SD6409 : Nat Lofthouse Statue, Bolton Wanderers FC

taken 7 years ago, near to Wingates, Bolton, Great Britain

Nat Lofthouse Statue, Bolton Wanderers FC
Nat Lofthouse Statue, Bolton Wanderers FC
The 9ft tall bronze statue of former Bolton Wanderers' player Nat Lofthouse was unveiled at the north west of the Reebok Stadium near the main reception on 24th August 2013 before Bolton's home game against Queens Park Rangers.

Nathaniel (Nat) Lofthouse, who died 11th January 2011 at the age of 85, played over 500 games for Bolton and won 33 caps for England. He captained Bolton in two FA Cup finals; the first time in 1953 when The Trotters were beaten 4-3 by Lancashire rivals Blackpool in a match later christened “The Matthews Final” (despite the fact that Stan Mortensen scored three of Blackpool’s goals - the first and, so far, only player to achieve this in an FA Cup Final). Five years later, Lofthouse won a winner's medal after scoring both goals (the second, controversially, resulting in United goal keeper Harry Gregg being knocked out as he was barged into the back of the goal along with the ball; Lofthouse later admitting that it had been a foul LinkExternal link ) in the 2-0 win over a makeshift Manchester United team, only three months after the Old Trafford club had been involved in the Munich air disaster LinkExternal link .

Lofthouse, who was footballer of the year in 1953, scored a total of 255 league goals as well as 30 goals in domestic cup competition for Bolton. His total of 30 goals in 33 appearances for England is one of the greatest goals-per-game ratios of any player to represent England at the highest level. In 1952, he was nicknamed 'Lion of Vienna' by the national press in 1952 after scoring his second goal in England's 3–2 victory over Austria LinkExternal link .

Lofthouse retired in 1960 after a serious knee injury but his association with Bolton Wanderers continued for more than half a century as player, trainer, coach, manager, chief scout, and president. He was made a Freeman of Bolton in 1989 and received an OBE in 1994.

The £100,000 statue was made by Sean Hedges-Quinn, who is also responsible for statues of Sir Alf Ramsey and Sir Bobby Robson. The base of the statue carries Lofthouse's final words: "I've got the ball now, it's a bit worn, but I've got it."

LinkExternal link Nat Lofthouse biography page (Wikipedia)
LinkExternal link Nat Lofthouse obituary (BBC News)

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Monday, 2 September, 2013
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