Bolton Wanderers finally have new owners and among them is drumming legend Nick Mason.
After months of uncertainty, Bolton Wanderers were offered a shred of hope on August 28th, 2019 as the Football Ventures consortium, led by businesswoman Sharon Brittan, completed their long-awaited and drawn-out takeover of the football club and adjoining hotel.
The takeover signals the end of the, at times, tyrannical reign of former owner Ken Anderson, something which Bolton fans have desired for a number of months.
While Sharon Brittan may be leading Football Ventures, one of the consortium’s members has caught the attention of not only the footballing fraternity but the music world as well, non-other than Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.
Nick Mason: A profile
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was born in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham in 1944 but was raised in Hampstead, London.
At university in 1964, a 20-year-old Mason joined up with Roger Waters, Bob Klose and Richard Wright to create Sigma 6, the predecessor band to the legendary Pink Floyd.
Remarkably, Nick Mason is the only member of Pink Floyd to appear on every single one of the band’s studio albums with members coming and going throughout the decades.
Aside from his mastery of drumming, Nick Mason also has a burning passion for motorsport and even competed in the presitigous Le Mans 24 hour race on a number of occasions in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
So why then, has the 75-year-old rock legend, with seemingly no connection to Bolton Wanderers, become one of the funding members of the Football Ventures consortium?
Why has Nick Mason got involved in Bolton Wanderers?
Bolton Wanderers and the club’s supporters have Sharon Brittan to thank for getting Nick Mason on board.
It is understood that the Pink Floyd drummer is a long-term business ally of Bolton’s new chairperson and was persuaded to join the cause by Sharon Brittan herself.
Thanks to his immense success with Pink Floyd, Mason has earned a reported £120 million throughout his long career and clearly sees Bolton as a worthwhile cause.
Wanderers fans will surely be hoping that Nick Mason’s involvement might lead to a Pink Floyd reunion gig at the club’s University of Bolton Stadium in the foreseeable future.
Other members of the Football Ventures consortium
Joining Sharon Brittan and Nick Mason in the Football Ventures consortium are a number of other businesspeople.
Property developer Michael James is among the venture’s chief figures and is a lifelong Bolton fan. James is thought to have contributed significant funds towards the purchase of the club and adjoining Bolton Whites Hotel but will apparently be taking a backseat role.
A long-time associate of Sharon Brittan, Emma Beaugeard has also joined the ranks of Football Ventures and will take on the role of club CEO, operating the business-side of the club.
Another addition in the Football Ventures line up is Keith Morris, a retired former insurance company owner who has also reportedly contributed funds towards the Bolton buyout.
Businessman Jeffrey Thomas no longer holds the role of director within the consortium after stepping down from the role earlier in the year but is understood to still be involved in some fashion.
Hopefully, Sharon Brittan’s team of investors, including Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason can bring about the much-needed stability Bolton Wanderers have been without for some time now.