He is based in
Lancashireand is Chairman of Chambers of Commerce North West. Gartside was born in the Dublinsuburb of Whitehallin August 1941, to parents Margaret and Patrick. He attended Larkhill Boys School and St. Aidans C.B.Swhere he first donned studded boots. Gartside had a short stint as a semi-professional footballer in his youth with local side St. Kevin's Boys F.C.and also had trials with Aberdeen and Stoke City. Although unsuccessful this was not to be the end of Gartside's love and influence with the game of football.
commercein Trinity College, Dublinthroughout the early sixties and this is where he met his then girlfriend Mary-Jane Sommerfield, the fundamental reason for his relocation to England. Gartside had his first taste of Bolton Wanderers in the early seventies, when he watched them play in a 1-0 victory over fc|Aston Villa at Villa Park. He was immediately captivated by the passion of the fans and when his then business partner James Connelloffered him a season ticket, the Trotters became a part of his life. He bought his way onto the Wanderers board of directors in 1988 for £40,000. Eleven years later he succeeded Gordon Hargreavesas the Bolton chairman.
While he has been Chairman the club has consolidated its position in the
Premier Leagueand reached the UEFA Cupfor the first time in their history. He has seen a number of high profile footballers arrive at the club including Nicolas Anelka, Youri Djorkaeff, Jay-Jay Okocha, Fernando Hierroand Iván Campo. He is a prominent football administrator and currently is a Football Association Board Member and an executive director of the new Wembley Stadium.
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