|Date of birth||27 August 1925|
|Place of birth||Bolton, England|
|Playing position||Centre forward|
|1946-1960||Bolton Wanderers||452 (285)|
1 Senior club appearances and goals
Nathaniel Lofthouse, OBE (born 27 August 1925), better known as Nat Lofthouse, was an English footballer who played for Bolton Wanderers for his whole career. The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British Order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V. Events 479 BC - Greco-Persian Wars: Persian forces led by Mardonius are routed by Pausanias, the Spartan Year 1925 ( MCMXXV) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Bolton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club based in Horwich, in the Metropolitan Borough of Bolton, Greater 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. The English national football team represents England in international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football Year 1950 ( MCML) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
Born in Bolton, Lancashire, in 1925, Lofthouse joined the town's main club on September 4, 1939 and made his debut in a 5-1 win against Bury on March 22, 1941 when he scored two goals. Bolton ( is a large town in Greater Manchester, in the North West region of England. Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England, bounded to the west by the Irish Sea Events 476 - Romulus Augustus, last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is deposed when Odoacer proclaims himself Year 1939 ( MCMXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Bury Football Club is an English association football team based in Bury, Greater Manchester. Events 238 - Gordian I and his son Gordian II are proclaimed Roman emperor. Year 1941 ( MCMXLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (the link will display 1941 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. It was then more than five years until he made his league debut for the club, but he eventually played against Chelsea on August 31, 1946, when he scored twice in a 4-3 defeat. Events 1056 - Byzantine Empress Theodora becomes ill dying suddenly a few days later without children to succeed the Throne Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Lofthouse would go on to play 33 games for England but his debut on November 22, 1950 made him 25 when he finally broke into the team. The English national football team represents England in international football and is controlled by The Football Association, the governing body for football Events 498 - Kofi Aseidu- After the death of Anastasius II, Symmachus is elected Pope in the Lateran Year 1950 ( MCML) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. 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. The Yugoslavia national football team refers to the national football team that represented the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (1920-1941 and the Socialist Federal Republic Arsenal Stadium was a football stadium in Highbury, North London, which was the home ground of Arsenal Football Club between 6 September 1913
On May 25, 1952, Lofthouse earned the title 'Lion of Vienna' by scoring twice in England's 3-2 victory over Austria. Events 1085 - Alfonso VI of Castile takes Toledo Spain back from the Moors. Year 1952 ( MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The lion ( Panthera leo) is a member of the family Felidae and one of four Big cats in the Genus Panthera. Vienna ( in Wien; see also other names) is the Capital of Austria, and is also one of the nine States of Austria. The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents the Country of Austria in international competition and is controlled Back from national team duty, he then scored six goals in a game between the English Football League and the Irish League on September 24, 1952. Events 622 - Prophet Muhammad completes his hegira from Mecca to Medina. Year 1952 ( MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
In 1953, he was declared English Footballer of the Year and on May 2 of 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. Year 1953 ( MCMLIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Football Writers' Association (the FWA) is an association of England football journalists and correspondents writing for newspapers and agencies founded in Events 1194 - King Richard I of England gives Portsmouth its first Royal Charter. The Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup, is a knockout cup competition in English football, run by and named after Sir Stanley Matthews, CBE ( 1 February 1915 — February 23 2000) was an English football player That season he topped the First Division goalscoring charts with 30 goals. On May 20, 1956, Lofthouse broke Steve Bloomer's 49-year-old England goalscoring record by netting his 29th goal in a 5-1 win against Finland in Helsinki. Events 325 - The First Council of Nicaea &ndash the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church is held Year 1956 ( MCMLVI) was a Leap year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Steve Bloomer (born January 20 1874, Cradley Worcestershire; died April 16 1938, Derby) was an English The Finland national football team represents Finland in international football competitions and is controlled by the Football Association of Finland. Helsinki (in Finnish;) or Helsingfors (in Swedish;) is the Capital and largest city of Finland.
On May 3, 1958, almost 5 years to the day after losing the 1953 final, Lofthouse captained Bolton in the 1958 FA Cup Final against Manchester United, who 3 months earlier had been involved in the Munich air disaster. Events 1491 - Kongo monarch Nkuwu Nzinga is baptised by Portuguese missionaries adopting the baptismal name of João Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Munich air disaster took place on 6 February 1958 when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a Slush -covered runway at Munich-Riem Against a national wave of sympathy for United, Bolton won the game 2-0 with Lofthouse scoring 2 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. Harry Gregg MBE (born October 25, 1932) is a Northern Irish former football player
On November 26, 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 December 17 of that year, when he suffered a knee injury against Birmingham. Events 43 BC - The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus ("Octavian" later "Caesar Augustus" Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Wales national football team represents Wales in international men's football. Year 1960 ( MCMLX) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 546 - Gothic War (535–554: The Ostrogoths of King Totila Birmingham City Football Club is an English Professional football club based in the city of Birmingham.
After retiring from playing football, Lofthouse became the assistant trainer at Burnden Park on July 10, 1961 and was then appointed chief coach at the club in 1967. Burnden Park was the home of English FA Premier League football team Bolton Wanderers F Events 48 BC - Battle of Dyrrhachium, Julius Caesar barely avoids a catastrophic defeat to Pompey in Macedonia. Year 1961 ( MCMLXI) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. In 1968, he spent a brief time as caretaker manager of the club and took over the job full-time on December 18. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 218 BC - Second Punic War: Battle of the Trebia - Hannibal 's Carthaginian forces defeat those of the Before becoming Bolton's chief scout, he became an administrative manager at Burnden. In 1978, he became the club's executive manager. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) In 1985, at the age of 60, Lofthouse became caretaker manager at the club again and became president in 1986. Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) Year 1986 ( MCMLXXXVI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar)
Lofthouse has been the recipient of various honours since retiring from the game. On December 2, 1989, he was made a Freeman of Bolton. Events 1409 - The University of Leipzig opens 1755 - The second Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed by fire Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) On January 1, 1994, he received an OBE and on January 18, 1997, Bolton decided to name their East Stand at their new Reebok Stadium after him. New Year See also New Year The Ancient Romans began their consular year on January 1st since 153 BC Year 1994 ( MCMXCIV) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar) Events 350 - Generallus Magnentius deposes Roman Emperor Constans and proclaims himself Emperor Year 1997 ( MCMXCVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar The Reebok Stadium is the home Stadium of English Premier League football club Bolton Wanderers, and is located on the Middlebrook Retail Park
Tributes were recently paid to Nat as he celebrated his 80th birthday, including a party at the Reebok Stadium. A campaign, backed by Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association, has started, aiming to get Nat Lofthouse knighted (Cf. John Charles). Gordon Alexander Taylor OBE (born 28 December 1944) is an English former professional footballer who played as a winger The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA is the association for professional footballers in the United Kingdom. cf is an abbreviation for the Latin -derived (but also modern English) word confer, meaning "compare" or "consult" For the American football player of the same name see John Charles (American football. Nat Lofthouse was an Inaugural Inductee into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2002. The Hall of Fame is housed at The National Football Museum in Preston, England. A full profile can be seen at The English Football Hall of Fame site.
'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.
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|First Division top scorer|