fund. All enquiries and donations to Fred Hamer Funeral Services, 243/245 Tonge Moor Road, Bolton BL2 2JG Tel; 365501 www.fredhamer.co.uk read more

  • Betty Luby

    BETTY LUBY On August 4, 2011, peacefully at home with her family Betty aged 80 years. Loving wife of Derek and much loved mum of Denise, Brenda and Derek, mum in law to Craig and James, devoted nana to Claire, Simon, Jacqueline and Andrew. Service to be held at Overdale Crematorium West Chapel on Friday, August 12 at 2.00pm. Family flowers only donations for The Christie or Cancer Research UK. All donations and enquiries to Howarth's Funeral Service, 2-4 Balmoral Road, Farnworth, Bolton, BL4 9HR. Tel 707755 www.1hfs.co.uk read more

  • JAMES MELIA

    JAMES MELIA Died July 25, 2011. Husband of the late Audrey, much loved father of Pauline and Peter and grandad and great grandad. Will be very sadly missed, but reunited with his beloved wife. Funeral service on Tuesday, August 9 at Ipswich Crematorium, 11.30 am. All enquiries to: Michael Smy Funeral Service, 441 Bramford Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 5AU Tel: 01473 747422. read more

  • JAMES LOMAX

    JAMES (JIM) LOMAX On April 24, 2011, at home, after much suffering patiently borne. Beloved husband of Connie, loving father of Jacqueline and Michelle and father in law of Martin, dearly loved grandad of Tanya, Wayne and Abigail and a much loved brother, brother in law and uncle. Goodnight and God Bless. Sleep in Peace xx The funeral service and committal will be held in Overdale West Chapel on Friday, May 6 at 3.30 pm. Please wear bright colours. No flowers, by request, donations in lieu of flowers for Bolton Hospice. All donations and enquiries to Howarth's Funeral Service, 638 Blackburn Road, Bolton BL1 7AL. Tel: 309609 www.1hfs.co.uk read more

  • ken southworth

    KEN SOUTHWORTH Passed away in hospital, April 19 aged 65 years. Grand father of four, father of Darren and Carl, brother of Erica and the late Betty. Funeral service and committal at Overdale West Chapel at 11 am Wednesday May 4. R.I.P read more

  • joseph wallbank

    JOSEPH (JOE) WALLBANK 22/1/1939-26/3/2010 Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us everyday, Unseen, unheard but always near, Still loved and missed and very dear. All our love forever. From your loving wife Margery, children Pauline and Kevin, grandchildren Jen, Chris, Becky, Steph and Aaron xx read more

  • ronald littler

    RONALD LITTLER With his family around him on November 21, 2010, Ronnie aged 72 years passed away. Husband of the late Pamela, loving fiancée of Josie, much loved dad of Susan, Janet, Carol and John, with a special mention to Wayne and Claire, a loving grandad, great grandad, father in law, uncle and a good friend to many. Funeral service to take place on Thursday, December 2, in Overdale Crematorium (West Chapel) at 1.00 pm. Family flowers only please donations in lieu for C1 ward Royal Bolton Hospital (No Cash) cheques only please payable to Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Trust. Donations and inquiries to Hall-Heyes and Brammalls Funeral Service 68-70 Higher Market Street Farnworth, Bolton BL4 9BB Tel; 01204 862690. read more

  • PILLING JOYCE MARGARET

    PILLING JOYCE MARGARET Carole and Ross would sincerely like to thank all relatives and their many friends for their kind words, thoughts and cards of condolence received. Special thanks to family GP Dr Walker and to Rev Roger Petch for his kind words during the service. read more

