Nat Lofthouse OBE (1925-2011)

  • January 15, 2011 | By Chris Mann
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Nat Lofthouse, the most iconic player in the history of Bolton Wanderers Football Club, has passed away at the age of 85.

Lofthouse, more commonly known as 'Lofty', died peacefully in his sleep at his nursing home in Bolton on Saturday evening.

As a player, he scored 285 goals in 503 games for the club, making him the Trotters' all time record goalscorer.

Reacting to the news of Lofthouse's death, Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside released the following statement on the club's official website.

"On behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers Football Club, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to Nat's family, who are very much in our thoughts at this time.

"Nat undoubtedly is a Bolton Wanderers legend. He was a one-club man and our football club meant as much to him as he did to us.

"We will miss him but we will celebrate his life, his legacy and great times that he brought to Bolton Wanderers."

After his playing career came to an end, Lofthouse occupied a number of positions including chief coach, chief scout, caretaker manager and, most recently, club president.

Burnden Aces would like to send our condolences to the Lofthouse family on the death of Bolton's biggest ever sports icon, Nat Lofthouse OBE, who died on Saturday night at the age of 85.

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