The FA Apologise After Lofthouse Plaque Omission

  • September 11, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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The FA have been forced to apologise, after Nat Lofthouse's name was omitted from a plaque displaying the name of every player to represent England.

Lofthouse made his international debut in November 1950, when he scored twice in a 2-2 draw against Yugoslavia at Highbury Stadium.

The omission was spotted by Wanderers supporter David Irving and FA bosses have vowed to replace the panel, which is also missing the name of former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Les Medley, after The Bolton News called for action on the error.

In an official statement, provided to and posted by the town's local newspaper, an FA spokesman said: "We appreciate this matter being brought to our attention and, following an investigation, have ascertained that it was due to a formatting error.

"The panel is in the process of being taken down and will be replaced imminently.

"The families of both players will be contacted directly to apologise for this oversight."

Lofthouse went on to score 30 goals in 33 appearances for his country and currently stands at sixth place in the list of all-time scorers - behind Michael Owen (40), Jimmy Greaves (44), Gary Lineker (48), Bobby Charlton (49) and the nation's new record holder, Wayne Rooney (50).

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