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Remembering Roy Hartle (1931 - 2014)

Sad news regarding club legend

Gareth Copley

Bolton Wanderers have tonight confirmed the sad passing of ex-player Roy Hartle.

Catshill-born Hartle began his career at Bromsgrove Rovers before moving to play for Bolton in 1952 where he would remain until his retirement from the game in 1966.

He made a total of 499 appearances for the club, during which time he was captain and also part  of the 1958 FA Cup winning team.

Despite retiring almost 50 years ago, Hartle was still involved with the club where a room was named after him at the Macron Stadium, and where he could be regularly found watching the club until a recent illness made it impossible.

He finally left the club in 1966 when he moved to Buxton, although his time there was short-lived.

Hartle remains 10th on the list of all-time club appearances behind such legendary names as Nat Lofthouse, Jussi Jaaskelainen, Warwick Rimmer and Roy Greaves.