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Nat Lofthouse
Personal information
Full name Nathaniel Lofthouse
Date of birth 27 August 1925 (1925-08-27) (age 84)
Place of birth    Bolton, Lancashire, England
Playing position Centre forward
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1946–1960 Bolton Wanderers 452 (255)   
National team
1950–1958 England 033 (30)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only.
* Appearances (Goals)

Nathaniel Lofthouse, OBE (born 27 August 1925), better known as Nat Lofthouse, is a retired English footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers for his whole career. He was capped 33 times for the England national football team between 1950 and 1958, scoring 30 goals and giving himself one of the greatest goals-per-game ratios of any player to represent England at the highest level.

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Playing career

Born in Bolton, Lancashire, in 1925, Lofthouse joined the town's main club on 4 September 1939 and made his debut in a wartime 5-1 win against Bury on 22 March 1941 when he scored two goals. It was then more than five years until he made his league debut for the club, but he eventually played against Chelsea on 31 August 1946, when he scored twice in a 4-3 defeat. Lofthouse would go on to play 33 games for England but his debut on 22 November 1950 made him 25 when he finally broke into the team. He perhaps justified a claim to an earlier call-up by scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw against Yugoslavia at Highbury on his debut.

On 25 May 1952, Lofthouse earned the title 'Lion of Vienna' after scoring his second goal in England's 3-2 victory over Austria. In doing so he was elbowed in the face, tackled from behind and finally brought down by the goalkeeper. Back from national team duty, he then scored six goals in a game between the English Football League and the Irish League on 24 September 1952.

In 1953, he was declared English Footballer of the Year and on 2 May that year, he scored a goal - but was on the losing side - in the famous FA Cup Final of 1953 (aka 'The Matthews Final'), having previously scored in each round. That season he topped the First Division goalscoring charts with 30 goals. On 22 October 1958, Lofthouse broke Vivian Woodward's 47-year-old England goalscoring record by netting his 30th goal in a 5-0 win against the Soviet Union in London.

FA Cup controversy

On 3 May 1958, almost five years to the day after losing the 1953 final, Lofthouse captained Bolton in the 1958 FA Cup Final against Manchester United, who three months earlier had been involved in the Munich air disaster. Against a national wave of sympathy for United, Bolton won the game 2-0 with Lofthouse scoring two goals, the second of which was highly controversial and remains a talking point to this day. Lofthouse went into a challenge with the United keeper Harry Gregg and barged him into the net to score as shoulder charging the goalkeeper was a legitimate tactic at the time.

End of playing career

On 26 November 1958, Lofthouse made his final England appearance, against Wales, at the age of 33, and he officially retired from the game in January 1960 because of an ankle injury, although his final league game wasn't until 17 December of that year, when he suffered a knee injury against Birmingham. Lofthouse stands 7th in the all-time top division goalscorers in England.

Coaching and management

After retiring from playing football, Lofthouse became the assistant trainer at Burnden Park on 10 July 1961 and was then appointed chief coach at the club in 1967. In 1968, he spent a brief time as caretaker manager of the club and took over the job full-time on 18 December. Before becoming Bolton's chief scout, he became an administrative manager at Burnden. In 1978, he became the club's executive manager. In 1985, at the age of 60, Lofthouse became caretaker manager at the club again and became president in 1986.

Honours

Lofthouse has been the recipient of various honours since retiring from the game. On 2 December 1989, he was made a Freeman of Bolton. On 1 January 1994, he received an OBE and on 18 January 1997, Bolton decided to name their East Stand at their new Reebok Stadium after him.

Tributes were paid to Nat as he celebrated his 80th birthday, including a party at the Reebok.[1] A campaign, backed by Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association and former Bolton player, has started, aiming to get Nat Lofthouse knighted.[2] Nat Lofthouse was an Inaugural Inductee into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002.[3]

Miscellaneous

'The Lion of Vienna' is a well known Bolton pub, named in honour of Nat Lofthouse. The pub is situated on Chorley New Road, opposite Bolton School.

