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I was only 3 years old when Nat was given an OBE for his services to football. I was unfortunately never able to watch the big man play.
As I grew up supporting Bolton, it was always Nat Lofthouse who I would hear of. Mainly from my Dad who brought me up as a Wanderer, telling me how good of a footballer he was, how he was a true gentleman and how he was Bolton through and through.
I will never forget the moment when I was outside the Reebok one afternoon before a game waiting for autographs and my Dad said, getting all excited, "look there's Nat Lofthouse". Nat must have heard and looked over to see me staring over at him, he smiled and winked at me.
That small moment will never be forgotten, as the man himself won't be.
R.I.P Nat Lofthouse
- Chris Smith - life long Bolton fan, from Bolton.
A true man and player who always kept on fighting. A huge inspiration to young and old and one of the greatest footballers ever to live. He will be missed
- Daniel Whitehouse
The man who inspired my love of Football. As a young boy my admiration for Nat Lofthouse was second to none. My thoughts are with his family. A great man.
- David Browne
Just a very humble friendly chap at heart, but a true giant of the English game. There will likely never be another Boltonian who so truly represented everything good in a person. Loyal, friendly, determined, unifying and a true gentleman to boot.
If ever anyone deserved a statue outside the Town Hall, it's Nat Lofthouse.
- Brian McGrath
Despite never having seen him play, he left such a lasting impression on the beautiful game. It is so rare to have somebody be such an amazing player, yet so humble, honourable and kind hearted. Players of the modern age should look to Nat's legacy and take note - he was and always will be the ultimate professional, and will be sorely missed by the town of Bolton. I really don't think we will ever get over his death - he eptiomised us as a town in a way that nobody ever has and I doubt nobody ever will in future. Rest in peace, Bolton's greatest player.
- Emma Norris
Sir Nat - what a gentleman & what a player. Such a travesty that he was never officially knighted. He will never be forgotten by the fans.
- Mrs Andrée Buxton
I first saw Nat play in early 1958 when he was probably at his best, I have watched the Wanderers ever since and over the years haven't missed many games. Throughout the years Nat has always been there, "The Father figure" he carried out many rolls within and outside the club and all with humility a kind word but a strength you only get from your Dad. He was baptised in St Anne’s Church Atherton but became a Boltonian. The Town has much to be proud of! this great player, this gentleman, and no doubt this magnificent Dad.
Be at peace Nat, from a lad of Atherton
- David Shallcross
A well respected man with a big heart for Bolton Wanderers. Rest in Peace Nat
- Bolton FannBolton
I was unfortuante to never see Sir Nat play but my grandads told me storys about him. I'm sure you will be watching the Chelsea match Nat. Rest In Peace White Lion
- Jack Haigh (Season Ticket Holder)
Nat Lofthouse O.B.E. - a true football legend on the pitch and a true gentleman off it. You are, and always will be Bolton Wanderers greatest ever player. Rest in peace, you will never be forgotten by your people of Bolton. Thanks for everything. My sincere condolences to your family.
- Ian Barnes (BWFC Tour Guide)
There will never be a player like Nat Lofthouse ever again , he was bolton through and through and no one loved the club more than him. You will always be in the hearts of the Wanderers fans and always remembered as Mr Bolton.
R.I.P Nat Lofthouse....True Wanderer!!
- Gareth Paul
Nat Lofthouse will always be a true legend of Bolton and England. I am proud to support the team he loved so much. I met him twice back in the Burnden days and on both occasions his enthusiasm for the Wanderers was obvious. Rest in peace Nat.
- Millzy58 (Bury)
THANKS FOR EVERYTHING NAT . YOUR NAME WILL LIVE ON FOREVER GOD BLESS
- IAN BWFC ATHERTON
I would just like to say thanks for all the memories. The first game that I saw was v Man City in 1948 it was a pleasure to be a fan of your's. God bless R.I. P
- Keith Lofthouse
Will never be forgotten, Everything else has been said.
- David B (Lifelong BWFC Fan)
I first saw Nat Lofthouse play when I was 10 years old. You can imagine how I felt when privileged 4 years later to be at Wembley in 1953 to watch the famous Bolton vs Blackpool Cup Final and then to be at Wembley again to see him win his cup winners medal. Nat Lofthouse influenced me as a sportsman and as person, he was my mentor and inspiration. His signed book that he gave me 'Goals Galore' is and always will be in pride of place in my bookcase.
Nat Lofthouse, was a great footballer, sportsman and more important, a true gentleman.
- Michael Burgess
You Will be sadly missed but will never leave my heart you are a role model to look up to in the history of the game the one man team of bolton wanderers the lion of Vienna
R.I.P you will be sadly missed throughout
a legend a king a role model
- Ben Whittle
Nat Lofthouse, one hell of a centre forward and a credit to his beloved Bolton Wanderers and country, but above all he was kind honest true gentleman who will be sadly missed by many, rip Nat heaven just got one of the best.
- Martin Hawksworth
A true legend who will never be forgotten, not just by Bolton fans but by football fans all over the world, he was a credit to the game and a hero to many. My thoughts are with all his family and friends. Rest in peace Nat, you'll be sadly missed xx
- Sara (Bolton fan)
Rest in Peace,Mr Bolton Wanderers, you will NEVER be forgotten, your memory will live on forever with all wanderers fans.
- Hiles family