  • PILLING JOYCE MARGARET ARNOLD

    PILLING On 23rd February 2010, peacefully in Astley Grange Nursing Home, JOYCE MARGARET aged 76 years. Dearly loved Wife of the late ARNOLD, loving Mother of Carole and Ross, dear Sister of John and Bill, sister in law of Sheila, devoted mother in law to Susan and Frank, dearly loved Grandmother of Jemma, Michael and Alex and a beloved Great Grandmother of Isabella. She will be sadly missed by all her many friends. Cortege will leave The Old Parsonage, 20 Park Street, Bolton BL1 4BD on Friday 5th March 2010 at 1.45pm for Service and committal in Overdale West Chapel at 2.00pm. Family flowers only please, cheque donations in memory if desired may be sent for The National Society for Epilepsy, payable to N.S.E ( Please note cheques only accepted no cash ) All inquiries and cheque donations to Shaw and Son Funeral Directors The Old Parsonage, 20 Park Street, Bolton BL1 4BD Tel 526218. Rose read more

  • JIM BROWNSON

    JIM BROWNSON 21st October Dear Lord, grant us just one wish, give our Dad a birthday kiss, If we could have one wish come true, We'd wish dear Dad we still had you. All our Love Always, Linz,Nic,Lee,James,Debra, Natalie and Damian xxxx read more

  • KAY THURSTAN

    KAY - On October 6th 2009, suddenly, THURSTAN KAY aged 78 years. Husband of Lilian, Father of Christine and Gillian, Father-in-law of Peter and Griff, loving Grandpa of Hannah, Rebecca, Thomas, Beth and Jack and a dear Uncle. The funeral service and committal will take place on Wednesday 14th October 2009 in Overdale West Chapel at 12.00noon. Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired for R.N.I.B. or Bolton Mountain Rescue (cheques only made payable to the charity) donations and enquiries to Relph's Funeral Service, Arden House, Blackburn Road, Bolton, Tel: 523488. read more

  • HILDA MAY DAVIES

    HILDA MAY DAVIES In loving memory of a dear Wife, Mother and Grandmother who fell asleep on 11th September 2006. Always in our thoughts and never forgotten. Family and friends. xxxxxxxx read more

  • SMITH ALAN GRAHAM

    SMITH - The family of the late ALAN GRAHAM SMITH wish to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for the kindness, letters and cards of condolence and donations received during their sad loss. read more

  • HILL GEORGE FRANK MARJORIE IAN

    HILL - On April 26 2009 suddenly in hospital and of Little Lever GEORGE aged 59 years. Dear Father of Andrew and Jennifer, dear Grandad of Brandon, Caitlyn and Grace-Elizabeth, loving Son of the late FRANK and MARJORIE, loving Brother of Val and the late IAN, Father in law of Stuart and Kath and a loving Uncle and Friend to many. The service and committal will be at Overdale Bolton on Tuesday May 5 in the East Chapel at 10.45am. All enquries to Silletts funeral directors Herbert Street Little Lever tel 01204 861300. read more

  • MARSDEN ALAN

    MARSDEN - In loving memory of ALAN, passed away 16th February 2008. A million times we needed you, A million times we cried, If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died. All our love Mum, Dad, Colin, David and all the family and friends. x read more

  • CLEGG JOSEPHINE

    CLEGG - On November 20th 2008, suddenly but peacefully, JOSEPHINE aged 64 years. Dearly loved Wife of Terence, loving Mother of Terry, Wendy, Kevan and Paul , a dear Mother-in-law and devoted Grandma. The funeral service and cremation will take place on Tuesday December 2nd 2008 at Overdale East Chapel at 1.45pm. No flowers by request, donations in lieu if desired for Bolton Hospice. Donations and enquiries to Relpph's Funeral Service, Arden House, Blackburn Road, Bolton. Tel: 01204 523488. read more

  • GORMAN TERENCE HENRY TERRY RNLI

    GORMAN - TERENCE HENRY (TERRY). The death is announced of TERRY aged 70 years, whilst on holiday in Majorca and of Egerton. Former Headteacher for 21 years at The Moss County Primary School. Loving Husband of Anne, much loved Father of Susan and Angela, beloved Brother of Sandra. Funeral service to take place on Tuesday 30th September in Christ Church, Walmsley at 1.30pm, prior to interment in the Churchyard. Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired for Parkinson Disease Society, British Heart Foundation or the RNLI (Isles of Scilly). Please make cheques payable to the relevant charity. All donations and enquiries to Howarth's Funeral Service, 638 Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge, Bolton BL1 7AL. Tel: 309609 read more

