Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hall of Fame Nat Lofthouse

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Hall of Fame Nat Lofthouse

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Tackled from behind, elbowed in the face and brought down by the goalkeeper - yet still he scored.

That was the story of Nat Lofthouse's second goal for England against Austria in May 1952.

And it earned the Bolton legend his lifelong title - the Lion of Vienna.

The gritty, determined forward was Bolton through and through.

Born in Bolton in 1925, he played for Bolton Wanderers for his entire career.

He was capped 33 times for England from 1950 to 1958, scoring 30 goals.

He still has one of the highest goals-per-game ratio of any England forward.

Lofthouse made his debut for Wanderers against Bury in March 1941.

It was a wartime match and Lofthouse scored twice. During the war years, he was conscripted to work in Mosley Common colliery.

He had to wait another five years until 1946 before playing his first league match for Bolton against Chelsea. …

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