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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving your message in the tribute box to the left on this page.
a true wanderer through and through lets give him a reet gud send off like he truley deserves
- billy bobs
Not only was he the best true centre forward this country has produced, he worked tirelessly to see our club through the lean years. A true hero who always had time for the fans. We will all miss him. Thank you and God Bless You Nat.
- Dave & Sherry Kirkham (Carnforth)
Although never knighted our Nat will always be remembered as The Knight of our club by his tens of thousands of fans. Many thanks for the wonderful memories.
- Derek Ogden
Rest in piece Nat, a true gentleman. Gone but never forgotten.
- James Davies
A truly great man, and player, will be missed but never forgotten..
R I P big man
- Colin Hamblett (Walkden)
Sincere condolences to 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. Got to meet him once at a workmates retirement, he talked with everyone for hours and gave autographs, nothing was too much trouble.
A Bolton Wanderers legend, England lion, true Boltonian and always a gentleman. Rest in peace Nat.
- Phil Isherwood and the Isherwood Family
In loving memory of a true Boltonian. Well played th'owd lad!
- Si Hardman
Nat was my schoolboy hero. After the 1953 Cup final when Bolton were reduced to 8 fit payers (no subs in those days) I hoped that they would win the cup and they did so a a few years later.
Nat lofthouse was the best centre forward I ever saw. I watched him play several times at Sheffield. I vividly remember him running the United defence ragged all afternoon. He scored both Bolton goals and never gave up the chase. No one passed back to a keeper when Nat was about & he could turn no chance into a half chance. He was supreme in the air and many of his goals came this way. Some modern writers believe he did not have skilled footwork on the ball. That was rubbish, i aw him doing 3 step-overs, one after the other, before Ronaldo was even thought about.! I would have loved to have met the man, simply to say, How much pleasure I got from watching his efforts. I'm not a Boltonian but have always had an interest in the club and still follow the results very closely. I am from t'other side of Pennines in Doncaster. As a lad, I only ever wanted to be Nat Lofthouse ! Brian L
- Brian Laurence
Rest in Peace SIR Nat
A true legend, true gentleman, true Boltonian and Mr Bolton Wanderers.
You will never be forgotten by the fans of the club or the people of the town. You make us proud to be from Bolton.
Thank you for making Bolton Wanderers FC the club it is today, and I hope you continue to watch over on us all from Heaven.
Good Night and God Bless to Bolton's Greatest Son.
Sleep well Lofty, your memory will stay with us forever.
- Sarah (Bolton)
Nat you were one of the most generous, kind hearted people that I have ever met. I consider myself to be fortunate to have spent some time working with you many years ago at Burnden Park. You were a true gentleman and a Wanderer through and through. We will all miss you. God Bless Nat xx
- Carolyn McGuffie
Not knighted in life but knighted in every bolton wanderers fans hearts. . . R.I.P to a true legend, god bless
- darren ashworth
Born and bred a Boltonian, and commited to Bolton Wanderers all his life. Thirty three goals in thirty appearences for England, and being proudly dubbed the "Lion Of Vienna". Tough and unrivalled on the field as the everyman's forward, and a true gentleman... Nat Lofthouse 1925 - 2011. Good night, God bless.
- Barry Pickavance
I was only 7 when Nat brought the Cup back to Burnden Pk but my Dad knew all about it. He was a Boltonian through and through and though we lived near London I have followed the Trotters ever since with a stubborn pride. Nat was the face on my first cigarette card - I still have it - simply the man - bless him.
- Alan Seddon
Thank you for the memories.You make me proud to be a Wanderer! You will never be forgotten....... "THERES ONLY ONE NAT LOFTHOUSE".
- Adam Brownlee (Horwich).
Met you once Nat when you had your photo taken with a young dunscar team I was coaching. You were a true gent and an inspiration to many. RIP-you will be remembered always
- Rob Rostron
Dear Nat, you were my boyhood hero as a young player in the 50's-my mates called me "Nat"
In Cornwall since 1985 and met Vince Dillon, a former player with you. You made us very welcome when I brought him to the Reebok for his 80th.God bless-on behalf of all your fans in Cornwall.
- PAUL BARNES (TRURO)
Remember going down to Burnden in the 6 weeks holidays from school in the late 60s to watch the Wanderers train. Nat would let us inside the ground to wait at the tunnel for them to come out before running over to Bromwich street.
Another memory was at West Brom in the early 90s. In the exec suite after the match Nat came in and I went over to talk to him and get his autograph on the program. Some baggies fans came over asking who it was, I told them and he was then surrounded and holding court with them. Great memories. Top bloke, Bolton and Englands finest.
- Kevin Rainford.
What a legend! We may not see his like again in these days of international club squads and "strikers" rather than full on Centre Forwards, although Davo does a good immitation!
My late father would have been in sorrowful mourning and this brief tribute is for him too. Dad was a great admirer of Nat and attended both the Cup Finals. I could only watch on TV but how exciting they both were.
Rest easy, Nat
- John Hughes (on behalf of Maldwyn)
As a young Bolton fan in the 80's, I used to stand outside of Burnden Park in the school holidays & wait for players autographs. Nat was always there and we knew who he was, a legend of the club. He was always willing to sign his autograph & take time to say hello. A true gent. I wish I'd have seen him play.
Great loss, will always be remembered at the Reebok. No doubts!
- Sam Duffy (Bolton Fan)