Assistant Boss Forced To Hang Up His Boots

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Chris Bolder, player/assistant-manager at Evo-Stik Northern Premeir League First Division North club Scarborough Athletic, has decided to hang up his boots.

Bolder, 34, collapsed during Saturday’s 2-0 win at Seel Park against Mossley AFC after suffering from breathing difficulties.

He was then stretchered from the pitch and taken to a nearby hospital.

Bolder has been suffering high blood pressure for seven years or so and is under treatment for it.

But since coming out of hospital and reflecting on the situation over the weekend, he has decided to call time on his playing career with Boro and concentrate on his off-field assistance to manager Steve Kittrick.

Bolder played in the Football League for Grimsby Town between 2001 and 2004 after coming through the youth ranks at Hull City.

The midfielder has also appeared for Ossett Town and Guiseley AFC as well as notably spending seven seasons in two spells with North Ferriby United.

He joined Scarborough prior to the 2013/14 season along with North Ferriby team-mates Paul Foot, Gary Bradshaw and Steve Ridley, firmly establishing himself in the centre of the Boro midfield.

Bolder was cruelly sidelined in November 2014 with a cruciate knee injury against Bamber Bridge, but he still kept involved with the club as a coach.

In December 2015, he stepped up alongside Matty Bloor to take temporary charge of the first-team and was key to the subsequent appointment of Kittrick as manager.

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Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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