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.
Nat Lofthouse - A world icon and a wonderful world ambassador for the game - you will be sadly missed.
- Neil Addis - Australia
I once saw Nat score a hat trick in just 15 minutes against Luton Town!
I wrote to him with congratulations when he was awarded the OBE in 1994 and I received a lovely letter back from him.
Never to be forgotten.
- Cliff Hilton
True Boltonian born and bread will live on in the hearts and minds of every true football fan all over the globe.
R.I.P The lion of Vienna
- Matthew Gordon (Bolton Fan)
I met Nat a few times down the years but never saw him play unfortunately. I will always remember the smile on his face and the love he had for Bolton Wanderers when he spoke to me. I recall him standing at the back of the Manchester Road Stand next to our "club cat" who was perched on top of the stairwell. He was a fantastic person to talk to and during the lifeline nights he would discuss with me and others any ideas to be promote the club.
Nat Lofthouse you are Bolton's Greatest son and you will live long in our hearts and minds. You are our SIR Nat Lofthouse and you should have been given that accolade. Rest in Peace
- Andy Massey
True lion,made you proud to be from bolton rip mr bolton.
- pikemill white
Just after the Reebok opened I had a job doing silver service in the hospitality areas of the stadium. One day I had been left on my own to serve the directors their buffet. It was really busy and in the corner of my eye I noticed someone who I presumed to be one of my managers begin to help me out by serving soup. It wasn't until a minute or two had passed that I actually looked over and realised that it was Mr Lofthouse. He simply said "We got there in the end kid" laughed, winked and returned to his friends leaving me stood there open mouthed completely in shock. Rest in peace Sir, heaven is lucky to have you.
- Ian Blease
Nat was the first footballer I saw score a goal at Burden Park in the late 50s.
I never met him but we did speak when I worked in Blackpool and his friend - Blackpool player, Stan Mortensen - was seriously ill. Nat couldn't get to visit and the hospital wouldn't pass on a message nor give him any details - so I did both - he could have been pushy but that was not his style.
Unaware of how much he was admired, his thanks was so polite and modest - a true gentleman.
I interviewed him a few times after and he was always the first to recount our first conversation.
That has always stuck in my mind - so I will always see Nat Lofthouse as a true gentleman - a real legend.
- Mal Handley
I was privileged to watch Nat play since I started supporting the Whites in 1958 with my Dad - and like Nat, I will always be a Trotter to the end. RIP Nat the Legend Lion Heart Lofthouse. Our Bolton Energy
Rip nat lofthouse a true wanderer and a man with true loyalty . Bolton wanderers will never see another lion like you. Good night god bless
- Scott baker ( farnworth )
A nicer gentleman you could not have met and I had that pleasure back in 2000 when we played Chelsea in the FA cup. You took the time to chat to my family and and listened intently whilst my Dad recalled his memories of watching you play at Burnden Park. May you rest in peace forever remembered.
- Nicola xx
A legend for both Bolton & England. His like we will never see again. Rest in Peace.
- The Meegan Family (Charlton Athletic)
"did you ever know that your my hero your everything i would like to be" R.I.P. SIR NAT GOD BLESS
- BYROM Daubhill
A TRUE BOLTON FAN A TRUE LEGEND REST IN PEACE NAT LOFTHOUSE
- Openshaw Family Bolton
I was so proud to stand on the embankment as a child and then to have my own daughter stand next to me on Monday night at the same age to pay tribute to the greatest Super White of all. You were ans always will be the core of Bolton Wanderers and I salute you. A tru true legend. Goodbye and God rest x
- Debbie, Martyn and Lucy O'Mara
Nat Lofthouse played before my time but he has always been a hero of mine. As a young boy, I was fortunate to attend his testimonial but sadly this was the only time that I saw him play. The highlights of his career are the thing of legend and well versed but it should not be forgotten that he was a home town, one club man for over 70 years! I was very lucky to meet him on a few occasions and hear him as an after dinner speaker. To my mind he should be remembered just as much for being a so down to earth, always approachable and a man who had time for all. What a gentleman! Nat is a one off and will be sadly missed. My most sincere condolences go to Nat's family.
- Steven Bottomley - Bolton
As a lifelong Manchester United fan may I say that I was lucky enough to see the great Nat Lofthouse play and I always had the greatest respect for him
He was a football hero .
Condolences to his family friends and Bolton Wanderers.
- Dave White
The Lion of Vienna
So now in peace he lies at rest: the jewel in Bolton’s mighty crown.
But the legend will live on and on of ‘Sir Nat’ and Bolton Town.
The story of the Lion who played for England’s pride.
Born to be a Wanderer and as a Wanderer he died.
Forever loyal and faithful to his Country, Club and Town.
Always ready with a smile: never had a frown.
Most never saw him kick a ball, most never saw him play.
But the legend will live in Bolton hearts forever and a day.
An inspiration to all he met and to footballers young and old.
A knight in all but title: good, kind, true and bold.
Denied his real title and the recognition it would bring
But in this land it’s nigh impossible for a Queen to knight a King.
So rest in peace our dear ‘Sir Nat’: we’ve all been truly blessed.
For here in Bolton hearts and minds you were better than the rest.
- Ann Walsh
Nat was a true gentlemen and a Bolton legend who would be priceless in todays transfer window. I met him on a few occasions. One time in particular I bumped into him at Burnden Park and mentioned we were planning a surprise birthday party for my Dad's 65th at Burnden Park the following week, I invited him and of course thought no more about it.......The following week Nat Lofthouse arrived at Dad's party and lit the room up, making it very special night for Dad.
LoVe Bolton, LoVe Nat (Lion of Vienna england 52)
- Harry & Daniel Johnson
god bless Nat, a true gentleman and what an honour it was to have met and spoke to him on numerous occasions,you put bolton on the world football map,condolences go to his family at this very sad time, RIP Nat
- Simon Bevan
A True Legend, superstar and Gentleman, you will always be remembered and never forgot.
Always had Bolton and the whites in your heart. Please send us another superstar like you.
GOD BLESS you and yours.
COME ON YOU WHITES AND BRING HOME THE FA CUP FOR NAT
- Simon Pollard and all Pollard Family