  • MARSDEN ALAN

    MARSDEN - Suddenly on 16th February 2008 ALAN, aged 31 years. Much loved Son of Trevor and Jean, devoted Brother of Colin and David. Deeply missed by all his family and friends. Cortege to leave from Brammalls, Manchester Road on Wednesday 27th February at 2.30pm for service at Overdale Crematorium West Chapel at 3pm. Flowers and enquiries to Brammalls Funeral Service. Tel 01204 573580. read more

  • DANIEL ANDREW FITTON

    DANIEL ANDREW FITTON 21st birthday memories. A million times we've needed you, a million times we've cried, If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died, In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still, In our hearts you hold a place, no one else could ever fill, It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didnt go alone, Part of us went with you, the day God took you home. All our love Nana, Steph, Mel, Joanne, Kirsty, Scott, Charlotte, Molly and Ryan Daniel. XXX read more

  • DERBYSHIRE JOE

    DERBYSHIRE - Mrs Lena Derbyshire and family of the late JOE, would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for kind expressions of sympathy, letters and cards of condolence. Special thanks to Jean and Bernard, Arch Deacon Wolstencroft, family GP's and District Nurses. read more

  • SANDIFORD JOHN JACK

    SANDIFORD The family of the late JOHN (JACK SANDIFORD), would like to thank all relatives and friends for the cards and donations received. Thank you Doctor Lynch, Nurses form Tonge Fold Health Centre and neighbours for their care and support for Jack and family. Thanks to Father Hilton for the lovely service and Howath's Funeral Service for their funeral arrangements. read more

  • Daniel Bonney

    DANIEL BONNEY 6th April 1982 - 5th September 2005 You were something special "DANNY" What more is there to say... The only wish we have in our hearts, Is that you were here today! Happy birthday Son! Missing you so much Mum and Chris xxx We'll keep the party going Bro! to keep your memory alive. Laura, Jo Daniel Bonney : Memorial 05/09/2005 DANIEL BONNEY passed away 5th September 2005 Your name is often spoken, Our thoughts are with you still, You haven't been forgotten, You know you never will. Love Mum, Chris, Laura, John, Jay, Rachael, Jordan and Vicky hn,baby Jay, Rachael, Jordan and Vicky xxx read more

  • PORTER ENTWISTLE PAULINE

    PORTER - (Nee ENTWISTLE) Suddenly at home on 24th February 2007, PAULINE, aged 63 years, dearly loved Wife of Stanley, precious Daughter of Doris, much loved Mum of Jean, Andrew and Stephen, loving Mother-in-law of John, Mary and Becca, a devoted Nanna of Rebecca and Tarn, caring Step-nan of Joanna, Kate and Charleigh. At peace with her Lord The funeral cortege will leave Ellesmere House, Chapel of Rest, Albert Road, Farnworth on Thursday 8th March at 12.00 noon for a service to celebrate PAULINE'S life at Noble Street Independant Methodist Church, Bolton at 12.30pm, followed by committal at Overdale Crematorium at 1.15pm (East Chapel) Dress code is optional. Family flowers only by request please, donations in PAULINE'S memory are most welcome. Please make, cheques payable to Asthma UK and Noble Street I.M Church, care of the family. PAULINE, Will be so sadly missed by all her family and many friends and will always hold a special place in their hearts. Enquiries Co-operative Funeral Services, Farnworth and Walkden, 175 / 177 Albert Road, Farnworth. Telephone 573280. read more

  • GOTTS GEORGE

    GOTTS - The family of the late GEORGE GOTTS, would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all friends and family members who supported GEORGE and his loved ones throughout his prolonged illness. Special thanks to Doctor Gavin Faulkner, Bolton Hospice and finally the caring staff on D1 Ward, Royal Bolton Hospital who made GEORGE comfortable at the end. read more

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