The British actor Sean Maguire was rumoured to have been hired to play Lofthouse in a film adaptation of the book Wartime Wanderers, a book about Bolton Wanderers players' efforts during World War II. [4] But the film was never made because of a lack of finance.[5]

International goals

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
30. 22 October 1958 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Soviet Union
5 – 0
5 – 0
Friendly
29. 20 May 1956 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland
? – ?
1 – 5
Friendly
28. 20 May 1956 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland  Finland
? – ?
1 – 5
Friendly
27. 2 October 1955 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark
0 – 3
1 – 5
Friendly
26. 2 October 1955 Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark
0 – 2
1 – 5
Friendly
25. 2 April 1955 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Scotland
4 – 1
7 – 2
British Home Championship
24. 2 April 1955 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Scotland
2 – 0
7 – 2
British Home Championship
23. 26 June 1954 St. Jakob Stadium, Basle, Switzerland  Uruguay
1 – 1
2 – 4
1954 FIFA World Cup quarter-final
22. 17 June 1954 St. Jakob Stadium, Basle, Switzerland  Belgium
4 – 3
4 – 4
1954 FIFA World Cup group stage
21. 17 June 1954 St. Jakob Stadium, Basle, Switzerland  Belgium
2 – 1
4 – 4
1954 FIFA World Cup group stage
20. 11 November 1953 Goodison Park, Liverpool, England  Northern Ireland
3 – 1
3 – 1
1954 FIFA World Cup qualification
19. 10 October 1953 Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales  Wales
1 – 4
1 – 4
1954 FIFA World Cup qualification & British Home Championship
18. 10 October 1953 Ninian Park, Cardiff, Wales  Wales
1 – 3
1 – 4
1954 FIFA World Cup qualification & British Home Championship
17. 8 June 1953 Polo Grounds, New York, United States  United States
0 – 4
3 – 6
Friendly
16. 8 June 1953 Polo Grounds, New York, United States  United States
0 – 2
3 – 6
Friendly
15. 24 May 1953 Estadio Nacional de Chile, Santiago, Chile  Chile
1 – 2
1 – 2
Friendly
14. 24 November 1952 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Belgium
5 – 0
5 – 0
Friendly
13. 24 November 1952 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Belgium
2 – 0
5 – 0
Friendly
12. 12 November 1952 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Wales
5 – 2
5 – 2
British Home Championship
11. 12 November 1952 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Wales
2 – 0
5 – 2
British Home Championship
10. 4 October 1952 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland
? – ?
2 – 2
British Home Championship
9. 28 May 1952 Hardturm, Zürich, Switzerland  Switzerland
0 – 3
0 – 3
Friendly
8. 28 May 1952 Hardturm, Zürich, Switzerland  Switzerland
0 – 2
0 – 3
Friendly
7. 25 May 1952 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Austria
2 – 3
2 – 3
Friendly
6. 25 May 1952 Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria  Austria
0 – 1
2 – 3
Friendly
5. 28 November 1951 Wembley Stadium, London, England  Austria
2 – 1
2 – 2
Friendly
4. 14 November 1951 Villa Park, Birmingham, England  Northern Ireland
2 – 0
2 – 0
British Home Championship
3. 14 November 1951 Villa Park, Birmingham, England  Northern Ireland
1 – 0
2 – 0
British Home Championship
2. 22 November 1950 Highbury, London, England  Yugoslavia
2 – 0
2 – 2
Friendly
1. 22 November 1950 Highbury, London, England  Yugoslavia
1 – 0
2 – 2
Friendly

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Simple English

Nat Lofthouse
Personal information
Full name Nathaniel Lofthouse
Date of birth 27 August 1925(1925-08-27)
Place of birth    Bolton, Lancashire, England
Date of death    15 January 2011 (aged 85)
Place of death    Bolton, Greater Manchester, England
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9+12 in)
Playing position Striker (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1946-1960 Bolton Wanderers
National team
1950-1958 England
Teams managed
1968-1970
1971
Bolton Wanderers
Bolton Wanderers

Nat Lofthouse (27 August 1925 - 15 January 2011) was an English football player. He played for the England national team. He was born in Bolton, and died there on 15 January 2011 at 85 years old.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
EnglandLeague
1946/47Bolton WanderersFirst Division4016
1947/483418
1948/49227
1949/503510
1950/513821
1951/523818
1952/533622
1953/543217
1954/553115
1955/563632
1956/573628
1957/583117
1958/593729
1959/6000
1960/6163
CountryEngland 452253
Total 452253

International career statistics

[2]

England national team
YearAppsGoals
195012
195133
195279
195386
195433
195574
195622
195700
195821
Total3330

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