Memorial service held for Eddie Davies CBE

Family, friends, former colleagues and Bolton Wanderers fans turned out in their numbers to pay their respects to the club's former owner Eddie Davies CBE on Thursday afternoon.

The service, held at Bolton Parish Church, saw almost 200 people in attendance including manager Phil Parkinson, current employees and former players Jimmy Phillips, Julian Darby and Tony Kelly alongside a number of names from the game.

Various eulogies were given that illustrated Davies' incredible life, with Richard Deverall from the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew - where he was one of their trustees and also chaired the fundraising foundation - speaking of his impact on that particular organisation.

Words from John Brodie, an ex-colleague of his at Strix, were then read aloud by club chaplain Phil Mason while finally, David Bedford - a long-time friend and former football teammate - spoke emotionally about his bond with our late former owner.

Alongside a handful of hymns specially chosen for the memorial, the service was concluded with the playing of James Brown's 'I Feel Good' - a song synonymous with Davies' tenure of ownership at Bolton Wanderers Football Club.

For those who weren't able to attend, his family have asked that anybody wishing to make a monetary donation in his memory to do so towards:

The Friends of Aphrodisias Trust, 1 Westley Close, Winchester, SO22 5LA

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