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Bolton Wanderers – Keith Hill
Following a dire period in which the club went into administration following financial difficulties, Bolton Wanderers have entered a new phase of ownership and appointed Keith Hill as their manager. Hill is a Bolton native and was born in the town in 1969. Before making the move into management, Hill enjoyed a 15-year playing career during which he played for six clubs and made over 400 senior appearances.
He started at a club not far from Bolton, Blackburn Rovers. Rovers then resided in the second division. Hill made his debut in 1987 and went on to appear 96 times over a five-year spell, scoring four goals in the process. Keith Hill was part of the Rovers squad that witnessed the club being taken over by local business millionaire, Jack Walker. Under Walker’s stewardship, Rovers appointed Kenny Dalglish as manager. They signed the likes of Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton during this time, factors which probably resulted in Keith Hill moving on as competition for places increased tenfold. He left Rovers at the start of the 1992 campaign, the inaugural Premier League season and three years before Blackburn would win their first league title for over 80 years.
After his stint with Rovers, Hill joined Plymouth Argyle who were playing in the Football League Third Division (later rebranded as League One) after being relegated from the second tier the previous season. The deal was a swap, with midfielder Craig Skinner and defender Nicky Marker moving the other way. For Argyle, Hill appeared 123 times and scored twice over a four-year period from 1992-1996. Argyle would prove to be the club for which Hill would appear the second most times, the first being Rochdale whom he would make the switch to at the end of his tenure with Argyle. Hill enjoyed some of the happiest years of his career in Plymouth and won one of his two major honours as a player with them, the Football League Third Division play-offs at the end of his final season in 1995/1996.
As mentioned, Hill’s next club was Rochdale, again a team which was close to his native Bolton, just as Blackburn Rovers had been. Hill became very fond of Rochdale and established himself as something of a fans favorite. This legacy endured and he was appointed as manager of the club many years later, twice in fact - once in 2006 and once 2013. The 154 games he played for the club, combined with his two spells as a manager, means that Hill has been involved in 724 games for the club. Rochdale would prove to be the last place that Hill would play regular senior football, other than in his final days with Morecambe at the twilight of his career.
He played briefly for Cheltenham Town, appearing just five times in his time there. Despite his limited first-team opportunities with the club, Hill did take home his second and final career trophy with the club, winning the Third Division play-offs once more.
He had a brief loan spell with Wrexham and played 20 games for Morecambe before hanging up his boots.
As a manager, Hill has managed Rochdale twice. He won promotion from League Two twice with the club, once in his first stint and one in his second. Sandwiched between his two spells with the North West club was a brief stop off at Barnsley who he managed for roughly six months before being dismissed following poor league form. He has now joined the club he has supported since he was a boy, Bolton Wanderers. Bolton fans have been hard done by recently; they will be hoping the arrival of Keith Hill is indicative of a change of fortunes.