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Nat Lofthouse, England and Bolton Legend, Dead at 85

nat lofthouse Nat Lofthouse, England and Bolton Legend, Dead at 85

Nat Lofthouse, one of the greatest footballers ever to represent England and a true legend, died Saturday aged 85.

Lofthouse was one of the most lethal centre forwards ever to play for England, scoring 30 goals in 33 appearances. Nicknamed The Lion Of Vienna, the honest and gutsy footballer played for his hometown club Bolton Wanderers where he scored 255 goals in 452 league appearances.

There were many highlights of his career, some of which included his performance in the famous FA Cup Final of 1953 between Bolton and Blackpool which became known as ‘The Matthews Final,’ where Stanley Matthews led Blackpool to a historic 4-3 win. Despite the loss, he was the leading scorer in the First Division that season as well as being named Footballer of the Year.

Lofthouse got his FA Cup Final medal in 1958 when Bolton defeated a Manchester United side after scoring both of Bolton’s goals. The second one was infamous because he went into a challenge with United goalkeeper Harry Gregg and barged him into the net to score a goal. Shoulder charging was fair play in those days. Watch the video below to see the best of Lofthouse and the controversial second goal, as well as Nat receiving the FA Cup trophy.


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Last, but not least, here is a wonderful feature on Nat Lofthouse including interviews and thoughts by the England legend, interviewed by another football legend, Jimmy Armfield of England and Blackpool.

Rest in peace Nat Lofthouse.

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6 Responses to Nat Lofthouse, England and Bolton Legend, Dead at 85

  1. brn442 says:

    and may he rest in peace.

  2. David Crosbie says:

    A good man, a brilliant footballer, I saw you play many times. God bless and and may you rest in peace.

  3. Chris S says:

    As a Bolton fan can I add what an honour it was to have one of the true greats of English football play for our club.

    You will go down in the history books as the Lion of Vienna and for great games like The Matthews Final and the 1958 FA Cup Final against Man Utd.

    Many Bolton fans question if we will ever win the FA Cup again, but we’ll certainly not see the likes of a Nat Lofthouse dedicate his career to his local club.

    Goodbye and sweet dreams Nat.


  4. Badger says:

    The goalkeepers in heaven are in for a tough time.

    Nice one Gaffer.

  5. JSA says:

    what a brilliant ambassador to bolton wanderers, one of the best players in english history, and a loyal wanderer. This man should have been knighted.

  6. Harper John says:

    Nat Lofthouse …my football hero from childhood….and I was a Londoner!
    RIP Nat …and thanks for the memories.

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