17 Jan 2011

Nat Lofthouse dies

5:36 am on 17 January 2011

The former Bolton Wanderers and England striker Nat Lofthouse, one of the football greats of a golden post-war generation, has died at the age of 85.

Dubbed the 'Lion of Vienna', for a pain-defying 1952 performance for England when he was knocked unconscious after scoring the winning goal in a 3-2 defeat of Austria, Lofthouse was a one-club man.

He spent his entire playing career at the northern England club where he made more than 500 appearances in the league, scoring 255 league goals between 1946-60.

He also found the net 30 times in domestic cup competition and scored both goals in Wanderers' 2-nil defeat of a mourning Manchester United, their side depleted by the Munich air disaster, in the 1958 FA Cup final at Wembley.

At international level, Lofthouse represented England on 33 occasions, scoring 30 goals.

After hanging up his boots, Lofthouse continued his association with the club by occupying a variety of different positions including chief coach, chief scout, caretaker manager and club president, a job he held until his death.