Bolton Wanderers unveil statue of their legendary striker Nat Lofthouse
Bolton Wanderers unveiled a statue of club legend Nat Lofthouse outside the Reebok Stadium ahead of Saturday’s Championship defeat to QPR.
Lofthouse scored 285 goals in 503 appearances for the Trotters and led them to FA Cup glory in 1958, netting both goals in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.
The one-club striker was equally impressive for England with 30 goals in 33 internationals.
Lofthouse passed away in 2011 and the club, who have part-funded the statue, commissioned sculptor Sean Hedges-Quinn to create an image of him leaving the tunnel with a ball under his arm. The base of the statue carries Lofthouse's final words: 'I've got the ball now, it's a bit worn, but I've got it.'
Bolton chairman Phil Gartside said: "I think its brilliant.
"I've seen pictures of it and now I've seen its full glory it looks fantastic. It's an important day to remember Nat as he was and as he is there now.
"It brings back those memories, not only for the older people, but encourages people to perhaps learn a bit more about Nat and the club. We like to pride ourselves on being a family club and this is Nat's family."
Lofthouse’s son, Jeff, added: "Dad still captures people's imagination in Bolton and I think he captures the spirit of Bolton and Bolton Wanderers is still a great club.”