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Football supporters from all over the world are welcome to leave their tributes to the former Bolton Wanderers great, of which a selection has been published below.

This can be done by emailing or by leaving your message in the tribute box to the left on this page.


Nat Lofthouse played before my time, but I grew up with his name being synonymous with a golden era of raw, community based football in this country. Along with Stanley Mathews, Stan Mortensen and others, he personified those years of football development as TV coverage just began to become more widespread.

Another thought is how football to its credit retains this respect and positive sentimentality for its heroes and indeed the club which they played for. Bolton Wanderers; for them this is a sad day but one which reminds us of the glorious tradition, history and culture of football in England. RIP. - Chris Bissett (A Southend supporter)
A Bolton Wanderers legend and true gentleman. Condolences go to his family and friends. Rest in Peace. - The Whiteley Family
Nat was my first and last football hero, a great man on and off the pitch. He will be sorely missed but long remembered, may he rest in peace. He was the greatest that ever laced up a pair of football boots. - Chris Payne (California)
Nat was my first and last football hero, a great man on and off the pitch. He will be sorely missed but long remembered, may he rest in peace. He was the greatest that ever laced up a pair of football boots. - The Whiteley Family (Westhoughton)
The talisman and spearhead of the Club we all love; Nat was everything Bolton Wanderers. The Club will never see his like again. Just a very sad loss. - Stuart (Dorchester)
A true gent, loyal servant and ambassador for BWFC the World over. RIP Nat. - Ian Chambers Marple Bridge White
The Lion Sleeps Tonight, R.I.P. Mr Lofthouse, A more loyal and nicer man you could not meet. I am sure that not only we Bolton Wanderers supporters will miss you but ALL football supporters will miss you. What value could you place on the likes of the legend Mr Nat Lofthouse OBE? - The Simmons Family
Nat, Thanks for making us proud to be from Bolton. God bless. - Andy Walton
As a Stoke supporter I came home on Saturday elated at the result. I woke up on Sunday to the devastating news of Nat’s passing. The world of football, the town of Bolton, Bolton Wanderers Football Club and, of course, his family have lost one of the greatest ambassadors of football the world has known.

I am sure I join everyone in wishing his family and everyone at Bolton Wanderers Football Club our sympathy at this sad time. -
My uncle told me that Nat Lofthouse was the greatest player he ever saw, and I grew up knowing about this legendary footballer. Sadly, I never saw him play as he was well before my time. But as a young child Nat was up there with Stanley Matthews et al in the list of all time greats.

I'm sure that you are all saddened today, but take a moment to smile as well as you remember the greatest Bolton player ever. - Mike France (A Chelsea supporter)
It was great as a child to support Bolton Wanderers when they were riding high in the late 50s and early 60s. Nat was, of course, my favourite, but we had a great team. Nat stood for so much that was good about football - loyalty, fair play and commitment.

Another memory was being on the open end and an opposition supporter started to call Nat. He was heavily outnumbered by us home supporters - and he was soon put right!.

Thanks to Nat for all the enjoyment he gave. - Chris Warren
The Legend has passed away, the legacy lives on. There will be very few who will equal your achievements. You were a master of your craft, and a gentleman of honour.

God bless and rest peacefully. Condolences go to the Lofthouse family, and all connected to Bolton Wanderers Football Club. - Pete Walsh (Cyprus)
Commiserations to Jeff and his family for the loss of such a great loved one. - Tony Easom (Mossgas, South Africa)
Rest in peace Nat. A Bolton Wanderers legend, England lion, true Boltonian and always a gentleman. - Catherine (Daventry White)
Sincere condolences to all at Bolton Wanderers Football Club and Nat Lofthouse’s family. I was too young to remember him playing but my dad talked about him and what a great player he was.

It is a sad loss to the world of football. He was a real true legend and great player. - Ronnie Chaloner (Liverpool supporter)
What a great life Nat led - Bolton born & Bred, Wanderers Captain, England international, FA Cup winner and gentleman. A true hero, winner, lion, leader, "one of us", Boltonian and Englishman. A shining example to all, I'm sure all Wanderers fans will ensure your legacy lives on.

Sincere condolences to family & friends. - Mahesh Patel (Chorley Old Road/Hertfordshire)
Mr Bolton through and through was our Nat. From player to scout to Manager to President. A Bolton Wanderers legend.

There will be a few defenders worried in heaven tonight.

RIP Nat - Tommy
I am so proud to have met this gent and to have a laugh with him. God bless you Nat, you will always be a legend and always in the hearts of ever Bolton Wanderers fan. - Darilyn Rothwell
I would just like to say an overwhelming thank-you to Mr. Nathanial Lofthouse - a true footballing legend

The passing of this great Bolton and England icon will leave a massive void in our great game.

God Bless you Nat and thank-you for being a loyal Boltonian and a passionate Englishman. - John Cavanagh (Bury)