Bolton Unveil The Ultimate Tribute to Nat Lofthouse

  • August 24, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Bolton Wanderers have unveiled a permanent tribute to Nat Lofthouse, with a statue now on public display at the Reebok Stadium.

Crowds flocked to the stadium on Saturday morning, prior to the Championship fixture against Queens Park Rangers, as the Trotters uncovered the statue that has been in the works for the last 18 months.

Lofthouse passed away on 15th January 2011, aged 85, and the statue has gone on display in the week where he would have celebrated his 88th birthday.

Speaking at the official unveiling, Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside said he was delighted with the way the final design has turned out.

"I think it's brilliant," Gartside said. "I've seen pictures of it and now I've seen its full glory it looks fantastic. It's an important day to remember Nat as he was and as he is there now.

"It brings back those memories, not only for the older people, but encourages people to perhaps learn a bit more about Nat and the club. We like to pride ourselves on being a family club and this is Nat's family."

Lofthouse's son, Jeff, also spoke to reporters, saying: "Dad still captures people's imagination in Bolton and I think he captures the spirit of Bolton, and Bolton Wanderers is still a great club."

Below are several images of the stunning statue, which was created by Sean Hedges-Quinn.

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